Newest Review: ... 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 mon... more
Wide range, great value
Member Name: busybee87
Advantages: Good value, no buffering, no adverts, great selection
Disadvantages: Not yet as complete as US netflix, but growing!
I've been intrigued by streaming services since they launched but as I'm not a fan of subscriptions I was keen to make sure I'd use the service enough to merit the cost.
I originally tried Netflix in late 2011 on a free trial but was not impressed with the selection of films at the time. I prefer independent/foreign/documentary/cult films to blockbuster movies and didn't feel Netflix offered this.
Fast forward to January 2013, and a second free trial offer comes up. I've heard by this point through word of mouth that Netflix has acquired many more licenses in the UK and now has a much better selection. My second experience with Netflix confirms this. The range is now much wider (not just blockbusters but a great 'independent' film section).
The easiest way to use the service is to scroll through through the films in each genre (romance, documentary, stand up comedy, TV programmes, children and family films, etc.). However, users can also go straight to the "Genres" tab and click into each genre to get a longer list of available films to stream.
My personal highlights are excellent US TV shows such as 'Breaking Bad' and 'Sons of Anarchy'. Netflix will usually buy a license for all seasons of a show. The £5.99 a month is much cheaper than buying endless box sets that I might not watch again! After using the free trial for a month, I subscribed in February 2013 and haven't looked back.
My boyfriend and his housemates chose to opt for a Netflix subscription instead of paying for a TV license as they never watch live TV. I will definitely consider this in the future as Netflix + On demand TV streaming (not live shows) is easily enough TV for me!
I can also say that Netflix works extremely well from both laptops and consoles. I've used it from a Playstation. Netflix works 'in browser' rather than through a downloaded program but never buffers or has trouble loading content and doesn't freeze like Iplayer or 4oD. There are also no annoying adverts!
I have tried LoveFilm and found the interface difficult to use and the selection poor. LoveFilm is only £1 cheaper per month so I'd say Netflix is worth the extra money.
As I see it, Netflix will only grow as it buys more licenses. US Netflix has been around for longer but is now huge. Netflix is also now creating original shows. The first offering, 'House of Cards' was well written, beautiful filmed, and had both a great plot and impressive cast. I look forward to more Netflix originals in the future.
Summary: Hooked on Netflix!