Netflix: Worth It or Not ?

March 14, 2018

The popular on demand streaming company Netflix, has gained popularity over the last few years. The application has gained many customers over the years as it is seen as very useful and easy to use. While many customers love the application and would never think twice to subscribe to another network, a handful of viewers don’t think that the high prices are worth paying every month.

Pro: Netflix

The entertainment service of Netflix, was created in 1997, and originally shipped DVDs to subscribers homes. However, that changed in Febuary of 2007, when the american company  changed from mailing DVDs, to an on demand streaming application. This has nearly replaced competition video stores such as Blockbuster and video kiosk Redbox. The streaming application can be used from just about any smart device, which quickly gained popularity from customers of all ages.

Netflix has been able to greatly change the entertainment industry in their favor partially due to the company giving the ability to viewers to stream their favorite shows on any smart device no matter where they are. For new members, Netflix gives a free trial for the first month to watch and stream any show or movie they carry. There are 6,494 movies and 1,609 television shows that Netflix offers at the viewers fingertips at any time. Netflix recommends movies and television shows based on what viewers show interest in. the application helps customers decide whether or not they should watch a certain movie or show by giving the percentage of how much of a match it would be, all based on what has been previously watched.  

Similar to competitors like Hulu, Netflix saves show/movie progress, as well as having them saved to a profile. What really sets Netflix can’t be compared to other competitors due to the fact that there are no commercials, viewers can binge watch their favorite shows without having to be interrupted. Netflix offers their very own  “Netflix Originals”, which are movies and television shows created by the company, which are not available through competitors.

Netflix is worth the cost, as they have a wide variety of shows/movies to pick from as well as their “originals” that no other streaming application has.  The ability to stream any Netflix television show or movie anywhere is worth the price and is the solution to  any entertainment need. With wide variety and commercial free, Netflix works for any occasion.    

About the Writer
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Sarah Brooks, Reporter
Sarah Brooks is junior at Carlsbad High School, and looking forward to this year in Advanced Journalism. Her favorite topics to write about include opinion and lifestyle.  In the future, she would like to work in the medical field.
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Con: Netflix

Netflixthe American owned company created by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph, was founded on Aug. 29, 1997. Although it’s extremely popular, many people would still rather pay for Hulu, Amazon video or Vudu, which are the top competitors against Netflix. Users of the entertainment company have expressed many dislikes of their experiences with the video streaming company.

A main concern for viewers is that the streaming is not free, it actually is eight dollars a month. If viewers do the calculations, it ends up to be 96 dollars for a whole year of streaming. Many viewers have also come to notice that the network does not have current shows that are on television. When a new season comes out many viewers have to wait a few months after the show is over to be able to watch it on Netflix. Many viewers overlook the fact that they could record the new episodes of a specific television show rather than paying for a streaming network that doesn’t have what they want to watch. The entertainment company has failed to produce a wide variety of series, unlike their competitors who contain a broad selection of shows. 

Netflix users have also come to see that on the site they do not display the rating of the shows anymore. A common con of paying for the streaming app is when watchers go to view a television series or movie, people will never know if it is good or not. Viewers might get half way through a movie or show and not like it. This problem wouldn’t occur as frequently if the company showed the rating of their shows and movies. A main problem the streaming company has and something many users complain about is the deletion of popular series. While the company does come out and announce what shows they are deleting, they don’t make the final decision based on their customers.

Although the streaming application is widely talked about, it doesn’t live up to its reputation. Not only is it costly but Netflix does not offer very wide variety of series, unlike better streaming apps that offer many more seasons and shows. If someone is thinking of paying to have Netflix, they really should look into other streaming apps.    

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Hailee Harway, staff writer

This is her first year on Lancer Link. She is very excited to be in the journalism program because she wants to educate the students on what is happening in the community. Outside of school, Hailee Harway enjoys spending her playing lacrosse and last year she was on the varsity lacrosse team at the school. She has lived in Carlsbad her whole life, but in the future hopes to go to college outside Carlsbad. Hailee can not wait for the next year in Lancer Link and is excited about the future.

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