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Netflix is a streaming service that allows members to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries, and more. You can play, pause, and resume watching, all without commercials.
Netflix also offers a Video Disc By Mail service for ten US dollars a month that might fit in well with along with a free or inexpensive streaming service of ten US dollars or less per month.
Netflix started in-home movie viewing by subscription long before internet streaming came along to the average household. A person joined Netflix for a monthly fee and could then choose from a mountain of available movies and programs. Netflix would send the customer’s selection on a video disc by US postal mail. After viewing the movie, the subscriber would send the video disc back to Netflix. Netflix paid for shipping both ways.
Netflix continues the Disc-by-Mail service today. For homes without internet, this Netflix movie-By-Mail service continues as a viable option for movies, new and old, along with TV series and specials. Add this Netflix option to your local library's selection of programs and movies available on video discs for free with your library card, and you have a pretty good selection come movie night.
Of course, today Netflix does also offer an internet streaming service and is noted for their top-rated variety of movies, TV programs, and Netflix produced mini-series.
Netflix remains as the reigning king of streaming with a reported 220 million subscribers in the second quarter of 2022. But with all the additional streaming competition Netflix did have a significant drop-off in the first portion of the year.
For $10.00 US a month, you can select from their entire selection of videos and have the chosen video disc mailed to your home. Here is the fun part: You do not have to watch it immediately – or even that week. According to Netflix website information, there are no late fees.
Wait till you have a home video night and bring out the popcorn, malted milk balls, Twizzlers, Dots, sodas, and your video disc to play in your DVD (Digital Video Disc) player. And yes, Netflix has Blue-ray* movies, so splurge the extra thirty dollars when you buy the DVD player for the Blu-ray version. It is a one-time purchase.
*Blu-ray videos provide an enhanced video display. Blu–ray is a video format designed to replace the original DVD format. Blu – ray uses a different type of laser to read the discs, allowing more data to be stored on a single disc. As Blu – ray can store more data, it can provide a much better picture (Hi-def) than the standard DVD format as well as better audio. In September 2022, Blu-ray player prices started just below One Hundred dollars US at Walmart. Phillips, LG, and Sony had Blu-ray players starting in the $80 US range. I would be careful about buying only by price, as you don’t want a fair picture when for another twenty dollars you could watch a higher quality display. When you buy at a local store, it is easier to return if you are not happy with the picture.
With Netflix, when you have watched the video disc, send the disc back through the US Post Office, at Netflix expense, and Netflix will send you the next video, if you had previously selected multiple choices.
The Netflix ten-dollar a month service allows you to have one video at home at a time. Fifteen US dollars monthly allows you to have two videos, and $19 US, allows you to have three videos at home. If you wish to use the disc-by-mail service at all, I would stay with the $10 service.
I might note here that Netflix considers their mail service separate from their streaming service. If you wish to have their streaming service and mail service, you will have to sign up and pay fees for both accounts. I would rather choose a couple of free streaming services, and maybe down the road, join the Netflix Disc-by-Mail service for the latest and greatest. But that is just Tightwad Taylor speaking.
Netflix by mail: https://dvd.netflix.com/Plans
Netflix Streaming: https://www.netflix.com/
Netflix has an extensive global content library featuring award-winning Netflix originals, feature films, documentaries, TV shows, and more. Netflix content will vary by region, and may change over time.
The more you watch, the better Netflix gets at recommending TV shows and movies you’ll love. Plus, you can download your favorite shows to your iOS or Android mobile device, or Windows 10 app. With downloads, you can watch while you're on the go and without an internet connection.
Netflix offers 3 membership plans to suit your needs. Your plan will determine how many people can stream Netflix content at once, and whether you can view in Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), or Ultra High Definition (UHD).
Basic Plan: $9.00 US - 1 screen plan SD (watch on 1 device at a time, Standard Definition)
Standard Plan: $15.50 US - 2 screen plan HD (watch on 2 devices at the same time, High Definition when available)
Premium Plan: $16.00 US - 4 screen plan HD/UHD 4K (watch on 4 devices at the same time, includes High Definition and Ultra High Definition when available)