Long story, moving from disappointments to disappointments I will not bore you with.
From then on, I swore never to pay for a TV subscription, with Sky or anyone else as long as money is tight.
I was putting an average of £65 every months in Sky's pockets and they treated me badly when I had a problem.
After all, who needs an extra package when you get Freeview ?
January 2012, I started hearing about Netfilx; a new service of video on demand with a monthly subscription allowing you to watch unlimited movies and TV programs.
I knew about the LoveFilm package but found it very user-unfriendly.
So I signed up for a free trial with Netflix . . . and never went back.
At first, I was concerned about my Internet provider capping my allowance for using too much bandwidth and data.
Well, Netflix lets you choose the video quality and bandwidth you use :
We know that some of you have internet data caps and we want to make it easier for you to manage how much data you use. We offer 3 video quality settings to help you manage your data usage. No matter what level you choose, your Netflix membership price will remain the same.
- (up to 0.3 GB per hour)
- (up to 0.7 GB per hour)
- (up to 1.0 GB per hour, or up to 2.3 GB per hour for HD)
As far as finding out what to watch; the website is very well organised by categories :
Movies by genre, TV and there is a separate tab for Children's programs
Once you have found the TV serie you want to watch, all the episodes are showing in the same tab, with a two line sum up of each episode.
They are organised by serie and by episode number. (Unlike LoveFilm, where finding a a serie to watch in a linear manner is pretty hellish)
You can rate what you have viewed and remove these to show in your search results.
The content :
Netflix will offer far fewer new movie than LoveFilm or WatchNow.
But they are pretty much unbeatable for TV series and programs.
And they are great for International and Art House / Independent cinema.
Here are few examples of latest film release on Netflix :
The Hunger Game, The Iron Lady, What to expect,
TV series :
The UK content, to be really honest is still quite limited but having seen the US content whilst travelling, I can tell you it is worth sticking around.
Another advantage of Netflix is that when you travel, providing Netflix is available in that country, you will have access to the country's content from your UK subscription, at no cost.
Downtown Abbey (S1-3), Vampire Diaries, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Planet, Modern Family, Archer, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and LOST
Which also means that providing you use a VPN, you can also get US content from the UK ;-)
To sum up :
If you really need the latest releases; go to LoveFilm or NowTV
If movies is more your thing than TV series; rent them on iTunes as and when or go to LoveFilm.
If love to review the best series of the past 40 years or so, love classic and cult movies or a Foreign cinema buff; no one can beat Netflix. Both for content and value for money.
Disclaimer : I have taken the decision to write this post of my own free-will as a satisfied customer of Netflix. Netflix has not sponsored or endorsed this post in any way or form.