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Good: Cross-platform support
Bad: Lack of (UK) Content
Comment: It's a good start. The most useful thing I've discovered about it is the regional content is determined by IP address. So if you connect via a US VPN/Proxy, your UK account will get you logged in, but you'll have full access to the US content. I watched Red State the day Netflix launched without any problems (other than the script)...
Good: Some good TV shows
Bad: Next to no decent films
Comment: Having had my american friends raving about Netflix for ages, I was excited to hear about its arrival in the UK. On signing up however, I was disappointed to see not just a lack of new releases but a dearth of classic movies too - there just seems to be an endless list of straight-to-DVD films I've never heard of. The TV show offering is more positive but with all the free catch-up services, I never really feel like I can justify the cost.
I subscribe to Lovefilm and was always quite disappointed with their streaming content but it really is a lot better than Netflix. Also, with Lovefilm offering DVD and BR too, you've got most films covered.
Would happily jump ship to Netflix though if content improved.
Good: Instant streaming. Works on variety of devices.
Bad: Content selection, quality, inhabilty to choose quality.
Comment: I was massively excited about the launch on Netflix in Ireland. However it has come up short.
The ability to stream instantly is fantastic and something that has been severely lacking this side of the Atlantic.
That's where the fairyttale ends. The selection of movies to stream is dreadful. There's nothing from the past 2 years. Heck there isn't even the best sellers from the past 6 years. Id' expect at the least they'd have the best titles from 2007, 2008 etc. But no.
The quality is also very poor. At least in standard definition. I haven't been able to view anything in HD as my connection isn't fast enough. There's no option to switch to HD manually either. At least on Apple TV you can choose HD and suffer the half hour buffer time.
Overall I'm disappointed with the service. Although I am delighted to see it finally make it to Ireland. It can only get better. If they work on content it's sure to become the most popular service in the country. It needs to move fast though. Xtravision's exclusive new titles coupled with their new postal service makes stiff competition and is still the country's 'industry standard'.
Good: Instand streaming HD is fantastic.
Bad: The content available
Comment: I have compared the content from the america and canada netflix compared to U.K netflix and the choice of movies available is very bad. If i continue with the service after the month trial, i will be paying for a service that i already own the dvds for its that limited. But if the netflix add more up to date content i will defiantly pay the £5.99.
Bad: Video quality, movie selection, website usability
Comment: If like me you are someone looking to replace DVD, downloading and other methods of watching movies with a 'subscription service to rule them all', don't bother with the current Netflix.
I haven't been able to find a single film that I wanted to watch on it, and browsing the website for a film is a terrible experience - it is ugly and clunky and doesn't provide any decent sorting and filtering options without burying yourself heavily in sub-menus.
The fact that they have a different section for "HD" content says it all - people don't go online to watch 'an HD film', they just want to watch a film. Sure, have a filter to select show only HD movies but it's not a separate genre!
I heard a quote from a top dog in Netflix, responding to criticism about lack of content, who said if you are going to Netflix looking for something particular then you are using it wrong - you should go to it looking for something to watch from the selection available. This just shows the way the industry has got it totally wrong. The modern generation want instant access to whatever they want, and will most likely be happy to pay for it but the industry just doesn't make it available.
SOPA etc is proof that that Hollywood is probably a major factor in the selection here, and it is a real shame that it is refusing to evolve with the technologies available, a real case of cutting off the nose to spite the face.
After my month free trial is up I will also try LoveFilm and hope to have a better experience, who knows.
Good: Good picture quality, good selection of titles and cheap
Bad: Not latest titles
Comment: Overall very good service for less than £1.50 a week and streaming quality vastly superior to LoveFilm
Good: works on internet speeds of 1mb
Bad: limited at moment
Comment: got free trial like a lot of people, works on my internet speed of 1.7mb no buffering, we will see how it goes in the months ahead! its good for internet users with low speeds.
Good: Easy of use
Bad: OLD FILMS
Comment: I Join netflix after seeing the hype in the good old USofA, it works fine with my 50mg internet, on PC and PS3 (not tried on Wii yet) but my problem is the lack of new stuff and the limited options to search. On the PS3 they seem to be alot less to watch than on the PC due it being very hard to look in to genres on the system. I hope they get a LG SMART APP soon as would like to use it like Love film and blink box.
Good: Easy to use and set up
Bad: cant seem to stream 2 things at once and i thought you could
Comment: Streams fine on 7.1mbpm broadband through Wii. Not very good if you want new releases. I put it on for the kids as i cant get cable and refuse to pay for Sky. Will keep them happy for £6 per month and some good TV shows on for me
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