Sometimes at the end of a long day all you want to do is relax with a bucket of popcorn (or plate of cookies works too) and watch a good movie. Netflix is one option, but is it the best? Is Netflix really worth it – your money? Here’s a Netflix review from on-and-off-again customers who have a few things to say about the streaming service.
Netflix Reviewed: Our Experience with Netflix
I first encountered Netflix when I was gifted a three or six month subscription. I remember using the DVD service but can’t remember the streaming portion at that time. Regardless, it was a fun gift and I wasn’t sure that I would continue the subscription once it ended.
I didn’t. At the time I was in college and hardly had time to watch movies on a regular basis – I had books to read and lectures to listen to! There was no time for movies. Period.
But once I got out of college and got married, things changed. There was a need to relax at times and watch movies, and I didn’t have massive exams to study for anymore.
After I quit working for a brick and mortar Blockbuster store (BlockBuster later declared bankruptcy) and started working for another company, I no longer had free movies I could take home with me from work. Was I really going to spend gas money, drive to Blockbuster, and pay four bucks for a movie? Not when we heard that we could stream Netflix unlimitedly!
We Signed Up for Netflix
So, we decided to visit their website and see what all the fuss was about. At that time, you could get one DVD out at a time with unlimited streaming (we streamed to our iMac, as it was our only “television” at this time) for $8.99/month. That’s not a bad deal!
What We Watched and What We Didn’t
Documentaries, documentaries, documentaries. That’s pretty much all we watched, except for the occasional action movie or two. The latest movies weren’t always the “latest” movies, but they came soon enough after their release in theaters to be satisfying.
This wouldn’t be a true Netflix review without the cons . . . .
As Christians, we were disappointed to see that there were some pretty suggestive and non-God fearing movies on Netflix. You’ll run into that if you sign up – just avoid those like the plague. Some Christians argue against Netflix altogether because of this, but should we avoid doing business with anyone or any business who participates in sinful acts? Aren’t we sinners ourselves? We decided to watch the movies that we deemed appropriate, and neglect those we don’t believe in. In fact, Netflix has a “Faith and Spirituality” section that has some pretty uplifting movies.
The Pricing Change
For about a year or so we kept our subscription until the pricing changed and they started charging about double for what we were already getting.
That’s when quit Netflix. But the price change wasn’t the only reason we quit.
I started working more and more online writing articles and managing The Christian Dollar, so I found myself with less time to spare. Netflix just wasn’t as attractive as it once was because our situation had changed. I was working hard again – but this time with two jobs.
Where We Stand Today
Currently, we do not have Netflix. I have a feeling that Courtney and I will be tempted to sign up again soon though, as the free side of Hulu.com is pretty sparse and I’m home at nights now that I’ve quit my day job.
How Netflix Works
But is Netflix worth it? Here are some things we’re going to consider before signing up.
The Cost and What You Get
For $7.99 a month, you can instantly watch unlimited movies and TV episodes streaming over the Internet to your TV via a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Apple TV, or any other device that streams from Netflix. You can even watch from your computer – that’s what we’ve done in the past.
Grab a Free Trial!
If you’re wanting to try Netflix out, you can sign up for a one month free trial. If you’re enjoying Netflix, you don’t have to do anything – just sit back and relax (your card will be charged the monthly fee after your free trial). If you want to cancel Netflix, you can do so at any time.
Netflix has one of the largest selections of movies online: thousands of movies and TV episodes available to stream 24/7. It’s actually quite impressive when you think about it. During the course of your free trial you can get a good feel for the selection.
It seems a lot of people have forgotten that you can still get DVDs through Netflix. This probably wouldn’t be an option we’d choose, but for those of you interested, you can get 1 DVD out at a time for an additional $7.99 per month.
Adding DVDs will give you a broader selection of movies and TV episodes that you can choose from. Have a Blu-ray player? Just add them for an additional $2.00 per month.
To anyone who currently has the DVD plan, could you leave a brief review of it in the comments? It’s been some time since we had DVDs through Netflix, so a comment for this part of our Netflix review would be appreciated.
Sign up for a free trial. The first month is free, and you’ll have enough time to see if you’ll stream enough movies to make it worth your $7.99 a month. If you find that Netflix is ruling your life, you can always cancel it and focus on reading a few books instead. But sometimes a good movie is just what the doctor ordered. Don’t you agree?
Do you have Netflix? What do you think of it? Leave a comment below!
Netflix envelope pictures by Marit & Toomas Hinnosaar