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Netflix review: product, prices and features

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A pioneer in the streaming market, this media giant was first known for its red envelope mail service.

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Pricing $8.99
Free trial 30 days
Number of devices 4
Simultaneous streams 4
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Netflix started as a DVD delivery service, known for its red envelopes. Today, it keeps up with the online streaming competition with its extensive movie selection and original content.

It’s expanded its reach with service to more than 190 countries including the UK, Australia, New Zealand and countries across Europe. But content is limited in some regions, and you can’t stream primetime TV shows like Hulu can.

Netflix pros and cons

Pros

  • Free trial. Try Netflix for 30 days to use on multiple devices. It even sends reminders when your trial is close to ending.
  • Original series. As the pioneer of original content, Netflix offers high-interest movies and series.
  • Parental controls. Easily control content that’s available to younger viewers by creating multiple profiles.

Cons

  • No live streaming options. Users can’t access live TV shows or current seasons.
  • Limited global content. Though Netflix offers service to multiple countries, not all its content is available everywhere.

Consider a streaming alternative

  • Stream Live TV channels
  • Hulu Originals
  • Full seasons of current and classic shows anytime, anywhere

Our top pick: Hulu + Live TV

Watch hundreds of your favorite shows with a free Hulu + Live TV trial.

  • $44.99/month with first week free
  • Stream over 60 news, sports and entertainment channels live
  • Record 50 hours of live TV with Cloud DVR service
  • Unlimited access to Hulu’s full content library
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What features does Netflix offer?

This popular streaming service lets you watch multiple shows at a time and offers parental protections to curate a child-friendly experience.

Original content

With hundreds of original titles, Netflix has captured the attention of millions of users. Its content has taken home Emmys, Academy Awards, Grammys and Golden Globes.

Stream on multiple devices at once

With its premium plan, users can stream on up to four devices at a time.

Download content

You can download content to any registered device to save on using up your data. There are limitations based on what you download, but most expire after seven days and can only play on the device you downloaded them on.

Multiple profiles

Add as many profiles as you need to keep all your favorite shows in one place. It also curates its recommendations and content according to your history. And it’s an easy way to monitor what kids watch, with multiple levels of parental controls and a watch history.

What devices and platforms are compatible with Netflix?

Netflix is available on a broad range of devices, including some obscure ones, like the Nintendo 2DS and Ubuntu PCs. No matter what device you’re using, the Netflix interface is consistent and easy to use. It allows you to pause and pick up on another device too.

Netflix streaming plans and pricing

PlanQualityStreamsPrice a month
BasicStandard definition1$8.99
StandardUp to high definition2$12.99
PremiumUp to 4K ultra-high definition4$15.99

How to set up Netflix

Netflix DVD delivery plans

PlanDisc formatMaximum rentals at a timePrice a month
StandardStandard DVD1 DVD$7.99
HD Blu-ray1 DVD$9.99
PremierStandard DVD2 DVD$11.99
HD blue-ray2 DVD$14.99

Free trial

Netflix offers a 30-day free trial, with access to all content. As the end of your trial approaches, you will be notified of a potential charge as your monthly subscription begins.

  1. Go to the Netflix website and click 30-day free trial.
  2. Create a profile with your email and password and click Continue.
  3. Enter your payment info and your subscription should begin.

Is premium worth it?

Upgrade to the premium can be worthwhile if you want to stream on up to four devices. Another benefit of upgrading is the quality of your viewing experience. Users with smaller and older TVs report that the basic plan works well — but if you have a high-definition TV, it’s worth the upgrade.

Best shows to watch on Netflix

Netflix offers so many options, it’s name has become a verb, not to mention synonymous with wink-wink meme-worthy slang. Watch award-winning series like Breaking Bad and The Office, binge Netflix originals like House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black or discover cult favorites like Bojack Horseman and Bob’s Burgers all with this streaming giant.

How much data does Netflix use?

The amount of data Netflix streaming uses depends on your resolutions and how long you stream. Download content to save data and watch shows offline. It offers four data usage settings:

Low: 0.3 GB an hour

Medium: 0.7 GB an hour

High: Best quality up to 3 GB an hour, and 7 GB an hour for Ultra HD

Auto: Adjusts to give you the highest quality possible based on your Internet connection speed.

Case study: Michael's experience

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Michael Bowley
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Netflix was the final factor in my family cutting the cable cord. Its recent surge in quality Netflix-made content as well as its acquisition of old movies and TV shows means there’s always something new and exciting to watch.

My top Netflix feature is the ability to access your account simultaneously on multiple devices, meaning family members can share the same account with their own content suggestions.

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Brodie Fogg was the publisher for Finder's streaming and entertainment comparisons. Brodie has a background in education and is passionate about breaking down complicated topics and tech garble to make it more palatable for a wider audience.

Expert review

Netflix is good for users wanting to stay current with top new series and movies. It’s one of the most popular streaming services, driving it to strive to compete with better, and more content.

And if you’re still using DVDs, you can get its red envelopes in the mail. But if you’re looking for live-streaming or network TV shows, consider another service like Hulu.

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16 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Mono
    October 13, 2019

    Since i moved from the Caribbean to South East Asia wish to cancel Netflix account.
    How do I do it?
    Have already informed the Credit Card company but wish to inform Netflix?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Brian
      October 14, 2019

      Hi there,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. If you want to make sure that you have properly cancelled your account, you’ll want to end your subscription through the following steps:

      -Sign in to Netflix.
      -Click the down arrow at the top right of the page, next to your profile name.
      -Select the Account section.
      -Under Membership and billing, click the gray Cancel membership box.
      -Click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.

      With this, Netflix will be notified that your account is cancelled.

      Hope this helped!

      Brian

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    Rasha
    March 4, 2019

    I want to cancel my account.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Joshua
      March 4, 2019

      Hi Rasha,

      Thanks for getting in touch with Finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      If you want to cancel your Netflix account, you would need to first sign in to Netflix. From there, click the down arrow at the top right of the page. You can find it next to your profile name. From there, select the Account section and under Membership and billing, click the gray Cancel membership box. Finally, click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.

      You can learn more about this by reading our guide here. The guide also comes with a tutorial video.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    Amos
    February 18, 2019

    Can I get Stingray music in Netflix?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      johnbasanes
      February 19, 2019

      Hi Amos,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Netflix is a streaming service specific to TV shows and Movies available in their library. Music streaming is not included in any Netflix package. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    Sharon
    November 27, 2018

    how come CSI is not on netfix

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      Ash
      November 28, 2018

      Hello Sharon,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Though Netflix has a wide library of content for TV Shows/ Movies, still there are series that are not available due to copyright issues. You may head directly to Netflix website to suggest for CSI to be added to their content in the future.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again to us if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    Carlo
    October 8, 2018

    I need to cancel my subscription, but I can’t go to the website of Netflix and the due date is today, Oct 8. What can I do?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Jhez
      October 8, 2018

      Hello Carlo,

      Thank you for your comment.

      You may want to check out our guide and video to learn how to cancel your Netflix subscription. If you are unable to load the Netflix website, please have a check on your internet connection and check the URL if it’s correct. I hope this helps.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    Marcus
    September 5, 2018

    I have tried over and over to cancel Netflix no success.

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      joelmarcelo
      September 5, 2018

      Hi Marcus,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Sorry to hear about your experience. To cancel your Netflix account, please follow these steps:

      1. Sign in to Netflix.
      2. Click on the downward arrow at the top right corner of the page, next to your profile name.
      3. Select the Account section.
      4. Under Membership and billing click the grey cancel membership box.
      5. Next click Finish cancellation to confirm you want to cancel.

      If after following these steps and you are still unable to cancel your Netflix account, please contact Netflix customer support directly to see what could be causing your inability to cancel.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    Kim
    February 6, 2018

    Does Netflix have a list of TV channels available?

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      Ellie
      February 7, 2018

      Hi Kim,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Netflix doesn’t offer any TV channels. However, Netflix currently offers vast choices of TV shows and movies.

      Please check out this page for the list of TV Shows available on Netflix US, while you’ll find the list of all the available movies on Netflix US on this page for your reference.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Ellie

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    James
    June 12, 2017

    I installed Netflix on my tv two days ago. It was a gift card from someone. Can I installed it on this tablet?

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      Arnold
      June 16, 2017

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      If you want to watch Netflix on your tablet you have to download their app on Appstore for IOS and Google Play. Log in to your Netflix account and you may now start watching.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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