It not only carries 1,000s of great TV series and films from around the world, it makes its own. Often they are even exclusive to the platform, so you cannot see them anywhere else.
Successes like Narcos, Stranger Things, Star Trek: Discovery and many more can be found on Netflix.
Netflix is an online streaming service with 1,000s of TV shows and movies available to watch instantly. They are streamed over an internet connection to a wide variety of devices, including TVs, tablets, phones, games consoles and set-top-boxes. You can also watch Netflix films or programming on a computer.
It is a subscription service with one monthly fee. Depending on which subscription plan you opt for, you can watch Netflix on multiple devices at the same time. You can also opt to watch video in different quality settings, depending on your subscription: standard, high and 4K Ultra HD.
- Basic: £5.99/$7.99 a month enables you to watch standard definition (SD) video on just one device at a time.
- Standard: £7.99/$10.99 a month enables you to watch high definition (HD) video on up to two devices at the same time.
- Premium: £9.99/$13.99 a month enables you to watch 4K Ultra HD video (with HDR where available) on up to four devices at the same time.
You will also need a broadband service that is capable to stream each of the different video qualities. Netflix uses adaptive bitstreaming to deliver its content, which changes the image quality depending on your broadband speed.
Netflix should work on broadband with a speed of 0.5Mbps. The service does recommend you have at least 1.5Mbps though.
- 3.0Mbps 8211; recommended for SD quality.
- 5.0Mbps 8211; recommended for HD quality.
- 25Mbps 8211; recommended for 4K Ultra HD quality.
If your broadband is up to speed, you also need to ensure your Netflix playback settings are switched to 8220;High8221; in your account settings. Go to Netflix.com, sign in and head to Playback Settings.
That gives you the option to change the quality settings, but you also need to keep in mind how much data each format uses. A mobile data plan or some broadband plans often have a monthly data limit. You can also use the playback settings to limit the amount of data used so you don8217;t use it all up on one movie.
Netflix also supports profiles, so you can set up a different profile for each family member which will tune its content offerings depending on their individual viewing habits. There is also a dedicated Kids section that you can set as the default for younger viewers.
Once set-up, profiles appear on startup as giant icons, so you can choose your own. The main account holder can also link their Netflix profile to a Facebook account and have their own Facebook Profile Picture as the icon.
How to watch Netflix on your TV
If you have a Smart TV from LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp or Toshiba it is very likely that there will be an Netflix app available on the set8217;s respective app store. The former three are also recommended by Netflix to carry the official badge.
The app will be free to download and install on your connected TV but you will need a subscription. You do get a 30-day free trial though, if you8217;ve never used Netflix before.
If you don8217;t have a Smart TV or want to watch Netflix in a bedroom, for example, you can get a set-top-box or connected dongle that gives you access.
You can also watch Netflix content on a Sky Q 1TB or 2TB box, plus any connected Sky Q Mini boxes. In addition, Netflix content can be streamed through a Virgin Media TiVo box, Virgin TV V6 box or YouView TV set-top-box.
Virgin Media also has a Netflix section on its electronic programme guide, which sends you to the app when you click on it. Its serieslink+ feature also lists related shows that are available on Netflix, so you can start them from there too.
How to watch Netflix on a games console
Netflix is also available as a downloadable application on a large number of games consoles.
The consoles above will all play Netflix content in HD, while the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S and Xbox One X are all compatible with 4K HDR video. The latter two will also playback some Netflix shows in Dolby Vision on a compatible TV.
Google8217;s Chromecast works differently to most connected devices. Rather than have its own app store and user interface on the device itself, it works with smartphone or tablet apps in order to control the shows and films you want to watch.
A Chromecast plugs into a TV8217;s HDMI port and you open the Netflix app on your phone or tablet. You will spy a Chromecast icon (a TV with a Wi-Fi symbol on top) at the top of the screen. Tap it and it links with your Chromecast dongle. Then, after starting a show or movie, tap the same icon at the top of the video again and it will start to play on your TV instead.
You can then use your mobile device as the remote control. You can also use it for anything else you fancy, such as make calls or browse the internet, as Chromecast streams the video over the internet directly. It doesn8217;t stream the content from your phone or tablet.
How to watch Netflix on a smartphone or tablet
You can watch Netflix content on any computer through a web browser and the Netflix.com website.