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Despite the fact that Netflix’s streaming service began as a niche extension of the company’s disc-mailing service, it is now the category’s front-runner, thanks to its solid core catalog and some of the best original programming.

Netflix also has great features across all of its interfaces, allows offline downloads on mobile platforms, and offers 4K content.

However, with other high-profile services now available at lower prices, Netflix’s comparable plans stand out as being prohibitively expensive.

Netflix remains the Editors’ Choice for on-demand video streaming services, for the time being, thanks to its diverse, high-quality content and capable app.

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What’s in the Catalog?

Netflix has a huge library of video content, but it’s changing. Shows that are available one day may be unavailable the next.

It’s difficult to say with certainty what’s available on Netflix at any given time, but that’s part of the fun, right?

There is a slew of third-party websites. including PCMag, which publishes articles titled Everything Coming to Netflix This Month.

(as well as Everything Leaving Netflix), so that’s one way to stay informed. Many of Netflix’s most popular shows have already left the service, including The Office.

Friends (which went to HBO Max), and several Marvel films (which went to Disney+).

New additions such as Community and Seinfeld help to compensate for the losses. Still, because Netflix will need to rely more on its original content in the coming years, this is risky new territory for the company.

In fact, the transformation is already underway. Netflix’s total library is shrinking as it expands its original content offerings.

Netflix, but, is doing well with its original programming, with many titles becoming cultural phenomena. Black Mirror, Bojack Horseman, Dead to Me, Locke and Key, Never Have I Ever, Orange Is the New Black, Ozark, Russian Doll, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Stranger, The Umbrella Academy, and The Witcher are among the shows on this impressive list.

Many of these films were nominated for Golden Globes in 2021.

including I Care a Lot, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Crown, The Trial of the Chicago 7, and The Queen’s Gambit. In our roundup of the best video streaming services for celebrating Black art, Netflix takes the top spot.

Documentaries on Netflix

Netflix is known for producing high-profile, award-winning documentaries about well-known people. There are plenty of behind-the-scenes documentaries that delve into the lives of celebrities. from Taylor Swift’s Miss Americana to Michelle Obama’s Becoming and Beyoncé’s Grammy-winning Homecoming. The Oscar-nominated What Happened Miss Simone?

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Grammy-winner Quincy, The Two Killings of Sam Cooke, and 13th are among the titles in Netflix’s Black Lives Matter Collection.

There are also controversial nature documentaries like Blackfish and conversation starters like Being Elmo and FYRE, a documentary about the 2017 Fyre Festival.

True crime documentaries such as Amanda Knox, Long Shot, and American Murder: The Family Next Door are also available.

Netflix has titles like My Octopus Teacher and The Speed Cubers. a documentary about Rubik’s Cube competitors, if you’re looking for something a little more upbeat.

The Last Dance, a multipart documentary about Michael Jordan’s final season with the Chicago Bulls, is a must-see for sports fans.

Anime on Netflix

Omit, Netflix has established itself as an excellent source of anime streaming. With older series like Inu Yasha, Robotech, and Rurouni Kenshin, it does especially well.

Little Witch Academia is a school for young witches. Netflix has also lent its considerable production clout to anime.

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rebooting classic series like Voltron and She-Ra and developing original series like Castlevania.

The problem with Netflix’s anime collection is that it. like the rest of the service’s content, comes and goes without warning.

Crunchyroll has a much larger and more industry-leading anime content library.

Hulu is another option for anime fans, with over 400 classic and acclaimed anime shows and movies like Cowboy Bebop and Ghost in the Shell available.

How Much Does Netflix Cost?

Netflix has increased the prices of all three of its subscription plans over time. All three plans are affected by the most recent price increase.

The cheapest option is now $9.99 per month (it was previously $8.99). which allows you to access Netflix’s entire content library but only in SD quality.

download titles to a single device, and watch on one screen at a time.

The $15.49/month Standard plan (before $13.99/month) includes HD streaming, two simultaneous streams, and the ability to download titles to up to two devices at once.

The $19.99-per-month (previously $17.99-per-month) plan may be a better option for families or groups of friends who want to share accounts.

The top tier grants access to Ultra HD (4K) streaming, four simultaneous streams, and the ability to download titles to up to four devices.

DVDs on Demand

Netflix started out as a DVD-by-mail service, and it still does, but it’s now a separate subscription from the Netflix streaming service.

You can sign up for it at dvd.netflix.com (a Netflix subsidiary) or add it to your existing Netflix account.

Standard DVD plans start at $7.99 per month and include one disc out at a time as well as an unlimited number of DVDs per month.

With this plan, there are no late fees, and shipping and returns are also free.

The Premier plan, which costs $11.99 per month, includes all the features of the Standard plan plus the ability to remove two discs at once.

If you want HD Blu-ray DVDs, the Standard and Premier plans will cost you $9.99 and $14.99 per month.

The primary benefit of using Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service is that it expands the company’s catalog. When you can’t find a particular TV show or film to stream, look through the DVD collection.

But, it’s always a good idea to see if you can buy or rent the same content on a PC or Xbox through Amazon, iTunes, or the Microsoft Store.

You won’t have to wait for an envelope to arrive in the mail.

Games on Netflix

Netflix courted a geeky audience with shows like Cowboy Bebop, Daredevil, and The Witcher. Castlevania and Resident Evil are direct adaptations of video games.

As a result, it’s not surprising to see Netflix include mobile games in its streaming service.

If you have an iOS or Android device and are a Netflix subscriber, you can play five Netflix games for free with no ads.

These games can be accessed through the Netflix app or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Three of the five launch games are casual Facebook Gaming-style time-wasters:

Card Blast, a poker-themed game, Shooting Hoops, and Teeter Up, a ball-balancing arcade game. You can also play two retro-styled Stranger Things adventure games:

Stranger Things 1984 and Stranger Things 3 The Game, if you’re looking for something a little more substantive and a lot more on-brand.

It’s worth noting that the Stranger Things games have been available for years.

streaming from Netflix wants to explore and expand its gaming offerings.

from Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode to funding a Dark Crystal tactics game. But, Netflix’s in-app games currently appear to be more of a test than a true initiative.

While the initial slate is lacking, you may still find them useful as a bonus for your existing subscription.

Netflix on the Web

Netflix’s web interface has a dark background, white text, and large thumbnails of movies and TV shows. The top menu’s sections: Home, TV Shows, Movies, Recently Added, and My List, look elegant and are easy to navigate.

You can use the search bar, manage your profiles, access account settings, and open Netflix’s help center in the upper right-hand corner.

With options for email communications, closed captions, parental controls, and playback settings, account settings go above and beyond what most other video streaming services offer.

You can also view recent viewing (content watched) and streaming activity (devices used and when). We didn’t experience any performance issues with Netflix’s web interface.

Netflix users can sort the Shows and Movies sections by genre and further filter the content lists by recommendations, release year, and alphabetical order.

Netflix’s originals don’t have their own category in the TV Shows or Movies genre lists, which is odd. Instead, to find them all in one place, scroll down to one of the scrolling sections.

Given Netflix’s changing library, knowing when things are available would be useful, as would the ability to set end reminders.

Netflix on Mobile

On our test devices, we had no trouble installing or logging into Netflix for Android or iOS.

The app is well-designed and works well, and it resembles the web interface.

Netflix, like many other on-demand video streaming services, allows you to download specific titles for offline viewing.

There is no search function in the Downloads tab, which displays everything you’ve designated for offline viewing.

A 50-minute episode of Planet Earth II took less than two minutes to download in high quality when we tested download speeds over PCMag’s fast Wi-Fi network.

Some titles have a 48-hour expiration date and others can only be downloaded a certain number of times.

You can sort by TV Shows or Movies on the Home tab, as well as access My List entries.

Based on your viewing history, the Extras section displays previews of new and noteworthy content.

The More tab contains all the app’s important settings, including Netflix’s Smart Downloads feature, which comes in handy for binge-watching.

Netflix deletes an episode after you’ve finished watching it and downloads the next one. This feature performed as expected during testing.

You can set network streaming preferences and manage profiles from this section.

What’s Next for Netflix?

Netflix has a huge selection of quirky and high-quality TV shows, cult classics, family favorites, and original programming.

It also includes offline downloads for mobile devices, ad-free streams in all tiers, and useful features like Smart Downloads.

But, its cost has steadily increased over time, and the introduction of high-quality streaming alternatives with lower monthly fees means it is no longer a good deal.

Given its excellent original content and a large library, we still give it an Editors’ Choice award for on-demand video streaming.

Try Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV if you’re looking for a true cable replacement.

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