Netflix launched in the UK today, Monday the 9th of January 2012, with plans to shake up the online movie and TV rental market.
Netflix is a big deal in the US, and they appear to be hoping for big things from the UK market.
What Netflix offers
A simple proposition – movies and TV shows streamed to you online. Price, £5.99, for all the movies and TV shows you want
You can watch in a number of ways:
- From your computer
- From your games console – PS3, XBox and Nintendo Wii are all supported
- From your smartphone or tablet (Apple iOS and Google Android supported)
- Via Apple TV
- From some Internet-enabled Samsung TV sets
- From a small selection of Philips and Western Digital media devices
Their chief rival in the UK is LoveFilm, which was acquired by Amazon at the start of 2011. LoveFilm’s proposition is slightly different in that it mixes online streaming with a postal DVD rental service. With LoveFilm, £5.99 offers you up to 3 DVDs a month, with a mere 2 hours of streaming. LoveFilm is not available on as many platforms, and Netflix has already secured a decent amount of content.
Content on Netflix
So fa, a pretty impressive lineup. There’s a decent library of movies to watch on-demand, and TV content is supplied from providers such as the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, CBS, Disney and several other key players.
Netflix is offering a one-month free trial. You can cancel at any time, and there is no cancellation fee.
If you want to try out the new service, you get full details, and sign up for the free trial at www.netflix.com
As a reminder, if you’re going to be doing a lot of streaming, check on the download limits imposed by your broadband provider. Streaming video content can consume your bandwidth at quite a rate, and you’re advised to have an unlimited download Broadband account if you’re planning to watch a lot of streaming video from Netflix or Lovefilm.
We’ll be adding a review of the Netflix UK service soon, on our Netflix UK Review page