Pros and Cons of using Netflix
Netflix allows you to stream a vast selection of the latest films and TV series to any device that supports the Netflix app (the list of supported devices includes computers, TVs and even games console). The question is, can you replace your cable TV subscription with Netflix?
We have put together the pros and cons of Netflix so that you can make your own decision.
- Very easy to use – you can be watching a film or series in minutes
- No contracts, just month to month subscription
- Works with many different devices including PC, laptop, TV and games consoles
- No commercials to break up any of the content
- Stream selected titles in HD
- Regular access to exclusive “Netflix only” films and series
- Free 1 month trial so you can try with no obligation
- Not all devices support the Netflix app
- Doesn’t work on older TV sets
- Must have an internet connection to use Netflix
- Some material is country dependant
- Quality of experience relies on fast internet connection
- Not all films and series are available due to licencing
- Credit card required for 1 month free trial
Netflix: The replacement for Cable TV?
Netflix was founded in 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. The original concept for Netflix was to offer movie rentals using the Internet as a medium and the founders had a vision of modernising the entire film rental marketplace.
Netflix has evolved somewhat over the years whilst also staying true to the original concept and also realising their vision of turning the movie rentals industry on its head. Netflix is now one of the most well recognised providers of streaming movies and TV series.
How does Netflix work?
The primary concept of Netflix is to offer films and series on a rental basis but rather than sending out physical media you can stream the content via the device of your choice.
One of the most common means of watching Netflix content is via a standard PC or laptop – all you have to do is open a web browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer and browse to Netflix.com. If you already have an account, sign in and select the title you want to watch. The movie or series will immediately be displayed in your browser for you to watch.
Do I need fast Internet?
No you don’t – rather than downloading the entire title Netflix use a method of content delivery called streaming, this means that you download the title bit by bit as you are watching it. Because of this the minimum download speed for using Netflix is 0.5 megabits per second. When you consider the fact that the average Internet download speed in the US is a 11.9 megabits per second you can see that the requirement is fairly low (Source: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2959544/lan-wan/u-s-internet-connection-speeds-still-lag-behind-other-developed-nations.html).
How much does it cost?
OK this is important of course and with the features available in Netflix you might think the cost would be comparable to your typical cable package. Luckily this is not the case – Netflix subscriptions start from just $7.99 per month and this covers you for watching Netflix on two different devices simultaneously and also to watch HD titles where applicable.
Compared to the average monthly cost of cable, estimated to be $64, this is a drop in the ocean (Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-01-07/why-your-cable-bill-is-going-up-again-in-2015-sports).
What are the drawbacks?
There are some drawbacks to using Netflix, the main one is centred around its online nature – because of the way that Netflix works you have to have an Internet connection in order to watch it. This means that if your Internet goes down for any reason then you cannot watch any films of series until it comes back up. Although the minimum speed requirement is low the faster your internet is the better experience you will have.
The other major drawback is device support; whilst there are many devices supported by Netflix (See here for a full list: https://devices.netflix.com/en_gb/) some older devices are not supported. Because of this fact it is well worth checking support for your devices before you subscribe.
These are really the only downsides to Netflix and on the upside you have a vast array of films and series to watch on demand whenever you want and from wherever you want. You can easily watch different content at home as a family if you have the simultaneous content feature on your account and you can also get many titles before they are released on cable and in fact sometimes titles that are exclusive to Netflix.
Still not convinced?
Still not convinced? Well guess what: Netflix even offer a 30 day free trial so you can be absolutely certain that Netflix is for you before you part with any money.
After your 30 day trial is up you can decide whether or not Netflix can replace your expensive cable TV package.