The film catalogue isn't expansive, but it was still enough to get us through, but what we did find awesome was the number of TV series on it that we use to catch up. As someone who could never get past the second season of Lost, this allowed me to catch up. In fact I might just finally be able to get through the entire series after all. Newer series are missing, but big hitters like Dexter, 24, Californication, Weeds and Firefly are all on it. Also, old classics like MacGyver and Knight Rider, which will surely win us old timers.
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I am however surprised by the complete lack of any good or well known children's movie, particularly that time of the year. I would have assumed that Netflix could have negotiated with a couple of studios for a short term license during the Christmas period. It is rather odd considering there is a kid's specific section on Netflix (this isn't supported on mobile apps). I know Disney doesn't like to whore out their classic titles, but it is still disappointing.
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I have never been a particular fan of stream only services due to UK's archaic internet network, but I can't fault its conveniences. On a technical side, films are streamed in either 480p, 720p or 1080p depending on bandwidth and device and up to 5.1 surround sound depending on availability. From the quality I have been getting on both the Lumia 920 and my PS3, the image quality appears to sit well above DVD but well below Blu-Ray. Services like Netflix is no where near replacing disc-based media in terms of pure quality just yet, but it is fine for casual viewing for those keen on lightening their collection.
The future is streaming, that much is certain. But it's not a complete replacement, at least not until our internet infrastructure improves vastly and film studios change the way they handle distribution of new movies. In the meantime, for £5.99, Netflix is still a pretty big win for casual TV viewers.