Netflix – App of the week #9

Netflix was founded in 1997 in Los Gatos, California by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph. It initially started out as a subscription based digital distribution service, with a library of over 100,000 DVDs to choose from. Netflix has now transformed into a streaming service offering thousands of films and documentaries.

The app is free to download but in order to use the service you must be pay a monthly subscription of £5.99. Once subscribed you have access to all areas of the website and can fill out a questionnaire so that Netflix can suggest the titles that it thinks you’ll most like. The app has a very useful feature that lets you return to any video you have been watching and pick up from where you left even if you sign on to your account on a different device. You can also rate any video you watch and browse all titles by genre. There is also a wide selection of TV shows to watch with the ability to browse which series you are interested in. Netflix interface The interface is very easy on the eye and clear to navigate around. On the top right you can see the magnifying glass icon which allows you to search the name of a title of your choice. The icon on the top left allows you to browse a wide array of genres. Before you choose what you want to watch you can read a short synopsis and read other users reviews – this can be very useful if you’re unsure. I have been a Netflix user for some time now and I'm very pleased with how easy the app is to use. The ability to pick up from where you left off is very useful. The service is much easier than renting DVDs or buying them. My only problem with Netflix is that you can sometimes feel that their library is limited – a lot of films that would be considered classics are not available yet. However, they do add new titles to their library very often and have had TV shows such as House of Cards and Arrested Development being shown exclusively on Netflix. If you would like to access content on the US or Canadian versions of netflix you can potentially use a service called unblock-us.com. For $4.99 a month you can unlock hundreds of titles that are not available to you on the UK version – though you will need to check the Netflix license agreement to see if this is allowed.
Published
May 07, 2014