Netflix started in 1997 as a DVD movie rental service, ordered online and delivered by mail. In 2007, it became the first streaming service that allows subscribers to watch movies and series in the comfort of their own home. Then only through a computer.
Time has passed, and now Netflix is available on almost any device with an Android or iOS screen and operating system, be it a TV, phone, or tablet. I’m sure that somewhere in one of the 190 countries where the service is now available, someone is watching a Netflix series on the screen of a smart refrigerator.
In the meantime, competitors have emerged, but they still have a long way to go to seriously compete with Netflix, for the simple reason that it has by far the richest and most diverse archive of movies, series, documentaries and shows, original or not, among all the streaming services now available on the market. In addition, Netflix is available in almost every corner of the world, it has been dubbed and translated in many languages, it offers the most intuitive and easy to use interface, but also offers an unbeatable price / quality ratio. Oh, and it doesn’t contain ads, no matter what type of subscription you choose.
It can be said that Netflix has radically changed the way we watch our favorite shows and movies, and not only that it is still the best streaming platform. And not just technically or quantitatively. Because the best reason to subscribe to Netflix, if you eat entertainment on bread, is that the series and original movies it produces have become regular Emmy Awards clients, and almost won a few Academy Awards. 44 Emmy Awards in 2021? Get out of here!
Since 2013, when Netflix released its first original series (see House of Cards), the archive of films and series in this category is fast approaching 1,500, with global successes such as Stranger Things, Black Mirror, The Queen’s Gambit or even more recently Squid , which unfortunately was pegged to a cryptocurrency that turned out to be very high.
In fact, the platform itself is a global phenomenon. And not because they were necessarily the first. Netflix is an example of how to maintain your leadership over competitors in the market, as it continues to release not only series and movies of all genres, but also original shows and documentaries. Of course, not all of them are at the level of Emmys or Oscars (The Irishman was about to get one), but most of them won’t be available on another streaming platform or on TV channels. In short, Netflix’s beautifully colorful interface reveals such a rich offering, divided into so many categories, subcategories, genres and subgenres, that you risk falling asleep just by browsing through it. Including international productions, as the average American calls them, who close their eyes immediately after reviewing two Bulgarian films. Hello. To contradict me, he would have shown me that he watched the Squid game series with all his heart. Original Netflix, but South Korean.
Netflix at the right price
Netflix subscriptions are divided into categories. The basic service costs $9, the standard is 14, and the premium is 18. The first service allows you to access the Netflix show from a single screen, but not in HD. The second allows you to access two devices simultaneously and allows you to view products in HD format. If you choose Premium, it will be nice to have a 4K TV at home, a strong internet connection and some friends, with whom they share the subscription price. The service allows you to watch your favorite products, subject to availability, in Ultra HD, on a number of four different devices, and propose to share them with three friends that are valid only if they do not give you money from Pete. But even for $9, the Netflix offering remains unbeatable. You can do without HD, and the viewing quality is as reasonable as possible.
So it is very clear why the number of Netflix subscribers is increasing. Not to mention that with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has risen to over 200 million. If you have a great internet connection and iOS, Android, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One/Series X or S, PlayStation 4 or 5, you can’t miss the Netflix app. For desktop/laptop systems, you can easily access the service through a web browser.
What I like most about Netflix is that they add full-format TV series, so you can watch some of them in one night. But if it’s not a Netflix original, it won’t be archived forever, but will, at some point, be ported to another streaming service. Or even at a TV station, maybe even the one they stopped at. So, when you discover a special series, it would be a good idea to watch it while it is still available for viewing, not to wake up that you only watched the first episode and have to look for others elsewhere.
In addition to the many viewing options (audio language, subtitle, format, etc.) that Netflix offers to archive the available productions, they can be downloaded even for offline viewing. The option is very useful especially if you do not have a stable internet connection, and if the connection does not allow you unlimited traffic, then Netflix allows you to set a download limit, so you do not have to borrow from users to pay Vodafone a bill.
In short, Netflix is and will remain, for many years to come, the best entertainment option for all current and future streaming services. It has a huge archive of movies and series, which includes a lot of high quality original productions. Just don’t fall asleep while navigating the menu.
Now, I beg your pardon, but I have an entire series to watch. Cowboy Bebop, here I come!