Is Netflix Still the Best?
Netflix was founded in August 1997 created to be a DVD sale and rental by mail service to the public. Today, Netflix is primarily known for it’s cheap and easy online-streaming feature. But in recent years other companies like Amazon, Hulu and HBO have entered the race for best streaming service. So is Netflix still the best?
From a financial standpoint, Netflix is the second cheapest out of the four main online streaming websites. Amazon Instant Video is the least expensive option at $7.99 a month, and HBO is the most expensive at $14.99. If price is the number one decider than Netflix isn’t the best choice since it is $9.00 per month.
If all that is wanted is Network TV programs the best option for that is Hulu, since they primarily have TV shows available for streaming, with a few movie titles in the mix. If you really want Game of Thrones, HBO for $14.99 a month is the only option. Personally, I don’t think the show’s worth that much a month. So if you want movies as well as TV Hulu isn’t the option for you, and really what else does HBO have besides Game of Thrones to offer?
Netflix however has both movies and TV shows for $9.00 a month. That’s a pretty good deal. Netflix also started producing some of their own movies and TV shows, meaning that there is alway some new content. Some of Netflix’s most popularly produced TV shows are Riverdale or Narcos.
However, there are some drawbacks to the site. I have recently noticed there isn’t a lot of -let’s call them mainstream-TV shows, like Worst Cooks in America, or Hell’s Kitchen. There doesn’t seem to be any of the old Disney Channel classics anymore like Sunny with a Chance, or iCarly. It also seems like more and more of the movies are either obscure titles or geared toward younger children.
It also seems like it takes Netflix an absurd amount of time to get the latest season of the most popular TV shows online, while they seem to get knock off TV shows or movies on in a jiffy. While Amazon Instant Video seems to have newer titles more quickly than Netflix, many of them are only available to Amazon Prime members which is an additional $10.99 a month. Even with a Prime membership many titles are still unavailable and must be paid for. Although it is annoying to have to wait for the newest season of my favorite TV show or movie, I think it is better than having to pay almost $10.00 for a movie I can only watch once.
But then again they do have some pretty great things to watch. So if you want both movies and TV shows than Netflix is still the best. Game of Throne fans are out of luck though and sadly must fork up the $14.99 a month to satisfy their binge needs.