Netflix.com is the deserved champion of movie download websites. Having faced some stiff competition from the likes of Amazon.com and Blockbuster.com, Netflix.com emerges as the victor for a great number of reasons. So, if you're looking to watch and download movies online or by mail, you must check out this site! Read on to hear about the benefits and advantages of Netflix.com.
The first point to note is that Netflix.com has the biggest selection of movies on the web, boasting well over 100,00 movies alone (to rent on DVD or watch online). Given the size of the movie catalog you're going to need some serious browsing tools to help you find what you're looking for. There's a convenient keyword search that allows you to type in the name of a movie, actor or director. The search then returns any content associated with the terms you've entered. This is probably the most direct means to locate specific content. If you're not so sure about what you want to see, there's a great range of preconfigured tabs to browse the catalog, allowing you to browse by genre (e.g. 'action', 'comedy' and 'drama'). You can also browse recommended movies, staff picks, new releases and more. Whilst the mainstream catalog is similar to Blockbuster's, Blockbuster seems to have greater availability when it comes to new Hollywood releases. However, Netflix edges it in terms of classics, independents, world cinema and documentaries.
There are two principal ways of viewing movies with Netflix.com. The first is to have DVDs sent to you by first class mail. The way it works is that you browse and select movies online and add them to your movie queue. Once your subscription is confirmed, Netflix automatically dispatches your first order right away. The great thing about this is that you never get charged late fees and you can keep a DVD as long as you want. Whenever you return a DVD your next selection is sent automatically. There's no charge for shipping either; however, it's important to be aware that high demand titles may not be available when you want them, in which case an alternative from your queue will be sent instead. Netflix.com not only offers a wider range of subscription packages, but is slightly cheaper too. For example, compare Netflix's 3 at a time package. with Blockbuster's, both costing $16.99. Whilst you don't get unlimited online watching with Blockbuster, you do with Netflix. Subscription packages start at $4.99 per month and go up to $47.99 per month. Netflix.com also has 47 shipping centers, meaning that your DVDs will get to you swiftly, often with 1 postal day if you order early. With other sites you could be waiting as long as 2-3 days for your DVD to arrive, which makes alternative memberships based upon unlimited DVD exchanges less cost-effective. You can also create a login for your kids so that they can order movies too. It allows you to set viewing limits so certain movies are blocked. You can also edit their movie queue and remove unsuitable items, making Netflix.com a family-friendly choice. Netflix also allows you to connect with friends so that they can send you recommendations, which appear in your Netflix.com account.
The second is to watch content online on your PC, Mac or other device. All but one of the subscription plans offer unlimited DVD exchanges and unlimited online streaming, with 17,000 movies to choose to stream. It's very simple to watch online, simply browse the collection and click on what you want to watch, with unlimited viewing when you take out most monthly subscription packages. You can be watching a movie within 30 seconds after installing the Netflix viewing software. You can also watch content on a range of devices, including PC, Mac, internet TV, ViVo, iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android or many other devices (check the website for an entire list of compatible devices). You can also connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable and watch in the comfort of your living room on your main TV. In short, Netflix is extremely versatile and offers a range of viewing options. Finally, in terms of customer service, Netflix really stands out. In addition to a very detailed and helpful help section on the site (with FAQs), there's also 24/7 telephone support with excellent customer service, as well as prompt and reliable email support.