Netflix is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 3,000+ movies, 2,000+ TV Shows, and Netflix Originals like Stranger Things, Mindhunter, Queer Eye, and Russian Doll. They are constantly adding new shows and movies — and have even begun creating original films like The Irishman (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino) and Dolemite is My Name (Eddie Murphy).
Netflix offers three plans — on 1 device in SD with their “Basic” ($8.99) plan, on 2 devices in HD with their “Standard” ($13.99) plan, and 4 devices in up to 4K on their “Premium” ($17.99) plan.
Netflix spends more money on content than any other streaming service meaning that you get more value for the monthly fee.
We tested Netflix and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Netflix is compatible with Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Web Browsers, PlayStation, Nintendo, Xbox, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, and VIZIO Smart TV.
With the service spending $15 billion on content, the sheer amount of original series on the service is astounding. They have scripted series like Stranger Things, Black Mirror, The Crown, GLOW, as well as unscripted shows like Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and Nailed It!.
Netflix has historically had a deep library of some favorites from the past few decades. The service has had access to every episode of Friends and The Office. However, Friends will be going to HBO Max at the beginning of 2020, while The Office will be heading to Peacock in January 2021. But, just as those shows are leaving Netflix, Seinfeld will be joining the service from Hulu starting in 2021.
Netflix currently has access to all Disney movies made from 2016-2019, with some older films from Warner Bros and Universal. The streaming service also makes it’s own original films like The Irishman, Bird Box, All The Boys I Loved Before, and The Kissing Booth.
Netflix is creating a lot of original programming for kids from animated series to live action. They have series like Ask The Storybots, Carmen Sandiego, Beat Bugs, and Chip and Potato. They’ve also partnered with DreamWorks to create new shows like Dragons Rescue Riders (based on How to Train Your Dragon) and Go, Dog. Go!.
Up to 5 Profiles
Netflix allows up to five individual profiles within a single account, but each profile uses the same log-in.
You have the ability to create a Kids Profile with Netflix. Once you do, you can customize it further to allow show content “For Little Kids” (G, TV-Y, TV-G), Older Kids (PG, TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, or TV-PG), or Teens (PG-13 or TV-14).
Up to 4 Devices
Netflix allows streaming on 1 device with their “Basic” ($8.99) plan, with simultaneous access on 2 devices on their “Standard” ($13.99) plan, and 4 devices on their “Premium” ($17.99) plan.
Netflix allows you to download shows and movies offline. While every title isn’t available, their content available offline includes nearly all their original titles, as well as a large selection of their library content.
The streaming service allows you to download 100 titles on single device. The number of devices that you can download content to depends on your plan. Their “Basic” ($8.99) plan allows downloads to 1 device, while the “Standard” ($13.99) plan offers downloads on up to 2 devices, and the “Premium” ($17.99) plan on up to 4 devices.
Once a show or movie is downloaded, most titles are available for 30 days to watch, with 48 hours access after you first press play. If a download expires, you will need to access it online to renew. Some titles have annual limits on the number of downloads.
Depending on where you travel to, Netflix will behave differently. If you go to country that has Netflix, you will see the content catalog in that country. If you go to a country that doesn’t have Netflix, you will only be able to access shows and movies you’ve already downloaded offline.
Netflix is compatible with these devices:
(Up to 4K UHD)
While nearly all content on Netflix is in at least HD, you will need to subscribe to their Standard or Premium tier to access HD content.
If you upgrade to the Premium plan, you will get access to ~600 titles in 4K including their original series and some licensed content like Planet Earth.
Most of Netflix content is available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound. A small selection of content has Dolby Atmos support, but you will need their Premium plan to access that level of audio quality.