The world’s leading Internet movie and television subscription service, Netflix, is now operational in both the United Kingdom and Ireland. Since January 9th it’s been nothing but good news for all you movie and television buffs, talk about making some savings on DVD rentals (or hard drive space)!
Even better news is that this unlimited service (i.e. unlimited streaming of movies and television programs) is very cost effective. Priced at just £5.99 a month in the United Kingdom and €6.99 a month in Ireland, it sure beats any other option hands down.
As an incentive, Netflix are offering all new members a one month free trial. All you have to do is visit the Netflix site and sign up. Too easy! Once signed up you will have free access to all of the great services provided. Now, you will be asked for credit/debit card details at sign up, so be prepared. If you no longer wish to avail of the services after your free trial expires, make sure you cancel your membership or you WILL be charged.
What I like about services such as Netflix, is that you can access the services on your television via a range of devices such as Smart TV, blu-ray players, Apple TV, xbox and the wii (as long as you have an Internet Connection). You can also download the official app to use on your tablet or mobile phone.
Netflix themselves have dramatically changed the entertainment industry by providing streaming of otherwise pricey movies and programmes all for a low fixed fee. They now boast more than 20 million members, in over 47 countries around the world. It goes without saying that they are the largest in the game, and look set to continue that way in the future. Netflix has also partnered with Facebook which allows for some interesting new ways to share media with friends. By logging into Netflix via the Facebook connect option you can share your favourite movies and recommendations with friends, along with having a snoop at what they’ve been watching!
So far there is a limited selection on this side of the pond, but it’s becoming very clear that large amounts of content are being added daily. Users are seeing most UK channels coming on board, with programmes from ITV, BBC, CHANNEL 4 and CHANNEL 5, all welcome additions with firm favourites already listed for viewing.
As well as a large and ever growing range of movies and programmes, Netflix also offers high definition and high quality digital sound (Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Sound), a nice extra!
So if you have been sitting on the fence or spending hours downloading illegally, do your bit, for the price of a burger and chips you can get yourself a whole month of viewing and have a clear conscience.
Matt Beswick runs Electric Dialogue a digital agency in London, among his clients he lists the company that operates Heathrow Airport lounges.