Netflix after two months – what do you think?
Netflix launched more than two months ago to much fanfare and anticipation. Since then, it and rival service LoveFilm have been locked in a very public duel. We compared Netflix vs LoveFilm back in January, but now more time has passed what do people think? Two months on, Which? staff and readers share their views.
Netflix after two months – Jack’s first impressions
As a user of Netflix for the past few months, I feel that the service delivers in some areas, and fails in others. For a video-on-demand service such as this, content is king. Currently, Netflix is a let-down in terms of the breadth and quality of the films and TV shows it offers, especially when compared with the service in the US. However, that’s not to say its rival, LoveFilm, does much better. While LoveFilm has a larger library, I can’t say there’s more I’d like to actually watch.
So, the library needs work, and I hope that we’ll see a lot more TV shows and films in the near future.
One area where Netflix has triumphed is in its cross-platform compatibility. Watching a TV show on my laptop, and then picking up where I left off on my mobile phone, is a great feature.
Then there’s the high definition content, especially important if you’re watching a film on a large screen. Again, Netflix has the advantage over Lovefilm here.
Netflix after two months – Andy’s first impressions
During my free trial I used Netflix on my Xbox 360 games console. The app is excellent – it’s easy to navigate and does a good job of highlighting films and TV shows I might be interested in. It’s much better in this respect than LoveFilm’s Xbox app. In fact, the app as a whole is more polished – I loved the way, when watching TV shows, I could skip to the next episode right from the end of the last.
The range of TV programmes in general seemed better, and the support for HD and 5.1 surround sound meant the quality was better more often than not. There are some good films available as well, but not quite enough to persuade me to continue. Once this improves I’m sure I’ll return for another try.
Netflix after two months – what you’re saying
Chris C isn’t a fan, saying:
Netflix is poor, end of discussion. Their movie catalogue is atrocious! I found myself watching a few of the TV series and really nothing more. One day I’m sure it will rival any other company and have a fantastic selection. But it won’t be this year, and I doubt it will be next year either
I have used Netflix for a month and although it don’t have the latest films, it does have a number which I had not seen at the movies when they first came out and are worth a watch!
Even SKY who charge £10 per month plus the HD subscription don’t have films that are that new!
SkillJim is another satisfied customer:
Me and my girlfriend have watched a bucket load of films already that we always wanted to watch but never got around to seeing, most recent being Buried :). All look great on your HD TV, and you would not know that you aren’t watching a DVD, the quality is very impressive for a streaming service.
The TV shows library is also great. There’s like 6 full seasons of 24, all the inbetweeners seasons, 5 seasons of the office, breaking bad, just loads of shows like that for people to be introduced to. I think it’s fantastic. On demand movies and TV is where it’s at right now, and for 6 quid a month, it’s a steal to sub to netflix
boomhaueruk isn’t sure about the digital-only aspect:
For myself, I have a great internet connection, but am sticking with Lovefilm for now – a service that relies solely on 100% of an internet connection seems a little limited to me. Can I pop the internet connection into the car when my kids want to watch a dvd on a trip in the car? No I can’t.
And if, say, 3 of us are using the service at the same time for different things, do we all have to have internet connected devices? Yes. And yet, we can all watch dvds quite happily in different rooms.
am I giving my 3 year old an Ipad? No. So you see it’s all down to what you need to do.
As you can see, Netflix has its fans and critics. Have you tried Netflix? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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