NET­FLIX

Largest li­brary of movies. Great orig­i­nal shows. No ads. 4K con­tent. Movies tied to DVD re­lease. Lat­est TV shows un­avail­able.

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Net­flix started out as an on­line DVD rental ser­vice, where phys­i­cal DVDs are shipped to sub­scribers with­out need­ing to visit a tra­di­tional video rental store. It is now also one of the largest video stream­ing ser­vices on­line.

Net­flix is well known for of­fer­ing a vast li­brary of movies with a mod­est num­ber of TV shows. How­ever, it doesn’t have ev­ery­thing. Of course, this has to do with the type of li­cens­ing and rights Net­flix has with the stu­dios and dis­trib­u­tors of said shows. For ex­am­ple, you can stream The Avengers on Net­flix, but all three Iron Man films are only avail­able as phys­i­cal DVD rentals. Newer movies will also take some time be­fore ap­pear­ing on Net­flix, and is nor­mally tied to the DVD re­lease date. The Lego Movie for ex­am­ple is un­avail­able to stream or DVD rent­ing.

As the pop­u­lar­ity of stream­ing ser­vices rise, Net­flix has in re­cent years also tried to com­pete with tra­di­tional ca­ble chan­nels such as HBO. They’ve be­gun to pro­duce orig­i­nal con­tent or carry exclusive li­censes for shows that only ap­pear in Net­flix. Among the com­pe­ti­tion, it has the most exclusive shows, in­clud­ing highly ac­claimed and award win­ning ones such as House of Cards and Or­ange is the New Black. If you’re look­ing for cut­ting edge drama, Net­flix is your best bet. Net­flix is also in­vest­ing in 4K con­tent. The lat­est sea­son of House of Cards will be shot in 4K, plus the en­tire Break­ing Bad se­ries.

Net­flix of­fers three sub­scrip­tion tiers: US $7.99/month for sin­gle screen and stan­dard def­i­ni­tion view­ing, US$8.99/ month for up to two screens in high def­i­ni­tion and US$11.99/ month for up to four screens at high def­i­ni­tion.

As a long time player in the stream­ing ser­vice, its desk­top in­ter­face sup­ports cre­at­ing dif­fer­ent user profiles and cus­tomiza­tions, which af­fect sug­gested shows and top picks based on view­ing pref­er­ences. Search­ing for con­tent is eas­ily done through a search bar and view­ing con­tent is pretty in­tu­itive. If you’re watch­ing a movie, it will of­fer sug­ges­tions on what to watch next. If you’re watch­ing a drama se­rial, if will au­to­mat­i­cally play the next episode. Net­flix will also track and re­mem­ber your movies and will con­tinue play­ing your last show where you left off. You can also rate and com­ment on shows.

Be­sides its desk­top ver­sion, Net­flix also in­cludes iOS and An­droid apps. Un­for­tu­nately, the An­droid app only seems to stream in 480p. Sim­i­larly, de­vices run­ning iOS 6 and be­low only stream in 480p, though de­vices run­ning iOS 7 can stream in full HD (1080p).

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