Netflix is a word you may have been hearing quite a lot in recent years. But what exactly is it?
Put simply, Netflix is an application which brings video streaming of movies and TV shows right to you for a monthly fee. The system grew out of the company’s own physical DVD rental service in the States – where disks were delivered to your home and returned by freepost – but it cuts out all the hassle of posting.
You simply log into the service and sign up for a 30 day trial. During that time, you can just click into any of the hundreds of thousands of movies or TV shows listed and watch them for as long as you like without any limitations.
Netflix was first available only on computer but has since expanded to a huge number of devices. Right now you can find easily accessible apps for Netflix on SmartTV’s, Tablets, Laptops, set-top boxes like Apple TV, home consoles like the PS4 and even on your smartphone.
You can use the same account for every different device and the app will even sync your progress – if you stop midway through watching a movie on the TV you can resume it on your laptop later. And you can also create lists of the things you most want to watch which are also synced across platforms.
Netflix made its name by bringing the box set experience into the home – allowing you to watch season’s worth of content in one go and even automatically playing the next episode every time you finish one!
But the company has gone even further in recent years, starting to create their own original content with remarkable success. House of Cards was the first such show, and the first time a programme made by a streaming service won a Golden Globe – for Robin Wright.
Other original shows include Orange is the New Black and Hemlock Grove while long cancelled comedy classic Arrested Development got an all new season thanks to Netflix. And this is in addition to the shedloads of shows from other studios including the likes of Breaking Bad, Modern Family, The Office, 24, Dexter, Sons of Anarchy, Homeland, Sherlock, Archer and more!
The app also comes with parental restrictions – allowing you to control the content your little ones have access to and social options that show what your friends are watching. The only question now is, what are you going to watch first?!
In Short: You may have heard a lot about the Netflix service but what exactly is it and how does it work? We’ve got all the answers here!