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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

xxxkadzxxx Tue 11-Feb-14 14:28:21

We DID have Netflix until we decided to unsubscribe only last month due the lack of content!
Although there was a couple of Netflix's own drama series which we really enjoyed we didn't find anything else interesting on there which we particularly liked considering the price we were paying over the course a year.
We discovered we could watch most of the programmes/series for free online which we had missed and wanted to catch up on and watch films, again, for either free online or borrow from a friends/family. If there was a film which we wanted to see it often wasn't on Netflix anyway! We found that 95% of the films weren't on there which we searched for.
The kids liked having it-they enjoyed it more than us! In fact, i think there is more for the kids on there!
I used to watch it either with the kids when they had a programme/film on or when in the evenings with my partner. We were pretty hooked on the 'orange is the new black' series.
The children watched it about 3-4 times a week and my partner and i seemed to go through phases of watching it every night for a week and then not watching it for 2-3 weeks at a time!
We love entertainment but where Netflix is concerned we just opted to watch the things in other ways. The on demand services seemed to take over and were more accessible/convenient for us.

Hotbot Sun 26-Jan-14 08:42:01

Have just switched from lovefilm and really enjoying the series choices. Reason alive selection of movies but this could be better for recent ones. The streaming is sometimes dodgy, we watch via wii a sour telly doesn't allow netflix to download bit it will allow lovefilm so maybe something for. You to look into. Like a previous poster I love going to bed with the ipad and watching just one more episode. So ATM. It no lovefilm yes netflix.

changedirection Sun 26-Jan-14 08:05:30

Its something I might try over Christmas or something, but usually we don't have time to watch enough to make it worthwhile paying for this type of service

Orangeisthenewbanana Fri 24-Jan-14 20:38:00

We love Netflix since we signed up - loads of great quality shows that DH watch together once DD is in bed. It's great to snuggle up on the sofa & have some time for us again. DD is too young yet to really use it but there seems to be a good choice of kid's stuff on there for later.

Biggest bugbear is that the content you can access through your account varies so drastically depending which country you're in. On a recent trip to America visiting friends, logging in with our account details gave
us SO much extra for the same subscription, it makes the UK version look a little pathetic! Increase the content and update more frequently and I will not hesitate to recommend to all and sundry!

I got Apple TV for Christmas and now I'm nearing the end of my month's trial of Netflix.

Plus points:
Some great series on there, I've just started watching Breaking Bad and have loads of others lined up to watch.

I really like the way it asks you who is watching. DD1 (6) knows to choose her own name and all her programmes are there. She loves to be able to scroll through and watch what she fancies, up till now she's always had to wait for me to buy the dvd etc for her.

Good to be able to use it on more than one device at once. I don't have to watch DH's junk!

Minus points:
Need some more classic British series if poss. Not overly keen on recent American stuff.

The big bugbear, things disappear without warning! I started watching One Born Every Minute and when I signed in last week it had gone. Was not very happy about that at all. What's the point of getting in to a series only to find the rest of it is gone without trace.

Will I continue the subscription? Hmm, undecided as yet. Possibly for another month, not sure after that.

Selks Tue 21-Jan-14 09:42:36

I joined for a while over Christmas. I'm not into tv programmes just films, and the selection on m
Netflix proved to be woeful, so I cancelled after a couple of months.
Surprisingly poor film selection, Netflix. V disappointing.

RustyBear Tue 21-Jan-14 09:42:00

Just to update my post of 22 Nov, as this thread has reappeared in Active convos - we now have our Apple TV and are enjoying Netflix on the big screen - it's great!

One good thing I hadn't realised until someone else said it on this thread is that you don't get loads of emails like you do with lots of subscriptions!

awaywego1 Tue 21-Jan-14 09:37:33

I think Netflix is great..good value for money. I love watching TV series on there-dexter, the killing, modern family and life unexpected and have thought the Netflix exclusives oitnb and house of cards were excellent. sometimes its quite hard to search and find what you are looking for..particularly for films and it is annoying having to wait for new seasons of shoes like modern family and dexter.
I don't have kids so have only used kids a couple of times when friends have been visiting.. it seems fine although the absence of peppa pig was disappointing.

lolancurly Tue 21-Jan-14 07:51:26

Beware - Netflix can be addictive! We don't have Sky or subscribe to loads of extra TV channels, so when we signed up for Netflix, the door opened onto all kinds of series that we had never seen before. Now both my daughters are watching hideous American series that they have discovered and I can watch series of my favourite comedies like Black Books etc when ever I like. I have found the films very limited though and not nearly as good as I would have like - there is a lot of rom com/comedy/kids films but not the range of dramatic, thoughtful films that I would like to watch.

574ejones Sun 19-Jan-14 09:55:13

We use Netflix on a variety of devices in our family (Smart TV, Xbox, tablets etc.) and we have been using it for a few months now. At first, I was a bit dubious that it would be as good as Lovefilm, which we were subscribed to, but after the free trial we went for Netflix.

I like the variety of TV series available to watch. We probably watch less films than TV.

My only concern is that my children are too old for the Kids section, but for my youngest (12), I don't want to let him loose on the adult section either.

I think it is good value for money and we use it a lot.

LittleMissGreen Mon 13-Jan-14 15:49:10

I looked at Netflix, but couldn't see anywhere that showed what films they had without subscribing. Looked elsewhere and found the slightly obscure film I was looking for so went with that company instead.

BettyBotter Sat 11-Jan-14 21:10:41

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?

We have signed up more than once for the free trial and both times we have been disappointed with the choice and de-regged. We have wanted to watch good films 'on demand' as a family every now and then.

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

In a household with teens we have too many different screens so everyone ends up watching different things at the same time. Watching a film or TV series together is one of the only ways we share enteretainment these days.

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

My dcs are too old for this.

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?

lserawe Sat 11-Jan-14 21:02:04

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?

Mostly watch with my partner and we watch probably every other day. We tend to work through series first of all Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Would really like some more up to date films on Netflix

What role does Entertainment play in your family's life and how does Netflix fit in?

My LO doesn't really watch tv at the moment. We watch in the evening to relax.

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

He hasn't watched it

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?

knitwitter Mon 16-Dec-13 19:30:15

Wow, thanks!

MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 16-Dec-13 13:23:19

Thank you everyone for your comments. Congrats to knitwitter who won the prize draw!

cheesybake Thu 12-Dec-13 22:30:18

I subscribe to netflix, used to have love film but cancelled it and netflix is so much better.
We very rarely watch tv any more, are hooked on a series at a time. Just finished the amazing breaking bad and can't wait for the next series of orange is the new black.
My son loves the kids channel, only complaint would be where has dumbo gone? We have had lots of screaming matches because it isn't there any more.
Only improvement would be to add more newer films (and game of thrones!)
It's not often something lives up to it's hype nowadays but netflix exceeds expectations!

mjmooseface Wed 11-Dec-13 16:48:21

As much as I love Netflix and talked it up MASSIVELY in a previous comment... I will say that I did have one pretty major discrepancy with them... I decided to blast through all seasons of Lost having never watched it and I had just 7 episodes left to go and it disappeared!!! GAH!!

One thing I'd like to see changed is maybe having an indicator of how long a show is going to be available for, so you know what time scale you have to watch it in. That would be so helpful a few months back! I was super gutted!! But, that's the one issue I've had with it since it launched over here so that's pretty good success rate in my books! :D

LowLu Wed 11-Dec-13 13:17:28

We have a netflix subscription and mostly watch on the iPad (when the DC aren't using it!) We've just got Virgin Media and have found out we can watch Netfix on that too which is great.

Mainly watch tv series, as with 2 small children I don't have the energy to watch a whole film on an evening. And once I've found a series I like I'll watch that exclusively until I've seen all episodes.

It would be great to have a way to save favourites on the ipad interface. As I'll go through and find things I'll watch to watch later.

The DC don't use it, as they are still at the age where cbeebies is tv of choice.

maemaesmummy Wed 11-Dec-13 10:29:05

I love Netflix, we have been subscribers for over a year...we watch a lot of series on there, without having to wait for the next episode.

We also watch it when we are in the USA and love that it swaps between regions depending on where you are

theenchantedhood Tue 10-Dec-13 19:50:22

I had a month free where I watched 4 seasons of 'Dexter', then I subscribed to watch another couple of series'. I have watched 'Breaking Bad' all of them bar the new series obviously! This has been watching on my IPad. The quality is fab and I would not end the subscription for now as I watch so many genre of film or series. Some of the documentaries on there have been great watching. I know I should be crafting or knitting - something. But, Netflix has got me through a bout of depressing, time. It has helped me switch off - and I can pause and it's back on whenever I press the button it's back..
The minor frustration is when a film I specifically want to watch isn't available! smile
On the whole - no spammy emails and connect when I want to - great!

I can't recommend it more..

TheEnchantedHood Age 40 smile

freckledleopard Tue 10-Dec-13 12:39:00

I've just started subscribing to Netflix as I'd read so much about Breaking Bad that I wanted to watch it, and Love Film Instant (which I subscribe to) doesn't have it.

So far I've only watched Breaking Bad and Dexter, so can't comment on whether the film or other entertainment selection is better or worse than on Love Film Instant.

PuddingAndHotMilk Tue 10-Dec-13 12:37:06

I love Netflix - it has transformed my life as I spend a lot of time on the sofa feeding my newborn and holding her upright for 30 mins after every feed for her reflux.
She also only sleeps on me. I therefore watch about 6 hours a day!!
I love the TV box sets and like that each next episode runs on from the previous so I don't get stuck if I need both hands for my LO

As she gets older I'm sure the children's films will be well used too!!

Runswithsquirrels Mon 09-Dec-13 20:01:13

I'd like older films available. Lovefilm have a huge catalogue of classics from the forties to date.
Do love watching all the TV series in one go and love it they are now producing. House of cards v g.

curiouselle Mon 09-Dec-13 19:56:31

When my dh suggested netflix, I thought oh no more money on something we don't use (like lovefilm)! However I am converted.

We now NEVER watch 'normal' tele. We always have a series to follow and a few films to see. I use the kids section so my little girl can watch elmo and I can cook. And my guilty pleasure is watching 'Jonathan Creek' on my phone while I do the dishes (as I am well cool!).

MrsClauswearsspanx Mon 09-Dec-13 19:44:37

We love Netflix!

I watch it: every blush day, especially the late 90's/early 00's teenage dramas.

DP likes it for films, especially indie ones.

The DCs LOVE the choice of kids' shows and with so much choice Netflix helps to prevent squabbles over who gets to watch what.

I discovered it from discussion right here on Mumsnet and realised we could stream it through the PS3.

I actually phoned up to cancel our Sky subscription because we barely watch it now. If you could get Game of Thrones I would have another baby and call it Net or Netty!!!

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