Advantages and Disadvantages of Netflix

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming services. It allows you to watch movies, TV shows, and documentaries on various devices. It requires an internet connection. Netflix is available worldwide, and if you haven’t tried it yet, maybe it is the right time to do so. You have a one-month free trial, after which you can decide if you want to pay for the service. Like any other service out there, Netflix comes with pros and cons. That is exactly what we are going to talk about here. Let’s see the advantages and disadvantages of Netflix.

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Advantages and disadvantages of Netflix

If you are a first-time user of Netflix, you will get a one-month free trial, and that is an excellent option. You can see how the service works, what it offers, so you can decide if you want to continue using it and paying for the service, or you want to cancel your Netflix membership.

To help you get a bigger picture of this streaming service, we are going to list its advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Netflix

Let’s start with the advantages, and there are quite a few.

Simple and easy to use

We are going to start with the most obvious thing. Netflix is so simple to use. You do not have to set up anything. If you are using Netflix on your computer, simply go to and log in. On the other hand, if you want to watch movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet, download the Netflix app for Android or Netflix app for iOS. Then, open the app, log in and you are ready to go. You can browse by genres, or by name. It is all very easy.

No commercials

There is nothing more annoying than a bunch of commercials that interrupt the movie or a TV show you are watching.  Netflix is commercial-free. This means that when you find a film or a show you want to watch and click Play, you will watch it without being interrupted by ads. Don’t worry, this goes for a free trial as well.

Original program

If you love to watch TV shows and movies, you will love what Netflix has to offer. You will find popular video content in the library and more. Netflix has distributed a wide range of original TV shows, including “Orange Is The New Black” and “House Of Cards”, movies and documentaries.

When you sign up for a free trial period, make sure to watch some of Netflix’s original programs. You will find true gems there, and maybe some of the movies or tv shows will become your favorites.

You can download the content and watch it offline

Netflix now allows users to download the content and watch it offline. This is such a great option, especially if you are planning to go on a road trip with friends or on a vacation. Perhaps you won’t have a great internet connection, so you won’t be able to stream the shows and movies. Netflix made sure that you get to enjoy no matter where you are.

Different membership plans

Another advantage of Netflix is that you can choose a membership plan that is ideal for you. You can downgrade or upgrade anytime you want. There are three plans: basic, standard, and premium. Each plan comes with different options. For instance, Ultra HD is available only with the Premium membership plan. The first month is free for all the plans and you can cancel the membership whenever you want.

It is affordable

When speaking of plans, it is fair to mention the price. Netflix really is affordable. The price of the basic plan with SD resolution is $8, basic (HD) is $10, and premium (HD and Ultra HD) is $12. For instance, with the premium plan, you can watch on 4 screens at the same time, which makes this plan ideal for families.

Fantastic experience

Once you try Netflix, you will come to the conclusion it really offers a fantastic experience. If you choose the standard basic membership plan, you can watch movies and TV shows in HD or Ultra HD. You can FF and you won’t have to wait for the specific part to load. All this with a decent internet connection. Moreover, you can create a list of your favorite movies and shows. You also get to explore new content.


Disadvantages of Netflix

Let’s now move to Netflix cons.

The new content is not available right away

If there is a show on TV you love to watch, the latest episode won’t be available on Netflix right away even though its previous seasons are streaming on Netflix. However, the episodes of Netflix’s shows will have their premiere right there. The same goes for movies as well. You simply have to wait for some period of time until the new content becomes available.

Outdated library

Not only Netflix does not add the latest TV show episodes and new movies right away, but its library is also pretty much outdated. They need a lot of time to update it and add newer content. Many users are dissatisfied because of this. If we compare Netflix with Amazon Prime, we can conclude Amazon updates its library more often than Netflix.

Selection depends on your location

For me, this is the biggest flaw of Netflix. If you live in the United States, the selection of movies and TV shows is great. If not, you will probably be pretty disappointed with the offer. So, the content varies by the region you live in. However, the content changes, and you may notice some new things occasionally. But, don’t expect the content will change drastically, let’s say, within a month.


These are the advantages and disadvantages of Netflix. As it offers a whole month of the free trial, make sure to try it out. Share your experience with us in the comment section below!