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Are you a Netflix subscriber? Share your experiences - £250 voucher up for grabs

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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 22-Nov-13 17:05:21

Netflix would like to know what Mumsnetters think of their entertainment subscription service.

If you currently use or have used Netflix in the past, what do you think? Do you use Netflix on a regular basis? If so, how do you use it - do you mainly watch movies or are you addicted to a particular TV series? When do you watch on your own, with your partner or with your family?

What role does Entertainment play in your familys life and how does Netflix fit in?

What about the dedicated Netflix Kids section - do your DCs use this to watch their favourite shows?

If you have never tried Netflix before, what are your impressions of it? Is it something you'd try? If so, why? If not, why not?

Everyone who adds their thoughts will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher (this prize draw has already taken place).

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw,

MNHQ

* NB: vouchers will be sent to the winner by MNHQ

NotCitrus Fri 22-Nov-13 17:44:50

The reason I've not subscribed to Netflix is that you can't see before signing up which programmes have subtitles, and I'm told by deaf people who have tried it that many don't even when they were broadcast with them, meaning they had few to choose from, often wasted time downloading programmes that transpired not to have subtitles, and no discount to compensate for the above.

Please let me know when this is resolved - it would be great.

Hessy Fri 22-Nov-13 17:50:57

I subscribed a month ago to catch up on the American TV I've not seen - Orange is New Black, Breaking Bad, Modern Family. Selection of films quite disappointing though. We watch on iPad in bed. I fall asleep and DP carries on watching with headphones. Rarely watch regular TV since getting it. When is new Orange series coming out?! Love it. smile

I recently discovered Netflix and use it both to watch films and to watch tv series.

I love it, as we don't have tv in my house and don't have a tv licence, and I want to keep it that way.

I love the fact that they have such a wide variety of tv series on it, and am currently working my way through the Norwegian 'The Killing', and I am planning on watching The Bridge after that and then the American version of the Killing.

I have had no problems with watching things via Netflix, whereas when we watch something directly via Playstation it often buffers partway through, which can be annoying

My DS aged 10 also uses it occasionally to watch things, but not often ash would rather be playing Minecraft.

As a family we don't watch much on the whole, hence not having a tv, but in the dark winter months my DP and I will watch a tv series or two and therefore we like Netflix as it means we don't have to buy the box sets or rely on iplayer which doesn't have much on it.

I agree, Netflix could do with having a wider selection of films available.

polosareverynice Fri 22-Nov-13 17:54:19

I subcribe to netflix and like to watch films usually
I have watch one series but some i am interested in haven't any subtitles the same with films. would watch loads more if this was the case other than that i rate netflix as i was one of those who'd rent 4 Movies from blockbuster at £10+ a month so havve daved money prehaps a few more newer releases would make it perfect but for the price pm i'm happy

HimAndHer Fri 22-Nov-13 17:54:25

I have subscribed to it during my maternity leave. I have mainly watched tv series on it so far as I don't get much chance to watched films.

I think it would be nice for an alert of some sort when new episodes have been added to a tv series, and also more series added quicker.

It is very handy that the show/film starts from where you left off as well.

I'm hoping to snuggle down soon and watch Christmas films.

I don't like the new menu that appeared yesterday, I think it makes it very hard to search through for things to watch, I like flicking through everything rather than having to think of what I want to watch and arching for it.

EATmum Fri 22-Nov-13 17:58:04

I'm a fairly recent subscriber, and my family all use it a lot - especially the kids. Frankly I could forgo the countless episodes of iCarly and Max & Ruby, but it definitely keeps them happy. We've enjoyed Luther, which we missed on TV, and various comedy shows. All the family like Outnumbered, which is on there.
We watch on the Wii, which isn't the easiest thing to navigate I must say. I would prefer less big visuals, and more lists, as it's very hard to find out if something is on the menu if you can't see the structure of it.
I do think it is excellent value, and have recommended it on to others.

Ridersofthestorm Fri 22-Nov-13 18:03:48

I'm trying Netflix out at the mo with option to subscribe after a month if I'm satisfied.
I was really annoyed to see the new Star Trek film wasn't included even though its already been out on DVD for a while now. I was unsure if this is because I am just trailing Netflix so you have limited films, unfortunately I couldn't find out on their website if/when this film would become available. I've got so many DVDs that I don't really want to be buying anymore.
I haven't looked at Netflix kids just yet, but the selection I've seen so far on the main site looked ok, some good major Disney films which is good.

I'm not too sure though if I will subscribe, I think Netflix need to make sure they have all the latest films that have been released like when you rent out a DVD. I'm sure Netflix probably are not allowed to have some major films on it right away so the film companies can make more money from DVD/online download sales.
I would be prepared to pay a little bit extra for the service if I knew you could get all major film releases on Netflix the same time as they are available to buy.

If you currently use or have used Netflix in the past, what do you think? Do you use Netflix on a regular basis? If so, how do you use it - do you mainly watch movies or are you addicted to a particular TV series? When do you watch on your own, with your partner or with your family?

Currently using netflix on the wii, smartphone and tablet. Had used it previously then got a really good offer from lovefilm so deactivated. had lovefilm for one month and then reinstalled netflix as the choice and playback was so much better for us. we mostly watch movies but the children mostly tv programmes. We watched the entire tv series of lost and heroes on netflix and the next that has spiked my interest is breaking bad so that might be next. We watch all as a family most recent choice being santa claus 3 ( gettting in the spirit early) the children like to watch the tv series lego ninjago and stepdaughter likes the more teen shows on there from the disney channel/nickelodeon.

What role does Entertainment play in your familys life and how does Netflix fit in?

Entertainment is what we use for our downtime if you like and netflix means we all get to sit together at a time that suits us and watch from a wider choice than what we own at home. it is also good for watching privately on the tablet when needing a bit of peace or insomnia strikes!

What about the dedicated Netflix Kids section - do your DCs use this to watch their favourite shows?

The dcs love the dedicated kids section and always use this, they really like this option and so do i as it stops them seeing anything i wouldnt approve it which could happen now they are getting a bit older and know how to get onto netflix without my help. one problem i am having is i have recently set netflix up on a tablet in the household and cant seem to set up kids profiles on there which im not happy about so assistance on that would be great. its an android tablet.

If you have never tried Netflix before, what are your impressions of it? Is it something youd try? If so, why? If not, why not?

Before i had netflix i didnt think the choice would be as wide as it is and that put me off but after the free trial i kept it up.

I like Netflix. We don't have live television in our house so all of our viewing is done through Netflix.

I love the kids section. I think it's quite varied and Dd has discovered a love for Power Rangers (that we all could have gone without wink).

The film section is ok. Every now and then there will be a film that I want to watch. I wish there were more 'new' releases.

I mostly watch TV shows on it. I've recommended Orange is The new Black to everyone ever! Great series, I really enjoyed it. Hemlock Grove....not so much.

I think it's well worth the money and love the fact that there is no adverts for Dd to get sucked into.

RussTDaviesBear Fri 22-Nov-13 18:19:33

I've had Netflix for a couple of months, I mostly use it for TV series, with the odd film. I mostly watch it on my iPad, occasionally on the PC.
We've recently ditched Sky and have a Freesat box, that with Netflix is enough to keep us happy - though it would be nice to be able to watch it on the TV - I'd heard rumours that Freesat was going to get a Netflix app, but it's never surfaced - I'm now hoping to get an Apple TV for Christmas, as DH and I both have iPads, and if so I'll probably do most of my netflixing through that on the big TV. The iPad is nice for bedtime though!

Our kids are grown up, so aren't into the kids stuff - though it was DS who suggested I try it, so that's how it fits in to our family life. I like the way you can see what friends have been watching - DS in particular has similar tastes to me so I like to get ideas from him, and as he's left home I wouldn't know without the 'friends' feature.!

Dolallytats Fri 22-Nov-13 18:20:33

We got the months free subscription to see if we liked it. DS loved all the Power Rangers and DH watched quite a few films on it. I have to be honest and say that I didn't see much on it that I wanted to watch.

TEEARDIS Fri 22-Nov-13 18:20:46

I have LoveFilm. Sorry. grin

I had Netflix 10 years ago in the US when it was only DVDs posted to your home.

Does that count?

I would consider getting Netflix instead if they could price match LoveFilm, which I doubt because we've had LoveFilm for so long, that we actually had Screen Select first, and we're on a grandfathered 3 disc membership. Or if someone offered me a year free to try it or something, I would.

Although I have heard that Netflix has less TV but more films than LoveFilm.

Or maybe the other way.

So really, this whole post is worthless to you.

You're welcome.

grin

Treadlightly Fri 22-Nov-13 18:27:22

If you currently use or have used Netflix in the past, what do you think?

We use it all the time, it's great! There are loads of films and tv series to choose from and something for everyone in the family.

Do you use Netflix on a regular basis? If so, how do you use it - do you mainly watch movies or are you addicted to a particular TV series?
*when we first got it, we mainly watched Dora the explorer. Repeatedly!!
Then we got addicted to breaking bad and watched them all on netflix. We love netflix.*

When do you watch on your own, with your partner or with your family?
*On my own I watch films that my dh won't watch with me - some like it hot, ghost....
With the family we watch kids films like UP.
With my partner - we watch breaking bad, Buffy, & scary films!*

What role does Entertainment play in your familys life and how does Netflix fit in?

We watch a lot of tv. My dd wakes up very early & we put the tv on straightaway! We watch movies to relax once she's gone to bed and we watch tv & movies together as a family. Netflix suits us perfectly as we have a huge library of films & tv shows on there we can watch. It's easy too as we watch it on the wii

What about the dedicated Netflix Kids section - do your DCs use this to watch their favourite shows?
Yes. I like her using it as she can't put a zombie movie on by mistake. She can find what she wants to watch easily. We do supervise her carefully too though grin

We subscribed for the new series of Arrested Development. I can't bring myself to say a bad word about the company who brought back my favourite programme! It's mainly four year old DS who uses it now, I really like that the children's Netflix is separate.

DearDinah Fri 22-Nov-13 18:40:31

Love it, use it regularly, mainly for TV series, thank you for Breaking Bad and Orange is the new black, occasionally watch films again wish there were more recent, well known films on there, but its much better than the garbage on regular TV!

I've had netflix about 6 months now.

The film selection is good as long as you don't expect really recent films.

The TV box set selection is good. I love that you can dip in and out and not have to worry about filing up the sky box or losing my place.

I also like that I can set up profiles, that way I'm not worried about DD seeing inappropriate stuff nor getting recommendations based on the shite DH watches grin grin

OvO Fri 22-Nov-13 18:42:31

I use it and love it. Have tried lovefilm too but even though it's cheaper I find it's just not as good, well the app anyway, which is how I watch it.

I rarely watch the actual tv but watch stuff on netflix most days. I love going sloth in my bed and not moving all evening. "Just one more episode," is my catchphrase. grin. And it's never just one more. <no willpower>

My DS's watch it on the tv via the wii. They use it most days too. I think I've seen every episode of spongebob 18 times now. hmm

We all love it as we can watch what we want when we want. We don't have sky tv or a recorder so if we miss stuff on the tv then tough luck.

I like the kids section as I know I can leave them to choose what they want and they won't come across scary stuff. Though if you could make it so that I can hide all horror films from the adult section that would be great. <wuss>

My DH doesn't use it as it doesn't have any new films. I watch all the tv stuff but he wants NEW stuff which doesn't come along very quickly.

weepingvipers Fri 22-Nov-13 18:43:41

We have had Netflix instead of regular TV for a couple of years now. As a family we watch movies and TV series together plus each of us watch things separately that the others don't want to. Having the option to use TV, computer, smartphone, tablet etc means we get good value for money and can use it on the move for longer journeys.

I have two major frustrations though. 1) the selection isn't especially up to date, new movies and series take a while to come on and often make little sense - for example you have the second of "the crow" movies but not the first.
2) there is no option to download which means you are stuck to streaming with a connection. I would like the option to swap a day or two streaming to download a couple of movies to watch on a plane journey or similar.

NoIHaventHadTheBabyYet Fri 22-Nov-13 18:43:45

I tried the free month of Netflix during the six week summer holiday last year, I planned to cancel it after that however we loved it and have kept it since.
I LOVED Breaking Bad, Netflix is worth it for that alone. I like the selection of films. I like it that we don't have the tv on in the background constantly when there is nothing good on, I also hate all the adverts on t.v.
It was 3 pound to rent a DVD from our local shop (now closed down) so Netflix is value for money.
We also really enjoy all things Christmassy so love the Christmas films.

BrianButterfield Fri 22-Nov-13 18:46:31

We love it and use it on an Xbox 360, Wii U, two tablets, phones and a streaming box (not all at the same time). We ditched Sky for it! We've had it since the first month it was available in the UK and never thought about stopping our subscription, we use it every single day.

Currently working our way through Breaking Bad - this is what we mostly use it for, box sets rather than films, although the kids' stuff gets a workout too. DS can select what he wants on the Wii U controller although he is only 2 and loves Thomas, Charlie and Lola and various Disney films.

OK, the selection isn't vast but it's worth what we pay for it - it's 10% of what we were paying for Sky and sometimes I think critics of the catalogue need to compare it to other services to see that it is actually good value. I am also very happy with the streaming speed and great picture quality.

BrianButterfield Fri 22-Nov-13 18:48:34

We love it and use it on an Xbox 360, Wii U, two tablets, phones and a streaming box (not all at the same time). We ditched Sky for it! We've had it since the first month it was available in the UK and never thought about stopping our subscription, we use it every single day.

Currently working our way through Breaking Bad - this is what we mostly use it for, box sets rather than films, although the kids' stuff gets a workout too. DS can select what he wants on the Wii U controller although he is only 2 and loves Thomas, Charlie and Lola and various Disney films.

OK, the selection isn't vast but it's worth what we pay for it - it's 10% of what we were paying for Sky and sometimes I think critics of the catalogue need to compare it to other services to see that it is actually good value. I am also very happy with the streaming speed and great picture quality.

Catmint Fri 22-Nov-13 18:49:30

My DP is being made redundant from Blockbuster the week before Christmas. Netflix, I am looking at you with a very hard stare.

We have Netflix! smile

We use it quite a lot, the kids (9&7) have cheap tablets that they watch Netflix on, their favourites being Sonic and Mario Bros.

I have it on my iPad for emergency Thomas viewing for my 1 year old (so shoot me!) during long hospital visits with DS1 or similar, I always used it for tv viewing when I have to stay away from home or on long train journeys.

I like the variety, I also love picking up some of my old favourites (Ren and Stimpy anyone?)

Entertainment is used as a relaxing thing in our house, as a chill out time.

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