Intro Guide to Netflix

Netflix is a wonderful online service that I recommend for anyone bored of standard television. It is an online service available for smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and your computer. An online subscription fee is needed to access its service. The lowest price available is $8.99 a month. This plan allows streaming at Standard Definition on only one screen at a time. This plan is perfect if you live alone or only have one device on which to watch Netflix. The second plan is $11.99 a month. This plan allows streaming on two devices simultaneously with High Definition quality available if your network is strong enough to allow. This plan is excellent if you want to share the account with a friend or someone else in your household. The final service is offered at $14.99. This plan allows four simultaneous viewing sessions with High Definition and Ultra High Definition if your internet connection allows that quality of streaming. This plan is good for families with varying interests in their movies and shows.

The first month of Netflix is free regardless of what plan you choose and the billing period is usually on the last day of each month, with the price dependant on what plan has been chosen. As for the issue of data and bandwidth on your internet connection, a Standard Definition stream will use approximately one gigabyte (1 GB) of data per hour of viewing whereas the High Definition will use approximately three gigabytes (3 GB) of data per hour. Ultra High Definition can use up to seven gigabytes (7 GB) per hour. This can be costly if you have a capped internet plan or slow speeds. Not so much of an issue for those with unlimited plans but the bandwidth issue can cut into the speeds of your internet instead. Several ISPs also offer unmetered streaming.

There are ways around the amount of data Netflix uses in its stream. Adjusting the settings in your account so the quality of the stream is lower can vastly change how much data is used per hour. Low quality streams use only 0.3 GB per hour for example, but the quality is not overly terrific.

Streaming to mobile devices is as simple as downloading the Netflix app from the Google Play Store or the App Store on iOS devices. The quality of the stream on mobile devices is dependent on the network to which you are connected, so if you’re using a public network don’t expect anything great in terms of video quality.

Jakob Barrett

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