Netflix is one of the oldest players in the game when it comes to online streaming. Founded in 1997, this company has come a long way from it’s beginning as a DVD delivery service. While their delivery is still running, they have become known for their presence in the online streaming world. That’s not hard to believe given the fact that they had 117.8 million subscribers in January 2018. It’s clearly one of the most popular options, but let’s take a look at the pros and cons of Netflix as your streaming service.
Steady Player in the Game
Having 20+ years under your belt as a company is no small feat. That combined with the fact that they were one of the first to enter the online streaming world gives you confidence that Netflix knows what they are doing. They have developed long, trusting relationships with their customers, and you can bet that they will be around for the foreseeable future.
Tons of content
Since launching their online streaming service in 2007, the content catalog of Netflix has grown tremendously. Now their catalog contains over 1,500 television shows and 4,000 movies. On top of the sheer number, there is a great diversity of options as well. Whether you want a sitcom, an action movie, or a great kid’s show, Netflix has options.
Unlike some other streaming services, Netflix opts to avoid advertisements altogether. Though Netflix has considered the idea in the past, they have made it pretty clear they have no plans for advertisements in the future.
Critically Acclaimed Original Programming
On top of bringing you many of the most popular TV shows and movies, Netflix has created their own original content. In 2017 alone, Netflix received 92 Emmy nominations and went home with 20 wins.
No Live TV
As of right now, there are no live TV options on Netflix. It is simply for watching, rewatching, or discovering new content. While that is plenty for some people, it won’t cover those who need to watch the latest sporting events or those who want to see how many Emmys Netflix wins this coming year.
Options Come and Go
While the constant additions are great, that means that some are also always leaving. There is no worse feeling than seeing a notification that the series you are in the middle of watching is leaving Netflix soon. However, in our experience, that doesn’t happen all too often. It is important to note that while the number of television shows is growing, the number of movies has been cut by over 2,000 since 2010.
Netflix offers 3 tiers of pricing currently: Basic, Standard, and Premium.
The basic package is exactly what it sounds like. You don’t have HD available and you can only watch on one screen. While this package seems limited, you still get access to unlimited movies and TV shows on a huge variety of devices.
The standard package contains all that the basic package contains (unlimited movies and TV shows across all your devices), plus HD is available for all shows that support it. On top of that, you can use two devices simultaneously connected to the same account.
The premium package contains all that the standard package contains (unlimited movies and TV shows across all devices, HD for supported shows), and adds on the option for Ultra HD. Lastly, you can now use four devices on the same account at the same time.