Are you on the verge of giving up your cable connection? Have you become tired of the usual fare that is available on most channels? Do you not get enough time to watch movies in the theatres? If your answer to any of these questions is a yes, then you’re probably considering getting Netflix subscription and want to know how it works. Here’s a primer.
Trial Period and Payments
The first step to getting Netflix is to sign up for their trial offer. Netflix will allow you to try out their services completely free of cost for a period of 30 days. However, you will still have to give them your credit card details to start the trail period.
When your trial period expires, Netflix will charge you on your credit card and your proper subscription will begin. The trial period is useful as it will allow you to see how consistent their services are (very), how elaborate their collection is (extensive) and whether you like them or not.
There are different types of packages that Netflix offers for you to choose between. You will be able to use this service from virtually every device including desktops, mobiles, tablets, and televisions. If you think that you’ll be using Netflix in only two devices simultaneously then you can choose the standard option, but if you think that four devices will be used at the same time then you’d be better off choosing the four-screen option.
In addition to this, you can choose between online streaming and DVD options too. These two are separate services and are not available in a single bundle. The basic DVD package will mean that one DVD will be delivered to your home per month, but you can upgrade it to two or even three DVDs.
Netflix will also allow you to make independent profiles for different individuals in your home. Each profile is treated as separate with its own lists and preferences. You can make up to five different profiles with a single account and can even specify which accounts need to be locked from children.
You can create lists of films and TV shows that you want to watch. You’ll simply browse through what is available and click on a button to add it to your list. The film at the top of your list will be sent to you if you have subscribed for the DVD package. Otherwise, it remains shortlisted for you to stream when you want.
Make sure that you have good Internet speed if you plan to stream most of the TV shows and films that you have shortlisted. While it can work with as low as 0.5 megabits per second, you should get 4 megabits per second to get SD.
Netflix will limit which films and shows are available to you depending upon your region. This is done to comply with licence restrictions from the owners of the films and TV shows. This means that while one film will be available in UK, it may not be available in US or Australia.
However, don’t let this stop you because you can easily access collections from other regions. All you’ll need to do is subscribe to a service like Unblock-Us. Unblock-Us will change your IP address to any region you want access to at the flick of a button. It takes a small subscription fee but will be worth it because it will double or even triple the films and shows that you have access to.