WEB Netflix is like the Kleenex of SVOD services. It’s the first that springs to mind, and some of your more Americanised friends probably use the brand name when they should just be asking for a tissue.
The service has an enormous catalogue in the States, but due to the fragmentation of broadcasting rights in Australia Netflix has had to take a machete to that impressive library. The result is that while the US service has over 8,000 titles on offer, so far Australia only has a little over 1,300. While that’s a huge difference, the Australian library will grow, and there are plenty of gems within that 1,300 to fill your telly-watching hours.
Netflix’s original shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are front and centre, as is the outstanding new 13-episode Marvel collaboration, Daredevil. This gritty superhero series, which ties in with The Avengers and the larger Marvel Universe, is worth the price of a subscription alone. Other Netflix originals include Marco Polo, Bloodline (featuring Aussie actor Ben Mendelsohn), and the very funny BoJack Horseman.
If movies are more your thing, then Netflix has a solid selection. A deal with Village Roadshow Entertainment means The Lord of the Rings, Ocean’s Eleven and The Matrix trilogies are on hand, which should be a bonus for viewers who like their movies to come in threes. Other highlights include Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
Particularly commendable is the service’s wide selection of documentaries, with David Attenborough gems like The Blue Planet and the incredible 11-part Planet Earth.
When you’re after something to keep the kids occupied, Netflix has a truckload of cartoons and other content for the little ‘uns. And the childfriendly settings and interface allow them to browse content by themselves without accidentally bumping into something too bloody or naked.
Netflix has by far the best offering when it comes to access and stability, with apps on a huge range of smart TVs, Apple TV, FetchTV, Chromecast, and iOS and Android tablets and phones. And if you’ve bought a gaming console in the last ten years chances are there’s a Netflix app for that, too.
Finally, image quality varies depending on which subscription you sign up for, but Netflix impresses by offering 4K, even if it’s for a premium price of $14.99 per month. If you’re happy to settle for plain old SD you’ll only have to pay $8.99.