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Netflix – How It Works, Pricing, Features and More

Ever heard someone say Netflix and chill? Read all about it here. Every year more and more individuals cut ties with cable companies because they have decided to evolve with the trends.

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If you have been a constant customer of the cable companies for the last ten years, then it means you’re probably not aware of the many streaming options currently available to you and the rest of the world.

Of course, it can be a daunting task to figure out the best streaming service to subscribe to, but if you ask me, I would say Netflix is the starting point.

But before we go further to talk about how to use Netflix and what it all entails, you need to answer the question ‘what is Netflix?’. Read further, and you’ll find out everything you need to know.

What is Netflix?

Netflix is currently one of the most popular original streaming options for television audiences. When Netflix started about two decades ago, it was a subscription-based DVD service that would send DVDs straight to subscribers home.

While they still Mail DVDs, they decided to take things a notch higher in 2007 when they debuted their streaming service. The Netflix streaming service allows viewers to watch hundreds of on-demand television shows and movies without advert interruptions.

Today, Netflix has worked its way up to become one of the most important, most famous names in the entertainment world as they have produced critically acclaimed television shows such as House of Cards, daredevil, Luke cage, and Stranger things, to name a few. They have also created incredible movies and hosted original comedy specials.

Now, you can get access to a wide range of television content across different genres. From Classic Movies to full seasons of all the hottest shows today, Netflix dishes out more entertainment than you can ever exhaust.

How does Netflix work?

If you have ever patronized a streaming service, then Netflix interface should be familiar once to set eyes on it. However, even for first-timers, getting started with Netflix is usually a breeze. Your primary source of movies on Netflix will be your cue.

As you peruse through the contents available on the Netflix app, and on the website, you will notice a little plus sign inside a circle. That option put things on your queue for later viewing. When you first begin to use Netflix, there will be absolutely nothing on your queue.

This is a period you should treasure because after then, there will be no other time that your queue will be new and fresh. I bet you that one day, you would take a look at the expense of your queue and you would wonder to yourself how come you watched all this television.

Under the queue, Netflix makes available several rows of options for television shows and movies neatly sorted by genre.

As you continue to watch Netflix content, the website or application will study your habits and begin to offer you custom genre with exciting names such as “gory unconventional horror films for a feminist.”

There is no doubt that the Netflix Algorithm is one of the smartest in the video streaming industry. Once you have upgraded from the point where you want to view every big movie, you can decide to try out some Netflix recommendations.

You might be shocked at how accurate their recommendations are. If you’re a fan of kids movies and shows from different networks, you’re sure to find all of these on the Netflix library.

We are talking about hit series and shows like The Arrow, Grey’s Anatomy, the Flash, the walking dead, and even scandal. I will not be wrong to say that Netflix currently has the most active library of old classic films and even new ones.

But as the video streaming industry continues to grow, competitors such as Amazon Prime and Hulu bid for exclusive rights, thus making Studios request for more money for the contents they decide to share. This shrinks the options available to Netflix.

While that might seem like a downer, Netflix has turned it into something amazing by investing large amounts of money into making their original content.

Taking on projects with intelligent filmmakers such as David Fincher, Netflix can boast of making Emmy-nominated content like House of Cards.

With their collaboration with Marvel studio on ‘Daredevil’ Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and ‘Iron Fist,’ not to mention ‘The Defender’ and ‘The Punisher’ that are very fresh, Netflix remains number one in the industry.

If you’re a fan of Adam Sandler, then you might be interested in knowing that Netflix remains the exclusive home for his next few comedies. With films such as the ridiculous six already available on the Netflix platform.

If you’re a fan of foreign movies, you also would be interested in films from all over the continent, such as Lionheart from the Nigerian actress Genevieve Nnaji.

That’s not all; Netflix also features lots of amazing original stand up comedy.

You need to take advantage of the two specials from Dave Chappelle, coupled with the new material from Sarah Silverman, Louis c.k., Tracy Morgan, and Norm MacDonald amongst many other funny and exciting comedians. To be honest, there is no better place to watch stand-up comedy than on Netflix.

How much data does Netflix use?

Well, get ready to let go of a lot of data; however, that might not be a big deal depending on your internet plan, and of course, it’s straightforward to adjust. Below is a breakdown of how much data Netflix consumes:

for basic video quality Netflix require slow data source, it uses up to 0.3 gigabytes of data per hour

if you would want to watch a video of standard quality, Netflix uses medium data of up to 0.7 gigabytes per hour

If you’re up for the best video quality, get ready to handle big data of as much as 3 gigabytes per hour to view HD content and 7 gigabytes per hour for Ultra HD content.

For automatic, the video quality is determined by your connection

Unlimited: this is the highest possible video quality for your device and the movie or shows you are viewing the data pics are the same rates as high.

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Can you download using Netflix?

If you’re one of the many folks who watch a lot of videos on the goal, and would love to manage their data, then Netflix has a leg up on all the video streaming services.

It is quite easy for you to download videos to your tablets and smartphones so you can watch whenever you want and wherever you want without having to spend so much on data.

If you’re wondering how is it is super easy all you have to do is click on the white download arrow on any video you would like to watch later.

How much does Netflix cost?

Whatever your pocket feels like, Netflix has got a special package to suit it. The Netflix packages are available in three tiers, namely basic, standard, and premium.

The good part is no matter what subscription you decide to go for, and you can enjoy the same content as every other person. Also, none of Netflix content is hidden once you’re able to subscribe.

To subscribe to the basic plan, you would need to pay a subscription fee of $7.99, and you can watch Netflix content without restorations.

With as little as $10.99, you can subscribe to the Netflix standard plan, which gives you the privilege to watch Netflix on two screens at a time, and it also comes in HD.

If you have a 4K television and have an excellent internet connection, you can get the premium subscription for $12.99. With the premium subscription, you get maximum access to 4K Ultra HD videos as well as the ability to stream videos on as many as four devices at a time.

Note that at every tier, the first one month of service is entirely free and you can decide which level you think is perfect for you.

If you have friends who have been long subscribers of Netflix, then you probably would have heard them talk about how Netflix has increased their rate about twice recently. The first increase was in October 2015, and they decided to repeat it two years later on October 2017.

During the first increase in 2015, the basic subscription plan was priced at 7.99 dollars a month. But of course, that was long before Netflix decided to invest or a whole lot of money into creating original content.

If you are still interested in getting DVDs from Netflix via mail, that is always a possibility, all you have to do is get in contact with them, and they would have your favorite DVDs delivered to your doorstep.

Hulu vs. Netflix

Hulu and Netflix charge the same amount for the basic levels, but at the amounts, they charge each service as their downsides and of course advantages.

With Netflix, your basic subscription plan provides you with Unlimited advert-free content, but you can only watch on one device and in the standard definition.

At that same price, you get a massive library of HD videos from Hulu, but you would have to deal with ads interrupting your favorite shows until you upgrade to their $11.99 plan.

Hulu’s $11.99 subscription is called the Hulu plus subscription plan, and it comes with no advertisement. When it comes to TV content, Hulu is the go-to place with exclusives like Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, and even cartoon network’s catalogs that you cannot get on Netflix.

You can also get access to Hulu with a Live TV that allows you to watch live programming.  If you’re a fan of scandal, you can get access to it on both platforms. But if you want to watch new episodes immediately as the air, you would need to subscribe to Hulu.

Even though Hulu has fantastic content, Netflix remains number one on the chart if you want to watch content across different genres.

But at the end of the day, whether you decide to subscribe to Netflix or Hulu, it all boils down to what your budget is and what you feel about having ads interrupt your favorite TV programs all movies.

What to watch on Netflix

I have earlier stated this, and I will repeat it that you can never exhaust the content available on Netflix no matter how hard you try.

Netflix has taken it upon themselves to provide you with so much content that even if you decide to watch ten videos a day and do nothing else, you still cannot exhaust them in your lifetime.

The fact remains that you can spend several hours every night searching for the right thing to watch, but the most natural thing you can do is go with your Netflix suggestions or explore your favorite genre, and pick one out of the first three movies that pop up.

Note that the genres are updated regularly as new content gets included to the platform.

So how do you start with Netflix?

If you use a smart TV, then it’s good news for you because most smart TVs have Netflix pre-loaded.

Meaning that the only thing you have to do is sign up for a specific subscription according to what you can afford and start adding items to your queue.

Netflix has no restrictions as you can watch your favorite shows on any device you can imagine.

So, if you do not have a smart TV, go to the Netflix website or use the app and subscribe to watch on your smartphone, your streaming media player, or your computer.

I hope that you found this article very useful. If you would like to leave any comments telling us about your Netflix experience or about the information that you feel should have been added to this article, please do not hesitate to write to us in the comments section provided below this article. We look forward to interacting with you.

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Emmanuella Ekokotu
Ella Romena is a content writer, sociologist and Anthropologist who lives in Benin-city.

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