Another awesome feature of Netflix is the ability to watch movies on the computer instantly. I have the 3 at a time plan, so I get 17 hours of movies per month to watch online for free.
Verdict: Overall a great service. Movies arrive faster than you expect. 2 Week Free Trial is an awesome deal.
I’ve always been a huge movie buff, and to fuel my obsession I have just about every movie channel possible on DISH Network. That being said, I pay ALOT more than I would like to every month for TV. I have a family and although I do pretty well, sometimes the budget gets a bit tight. Over the past few months a lot of my friends have signed up for Netflix, and they have constantly been telling me how awesome it was.
Last week I finally decided to give in and I signed up through the Netflix website. They are currently giving a way a free trial that lasts 2 weeks, so it’s not like I would lose anything if the service sucked. I figured that if the service was as good as everyone said it was I could drop a lot of the premium movie channels I have and end up saving a good chunk of change every month.
During the Sign up process I chose the “2 DVDs at a time” plan that is around $14 a month. With this plan I also get to watch 14 hours of movies on my PC through the new service Netflix is offering that lets you download movies right to your computer. Although I already have a tv and movies on your PC program, I will give this a shot as well.
For those of you who don’t know how Netflix works, basically you visit the Netflix site, make a list of movies you want to see, and then with in about one business day you receive the first one or two movies on your list in the mail. You can keep the movies as long as you want. When your done with them you just put them back in the prepaid envelope and mail them back. Then in a few days, you get the next movies on your list. Its a pretty simple concept and over the past few years its been extremely successful (pretty much putting Blockbuster and other video rental stores out of business).
The clear advantage of Netflix to Blockbuster and Video Stores is that you do everything from the connivence of your home. It’s really convenient, and most people who join Netflix never go to a video store again. Netflix is also a lot less expensive then renting videos from stores, or from Pay Per View, and as I said before it’s a great alternative to paying for HBO, ShowTime and other premium channels with Satellite or Cable.
So far I have received a few movies, and it really has taken only about one business day to receive my movies. I think this was what I was most skeptical about, however every time I check my mail, I’m usually surprised to find another movie waiting for me there. I’ve found the Netflix site pretty easy to use, and they have a great system that recommends movies based on movies that you have requested and movies on your list. Since I’ve already seen ALOT, and I mean ALOT of movies this has helped me discover new movies that I never even heard of.
Overall my experience with Netflix has been overwhelmingly positive. I will be keeping the service and probably canceling some of the premium movie channels I currently get through DISH Network. Once you sign up and get hooked on Netflix you don’t look back. I’m really glad that I ended up giving it a try, this is the best service I have used in a long time, and its not a surprise to me that as a company they are doing really well.
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i havent used netflix due to blockbuster being down the street, great article tho! got me thinkin