Every year more and more Americans cut the cord with their cable company. If you’ve been tethered to your cable box for the last decade, you might not know about the myriad streaming options out there. It can be daunting, but there’s one service everyone should start with: Netflix. But what is Netflix?
Here’s everything you wish to understand to get started.
What is Netflix?
While Netflix began as a DVD rental company, these days it is primarily a subscription-based streaming service. It charges a monthly subscription fee from its viewers and provides them ad-free access to thousands of TV shows and movies whenever they want.
Initially, the TV and movie catalog was provided by major partners, but Netflix has also significantly ramped up its own original content in recent years. Some of its most highly-rated TV shows embody House of Cards, Peaky Blinders, and Narcos. It currently has 148 million subscribers worldwide with the US alone amounting up to forty percent of the total.
How does Netflix work?
If you’ve ever used a streaming service, Netflix’s interface will be instantly familiar, but even for first timers, getting started is a breeze. Your primary supply of flicks are your queue. As you leaf through content on the Netflix web site and app, you’ll see a touch sign in a circle. This button adds things to your queue for later viewing.
When you begin using Netflix, your queue will be empty. Enjoy this period. It are the last time as a Netflix user your queue will be contemporary and new. One day you will look out at the expense of your queue and say, “When the hell did I get so into shows about cake?”
Under your queue, Netflix offers many rows of choices for movies and tv shows, sorted by genre. As you watch more content, Netflix will learn about your viewing habits, offering up custom genres with colorful names like “80s action comedies” or “gory unconventional horror films for feminists.”
Netflix’s algorithm is one among the best within the business, so once you’ve moved past the stage where you’re just watching every big movie, take a chance on Netflix’s recommendations. You’ll be surprised how often they’re correct.
Netflix’s library contains a broad vary of hit movies and shows from major networks. TV series like Arrow, The Flash, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Walking Dead come to the service a few months after their official airdate.
Thanks to Netflix’s deal with Disney, it’s the first streaming service to find new Marvel Studios releases like Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange.
Netflix still has the strongest library of new and old classic films, but as the company has grown and competitors like Hulu and Amazon Prime bid for exclusive rights, studios have demanded more money for their content, shrinking Netflix’s options.
That’s why Netflix has invested incredible amounts of money in producing their content, working with filmmakers like David Fincher on the Emmy-nominated House of Cards and Marvel Studios on Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage—not to mention the upcoming The Punisher and The Defenders.
Netflix is that the exclusive home of Adam Sandler’s next few comedies, with films like The Ridiculous 6 already released on the service. Fans of foreign films will appreciate investments in films by directors like Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer).
But wait, there’s more: Netflix also features an incredible amount of original standup comedy. This year alone they’ve released two specials from Dave Chappelle, along with new material from Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, and Norm MacDonald among dozens of other comedians.
There’s no better service for standup comedy right now than Netflix. The company has also heavily invested in documentaries, most notably true-crime thrillers Making a Murderer and The Keepers and the Academy Award-nominated 13th.
How do I get Netflix?
With a TCL Netflix ready TV, you can access Netflix after you have subscribed through the Netflix website. Take advantage of any current free offers and choose the plan you think will be best suited to you and your family. There are no lock-in fees contracts or penalties. If you would like to finish your subscription you’ll do thus at any time.
What TV shows and movies can I watch on Netflix?
Netflix has 125 million hours of content that can be viewed each day. It has everything from current drama series to lifestyle shows, reality shows, the latest movies, history content, documentaries, design shows, comedy, kids shows and many other genres. With its amazing suggestion system, it will show you other content that may suit your viewing patterns.
Does Netflix Consume Too Much Data?
Netflix is pretty flexible once you contemplate knowledge consumption. Here’s a list of how much data it consumes according to the video quality.
Low=> In low/basic video quality it normally consumes up to 300 MB per hour.
Medium=> In medium video quality, it uses up to approximately 700 MB per hour.
High=> This is the best video quality available on it that uses up to 3000 MB on high definition and 7000 MB on Ultra high definition.
If you’re having problems with connectivity, Netflix also has another option which determines the video quality according to your connection.
Netflix’s key benefits and features
=> Netflix customers will stream a limiteless variety of films, documentaries and television programmes from a huge catalogue.
=> The content is streamed over the internet, so customers do not have to wait for DVDs to arrive through the post or to be downloaded in full before watching.
=> The exact catalogue of content offered differs from country to country.
=> Netflix began life within the USA as a DVD ordering service, just like Love Film in the Britain. In the UK, Netflix is an online-only service.
=> As well as giving common and niche TV and film content, in 2011 Netflix began authorization and making their own ‘original programming’.
This has enclosed critically-acclaimed political drama, House of Cards, a replacement series of cult comedy arrested development and jail drama Orange is that the New Black.
How much does Netflix cost?
Netflix service comes in 3 tiers; Basic, Standard, and Premium. No matter what reasonably subscription you have got, you get access to identical content as everybody else. None of Netflix’s content is locked behind a paywall after you’ve subscribed.
For the $8.99 Basic plan, you can watch Netflix content on one screen at a time on any device that supports the service. Also, your streams are in customary definition, which is as good as a clear standard broadcast TV show.
For the $12.99 Standard plan, you can watch Netflix on up to two screens at the same time, and it comes in high-definition. For most users, this tier are ideal, property you avoid any nasty arguments wherever your friend or spouse needs to look at Breaking dangerous whereas you’re enjoying the nice British Bake Off.
If you own a 4K TV and have a strong enough internet connection, the $15.99 Premium option is worth considering. You get access to 4K Ultra HD content, and the ability to stream on up to four devices at the same time. At every tier your first month of the service is free, so you can figure out exactly which level is right for you.
It’s worth noting that Netflix has raised its rates a few times in recent years. In 2015, the standard two-stream HD plan only cost $8.99, while a non-HD plan cost $7.99. Of course, that was before Netflix started pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into content production, but it’s worth keeping in mind for budget-focused viewers.