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      21.07.2015 11:47
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      House of Cards : Season 2

      Star – Kevin Spacey
      Genre – TV>Box set>Drama
      Run Time – 12X 50 minutes
      Certificate – 18
      Country – USA
      Awards – Wins & Nominations
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      Anyone over 35 will remember the original British version of the TV drama House of Cards, even if they didn’t actually see it, a show that gripped the nation, its interest and population magnified back then because it was on at the same time Conservative Party politicians bought down Prime Minister Thatcher through similar duplicity and plotting. The British series was, I think, just three episodes whereas the American remake is three box sets and counting, fronted by a career defining performance by Kevin Spacey.

      There is no doubt in my mind this version is a malevolent version of the West Wing and only happened because Aaron Sorkin bought his astounding and left wing TV series to an end. There was talk of a Republic presidency in a new run of the West Wing but the pure evil of Frank Underwood’s character ended all that. Spacey is unbelievably good here and makes Francis Urquhart look like Ed Milliband. Sadly, Kevin Spacey and David Fincher’s cynical and ruthless Washington DC is far more realistic than the West Wing liberal one.


      ===Cast===
      Kevin Spacey ... Francis Underwood
      Robin Wright ... Claire Underwood
      Michael Kelly ... Doug Stamper
      Nathan Darrow ... Edward Meechum
      Mahershala Ali ... Remy Danton
      Michel Gill ... President Garrett Walker
      Molly Parker ... Jackie Sharp
      Derek Cecil ... Seth Grayson
      Rachel Brosnahan ... Rachel Posner
      Michelle Anderson … Mary Walker
      Sakina Jaffrey ... Linda Vasquez
      Kristen Connolly ... Christina Gallagher
      Jimmi Simpson ... Gavin Orsay
      Elizabeth Marvel ... Heather Dunbar
      Sebastian Arcelus ... Lucas Goodwin
      Jayne Atkinson ... Catherine Durant
      Reg E. Cathey ... Freddy
      Kate Mara ... Zoe Barnes
      Gerald McRaney…Raymond Tusk
      Constance Zimmer ... Janine Skorsky
      Terry Chen ... Xander Feng

      ===Plot===

      Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey) has maliciously connived his way from Democrat Speaker of the House to Vice President of the United States, one more step to go, his equally powerful wife Clare (Robin Wright) in on the plot. Standing in their way of the top job is the decent and honest President Garrett Walker (Michel Gill).

      Previous threats or persons to Frank’s conspiratorial antics have been taken down or disposed of by both Underwood and his chief of staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) and they intend to continue that way. Meanwhile Clare is working on the Presidents wife Michelle (Mary Anderson) to drive a wedge into their marriage.

      The key to taking down Walker is his close friend Raymond Tusk (Gerald McRaney), a billionaire ‘big energy’ industrialist who bankrolled Walkers run to be president and has received plenty of business and influence in return. Underwood has uncovered illegal funding of the Democrats through an Indian reservation casino and intends to use Tusk to damage Walker. Tusk is more than a match for Underwood as realizes what’s going on; deploying counter measures to damage the Vive President before Frank turns the president against Tusk Enterprises. The stooge is Xander Feng (Terry Chen), a super rich Chinese dissident living in Dubai that has been buying influence in America with both the Democrats and Tusk. If the press can link Feng, Tusk, the Indian Casino and Democrat funding its game over for the Walker Presidency.

      Powerful lobbyist Remy Denton (Mahershala Ali) is firefighting for Tusk to save his reputation by damaging Underwood. Another fly in the soup is Washington Herald reporter Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus), shattered by previous events and trying to expose Underwood and Stamper’s corruption that has ruined his life and career. But more experienced Herald reporter Janine Skorsky (Constance Zimmer) knows when its time to run from powerful men in The Whitehouse as Underwood gets increasingly dangerous and menacing as he nears the big chair in The Oval Office.

      ===Results===

      Although series one was good but not TV greatness, series two really does get going. Series one spent most of the time fleshing out the villains and heroes and situations and then series two sees everything fed into the Frank Underwood grinder and so delicious carnage, Kevin Spacey becoming one of TV’s greatest badasses in the process. Like I said. He is astounding in this. There is more political plotting, too, this time around and the writing much more confident as all of those side dishes are tied up with a knot of thorns for the climatic ending that sets up series three. It’s realistic as can be on American politics and, like the West Wing; you actually learn how US politics work, as selfish and self serving as the British parliament, why this translated so well from the Michael Dobbs British version. A British MP claims 96p for a car journey on his expenses because he can, not because it’s practical. America invades Iraq for oil and McDonalds because they can, not because it’s a good idea.

      The acting is superb across the cast and everyone on their game around Spacey. They have to be or he will chew them up as he does his enemies here. To work on Netflix is total freedom for all and what every actor and writer dreams about. At times it feels like that malevolent West Wing with more foreign policy expansionism in the plot but its darkness the realism here. It’s spreading its wings to encompass more ideas to escape the early and needed claustrophobia of season one and a spin of series not impossible. Being made by Netflix for Netflix alone has allowed the writers to really go for it and attack the system and not be a slave to the commercial breaks that pay for that political system.

      ===RATINGS===

      Imdb.com – /10.0 (,votes)
      Rottentomatos.com –% critic’s approval
      Metacriitc.com – % critic’s approval
      Leonard Maltin Film Year Book –

      ===Trailer===


      ===Special Features===


      -Politics for the sake of politics-

      Behind the scenes from cast & crew


      -Table read-

      The actors and crew sit around tables reading the script.


      -Direct Address-

      Fincher talks about the themes of the show

      -Two Houses-

      A bit on the actual politics of The Hill and The Whitehouse

      -Line of succession-

      More about the rhythm of the two series so far.

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      02.05.2015 11:05
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      Well worth the money for the extra choice.

      Fed up of having nothing to watch on TV at the times when I really wanted to watch something, it was my partner who introduced me to Netflix and as I'm not particularly up with how it works, I'll write a review for folk who are similar! Basically once you have someone who can actually establish it on your TV or whatever else you want to watch it on (which I believe is about 90 percent of the population!) it is easy to locate an scan through the many titles that are available. I pay for it monthly for a small amount, which I think is currently about £6 per month.
      The titles available are split into types so that whether you are a comedy fan or are into a bit of horror it's easy to find titles that appeal. There will also be suggestions made of what you're likely to enjoy based on previous choices and full series for you to get hooked on.
      I have got to say that, much like visiting the old video shops as a teenager, there are times when you select something that looks like it's going to be great,only to find out that it looks like it was filmed over a weekend in someone's back yard, but all you have to do is stop it and choose another. And it doesn't cost you any more.
      However there are some well known titles among the Netflix selections and I've often put something a bit random on as 'background' to the housework and found myself well and truly absorbed. Only a couple of times has a film just stopped and it's asked me to try again later.
      Well worth the money for the extra choices it gives you that you can watch whenever you like.

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      28.04.2015 00:04
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      Perfect - no need for TV!

      Netflix is an online streaming TV service which can be accessed through any console, smartphone, computer or internet TV (and also available on some box services such as Virgin)

      Me and my partner decided to get the free trial with the view to cancel before the month was over. The first thing we started watching was Breaking Bad, and instantly we were hooked. 3 months later we are still using it and now paying £5.99 a month.

      We access netflix through our Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and laptop.

      You can set up an account with one email and billing details (no payments are taken if you are on a free trial) and you can then set up multiple profiles inside that one email login.

      The profiles are very handy, we have a joint profile, then a separate profile for my partner and me where we watch only the shows we like. It is best to create profiles as Netflix saves what you view, and also creates clever suggestions based on the shows you like. You can also rate shows when you are logged in.

      Netflix is chocked full of films, TV series, one of shows and also programs which are exclusive to Netflix and cannot be found on TV.

      Netflix also has a "kids" section, which is fantastic, and has so many programs you will never need to access a children's channel again. The menu options are very easy and handy so that children can use them too.

      The wireless connection in my house is quite poor, and I struggle to access Youtube videos from my bedroom, but Netflix works perfectly!

      Out of all the streaming and rental services we have used, this is definitely the best.

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      02.02.2015 21:10
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      • "Good price"
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      • "Different profiles"
      • "Can watch on different devices"

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      • "Not updated much"

      Definitely worth the money, can watch on a number of different devices.

      Netflix has a wide range of TV shows and movies, which you can access on multiple devices such as your smartphone, tablet, laptop and TV. I've had a Netflix account for about half a year now, and I have no idea how I lived without it! I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing as it certainly stops you from being productive in other aspects of your life. It's a monthly subscription service - unlike other streaming services such as Amazon prime instant video which you pay a yearly amount for at once. Overall you will save a lot of money by using Netflix, which you'd have otherwise spent on DVDs! One DVD would cost more than a month's unlimited access Netflix subscription.
      A useful aspect of Netflix is how it remembers everything you've watched and whereabouts in the programme you were when you stopped it. Therefore you can start off where you left it last time the next time you use it. You can also create numerous profiles for your family - including the option for a 'kids'' account, which only contains the U/PG stuff. This allows different members of your family to keep track of their own viewings. Very useful!
      A downside to Netflix is how rarely new releases are made. And when there are new releases, there are very few. It often takes months after a film has been released on DVD before it appears on Netflix.
      I have currently got Now TV and Amazon prime instant video and Netflix - and Netflix is by far the best for its vast range of TV shows and movies. It's definitely better for TV shows than movies, though.
      For £5.99 a month, it's definitely worth it.

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      04.12.2014 22:56
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      • "Lots of Things to Watch"
      • "Low cost"
      • "Great variety"

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      Well worth the money, wide selection to watch at the fraction of the cost

      I do a lot of baking and so like to have something to watch in the background, having used NOWTV for a month free trial I was not so impressed so decided to try Netflix.

      What is Netflix?
      It is an online version of the old school Blockbusters. You pay one monthly fee and it gives you unlimited access to their range of viewing materials.

      Why is it Good?
      One of the advantages of Netflix over other providers such as NOWTV is that there are movies and TV series included. One fee covers them all.
      Another advantage I have found is that Tv series for example are all grouped together, when one episode finishes the subsequent one starts. This means you don't need to keep searching for episodes. It also means when your having a film fest you can just sit back and watch.
      The third advantage is that there really is a wide range of both TV series' and movies to suit all ages, of all genres. Again in the past I found the repertoire to be quite restrictive.
      The fourth advantage is that when you stop viewing of a program, when you come back to the program it picks up from where it was left.
      The fifth advantage is that NETFLIX is accessible from different types of media

      The Disadvantages
      The first is that there isn't a lot of new releases in either Tv programmes or movies
      The second is that that with some completed series', Ashes to Ashes for example, there is only series one available, and not the remaining two series'
      The third is that the site isn't as well organized as it could be

      Overall however, it is well worth the fee. It's a monthly fee, no long subscriptions, and is quite good value for money. Overall I'd recommend it.



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      30.08.2014 07:46
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      well worth the price, great service

      We have been using Netflix for some time now, and have loved every minute of it! Reed Hastings and fellow software executive Marc Randolph co-found Netflix to offer online movie rentals in 1997, so the company has currently been running for over 17 years now and in that time has only gone on to improve the service that they offer.

      The postal service was among the first introduced by Netflix, which is where you would choose the movie that you wanted to watch, they would post you it for you to watch, and you would send it back, but i found this to be a really slow way of using the service as the process would take a week each. You were initially charged per movie that you rented, but to watch a few could turn out quite expensive, so Netflix introduced a subscription service in 1999, where you could rent unlimited movies for one monthly cost.

      Since then, Netflix have started online streaming, where you can choose the movie that you want to watch on the Netflix website, and watch it directly on your computer. We opt to use the Netflix app on our Xbox, as it tends to be easier for us, but we do occasionally use the website to watch our films too! We only pay £5.99 a month for our service, which I think is really cheap, especially considering we can watch as many films as we want to, whenever we want to.

      The film range Netflix offer is huge. They have thousands of films to choose from, and have started offering popular TV shows too, which include Misfits, Heroes and American Horror story. I love the range that Netflix offers, and can always find something to watch, which is a lot cheaper than it would be to buy all the same films on DVD or BLU-RAY.

      The Netflix website is really easily to navigate, which is very important for most people. It has a search bar at the top of the page so you can search for your favorite movies, or use the handy tabs to search genres of movies, to try and find a new film. i think that the website has been really well thought out, and looks really good too.

      For those who have not tried out Netflix before, I would recommend that you try it out, the first month with the service is free, so you can try the service out, but the chances are you will love it just as much as we do. The film range is updated all the time, so there is usually something new to watch which is always great for our movie nights!

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      07.07.2014 05:31
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      As long as I have my netflix! :)

      Love Love Love it! There is nothing more to say other than it awesome and I LOVE it! there are so many movies, shows, stand ups, documentaries, etc. to choose from. You will never get tired of it, they are constantly adding new movies and series. I also love how affordable it is! you cant go wrong! Honestly i don''t even need cable.

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        01.06.2014 00:22
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        • "Lots of films to chose from"

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        Well worth the money

        I''ve had Netflix a while now, I honestly have been meaning to cancel it for ages but just as I''m about to cancel i seem to find another TV series that I want to watch. The great thing about Netflix is it''s easy enough to cancel and re-subscribe whenever you like, so if you run out of things to watch you could cancel, leave it a few months then sign back up when more films/tv shows have been added. Don''t get me wrong, there isn''t a shortage of things to watch on Netflix, with films arranged by genre and type and suggestions as to what type of shows you might like, running out of things to watch isn''t usually a problem, the problem is usually deciding which one of them to watch.

        At it''s current price I think it is well worth the money, especially if like me you are a bit of a film addict, which also saves on storage space for DVDS, just watch them again and again online instead.

        A particularly useful tool for me is the ability to search for shows by actors or actresses featured in them, we all have our favorites so being able to search for any shows featured on the website that they are featured in is a real time saver that means you no longer have to search for films title by title until you find one that you want to watch.

        You can also set up multiple profiles which means you no longer have the kids or husbands favorite shows suggested in ''what to watch'' you can each have your own profile which is set up to remember the type of things that you yourself like to watch.

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        20.02.2014 22:26
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        An excellent service if you want to choose your programming; it's becoming better all the time!

        Having previously had a Love Film membership (before streaming began) I thought I had had my fill of additional programming and films. I found that the delivery of films and TV was far too reliant on my remembering to re-post DVD's in order to receive the next thing on my order list and I rarely got what I wanted as I wanted to latest thing! Before I truly launch into my review, I would like to say that I live my life vegetating on the sofa in front of the TV all day; I'm a busy teacher most of the time so on my down time I like to crash and relax in front of the TV and indulge in some non-taxing, most-fanciful, loaded with eye-candy American trash TV! Hmmmm!

        When Netflix was first advertised, and admittedly when I first started using it, I didn't think much of it. Admittedly, there were a lot of nostalgic programmes and films from my childhood suddenly accessible to me but at first I didn't think much of Netflix, although I enjoyed the ability to stream directly onto my laptop and SMART TV. No more strolling to the post box; far too much movement for me!

        Now, however, since it has become increasingly popular, Netflix has had an influx of fairly decent programming and I have become massively more impressed by the service.

        If you are new to Netflix, then keep an eye out for 1 month free offers directly on their website. During the sign up process you will have to type in your card info but if you cancel at the correct time then you aren't tied into anything. Even if you decide to pay for a while, there is no fixed-term membership; just quit when you want...if you want!

        Once in, you can access your account from any computer, stream it via your SMART TV, Apple TV and even through your Nintendo Wii which is a fairly recent development. You can also add additional users onto the account which allows 2-3 people to stream on your account at the same time, and under their usernames, quick access to their favourite programmes and recommendations tailored from considering the viewing choices you have made i.e. If you've watched a Horror film, then other popular Horror recommendations will be made.

        What I have come to love about Netflix, is that it's so easy to access. I am a Media and Film studies teacher and the ease with which I can access films and TV programmes for demonstration purposes has really moved my teaching forward. I can quickly and instantly begin viewing something with very few occasions that I can recall that I haven't been able to get it working.

        My partner and I are media junkies; we consume different TV series' at a rapid, alarming and most probably unhealthy rate. Every night we watch Netflix; we are not committed to the regular TV schedule. instead we've watched back-to-back episodes of Dexter (now completed I'd like to add!), currently inhaling episodes of 'Once Upon A Time' and patiently await the next series of 'Vampire Diaries'.

        What I would say, as a criticism is, evidently my partner and I are mostly interested in American programming. I don't think UK customers get the full package that the company have to offer, evident from the fact that there is a wide array of more current material if you are a USA based customer. This has evidently been an issue for many people, hence there are ways of 'tricking' your account in to believing you are in the US when you log in, as logging in is country specific. If you are on a US internet connection, when you are on holiday for example, your Netflix gives you access to the USA's content which is more extensive and, in my opinion, so much better!

        Overall though, my Netflix account has enriched my television viewing and I look forward to its development. Fingers crossed that there will be a merger or agreement with HBO as this will release the likes of Game of Thrones and True Blood, giving me ever the more reason to crash in front of the SMART TV from Monday through to Sunday every night!

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          13.01.2014 14:08
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          worth £6 a month

          I first came across netflix when i got my tivo box from virgin media, i was browsing through the apps and they offered a free 1 month trial then £6 a month after if you liked it, i decided to try the 1 month trial. It has lots of movies and every category you can think off, the only problem i found is most the movies on it are low rate movies you've either never heard of or are just not that good and are badly made. The good thing i found was they have a kids section with lots of different animated programs and movie to choose from and they absolutely love it its worth keeping even if its just for the kids to watch. Not many Disney movies available as i said mainly low rate stuff is placed on here but you get what u pay for i i guess at £6 a month.

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            06.11.2013 09:28
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            I can't see myself cancelling my subscription for a while

            I was only introduced to Netflix in July this year when I met my boyfriend.

            Prior to this I was with LoveFILM. I Originally signed up with them on a 3 months for £10 groupon deal but then I just never cancelled. My subscription went up to around £13 a month and for that I could have 2 discs at Homs at any time and stream as much as I wanted from LoveFILM instant (online)

            My problem with the LoveFILM service was that I like to play on my laptop while I watch tv and films and so I didn't want to use my laptop to watch films. As such, I never used the streaming facility and after about 2 months the novelty of being sent mystery films through the post wore off.

            I found that I would not fancy watching the film that I had been sent and so would put it to one side until I WAS in the mood. Often for weeks at a time.

            So when my boyfriend moved in and brought his netflix account with him, I decided I didn't need LoveFILM and cancelled.

            He has netflix wired through his playstation which is always rigged up to the tv so I do not have to faff about with leads or plugging it on or anything like that. Which is good as I probably just wouldn't bother if I did!

            We pay £6 per month for Netflix and it is a disc free service. What I mean by that is that it isn't a DVD by post thing, all tv / films are streamed via the internet. This did mean that I needed to upgrade my internet to unlimited downloads!

            There are both tv programmes and films on netflix in abundance with titles being added each Friday

            All of the shows and films are categorised (there are lots of categories, some of which are extremely curious - "gory teen spoof horror" anyone?). And there are sections that recommends things to you based on what you have watched previously which is nice.

            You don't tend to get the newest releases on Netflix but to be honest, there is enough on here to keep you occupied at any time! The main benefit for me against LoveFILM is that obviously you can watch what you want everytime. You are not limited to what DVDs you have been sent!

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              05.11.2013 23:54
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              Lovefilm's sole rival continues to show it is capable of holding its own even with a limited range

              With Blockbuster now in its final throws, it would seem that days of the high street video rental stores are now destined to being nothing more than a fond memory. Many would see the decline of this rental titan as being down to the rise in popularity of online rental companies, which despite the numerous companies currently out there, including companies like Amazon and Play launching their own rental brand, aswell as Wuaki.tv which has also recently joined the race for online rental supremacy. However despite his when it comes to online rentals it has always been a two horse race between Lovefilm.com and Netflix.

              First of it is worth noting that this review applies solely to the UK version of Netflix, with the American version being a very different beast and something you will hear many people talking about when discussing Netflix, mainly due to the UK range being a lot more limited than its American counterpart. As such if it is an extensive range of titles your looking for then Lovefilm may be more for you, even if you do have to wait for discs to be sent out in the post.

              The range it has to be said can come across slightly limited, with usually a year wait for new titles to be added if at all as certain studios refuse to option films for streaming on the site. However if your like myself and the sort of person who usually gets around to watching films months after their DVD release or just like catching up on older movies there is plenty here to enjoy. At the same title Netflix is home to several titles exclusively including House of Cards, Orange is the new Black aswell as bringing back Arrested Development. Equally of note is Breaking Bad, which while not exclusive to the site is still exclusively streamed on Netflix, who also uploaded episodes the day after they were shown in the states, due to the show despite its insane popularity never being able to find a channel to support it here in the UK. Of course with that showing now having come to an end it remains to be seen what will be the next showcase title for the company.

              Limited not just to films but boxsets and comedy stand up, the site tries to be as diverse with it's selection while offering recommendations based on your viewing habits and ratings. Thankfully the site has also recently added a "My List" feature meaning that time previously spent searching for titles is cut down as users can make a list of their favourites and titles they wish to watch, something which also saves you trying to remember titles previously stumbled across while browsing the selection. The real strength of the site though is with it's selection of TV box sets available to stream, with shows being added with their full back catalogue which is perfect when you find your new favourite show and a feature which has given many shows like Fringe and Archer a chance to be discovered by folks who likely missed them the first time around.

              Despite the limited range what Netflix does offer is the ability to watch any of it titles instantly, with boxsets set up so that as soon as one episode finishes, you are given a countdown to the next episode showing instantly and without any of the hassle of going back into the boxset list to get to the next episode. Needless to say for those of you who love a boxset binge, this makes for another fantastic feature much like its existing Netflix Kids option which filters the selection to family and kids TV and movies and ensuring that they don't stumble across anything too shocking.

              Not available just through your PC, but also available on seemingly any format you can think of and ensuring that you really can make the most of your membership. It should be noted that to use the servce on your Xbox you will need a gold membership to XBOX live, which is an additional expensive especially if your not already using your XBOX for online gaming. For this reason The Playstation comes out on top as it is ready to go without any additional costs. Needless to say despite being based online it is very user friendly, so even the least tech savy will have no problem using the service.

              True the selection might be too limited to film fans who have to watch every title as it's released, but for your more casual movie watcher or TV fans there is still plenty to enjoy, but no doubt by the end of your 30 day free trial it will be clear if its the service for you or not. Equally the membership can be cancelled with zero issues for those afraid of going past their trial period.

              Still one of the premier online rental companies even if it pales in comparision to its American counterpart and I can only hope that the end of Blockbuster only further encourages them to add to the solid service already provided.

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                04.09.2013 14:56

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                Netflix has saved me loads of money and kept my whole family entertained!

                Having downloaded Netflix in the middle of the summer holidays for a free months trial the only gripe i have is that i did not download it sooner! Has been a god send for my daughter even though we have sky all she wants to watch is netflix. think its great that they have a speficic KIDS section so when my child is looking she doe not come across and adult films with scary front covers! great selection of programmes and films for all ages. and have cancelled my sky movie package because of this. New films arent included but then they arent on sky either.Have already told my family about this and 4 of them have downloaded already, great that you can have it on your WII your IPAD your IPHONE etc all at the same time and can watch it on 2 devices at the same time which is a bonus! it also saves where you finished watching and you can play again from exact point even using a different platform. programmes also come in order so its easy to select certain episodes. when i have to pay £6 a month i wont be moaning either! NETFLIX is great!

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                08.07.2013 20:50
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                I am very pleased with Netflix and respect the company.

                I joined Netflix a couple of months ago. Although this is a generally positive review, I will honestly reveal some of the drawbacks, as no product is always perfect. So, I joined because I was about to live alone and was suggested by my sibling to help on a quiet evening. I am pretty savvy with internet and know where to look if I want to watch a film elsewhere for free, but such streaming sites are unreliable, unpredictable and usually let you in for disappointment. So, Netflix.com free trial seemed worth trying.

                Let me make a clear point here: The free trial is absolutely easy to cancel. It takes 2 clicks. I checked this out thoroughly before I joined because of all the horror stories you hear about people not being able to cancel. It honestly is easy to cancel, or else that would have put me off before starting. They also have a customer care phone line open 24/7 which is clearly written on the sign-in page.

                Probably naiively, I initially thought I'd have access to any film I would ever want to watch at any given time. This is not the case, and if this is what you are expecting then you will be disappointed. There is a very extensive collection of films on Netflix (as well as much smaller collections of TV Shows, Documentaries etc), but considering how many films have actually ever been made, it is likely that you will be familiar with only a small percentage of them (if you are like me, and are no 'movie fanatic' but do enjoy a good movie and occasional trips to the cinema). This is because Netflix have to buy the rights for each film/Tv programme they feature on their site. This means that some films they only have listed for a certain period of time, as they cannot afford the rights permanently. As well as losing old films, they do replace them with new films which is obviously good because if they had the same, static collection of films it would get boring.

                The movies are selected from a large range of genres and sub-genres. One of the best features on Netflix is the ability to rate films after you watch them (or ones you have already seen) and then get suggestions on what else you may like. Also, the films are categorised very specifically, so for example, under 'Comedy' you will have a sub-genre of 'Sentimental Comedies' and so forth, so you can be very specific about the type of film you want to watch.

                The ability for playback on various media is also a bonus. I use my laptop to watch movies, but also my phone with the IPhone app. I was genuinely impressed by the quality of streaming on the phone, as I was apprehensive at first. It is smooth with no buffering, and I use it with 3G, not wireless.

                Movies are obviously the biggest collection on there, but I really enjoy my documentaries personally, and there is only a modest collection of these. However, I did take a look at love film's collection and it is MUCH smaller. Plus, documentaries are often on youtube so it's not as much of a loss.

                So, in conclusion, I would definitely recommend Netflix for movie-lovers. And absolutely recommend the free trial to anybody. It is cheap, efficient and keeps you entertained. Excellent for those living alone, or even for couples. More of a modern selection of films so perhaps not catering to the older generation at present, although there are some older films on Netflix. However, there are a lot of children's films, and the ability to create safeguards on your account so a child can select suitable films for themselves on the same account.

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                A great website for renting and streaming TV shows and movies from any device.

                ---Overview---
                Netflix is an online service that provides online streaming of many shows, movies, documentaries etc.. and also you can rent movies/shows and have discs sent to your house. You can surf through thousands of choices and store your favorites (or ones you want to watch later) in your personalized queue. When you rent disks, they send them to you in the mail (usually only takes a couple of days to arrive) and you can keep them as long as you please, then when you do sent it back the next disk in your queue. Netflix offers different types of programs to purchase for a monthly fee. For anytime streaming only (no hard copy disks) I believe that it's about $8 a month. The price goes up from there, it goes up a couple of dollars for anytime streaming and one hard copy disk at a time. Then a couple more dollars when you go up to anytime streaming and two hard copy disk. I do not know if they have a program where you can rent more than 2 movies at a time. And I believe that there is not a program that provides hard copies and no streaming. This company is very reliable and fair.

                ---The Website---
                The Netflix website is really easy to navigate. Netflix provides you with a multitude of ways to search for movies or shows. You are able to search by title, actor, etc... using the search bar. It is also possible to search by genre and then sub-genre for many of them. Another way you can search the site is through the suggestions they make based upon your movie preferences ( I really love this feature). So here is how it works: Once you have been with Netflix for long enough or have used it enough to get an idea of the sort of things you want to watch the website will create lists of suggested movies for you. This list is ever-changing and with each show or movie you watch you can rate it according to how much you liked it and suggestions will be made based upon your personal rating. Like I said, I love this feature! It's great! When you finish watching something that you really like it suggests things that are similar that you might like.

                ---Selection---
                This website has a pretty large collection of movies and shows. Some are available for streaming and in hard copy form and some are ONLY available in hard copy form. The ones that tend to be only in hard copy form are the more popular or more recent releases. Netflix does not really keep up with the brand new stuff. Both with TV shows and with newly released movies... So if you want access to really recent releases you may be disappointed with the selection ( I know steaming places like Hulu keep their TV shows really up to date with recently aired episodes and shows). I think they are getting better with this though.

                ---The Good---
                This site has a rather large selection of movies and shows available that are easy to find using any number of the provided ways. It's pretty cheap, for $8 a month you get access to lots of stuff and you can access it anywhere(home, office, bus, etc... w/ internet connection) and anytime.

                ---The Bad---
                The selection could be a little more up-to-date. Also, very occasionally the Netflix site will have issues loading but it's an uncommon issue.

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