America’s dominant streaming service has more competition than ever, so what exactly makes Netflix so great?
Founded in 1997, long before the idea of streaming video-on-demand (VOD) had been conceived, Netflix started out as a DVD delivery service (a service which is still offered to this day). Netflix became popular in the US thanks to its healthy movie and TV selection, its iconic red envelope, and an incredibly accurate recommendations algorithm. It has since applied the same tactics and technologies to the world of SVOD, winning acclaim for its original series and rapidly building an enormous library of titles.
Netflix has spread its wings and began offering its services across the globe in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and countries across Europe. In America, Netflix remains the undefeated champion of video streaming. Here are the many reasons why.
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Netflix streaming plans and pricing
|Plan||Quality||Streams||Price (per month)|
|Standard||Up to High Definition||2||$12.99|
|Premium||Up to 4K Ultra-High Definition||4||$15.99|
Netflix DVD delivery plans
|Plan||Disc format||Maximum rentals at one time||Price (per month)|
|Standard||Standard DVD||1 DVD||$7.99|
|HD Blue-ray||1 DVD||$9.99|
|Premier||Standard DVD||2 DVD||$11.99|
|HD Blue-ray||2 DVD||$14.99|
What devices and platforms are compatible with Netflix?
Netflix is available on a broad range of devices, including some odd ones, like the Nintendo 2DS and Ubuntu PCs. Whichever platform you choose, it’s the Netflix user experience that gives the service its competitive edge. No matter what device you’re using, the Netflix interface is practically the same – and super-easy to use. Pause your favorite show on the Smart TV in your lounge room and pick up exactly where you left off in bed on your mobile.
Top TV Picks on Netflix
Top movies picks on Netflix
Netflix is, so far, the undisputed champion of streaming services when it comes to producing its own exclusive content. With shows like House of Cards, Orange is The New Black, Marvel’s Daredevil, and one of their newer shows Stranger Things, Netflix has been on a roll. Beyond that, Netflix airs some of the greatest titles in television history. Unlike Hulu, Netflix doesn’t really cater to those obsessed with daily soaps but there’s still so much to see here.
The American Netflix library is so desirable that many consumers across the globe purchase a VPN just to gain access to the US Netflix library.
Netflix Pros and cons
- 30-day free trial
- Netflix Originals are amazing
- Fantastic (and foolproof) parental controls
- User-friendly interface
- Doesn’t stream currently running TV seasons like Hulu
There’s a reason Netflix sits atop the entertainment throne – and its global expansion is proof that it’s not simply thanks to the existing user base from the DVD-only days. Netflix has a friendly interface that anyone can use, comprehensive support documents and live chat, a more-than-reasonable price, and the money and passion to create some truly unique content that rivals some of the best titles on television. It may not air current-run seasons like Hulu, or allow you to download titles like Amazon Instant Video, but its user-centric qualities have cemented Netflix’s position at the top.