Since its launch in 2012, Netflix UK has attracted several competitors. Three years in, how does Netflix hold up?
The godfather of streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) services, Netflix, has had to weather a growing market and many competitors vying for the number one spot. Its managed to hold the number one spot by bringing us loads of exclusives, like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and, for better or for worse, resurrecting Paul Reubens in the upcoming Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
Netflix took off around the world because it was cheap, offered unique and interesting content and because it was the most accessible SVOD service around. Three years into its reign, is Netflix still worthy of the crown?
Netflix UK Price and packages
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Though the standard Netflix package went through two price jumps within the span of a year, it still manages to compete with other popular UK services, like Amazon Prime Instant Video and NOW TV.
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When Netflix released House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, this, already popular, streaming service captured the attention of the world. Since, Netflix has continued to create some stellar in-house content, like Marvel’s Daredevil and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the reasons to love Netflix are growing every month. Admittedly, we don’t get as much content as the US here in the United Kingdom, but there’s still plenty to see– it’s Australia and New Zealand who truly get the short stick in that department.
How do I sign up to Netflix?
Signing up to Netflix couldn’t be easier. You simply visit netflix.com and press the button. From there, you will be asked to enter your basic registration details including username, password and address. You will also be asked to enter your payment details, but don’t worry, you won’t be billed until your free month is up.
Once you’ve done this you can start streaming Netflix immediately. You don’t even have to confirm your registration through an email– which is slightly worrying, but convenient, nonetheless.Back to top
Netflix pros and cons
- Navigate with ease
- The famous Netflix algorithm has a knack for knowing what you want to watch
- A comprehensive roster of compatible devices
- Exclusives like House of Cards and Marvel’s Daredevil are too good to ignore…
- …and there’s much more on the horizon, like Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Defenders– making it the one must-have streaming service for any comic book fan.
- Not as much content at Netflix US, but still…
The Netflix DVD delivery service became famous thanks to a user-friendly interface and popular recommendations algorithm, but the streaming service has remained number one by constantly offering unique content that contests the best that television has to offer.
Though many have taken shots at the title, it’s Netflix who most choose to spend their lazy Sunday mornings with, and the reasons why are obvious.
Who knows how Netflix will fare if Apple or Google ever decide to enter the fray, but for now Netflix is safe upon its throne.