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Netflix Review 2024: Plans, Pricing, and More

Does streaming giant Netflix really deliver something for everyone? The CableTV.com experts investigate the mighty red N.

Most original content

Price: $6.99–$22.99/mo.

Library: 5,000+ movies and TV shows

Free trial: N/A

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Tired of Netflix and its price hikes? While Netflix has a ton of quality original content, Paramount+ and Peacock both offer huge content libraries, live sports like NFL games, and award-winning originals for a lot less moola per month. Be sure to check them out before you sign up for Netflix.

Is Netflix good?

Oxygen, water, and Netflix: The basic staples of life. The mighty red N has been the No. 1 streaming service for years for a reason—it’s consistent in quantity and quality.

At a base price of $6.99 a month, Netflix’s ad-supported plan delivers a thunderous bang for your subscription buck. Unlike the others that are still trying to catch up, Netflix pours millions into building its own on-demand universe (until it eventually cancels every show that isn’t Stranger Things).

Netflix is one of the few entertainment outlets that can say it has “something for everyone” with a straight face (or off-center smiley-square icon). Not all of Netflix’s shows and movies are great, but there’s always something new dropping tomorrow.

  • Huge variety of movies and TV shows
  • Exclusive original content
  • 4K Ultra HD capability
  • No live TV or sports
  • No more password sharing
  • Cancellations after the first season

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Netflix deals and promotions

Are you a T-Mobile customer? Check out the cellular provider’s “Netflix on Us” promotion, which essentially gives you free Netflix (Standard or Basic plan) with your phone service.

Netflix plans and prices

Plan Price Video Audio Streams Extra members Details
Standard with Ads $6.99/mo. 1080p 2.0 stereo 2 View Plans for Netflix
Standard $15.49/mo. 1080p 2.0 stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 2 +1 View Plans for Netflix
Premium $22.99/mo. 1080p, 4K 2.0 stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Atmos 4 +2 View Plans for Netflix

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Netflix carries more TV series, movies, documentaries, kids’ shows, stand-up comedy specials, anime, and international programming than you could possibly ever watch (we know—we’re professionals and we’ve tried).

With Netflix’s new password-sharing policies, ad-supported subscribers won’t be able to share their account outside of their household. Standard subscribers get one extra member outside of the household, and Premium subscribers get two. The catch is that any member beyond that costs an additional $7.99/mo. per person, which can really inflate that monthly bill. Yikes!

Netflix vs. the competition

Service Price Streams Video Details
Netflix $6.99–$22.99/mo. 2–4 1080p, 4K View Plans for Netflix
Max $9.99–$20.99/mo. or $99.99–$209.99/yr. 2–4 1080p, 4K View Plans for HBO Max
Hulu $7.99–$17.99/mo. 2 1080p, 4K View Plans for Hulu
Disney+ $7.99–$13.99/mo. or $139.99/yr. 4 1080p, 4K View Plans for Disney Plus
Apple TV+ $9.99/mo. 6 1080p, 4K View Plans for Apple TV+
Amazon Prime Video $8.99–$14.99/mo. or $139.00/yr. 3 1080p, 4K View Plans
Peacock $5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr. 3 1080p, 4K
Paramount+ $5.99–$11.99/mo. or $59.99–$119.99/yr. 3 1080p, 4K View Plans for Paramount Plus
Discovery+ $4.99–$8.99/mo. 4 1080p, 4K View Plans for Discovery+
ESPN+ $10.99/mo. or $109.99/yr. 5 1080p View Plans for ESPN+

Data effective as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Netflix’s most popular plan, Standard, is around the same cost per month as Max. There are definitely cheaper streaming services out there, but none match Netflix in sheer original output. If you’re more into older, familiar content, check out Amazon Prime Video or Paramount+.

Netflix shows and movies

On-demand shows and movies on Netflix

Acquired (rather than original) TV shows—Netflix’s initial claim to streaming fame—are in dwindling supply with each new streaming competitor. But you can still find some non-original titles from ye olde days of cable television in Netflix’s library. And some competitors, like Max and Paramount+, license their originals back to Netflix. It all circles back to the red N.

And Netflix definitely still has a lot of super popular movies from the last decade, from Get Out to The Batman.

Even though you can literally scroll for hours, Netflix still isn’t an all-inclusive portal for keeping up on every TV show and movie released. But, as one of modern pop culture’s major players, it doesn’t have to be. Plenty of people claim Netflix as their only TV service, streaming or otherwise, and they’re rarely at a loss for something new to watch. If you’re overwhelmed, check out out our What to Watch on Netflix recs.

On-demand TV shows (partial list):

  • Better Call Saul
  • Big Brother
  • Breaking Bad
  • Good Girls
  • Manifest
  • Legends of Tomorrow
  • Outlander
  • School Spirits
  • Shameless
  • Supernatural

On-demand movies (partial list):

  • Ava
  • Dune
  • Lady Bird
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
  • Suicide Squad
  • The Meg
  • The Super Mario Bros Movie
  • Spy Kids

Original shows and movies on Netflix

Anybody remember when Netflix only mailed out DVDs?

Those days are gone, but now in-house originals are where it’s at for Netflix. Ever since the premieres of original series Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards in 2013, Netflix has moved toward becoming an outlet for exclusively produced content and curated foreign programming.

In fact, originals like Stranger Things, Squid Game, and countless others are now the service’s primary focus. Netflix invests heavily in Netflix, and it cranks out series and movies—even if it doesn’t promote or renew them all.

But Netflix doesn’t just produce multi-episode series that keep you binge-watching through the weekend; it also makes feature films and documentaries that eat only a couple of hours of your time.

You’ve likely heard of Mank or Hillbilly Elegy—neither was a critical darling, but millions watched them anyway.

Netflix original TV shows (partial list):

  • Squid Game
  • Bridgerton
  • Ozark
  • Cobra Kai
  • The Witcher
  • Castlevania
  • Sex Education
  • You
  • Blue Eye Samurai
  • Scott Pilgrim Takes Off
  • Disenchantment
  • The G-Word

Netflix original movies (partial list):

  • Red Notice
  • Gunpowder Milkshake
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Army of the Dead
  • Army of Thieves
  • Fear Street
  • The Old Guard
  • Kate
  • 6 Underground
  • Extraction
  • Nimona
  • Tick, Tick… Boom!

Additional services

Free mobile games

Netflix’s best-kept secret is its impressive lineup of mobile games. Yes, you read that right—all Netflix subscribers get access to an array of mobile games, for free. It’s easy to miss this feature if you usually only watch Netflix on a smart TV or streaming device. All you have to do is log into Netflix on a mobile device (so a tablet or phone) and scroll down until you see the “Mobile Games” heading.

When you pick a game you want, Netflix will prompt you to open your device’s app store, where you can download the corresponding game for free.

Here are some of the games you can expect with your Netflix subscription:

  • OXENFREE
  • OXENFREE II: Lost Signals
  • Sonic Prime Dash
  • Bloons TD 6
  • The Queen’s Gambit Chess
  • Spongebob: Get Cooking
  • Nailed It! Baking Bash
  • Terra Nil
  • World of Goo Remastered
  • Into the Breach
  • Stranger Things: 1984
  • Reigns: Three Kingdoms
  • Spiritfarer
  • Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon
  • …and more

DVD rental plans

Unfortunately, Netflix no longer offers the DVD rental service that put it on the map. It’s okay though, there’s always Blockbuster—oh, nevermind.

Netflix specs and features

Multiple streams and offline downloads

Plan Simultaneous streams Downloads for offline viewing
Standard with Ads 2 2 devices
Standard 2 2 devices
Premium 4 6 devices

The Netflix app can be installed and activated on as many devices as you like, but the number of simultaneous streams is limited depending on the package.

Standard with ads allows two streams, as well as episode/movie downloads to two devices for offline viewing.

Standard also allows two streams, and it downloads to two offline phones or tablets.

Premium allows four streams, and it downloads to six offline phones or tablets. If you have a large household and want to keep the kiddies happy, Premium is probably the way to go.

Netflix recommends a baseline of 3Mbps internet speed for SD viewing, 5Mbps for HD, and 25Mbps for 4K Ultra HD. We, on the other hand, recommend 25Mbps as the bare minimum for any type of internetting—life’s too short for buffering, people.

Compatible devices

Device Netflix
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets
Android TV
Apple TV (4th gen.)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Echo Show
iPhone, iPad
LG TVs (select models)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD Pro TV
PC, Mac web browsers
PlayStation 3, 4, 5
Roku Ultra, Express, Premiere, Stick, TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream
Wii
Xbox One

The Netflix app is available on almost every streaming device there is—it even works on ancient Nintendo Wii consoles (although you won’t find it on the Nintendo Switch).

Video and audio quality

Netflix’s Standard plans stream in 1080p HD.

The Premium plan allows 4K Ultra HD streaming, which applies to Netflix originals and some acquired titles. More advanced HDR (high dynamic range) streaming is available on a limited basis.

The Netflix main menu, displaying a banner with an ad for Stranger Things.

Most Netflix programming streams in standard 2.0 stereo audio, though some newer shows and movies are available in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and Dolby Atmos.

Netflix Stranger Things Paused

Is Netflix worth it?

There’s little to knock about Netflix’s on-demand streaming service—for a reasonable price, it delivers the world to your screens.

We could complain about the isolated nature of Netflix, as it offers less and less from outside film and TV studios all the time, concentrating more on its own product. There’s also no local TV connection, but there are other ways for you to get your community information (get an antenna; your local TV news could use the eyeballs).

In all, Netflix isn’t a replacement for good ole cable—but with so much exclusive content, that hardly matters. Once subscribed, you probably won’t need to leave the house again.

Netflix FAQ

What’s the difference between Netflix Standard, and Premium plans?

There are subtle differences between Netflix’s three subscription plans. They break down like this:

  • Standard with ads ($6.99/mo.) gives you Full HD 1080p video resolution and the ability to watch Netflix on two devices simultaneously, as long as both are in the same household.
  • Standard ($15.49/mo.) is the same as Standard with ads, except it gets rid of those annoying ads and allows you the ability to add one extra member outside of your household.
  • Premium ($22.99/mo.) can stream up to 4k video resolution, and allows for up to 6 simultaneous streams. You’ll also be able to add two members outside of your household. This plan is targeted towards larger households and groups.

How do you download Netflix shows and movies?

To download Netflix shows and movies for offline viewing, you’ll need the newest version of the Netflix app on one of these devices:

  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (iOS 9 or later)
  • Android phone, or tablet (Android 4.4.2 or later)
  • Amazon Fire tablet (Fire OS 4.0 or later)
  • Windows 10 tablet or computer (v.1607 or later)
  • Chromebook or Chromebox (select models)

Select any show or movie and look for the “Downloads” icon, which is a downward arrow and horizontal line. If no icon is displayed, this means the selected content isn’t available for download. You’re allowed up to 100 downloads at a time per device across all devices included in your membership plan.

Downloaded shows and movies will expire after a certain amount of time, depending on the title—some will self-delete after 48 hours, but most will remain for at least a week or longer.

What’s the cheapest way to get Netflix?

If you’re a T-Mobile customer, you can take advantage of the service’s “Netflix on Us” promotion, which gives you a Standard plan for free, depending on your mobile plan. Standard with Ads is Netflix’s cheapest plan at $6.99 a month. Verizon myPlan customers will also be able to purchase an ad-supported Netflix/Max bundle for $10 per month starting on December 7. That’s not free like T-Mobile’s offer, but it’s still a pretty good deal.

Methodology

Our experts spent hundreds of hours of hands-on testing, rating Netflix on bang for your buck, reliability, features, and customer satisfaction. Then we matched up the on-demand TV streamers head to head to give a clearer picture of their strengths and weaknesses. For more information on our methodology, check out our How We Rank page.

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