Netflix UK Review | Price, Features and Content

Since its launch in 2012, Netflix UK has attracted several competitors. Three years in, how does Netflix hold up?

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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

Package Basic Standard Premium
Simultaneous streams 1 2 4
Streaming quality SD Up to HD Up to 4K
Price £5.99 £7.49 £8.99

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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Rates last updated October 20th, 2019
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Now TV
Now TV
  • Contract type: Subscribe monthly or annually
  • Pricing: Entertainment (£7.99/month), Sky Cinema (£9.99/month), Sky Sports (£7.99/day or £12.99/week)
  • Devices maximum: 2
  • Streams maximum: 2
  • Content types: On-demand streaming TV/movies and live sports
  • Quality: SD
  • Affiliates: Sky Atlantic, Sky One, Fox
  • Most popular: Big Little Lies, Billions, Girls, Fortitude, 24: Legacy
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Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
  • Contract type: Subscribe monthly or annually
  • Pricing: £5.99/month (or £79/year for Amazon Prime)
  • Devices maximum: 2
  • Streams maximum: 2
  • Content types: On-demand streaming TV/movies
  • Quality: SD and HD
  • Affiliates: HBO, LoveFilm, Epix, EasyCinema. Tesco DVD Rental
  • Most popular: Grand Tour, Vikings, The Walking Dead, American Gods, Bosch
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hayu
hayu
  • Contract type: Subscribe monthly
  • Pricing: £3.99/month
  • Devices maximum: Install the app on unlimited compatible devices
  • Streams maximum: 1
  • Content types: On-demand streaming reality TV
  • Quality: SD and HD
  • Affiliates: N/A
  • Most popular: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Made in Chelsea, Don't Tell the Bride
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BT TV
BT TV
  • Contract type: Subscribe annually
  • Pricing: £3.50, £10 or £12/month for new BT broadband customers
  • Devices maximum: 2
  • Streams maximum: 2
  • Content types: Live and on-demand streaming TV/movies, live sports and news
  • Quality: SD, HD and Ultra HD/4K
  • Affiliates: AMC, Sky Movies, Sky Sports, Netflix, Disney Channel
  • Most popular: American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Son
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What is next?

What devices and platforms is Netflix compatible with?

Top picks on Netflix

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.

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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.

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Netflix pros and cons

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Not as much content at Netflix US, but still…
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Verdict

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.

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