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To think it’s not THAT weird to not have Netflix?

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StillCoughingandLaughing Tue 09-Apr-19 09:12:20

My manager was asking yesterday if I’d seen the Madeleine McCann documentary. I said I hadn’t because I don’t have Netflix. From his reaction you would have thought I’d said I still had an outside loo or lived in a mud hut. ‘How can you not have Netflix?!’

My answer was ‘quite easily’. It’s not like we’re still in the days of three terrestrial channels. How many channels do we get on Freeview, plus catch-up etc. There’s already stuff I want to watch but haven’t had the chance to yet. Why would I pay for a subscription too?

This isn’t one of those ‘Where do people get the time to watch so much television? I’m FAR too busy’ threads (which are really just a way to sound superior). I love watching TV; in fact I would have said I watch more than average. But there are only so many non-working hours in a day. Even if I did nothing else but watch TV, I can’t magic up extra time to do it in.

I get that Netflix is popular and it’s not that I don’t get the ‘on demand’ appeal. But I didn’t think it was now so mainstream that people would be taken aback that I don’t have it. Am I really in the minority, or is my boss just being OTT?

Bringbackthestripes Tue 09-Apr-19 09:17:18

We don’t have Netflix -or sky or anything else- just the millions of channels that are on TV. I do watch a lot of TV as, due to health conditions, I am sitting down a lot of the time and I still don’t feel the need to pay for more to watch.

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Tue 09-Apr-19 09:17:24

We've only just got it - primarily becaue one of the kids has it and mentioned they can pipe it through the main TV at no extra cost. I would not pay for it.

StillCoughingandLaughing Tue 09-Apr-19 11:39:25

We don’t have Netflix -or sky or anything else- just the millions of channels that are on TV. I do watch a lot of TV as, due to health conditions, I am sitting down a lot of the time and I still don’t feel the need to pay for more to watch.

Exactly - there’s a ton of stuff out there already! I wouldn’t criticise anyone else for spending their money on it, but I find it strange that people somehow see it as ‘essential’.

AhoyDelBoy Tue 09-Apr-19 11:43:03

We only got it at Christmas time but DP is already thinking he might cancel it (I don’t really watch movies but do like it for TV series) as he’s seen all the movies anyway. It’s not that strange not to have Netflix!

Camomila Tue 09-Apr-19 11:44:22

I don’t have Netflix, we’ve got Amazon prime and virgin movies...seems a bit OTT to have Netflix as well!

GottenGottenGotten Tue 09-Apr-19 11:46:36

I have Netflix and use catch up because it's cheaper than having Freeview.

If I was still paying for a TV licence though, I don't think I would subscribe to it all the time, probably one-offs every now and then.

Most people I know seem to have Netflix though, but certainly not all.

Beamur Tue 09-Apr-19 11:47:21

I have the oldest TV in the world. It can't 'do' Netflix.
I have promised to buy a new TV (but I hate replacing things before they are broken)

Bluntness100 Tue 09-Apr-19 11:48:00

I think it's probably fairly normal for older people not to have it. I've jus turned fifty and we have it, as does everyone we know,,,except people of my parents generation , who seldom have it.

I think if you're younger, then it's not so normal

IchWill Tue 09-Apr-19 11:53:15


I've had it about a year. Has previously been a waste of money as I never used it, mainly as similarly to you I have tons of channels, catch up and Sky+ box with loads on it.

Also, my TV was quite old, so I could only access Netflix through a Roku USB in the back of my TV, which is a bit of a faff.

Anyway, was going to cancel it. But was off sick last week, couldn't find anything I fancied watching. Went onto Netflix and going a couple of cool series and cheesy films. Then my bloody TV packed up on Sunday after almost a decade's faithful service.

We went and got a new TV and it's got Netflix, internet and catch up all installed on the TV, so less of a faff now. Will see if we use Netflix more frequently now it's easier to use. If not, will cancel it.

CatsCatsCatsCatsCats1980 Tue 09-Apr-19 11:57:28

We don't have Netflix. We don't even have the internet (except on our phones). We just have Freeview Plus which gives us plenty of choice but without the monthly fees.

We recently looked into getting the internet so we could get Netflix but I couldn't justify the money going out of the bank every month so just for the sake of a few extra things to watch.

We all need to get out more. We shouldn't let these companies encourage us to spend more time in front of the telly.

EBearhug Tue 09-Apr-19 11:59:52

I don't have it, as I don't have time to watch the things I want to see on normal TV. I will probably get Amazon Prime for Good Omens in May, though.

thatmustbenigelwiththebrie Tue 09-Apr-19 12:05:42

We have it because our living room is underground so our TV can't receive any other channels! So all we have is Netflix.

TaMereAPoilDevantPrisu Tue 09-Apr-19 12:09:36

I don't have it. I don't even have a smartphone. <prehistoric>

ScreamingValenta Tue 09-Apr-19 12:11:29

I only have Freeview on my TV. I only watch TV about once a week so it isn't worth paying for extra channels.

Sparklesocks Tue 09-Apr-19 12:12:58

A lot of people have Netflix, but a lot of others don’t. It’s not unusual to fall into either category.

chipperchop Tue 09-Apr-19 12:14:34

I only have Netflix because my lovely friend let me use her log in grin

RottnestFerry Tue 09-Apr-19 12:19:05

We have it because our living room is underground so our TV can't receive any other channels! So all we have is Netflix

Have have tried connecting it to an aerial?

KipperTheFrog Tue 09-Apr-19 12:21:33

We have Netflix but haven't got a TV aerial so only have iplayer and Netflix. That's more weird than not having Netflix! If we had a working TV aerial and could get freeview I'd probably get rid of Netflix.

Nnnnnineteen Tue 09-Apr-19 12:23:07

I have quite enough ways to waste my time, I don't need to get Netflix as well.

megletthesecond Tue 09-Apr-19 12:26:09

There's enough to watch on the main channels as it is. I don't have time to watch much tv anyway.

namechangedforanon Tue 09-Apr-19 12:29:13

I find that quite odd, I also find people who don't have Spotify and Amazon Prime odd though haha.

I work in tech so people are a bit more into these kinds of things.

bigKiteFlying Tue 09-Apr-19 12:33:21

We have Sky and Amazon - not sure why we'd paid out for Netflix as well.

Though after Game of Thrones - I may get DH to look at Sky again. We have Amazon Prime for deliveries so TV is nice extra.

PettyContractor Tue 09-Apr-19 12:34:54

Does the manager also assume everyone has Sky?

I've just googled to check, and it's only possibly this year that Netflix has had more customers than Sky. So until recently anyone who assumed everyone has pay TV should be assuming Sky before they assume Netflix.

CustardySergeant Tue 09-Apr-19 12:35:52

I haven't got Netflix. I don't even have a mobile phone, of any kind, let alone a smartphone.

Jsmith99 Tue 09-Apr-19 12:38:35

I don’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime or Spotify. I do, however, subscribe to Sky for the sports channels. I’m a huge cricket fan and I also follow football and F1, so I’m a captive market for Sky.

I can’t justify the cost of subscribing to anything other than Sky Sports, because there is only so much TV you can, or should, watch.

MashedSpud Tue 09-Apr-19 12:39:47

My DD put it on my tv last weekend (I’ve never wanted it but felt silly saying no) and I have to say I really like it. I watched all the episodes of The Haunting of Hill House and just started watching the MMC documentary.

DinaCaliente Tue 09-Apr-19 12:42:06

I've had it for years and used to flick through quite often with nothing catching my eye that I wanted to watch but my DCs used it so I kept it going.

Since Netflix have been making their own content though it's brilliant.
So many good series and films and new stuff added all the time.

As soon as our Sky contract is finished I will cancel and just stream TV instead (we have no aerial so no Freeview).

I use Amazon Fire Sticks in the non smart TV's we have.

Jenniferyellowcat Tue 09-Apr-19 12:43:52

We got Netflix because we wanted to watch Breaking Bad. At the moment we could probably ditch it as we are mainly watching terrestrial TV dramas but we won’t.

I am giving up Amazon Prime though as I don’t have enough time to watch stuff on this too. (That said, The Good Fight is on there...) And there is some proper good stuff on BBC now.

I know a number of people who don’t have amazon on principle and it has made me think.

fitzbilly Tue 09-Apr-19 12:44:59

I only have Netflix, that's probably more unusual, but it's enough for all the watching we do. No TV licence or other channels.

notacooldad Tue 09-Apr-19 12:46:14

I think it's probably fairly normal for older people not to have it. I've jus turned fifty and we have it, as does everyone we know,,,except people of my parents generation , who seldom have it
I am surprised at this opinion.
My mum and dad have it and they pass on recommendations that their friends ha e suggested.
A lot of our friends parents also have it. The age group is 74 plus.

My son (23)has come away from his nan's with a load of must watch series, mostly thrillers!!

Jenniferyellowcat Tue 09-Apr-19 12:47:35

My parents also have it. They love it! My mum’s favourite was Homeland (she is 70).

notacooldad Tue 09-Apr-19 12:47:49

can’t justify the cost of subscribing to anything other than Sky Sports, because there is only so much TV you can, or should, watch.
Should watch? What do you mean?

notacooldad Tue 09-Apr-19 12:49:33

My mum’s favourite was Homeland (she is 70).
My mums was Breaking Bad and I had to hear what Walt was up to . It was like listening to stories of an old relative or neighbour I didnt know!!! Mum is 78!

Malbecfan Tue 09-Apr-19 12:50:11

No Netflix, Amazon Prime, Sky or Spotify here either. Our internet connection is so rubbish that you can't stream anything. When you live rurally, that's what happens. There is also no mobile phone signal.

I listen to the radio loads and we have Freeview. We don't really have time for anything else. We used to have Sky but the box was crap and kept freezing then taking all our recordings with it. They kept putting up the prices and removing the channels we actually wanted to watch, so we cancelled.

Jenniferyellowcat Tue 09-Apr-19 12:50:37

The other reason I keep it is that if my kids weren’t watching shows on Netflix, they’d be badgering me to go on YouTube and I know which I would prefer.

In fact they are the reason we have kept Amazon Prime so long. (Just Add Magic!)

Leeds2 Tue 09-Apr-19 12:52:43

I don't have Netflix. Or Amazon Prime. I don't know what Spotify is (so I don't have that either!).
I have Sky, but only watch TV maybe ten times a year (sport).

Jenniferyellowcat Tue 09-Apr-19 12:53:13

It was like listening to stories of an old relative or neighbour I didnt know!!! Mum is 78!

Ha ha!

My mum is also the reason I am watching Luther and every time it is properly disturbing (ie every twenty minutes) DH says, “nice programme your mum recommended”. grin

megletthesecond Tue 09-Apr-19 12:55:13

No sky, Spotify or Amazon prime here either.

LoubyLou1234 Tue 09-Apr-19 12:55:13

I don't have Sky. I do watch catch up tv but rarely live tv so much crap on. I love Netflix and amazon prime ( which is a bonus for having it for deliveries anyway) I can choose something I want to watch.

I don't need to get out more as a PP suggested, I'm busy and very active either at work or home. I just like having the choice when I do unwind for an hour or two. It's still cheaper than sky.

It probably is becoming more common as more people get smart TVs when their old ones break or use fire stick type devices.

JenniferJareau Tue 09-Apr-19 12:55:27

I have Netflix, Amazon Prime and that's it. Don't have a TV aerial so don't have 'standard channels' to watch and watch TV like BBC through iPlayer.

Dothehappydance Tue 09-Apr-19 12:59:24

We have sky. I don't have Netflix either though the telly has it built in.

I don't have Amazon on principle.

Texel Tue 09-Apr-19 13:03:46

I only have streaming services like Netflix and amazon and I use Spotify for my music, I don't have live TV.

Calloway Tue 09-Apr-19 13:05:54

Sky is the one I always avoided on principle. No way I'm putting money in that rancid old bollock's pocket.

Calloway Tue 09-Apr-19 13:11:06

My elderly parents had Netflix long before I did. My mum loves Narcos (she's 76).

ginghamstarfish Tue 09-Apr-19 13:12:15

We stopped pay for a tv license about 3 years ago, thinking we would just use catchup, but there wasn't much on there (we watch maybe 2 hours in an evening), so we got Netflix. Now we have a month on, month off watching catchup dramas etc, then maybe a month with Amazon (but that's crap compared to Netflix).

ineedaholidaynow Tue 09-Apr-19 13:12:27

We have Amazon Prime for The Grand Tour for the males in the house. I mainly use it for next day delivery.

Don’t have Netflix. DH refuses to have Sky on principle (hates Rupert Murdoch). We do have a tv aerial but for some reason our local transmitter only lets us have some of the Freeview channels

LucyFox Tue 09-Apr-19 13:30:07

I hate to think what he’d think of me - I don’t own a TV at all!

SoundofSilence Tue 09-Apr-19 13:32:44

No Netflix, Sky, Amazon Prime or Spotify here (at the moment). Television has just sort of dropped out of the things I like to do, and the kids are the same. We have Freeview and DP has to have it on constantly, usually current affairs, action films or fly on the wall programmes about traffic police or bailiffs turning up to take people's stuff away. I think the three of us have just rejected it completely because it's a constant diet of stuff we dislike. When he leaves I can't turn it off fast enough, and when he comes home, we all retreat upstairs to do other things. I recorded a few bits I wanted to watch over Christmas but can't be bothered to watch them now. I will make an exception and dust off the Now TV subscription for a couple of months when Game of Thrones starts, and I watch the occasional costume drama in bed on my kindle where there's nobody to moan about the lack of politics, unrealistic explosions or fly on the wall cameras.

RaiderOfTheKitchenCupboard Tue 09-Apr-19 13:39:30

We cancelled our Sky package about a year ago, don’t have Netflix or any other subscription tv. The kids are happy watching CBeebies or YouTube videos, and we have freeview catchup and a bunch of films and dvd box sets that we haven’t had time to watch yet. I don’t see the need to pay for more channels or whatever.

TunstallTansy Tue 09-Apr-19 13:42:09

It's not unusual not to have it but lots of people do have it. My parents and in laws, all in their seventies, have it - parents loving Suburra at the moment. My siblings and friends all have it so we discuss what we've seen on it and swap tips.

BloodyDisgrace Tue 09-Apr-19 13:43:25

I don't care if its' weird or not, but we don;t have Netflix. Maybe we will one day, as it must have a lot of horror or sci-fi for a good sit down, arse-on-the sofa evenings.
Both husband and I have those 2G phones, not the smart ones (I call them a "daft phone"), without Internet.

BloodyDisgrace Tue 09-Apr-19 13:45:23

Good answer to the boss too. And not everyone is interested in Madeleine McCann enough to watch a documentary, even if they did have Netflix.

MrPan Tue 09-Apr-19 13:45:53

Have it now as it was an installed option on new TV.

Not that impressed. Loads of 'straight-to-tv' films that are pretty poor.

No classic films, no Disney, just not a lot of quality.

zukiecat Tue 09-Apr-19 13:50:48

I have it, my youngest DD pays the subscription for me.

I have to have it to watch The Last Kingdom!

I've watched the other odd thing on Netflix but I really only watch TLK

DelphicOracle Tue 09-Apr-19 14:07:17

Oh god .... we have it all! Sky, Amazon Prime, Netflix premium, Spotify Premium and freeview.... I love it. But tbh there is a reason we have so much. Amazon Prime is because I have Prime for deliveries and Kindle deals as I read so much. When we got rid of Virgin, we got recordable Freeview boxes, that came with a giant Netflix button. So I set up a free trial account and we watched it more than normal TV. I think of everything we have I would miss Netflix the most if it had to go. I have binged on everything from Breaking Bad, YOU, Narcos, Better Call Saul, Dirty John.... the Netflix original series are ace and I wouldnt be without it.

cushellekoala Tue 09-Apr-19 14:10:50

I don't have netflix or amazon prime or Spotify or an ipad or an iphone....but i manage to waste a lot of time without them!!

dottypotter Tue 09-Apr-19 14:13:52

Not netflix, here just Sky not interested in having Netflix. There is plenty to watch with what we have.

SevilleorBust Tue 09-Apr-19 14:23:07

We got Netflix a month ago. I absolutely love it and wish we had got it earlier. It is the only thing my family now watch; the depth and breadth of variety for everyone is incredible (saying this as someone who would prefer a good book to tv).

Although, I freely admit that the novelty may soon wear off.

justjuggling Tue 09-Apr-19 14:39:44

I don’t have Netflix either. I permanently have a backlog of things I’d like to watch so Netflix would just add to that!

Teddybear45 Tue 09-Apr-19 14:41:05

A lot of younger people now opt for Netflix instead of Sky. Maybe that’s what the disbelief was over?

Calloway Tue 09-Apr-19 14:45:19

Netflix is cheap as chips whereas Sky packages generally aren't.

StillCoughingandLaughing Tue 09-Apr-19 14:49:05

I don’t have Sky either grin

ineedaholidaynow Tue 09-Apr-19 14:49:18

How much is Netflix?

Teddybear45 Tue 09-Apr-19 14:50:32

@ineed - 8.99/mth for the UHD package.

BreconBeBuggered Tue 09-Apr-19 14:52:17

We don't have it either. We've only just got around to getting catch-up TV, and I find that means we watch less of it, because we do other things knowing we can watch the programmes whenever, except we forget half the time. So I'm not in any rush to pay for things not to watch.

Texel Tue 09-Apr-19 14:52:53

How much is Netflix
Depends but between 5.99 and 9.99 depending on how many screens you want to be able to use it on at the same time. I use the 7.99 as Dh and I both use it at the same time to watch different things.

ineedaholidaynow Tue 09-Apr-19 14:55:04

Thank you

LadyKylieShagworthy Tue 09-Apr-19 14:56:22

We have Netflix but not Sky or Amazon. I think it's really good value, loads of content for £9.99 a month. For that we get 5 profiles so me and DH, Our 2 adult DC and my parents can all access it.

InternetArgument Tue 09-Apr-19 14:56:33

I cancelled Netflix because I’m not interested in murders.

Elphame Tue 09-Apr-19 15:00:49

He'd find me beyond weird then as I don't have a TV, never mind Netflix et al.

Loftyswops988 Tue 09-Apr-19 15:45:25

Me and a group of us share a log in! One of my friends has always paid and updates the password every now and then and gives it to us (to get rid of stragglers!), and I guess at some point I'll say lets switch and I will pay, then someone else will etc. It seems a lot to pay if its just for yourself though, but everyone I know seems to be in a sharing type set up like i am. My mum shares with her sister and brother in law etc.

notacooldad Tue 09-Apr-19 15:51:46

I cancelled Netflix because I’m not interested in murders
Neither am I.
That's why I've enjoyed the Rolling Stones on Tour in Latin America, The Foo Fighters, back and Forth, The Black Mirror stories, Montage of Heck, Sinatra biography, Best of enemies, Film stars dont die in Liverpool and Magic Mike this week while I've been recovering from an illness.

outpinked Tue 09-Apr-19 16:04:21

I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t have it but I guess it’s not so weird not to have it. We only have Netflix and prime, haven’t paid for Sky or TV licence for years now and don’t miss it at all.

SnapesGreasyHair Tue 09-Apr-19 16:12:13

I currently have sky but have cancelled it as of next month.

I was thinking of getting Netflix but l have no idea how to make it work with the TV l have blush

Downstairs is a smart TV so l know l can get Netflix on there.... but how do l watch normal TV? I get to keep my sky box so do l access the station's through that?

EBearhug Tue 09-Apr-19 18:41:35

I work in tech so people are a bit more into these kinds of things.

Not all of us. (It's partly working in tech that means I wouldn't have time to watch Netflix, which is why I don't have it.)

DinaCaliente Wed 10-Apr-19 09:19:24


You should be able to get Freesat through your old Sky box (similar channels to Freeview). You used to have to have a special viewing card for it but I'm not sure you do now, have a word with Sky.

Any other TV's you can stick a Fire Stick in (or similar) and you can get Netflix, iPlayer, All4, TV Player and many more through the apps on it for free so pretty much all the channels you'd get on Freeview.

SnapesGreasyHair Wed 10-Apr-19 17:00:25

@DinaCaliente - many thanks. The TV upstairs is old so what connection does a Firestick go in?

DontCallMeCharlotte Wed 10-Apr-19 17:06:43

I'm always faintly surprised that we do have Netflix!

(One month's free trial when The Crown first started and never looked back.)

SnapesGreasyHair Wed 10-Apr-19 17:07:47

@DinaCaliente - l have a USB slot, is that where it would go?

Brilliantidiot Wed 10-Apr-19 17:20:53

Well your boss would probably be aghast at me. I don't have WiFi! So no Netflix or now TV or anything. We have phone packages with data on that lasts the month (me more, I'm always rolling over) and I turn my phone onto a mobile hotspot so I can do my online course and upload it. I don't really have time to watch everything I want to that's on Freeview - have a box that records and I record things I want to see and then watch it when I can.
Can say that I don't miss WiFi and DD isn't missing out for homework etc, and lack of WiFi means she does other things rather than being glued to a screen. I watch stuff on you tube and use that for music as well and it does me.

DanielRicciardosSmile Wed 10-Apr-19 17:25:57

We don't have Netflix either. Used to have it but cancelled it in favour of Amazon Prime when The Grand Tour started on there and kept it for the free delivery etc too. I'm thinking of getting the cheapo Netflix sub though as there's a fairly new series on there that I want to watch. Might just get the free month and cancel though.

Megan2018 Wed 10-Apr-19 17:26:17

DH watches a lot of films, so we have Sky, Netflicks, Amazon Prime and Apple TV.
Film is his hobby though, he rarely goes to the pub and doesn't spend money on gym membership - so the cost is actually quite small relative to other people's hobbies (including mine!).

But I know lots of people that don't have these things and I think that is entirely normal.

It takes a special sort of idiot to not understand that not everyone's lives are the same as theirs @StillCoughingandLaughing - your manager is one of those it seems!

TeaForTheWin Wed 10-Apr-19 17:29:05

I flit between nowtv and Netflix, just cancelled my Netflix cause for the next few months it is game of thrones seasons smile smile

SimonJT Wed 10-Apr-19 17:32:50

I don’t have netflix, prime, virgin or sky, I don’t have enough time to watch TV, completely normal OP.

Mummadeeze Wed 10-Apr-19 17:37:51

I work in TV (for a Channel on Freeview) and I don’t have Netflix. I did succumb for a few months but cancelled it because I always have so many series to watch on linear TV that I wasn’t getting time to watch anything on it. I watch TV on my way to work on my phone but I tend to use the main channel catch up apps to do that. I think it depends on your taste though to some extent too. I watch a lot of reality TV and Netflix doesn’t really satisfy that interest.

Butchyrestingface Wed 10-Apr-19 18:12:16

I’ve got Netflix, and I don’t even have a TV. 😊

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