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2019 Netflix Review

Best binge-worthy TV, but no live TV

Best for Original Shows
Our Rating
Live channels
N/A
Cloud DVR hours
N/A
Multiple streams
1–4
Monthly cost
Starting at $8.99

Our Rating

Package name PriceChannelsDVR Space Website
Basic$8.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package
Standard$12.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package
Premium$15.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package
Package name
Basic
Standard
Premium
PriceChannelsDVR Space Website
$8.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package
$12.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package
$15.99/mo.N/AN/AView Package

First take: Is Netflix good?

Well, let’s see. For binge-watching old TV shows? Most definitely. For new, original content? For sure. As a cable replacement? Not even a contender.

Basically, Netflix is amazing at getting you reruns of your favorite TV shows or keeping you up-to-date on Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, but without live coverage, it’s for sure missing some traditional TV needs.

Netflix deals and promotions

It’s pretty obvious that Netflix is a screaming deal when it comes to pure quantity, but if you’re still not ready to commit, you can try it free for 30 days.

That’s a whole month of free content. Plus, you can cancel anytime online with no consequences.

Try Netflix’s free trial

Netflix prices and packages

How much is Netflix?

PackagesShow countNumber of simultaneous streamsPrice
Basic200+1$8.99/mo.
Standard200+2$12.99/mo.
Premium200+4$15.99/mo.

One great thing about Netflix is that no matter which plan you choose, you get the same awesome content—over 200 movies, TV reruns, and Netflix originals. We think that’s pretty sweet.

So why pay for the more expensive packages? It all comes down to the streaming quantity and quality.

See, Netflix’s Basic package gets you only one stream, while the Standard package upgrades you to two. That means with the Basic service, only one person can watch at a time. Sounds a little more like the start of a battle royale than a relaxing night of your favorite shows.

If the idea of sharing even two streams makes you start to sweat, you might snag the Premium package. For only three dollars more, you’ll double your available streams. And with four simultaneous streams, you should be able to watch whatever you want without seeing the dreaded “You’ve reached your limit” screen. Score!

While the streams are a key part of the differences, it’s worth noting that the different packages also get you different tiers of video quality. We’ll explain more later, but basically, the higher the package, the better the video quality.

Cord-cutting savings

Here’s the skinny: Netflix is not a cable replacement. If you love reruns, then it’s great, but Netflix doesn’t offer any live TV.

So if you’re looking for live sports or the next Bachelor episode, you should check out our guide to streaming services. If you just want to binge-watch, then go get Netflix now.

Netflix shows

What’s on Netflix?

Popular shows
  • Arrested Development
  • American Horror Story
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Office
  • See full show lineup
    Popular shows
  • Arrested Development
  • American Horror Story
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Office
  • See full show lineup

    Whether you’re looking for a chick-flick or a horror night, Netflix’s got everything you need. Simply log in and you can binge-watch classics like Gilmore Girls or The Office (or find new shows to love) to your heart’s content.

    One word of warning: reruns of old shows or movies aren’t guaranteed to remain on Netflix. The show’s contract can expire, and then it’ll disappear from Netflix with no warning.

    Luckily, old shows often return once the contract is figured out, but not always. (Remember how Doctor Who suddenly left Netflix and resurfaced later on Amazon Prime Video? We sure do.)

    Sports channels

    No live sports but, still, some action

    Netflix is not in the market of live sports. There’s no ESPN, TNT, or NFL Network, so if you’re looking for a streaming service to keep up with your favorite team’s season, keep looking.

    While this is a bummer, there are still shows that sports fans will love. If you’re into the stories of triumph, try out ESPN’s 30 for 30 series—amazing documentaries that relive the greatest moments in sports history.

    Or, if you need a show to please both the sports fan and the drama lover, try out Friday Night Lights. We love the underdog story, the drama, and the football.

    We know it’s not live sports, but it’ll give you some of the best sports stories you’ll find—which is almost (almost!) as good.

    International service

    Wanderlust, anyone? Netflix’s got you

    While most streaming services are limited to the United States, Netflix works in over 189 countries. You’ll find different shows available in different countries, but there’s still content everywhere you go.

    Local channels

    Netflix doesn’t offer any local channels. If you want local channels, you’ll have to check out another streaming service or pick up an antenna.

    Want local channels?

    All you need to do is get yourself a digital antenna. The antenna picks up the local broadcast stations, which will get you channels like ABC and NBC for free. Sounds like a pretty good deal to us.

    Netflix original shows and movies

    The list just keeps going and going

    Popular original showsPopular original movies
  • Stranger Things
  • Orange Is the New Black
  • House of Cards
  • Crown
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
  • Roma
  • Always Be My Maybe
  • Beast of No Nation
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Like Father
  • Holy award-winning programming, Batman! We’ve found the motherlode!

    Netflix has come a long way from simply mailing out DVDs—its original content is amazing. (We’re talking about you, Stranger Things.) In fact, half the reason people sign up for Netflix is for its original movies and shows.

    Honestly, even stellar services like HBO NOW, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video can’t compare when it comes to original shows and movies (Netflix has an Academy Award under its belt—come at me).

    Netflix specs and features

    Netflix is basically the o.g. of streaming services, so it’s no wonder its features are on point. Netflix offers options for multiple streams, tons of compatible devices, and ultra-HD-quality video.

    Multiple streams

    Enough streams for the whole family

    PackageSimultaneous streamsOffline viewingPrice
    Basic1Yes$8.99/mo.
    Standard2Yes$12.99/mo.
    Premium4Yes$15.99/mo.

    Netflix has streaming options for all types of Netflix users.

    If you’re just looking to watch by yourself, the Basic package gives you the one stream you need. If you’re planning on sharing your account, though, you’ll want to snag the Standard package for two streams.

    If two doesn’t seem like enough, then Premium is where it’s at. With it, you get four streams and peace of mind knowing you won’t be fighting to watch what you want.

    Added bonus: you can download specific shows on Netflix for offline viewing and these don’t count against your number of available streams. It’s an option only on mobile devices, but you can keep the downloaded shows for seven days.

    Compatible devices

    Almost completely compatible

    Streaming deviceNetflix
    Amazon Fire TV
    Amazon Fire tablet
    Android mobile devices
    Android TV
    Apple TV
    Chromecast
    iOS mobile devices
    iPod Touch
    LG TV Smart TVs (select models)
    Mac computers
    Nintendo Switch
    PlayStation 3
    PlayStation 4
    Roku devices
    Samsung Smart TVs (select models)
    Vizio SmartCast TV (select models)
    Wii
    Wii U
    Windows computers
    Windows 10 phones
    Xbox 360
    Xbox One

    Netflix passes with flying colors when it comes to compatibility (well, almost. Sorry, Wii owners). Chances are you own at least one of these devices, if not more. With all this compatibility, you can seamlessly switch from your TV to your tablet to your phone without missing a second of your show.

    Best streaming devices

    Want to make sure you have the best Netflix streaming device? Check out our guide to streaming devices to make sure you’re covered.

    Video quality

    Always clear but ultra-clear for a cost

    PackageVideo resolution
    Basic420p
    Standard1080p max
    Premium2160p max

    We’ve tested Netflix on phones, smart TVs, and tablets, and all of them were awesome. From a purely practical standpoint, we didn’t notice any glitches, and we had a clear picture as long as our internet was running smoothly.

    If you’re looking for a more technical explanation, look at the chart above. While the Basic package gives you, well, the basic experience, the higher packages can get you clearer, higher definition on certain shows. There are fewer shows set up for Ultra HD, but when you find one, it’s amazing.

    Having issues with your stream?

    Want the absolute best internet for uninterrupted TV time? Check out our guide to the best internet plans for streaming.

    Channel guide

    Netflix has a pretty simple layout. We love it. It’s easy to use and customize to your tastes. Let’s take a peek inside together and see what we specifically like.

    Netflix on a Google Chrome computer.

    The first thing we like about Netflix is the ability to accommodate multiple users. You log in and then click on your specific icon. Basically, you enter your own personal Netflix profile. It allows the recommendations to be tailored to your specific interests and not your mom’s.

    Plus, the profiles allow you to add kid restrictions while still reserving your own for less kid-friendly TV. Parenting for the win.

    Netflix guide on Google Chrome

    Once you get inside Netflix, there’s almost an overwhelming amount of TV and movies. Luckily, Netflix is ready to help you find what you’re looking for.

    The “Because You Watched” section tailors suggestions to you based on your choices. If you watched Gilmore Girls, then it might suggest Friends. If you watched Blacklist, Netflix might suggest Designated Survivor.

    It also allows you to rate the titles you watch to refine the suggestions you see. It’s a pretty accurate system, and we love discovering new favorites.

    Netflix watch page on Google Chrome

    Bonus feature: Netflix takes away some of the annoyances of binge-watching with its awesome “Skip Intro” button. Let’s be real, after the first episode, a TV show’s introduction starts to get annoying.

    But be annoyed no longer—simply click Skip Intro and it will deposit you right at the next new material. Score!

    Commercials

    Always commercial-free

    If you hate watching the same commercials over and over on other streaming services, Netflix is your new best friend. There are absolutely no commercials—ever. Just one of the reasons that Netflix is in the running for the GOAT.

    Final take

    There’s a reason everyone’s heard of Netflix—because it’s awesome. If you want more TV than you could possibly watch and brilliant new originals, Netflix will exceed your wildest dreams.

    It’s not a total cable substitute, but with its commercial-free viewing, you might not even miss cable at all.

    Netflix FAQ

    How much is Netflix?

    Netflix costs as little $8.99 a month up to $15.99 a month depending on the number of streams you want.

    What is Netflix?

    Netflix is a streaming service full of movies and TV shows. While it doesn’t have live shows, it has a lot of great old stuff and some great original content.

    How much is Netflix a month?

    Netflix starts at just $8.99 a month with the most expensive package rolling in at $15.99 a month.

    What can you download on Netflix?

    Lots. Netflix offers offline viewing for many of its TV shows and movies. You simply find the show you want on your mobile app and press the download button.

    How long do downloads last on Netflix?

    The exact answer actually depends on the title you’re downloading, but for the most part, downloads will remain for seven days.

    Can I watch Netflix on my phone?

    Of course. Simply download the Netflix app, log in, and start viewing.

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