That Makes Cents: Cord Cutting Options - Netflix

RBJBrian By RBJBrian, 9th Jun 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Cord Cutting is the term that refers to the processes of either getting rid of cable/satellite service, or reducing your bill by lowering your package with the cable/satellite company. There are several options that you can try, and likely you’ll probably choose a couple of them before feeling satisfied enough to cut the cord. This installment is Netflix.

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In free market economics, businesses try to get you to purchase as many products and services as possible, and as a consumer, you try and keep as much as your hard earned money as possible. In this article series, Brian looks at helping you to not separate you from your money, and to provide you with the best products and services at the lowest opportunity cost.

That Makes Cents: Cord Cutting Options - Netflix

In 1997, a man named Reed Hastings founded the company known as Netflix. He started the mail-order DVD service, partially as a reaction to his anger in his requirement of paying a late fee when returning Apollo 13. Three years later, in 2000, Netflix still was not yet profitable, and proposed a deal with the leader in video rentals at the time, Blockbuster. The proposal was that Netflix would sell 49% of its company to the video rental powerhouse, and change its name to Blockbuster.com. Blockbuster didn’t bite, and today, Netflix is flourishing, and Blockbuster is essentially defunct.

Netflix’s original business model (which is still available today), was the mail-order DVD rentals with no late charges. As soon as you mailed back your DVD, a new one would be on the way. However, what we know Netflix for today is something much different, and that is the extensive library of television programs and films available instantly. In this article, I will discuss the various devices from which Netflix can be viewed, cost, television show offerings, film offerings, and my experience using the service.

On Which Devices Can I Watch Netflix?

Once you set up a Netflix account, you can login on gobs of devices. As you’ll see on this list, we probably have a couple of these devices in our lives - and Netflix allows you to use them all. In other words, you can start a film (or television series) on one devices, and continue it on another. Netflix is available on: their website, netflix.com (e.g., Windows/MacOS), mobile apps (e.g., iOS, Android, Windows Phone), Google Chromecast, Apple TV (second generation and newer), Roku devices, video game consoles (Xbox One, Xbox 360, Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Playstation Vita, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 2DS), several Blu-ray disc players, and a few others.

Cost

There are a few different pricing models for Netflix (streaming - not including their mail-order DVD add-on). They range in price from eight dollars per month up to twelve dollars per month. The differences include the number of concurrent screens watching Netflix (one, two, or four), and the video quality (standard definition, high definition, and ultra high definition) when available.

Going back to its roots, (and I’m sure to pad the coffers a little), Netflix also offers the add-on of DVDs or Blu-ray’s delivered to your home through the mail. They have a few pricing options. Their DVD pricing includes one, two, or three discs out at a time which come in at eight, twelve, or sixteen dollars per month, respectively. For Blu-rays, the cost goes up to ten, fifteen, and twenty dollars for the same number of discs as their DVD counterparts. They also have a two disc per month plan for DVDs and Blu-rays at five and six dollars respectively.

Television Show Offerings

Netflix casts a wide net when it comes to television programs available to the viewer. They have an extremely large selection of genres, and have each filled with everything from classics to Netflix exclusives. Some of their originals have also won emmys for House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Television programs on Netflix do not have any commercials, before, or during the viewing, nor do they advertise at all while watching their programming. Despite their wide variety of television programs, including such big television hits as The Walking Dead and Mad Men, it must be noted that Netflix is usually about a season behind when releasing their content.

Film Offerings

The film offerings on Netflix are pretty decent, especially considering the relatively low monthly price. However, it is sometimes a hit and miss when trying to find a film. For example, searching for James Bond, I found several of the top films available to watch including: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, and Skyfall. At the same time, look for other series, such as Back to the Future or Indiana Jones, and you won’t find them available to stream.

While you may not be able to stream the particular film you want, Netflix does offer a couple of opportunities. First, they will let you know if the title is available to get via mail-order DVD, and secondly, they will recommend similar titles.

My Experience Using Netflix

I have been a subscriber to Netflix’s streaming service for about a year and a half. I have had a great time using the service and have had the opportunity to catch up with several television series that I either entirely missed while when they originally aired on the network, or I only caught in a sporadic manner. If you are interested, here are some of the series I have caught on Netflix, either in their entirety, or am currently viewing: The Walking Dead, How I Met Your Mother, Mad Men, Doctor Who, Lost, and Arrow; amongst several others.

So what has your experience been with Netflix? Let me know below! Please look for our next installment of cord cutting coming soon!


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Sources:
http://www.inc.com/ilan-mochari/netflix-history.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Netflix
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Netflix_compatible_devices
https://www.netflix.com/getstarted?locale=en-US
http://time.com/3178825/emmys-2014-netflix-wins/

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author avatar Papa KyKy
7th Jul 2015 (#)

I love Netflix. It is like having another cable channel. It has great original programming. My current favorite is Daredevil. I'm not a cord cutter yet, but I greatly appreciate what Netflix brings to the table.

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author avatar RBJBrian
7th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for the comment Papa! I too love Daredevil, and am looking forward to the second season! Have a great day!

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