Netflix is a Streaming service that enables subscribers watch movies and TV series over the internet. With a Netflix account, you can watch unlimited movies and TV shows direct on your laptop, smart TV, gaming console or your mobile devices.
Netflix holds a collection (or a library) of movies and TV shows, which it stores on its database. Once you subscribe to the service, you are given access to stream any of the movies or TV shows in the collection.
Depending on the subscription plan you go for, you can stream on just one device at a time or up to four devices at a time. Netflix is now available in almost every country in the world except for China, Crimea, Syria, and North Korea.
Netflix charges monthly and a subscriber can cancel at anytime. Netflix offer content by country. So, not all content available to subscribers in the United States will be available to subscribers say in Nigeria.
Cost of Service
Most users often limit the cost of using Netflix to the subscription cost, but because the service uses internet infrastructure to push content, subscribers also pay for the data they consume while using the streaming service.
In fact, it is possible that data cost per day of use could be more than the monthly subscription. And if you live in countries like Nigeria and India were data cost is high compared to average monthly earning, that could be very heavy on your pocket.
Subscription to Netflix starts at $7.99 per month for the Basic plan, which is enough for most users as it gives you access to all movies and TV shows on Netflix. However, you can only stream in standard definition (SD) and can only stream in one device at a time.
Note, however that with the Netflix Basic plan, you can stream on multiple devices, just not at the same time. So, if you were watching Netflix while on the move on your smartphone, you can log off from your smartphone and continue streaming on your Smart TV at home.
If you upgrade to the Standard plan, you will be able to stream movies in HD for a better quality viewing experience and be able to watch in two different screens at a time. That way you could be streaming from your laptop while your kids are streaming from the smart TV. The standard plan costs $9.99 per month
If you own a 4K TV and will fancy watching ultra HD movies on your compatible TV or laptop, the Premium plan offers you the ability to stream in ultra high definition offering the best viewing experience. The Premium plan costs $11.99 and offers you the ability to watch on up to four screens at a time.
Note that the better the quality of video, the bigger the data and internet speed required to deliver it, which also means higher data costs. SD video will consume less data compared to HD video.
Thankfully, no-matter your subscription plan, Netflix allows you reduce quality of the video in order to save data cost. You can downgrade the quality of video to be streamed, effectively enabling you control your data cost.
No-matter, the plan you choose, Netflix offers you a one month free trial.
However, when you pay for Netflix subscription, you are only paying for the content. You still have to pay for internet access to enable you stream movies and TV shows. In fact, the cost of internet access account for most of the cost of using the Netflix service.
All that is required to stream movies on Netflix is internet access. You pick the device of your choice: Laptop, Desktop, Smartphone, Smart TV, XBox, or PlayStation console.
If you own a streaming device like the Chromecast, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV, you can stream movies on your HDTV even if it is not a Smart TV. You pay for Netflix with your debit card.
The first month is free and the subscription fee will be deducted from your account automatically every 30 days. You can cancel your Netflix subscription at anytime.