Netflix UK launches with unlimited films for £5.99
Netflix has launched its online movie subscription service in the UK and Ireland, allowing consumers to get unlimited access to the latest films for just £5.99 per month and €6.99 in Ireland.
The service uses the internet to stream films and programming to connected devices including Smart TVs, games consoles, iPads and tablets, and smartphones such as the Apple iPhone.
Netflix is promising a range of TV programmes and blockbuster films, with films streaming instantly to devices. Netflix has inked deals with Disney, MGM, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Twentieth Century Fox, as well as broadcasters including the BBC and Channel 4.
Netflix UK launch is go
Netflix is launching with a free, one-month trial. Signing up at Netflix.com will give unlimited access to movie classics such as The 39 Steps and The Aviator, as well as newer films such as The Expendables. TV shows include 24, Top Gear, The Inbetweeners and Torchwood.
Netflix works in a range of devices, including:
- Blu-ray players connected to the internet
- Mac and Windows PCs and laptops
- Video games consoles including Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii
- Smart TVs
- Tablets including the Apple iPad
- Smartphones including Android and iPhones
The service will cost £5.99 per month in the UK for unlimited, instant access to the service, and €6.99 in Ireland. In response, Lovefilm price plans have been dropped, with a £4.99 streaming only option first rolled out in December as an introductory offer now made permanent.
Netflix UK instant launch
The service says subscribers will be able to click and instantly watch films and programmes over a broadband connection, with some shows in high definition and featuring Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 sound. Fans of shows can detail their viewing on Facebook, and discover what their Facebook friends are watching.
The launch comes amid increased competition for over-the-top TV and film watching – where the internet is used to stream shows in place of traditional TV reception. In the UK, Netflix will face stiff competition from video service Lovefilm.com – owned by Amazon – which also offers DVD and Blu-ray rental by post.
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