TV |Is Netflix worth it?

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From House of Cards to Orange is the New Black, everyone is raving about Netflix’s programme listing. But is it worth it?

“There is nothing on TV.” That is often our favourite complaint as we flick through a million channels on our Saorview/UPC or Sky channels. Even our saved programmes fail to enlighten us on a dull Wednesday evening.

And along came Netflix. With every episode of Friends, classic and new movies, favourite TV shows and an abundance of children’s programmes, Netflix is an easy sell. And especially as it’s only €9 every month, with no advertisements disrupting your enjoyment. But is it really worth it?

First, there is the real advantage that you can watch it from a huge range of devices, including laptops, desktops, smartphones, tablets, game consoles and smart TVs. The video quality will depend on your broadband service, so it may not be a worthy investment if you are in an area that is prone to limited or bad connection.

Netflix has a great user interface (UI), making it easy for all to navigate the content available and allows you to add things to your must-watch list.

The content is updated regularly, with new films and television shows being added all of the time. However, the service provider is constantly doing deals with copyright owners over content, meaning that some shows may disappear without any warning.

Netflix has also started producing its own TV shows, including House of Cards, Arrested Development and Orange is the New Black. While all of this new and original content is appealing, you have more of a chance of finding old films and television shows. As such, you won’t see many of the latest blockbusters. Well, not yet anyway.

Whether you watch one or 100 programmes, you have to pay your subscription flat fee. However, you can cancel Netflix at any time without any penalties. If you cancel in the middle of a month, your subscription will continue until the beginning of the next.

Overall, if you are hungry for more programme options and don’t fancy a 12-month commitment to any provider, Netflix is worth a try.