7 Reasons to Avoid Subscribing to Netflix

Dan Price Updated 16-03-2020

While Netflix is certainly an amazing streaming service for many people, it may not be right for you. Just as there are pitfalls to cutting the cord, there are downsides to subscribing to Netflix.


So, before you hop aboard the Netflix hype train, take a moment to consider the problems with the streaming service. Is Netflix worth it? In this article we examine the disadvantages of Netflix.

1. Limited Regional Selections

Of all the drawbacks to Netflix, one is undeniably bad for viewers: The number and quality of movies and TV shows you have access to will depend on where you live.

For example, if you live in the United States, there will inevitably be times when you want to watch something that’s only available on Netflix Canada or Netflix UK. This happens very rarely, but when it does, it’s annoying. We can’t imagine how frustrating it is for people outside of the US wanting to watch Netflix content available exclusively in the United States.

There are, of course, ways to watch everything on Netflix no matter where you live How to Watch Everything on Netflix in Any Country Internationally Changing your Netflix region to watch Netflix internationally or when you're in another country is possible. We show you how. Read More , the most common method being the use of a VPN. Many paid services still work even though Netflix theoretically cracked down on their usage. We recommend CyberGhost or ExpressVPN for VPNs that work with Netflix.

2. An Outdated Library

The other big complaint about Netflix—which has been one of its sore spots ever since the streaming service went live—is that its library is really be up-to-date. These days, only Netflix originals can really be considered timely and trendy.


Due to licensing agreements with TV networks, it doesn’t make sense to let Netflix stream episodes as they’re released on a network (like ABC or CBS) because that would kill any incentive for people to watch the networks themselves.

Netflix’s strength is in binge-watching, which means it’s really good for catching up on TV shows just before the next season begins airing. That’s why a lot of Netflix’s library is about one year in the past. Networks aren’t willing to let Netflix load up its library with recent content.

Why one year, though? Because that’s when full-season DVD sales are still profitable, and that’s also one reason why films are so late to join Netflix’s library. Publishers only start licensing with Netflix when sales of a season, show, or movie have run their course.

3. Internet Requirements

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The thing about Netflix (along with any other streaming app) is that the entire service is contingent upon your internet connection quality. Whether you’re watching YouTube, Twitch, or Netflix, your ISP could be the difference between watching in 240p, 720p, or 4K video.

If your internet goes down then there’s no Netflix. If people on your network are watching YouTube or playing games, and consequently hogging up your bandwidth, Netflix will stutter. And if your internet speed is bad, video quality will suffer. Remember, Netflix automatically decides stream quality based on the health of your connection.

Compare that to Blu-ray or DVD: you just pop the disc into the right player and you get the exact same quality all the time, and you can keep watching even if your internet connection goes out. The value of this reliability cannot be overstated.

4. Data Cap Consumption

While we’re on the topic of internet connections, let’s not forget that data caps are a very real nuisance to consider when streaming media—especially for videos, which can eat up more than 1GB/hour depending on how much quality you demand when watching movies and TV shows.


Indeed, data caps are a serious threat to services like Netflix. If you have trouble visualizing just how bad the problem is, consider this example:

  • 1,000 hours at Low quality.
  • 425 hours at Standard quality.
  • 100 hours at High quality.
  • 40 hours at Ultra HD quality.

(NB: These estimates are based on Netflix data usage details.)

And these figures assume that you do nothing else besides Netflix. With Ultra HD becoming the norm in home entertainment, these figures are simply unacceptable. If you have a capped internet connection, then beware: Netflix will consume your data faster than you think.

5. No Ownership of Media

Of all the reasons not to sell your CDs and DVDs Don't Sell Your CDs & DVDs! 5 Downsides to Going Digital You name it, there's probably a digital market for it. And while digital is awesome in many ways, it definitely isn't perfect. Here are five reasons why. Read More , this one is the most relevant: even though you pay for Netflix, you don’t own anything on it. If you buy a DVD, it’s yours. With Netflix, your payments disappear into thin air.


This means that after one year you will have paid anywhere from $108 to $192 depending on which Netflix plan you choose. However, you’ll have nothing to show for it except the memories of whatever TV shows and films you watched during that time.

This is one of the big tragedies of joining the streaming generation. We’re seeing a decline in the ownership of entertainment media, and that puts you at the mercy of content publishers and streamers.

The worst example of this is that shows and films can be pulled from Netflix’s library at any time. Nothing is more irritating than binge-watching a show like Breaking Bad only to find that it has disappeared when you’re only halfway through.

If you want to own your media, try using some of the best torrent sites to download your content.

6. Subscription Value

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Netflix encourages binge-watching. In fact, it’s such an integral aspect of the service that the word “Netflix” is pretty much synonymous with “binge-watching” these days. Once you start a show, it’s really hard to stop.

Television is also addictive, but it’s much easier to walk away when a show ends because you can’t control when a show can be marathoned or not.

And it’s not just because Netflix makes it really easy to move from one episode to the next, although that does play a big part. It’s because Netflix is a subscription service. You pay the same no matter how much you watch, so watching more in a month means wringing more value out of your subscription.

On the other hand, if you don’t watch much at all, then Netflix may not be worth the price tag. If you go a month without watching anything, then you’ve basically thrown away your money.

7. Loss of Channel Surfing

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This last point is minor in the bigger picture, but still worth considering if you haven’t cut the cord yet: you can’t surf channels and just watch whatever’s playing. You always have to pick something, and sometimes this isn’t that easy.

Some workarounds to simulate channel surfing based on certain genres exist, but even those tend to be riddled with bugs and/or veer too far from the real thing. There’s a charm to knowing that a show is playing live, and Netflix doesn’t have that.

If you’re really stuck on what to watch, you can now see what’s popular on Netflix You Can Now See What's Popular on Netflix Netflix's new Top 10 feature lets you see what's popular on Netflix, in your country, at a glance. And it's updated every day. Read More in your region.

So, Is Netflix Worth It?

Again, let us reiterate that we are huge fans of Netflix. Indeed, our appreciation of it far outweighs any gripes we might have. It has saved a lot of people a lot of money and has reimagined what it means to watch TV in the 21st century.

So, is Netflix worth the money? Well, if you’d like to hear some counterarguments, check out our other article explaining why you should be happy to pay more for Netflix. And if you’ve heard enough, have a look at these alternative streaming services The 14 Best Netflix Alternatives, Free and Paid In this article, we take at look at the best Netflix alternatives around. And there are a surprising number, both free and paid. Read More that are just as good as Netflix.

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  1. larry le
    December 19, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates.

  2. Huddy
    April 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    we see your using an add blocker, we need it to pay 20 people to write trash articles. Welcome to the internet. Dont like how add blockers deny you the ability to make money for spending 10 mins a week writing nonsence, then get off my internet, and get a real job.

  3. Martina Mariano
    December 20, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Netflix sucks they canceled my free trial after 5 days and says its because something happened with my payment option (PayPal) then they say but u can pay for Netflix you just can't get your free trial back like go to hell Netflix

  4. Kell Brigan
    November 19, 2018 at 9:49 pm

    Netflix is making their site more and more hostile to people with neurological and visual processing disabilities. There is no way to search for videos without a video constantly playing in the background. They claim the site is accessible because you can mute the audio, but there's no way to get rid of the seizure/migraine triggering motion constantly in the background while you're trying to read. They're killing off the service by trying to force subscribers to obey them and watch only what the owner's of Netflix want to shove down people's throats. (There are reasons you keep seeing all the endless gay BS even though you have no interest in it.)

  5. Save Your Money, Drop NF
    May 27, 2018 at 11:08 pm

    Save your money, the NF catalog is watered down garbage. You have to wade through a cesspool of mediocre to-down-right terrible content to find anything worthwhile.

    Use FREE streaming sites... Yesmovies, CafeMovies.live, Putlocker, HDEuroPix, just to name a few. Put an adblocker & vpn on your browser and have at it!

    • Judy Bresch
      September 17, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Absolutely. I got rid of my full classic movie collection thinking that I would always have access to them on NF. Surprise! Over the years they have dropped some of the best films ever made. Now there is mostly just the mediocre and pure junk. Where can I get access to the really good classic films?

      • DoctorDoctor
        October 8, 2018 at 2:42 am

        1channel.biz YesMovies.to HDEuropix.io Putlockerhub.com are just a few.

  6. Jonatas
    May 26, 2018 at 7:38 pm

    Netflix is not worth the hassle. It's funny how it is easier to get something with better quality, right subtitles and full quality whenever you want for free than paying. Even youtube gives you more freedom.

  7. Cody Dubat
    May 3, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    I wanted to give Netflix a chance and it failed after 2 minutes! They want money for what? To show me search suggestions? Anything I type, shows only under search suggestions and that's all. The results are totally irrelevant. I couldn't find anything I wanted to watch, just nonsense. What if Spotify only had 100 albums? How they want to discourage piracy? It's easier to find movies for free, than paid. It's insane!

  8. Daniil
    March 8, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Well, I don't watch TV shows anymore. TV is drugs and a waste of time while Netflix is regionally restricted and has a small library with 90% of it consisting of detective fiction which I'm not a fan of. I guess I have to buy all the shows and movies seperately. Still better than watching lots of commercials and spending hours on the channel surfing.

    • Jonatas
      May 26, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      I agree, it becomes sorta of an addiction that drags your life away, it is designed that way, just like Youtube.
      Movies are far better but even then you gotta be careful

  9. Alicia
    January 24, 2018 at 11:21 am

    I'm in a love hate relationship with Netflix, it's great for old shows which are hard to find elsewhere and if you genuinely enjoy the Netflix Originals but if you're in to horror you can forget Netflix. Most of their horror has an abismal rating and is NEVER updated.
    Also once I'm done bingeing on my shows there's no reason to have it anymore. Also their packages are ridiculous, you can get HD if you're willing to pay £2 more and access on two screens simultaneously or £4 for ultra HD and 4. Great if you want to divide up the fee between 2-4 people as you spend £2.49-4.99 each which is much less than the basic subscription for one person but their pricing does not take into consideration those who wish to watch HD on one screen, why is there no price for Ultra HD on one screen? £9.99 in that instance is overpriced.
    If Netflix could update content more often with better subscriptions I would be inclined to keep a long term subscription

  10. Kenneth
    April 9, 2017 at 7:24 am

    Another reason to avoid NetFlix is they remove shows. DrWho for example, they have removed several episodes.

    Another reason to avoid NetFlix is they recently changed the rating system so you could not rate shows negatively visible to other users. The system used to be great, your rating would contribute towards a star rating shared by all users. They presumably did this to HIDE the fact that alot of their shows are 1 or 2 start rated. Which is my idea of a bad person to be partnered with. NetFlix are deceitful.

    When I started on NetFlix they where a great service, they have systematically been doing little things to remove my interests. Lastly you cannot email them. Yet, they expect MY email. Its a one way relationship and the direction it takes is very poor.

    • Patricia Goldsworthy
      August 10, 2017 at 5:24 pm

      oh grow up! They have simplified the rating system and for God's sake, calling the company "deceitful" and - waaahhh - you can't email them - sounds like you are a paranoid infant brain.

      • Whoop
        November 1, 2017 at 8:11 pm

        Well dang-

      • Ress
        November 21, 2017 at 4:46 am

        Seriously? Patricia Goldsworthy, why do you care so much? All this waaaah sounds like you are a paranoid infant web-bot.

  11. Asashii
    February 16, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    OLD outdated content. I'll stick with a la carte and PPV.

  12. Asashii
    February 16, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    Old Outdated content that I have already seen 100 times on TV. Old Tired movies also the same, 2 maybe 3 Originals worth watching with long in between seasons. Whats new on Netflix this month let me see, OH the Corpse Bride from 10 years ago. I DONT THINK SO. ill Stick with a la carte and PPV !!!!!!!!!!

  13. Billy
    December 17, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    'No ownership of media' doesn't bother me so much. I buy loads of CDs because I listen to them over and over. When I've watched a film it's very unlikely I'll ever want to see it again. What annoys me is the limited selection here (Ireland).

    I've on my free trial and have been Googling for decent things to watch. I keep finding top 10 or 20 lists but none of the things are available here. I found a list of the top 20 documentaries and searched for them all. Not a single one was available. If there's a limited selection they should drop the price.

  14. Sasquatch
    November 3, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    suck on my corn holio you faggots.

  15. Sasquatch
    November 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    Pretty sad how there are so many morons in these comments. Like the moron who thinks you don't own your DVD , yeah you do it doesn't just vanish into thin air when the license expires you tool. Whats more sad is the amount of people that fail to realize there is a world outside of US and Canada home to the majority of the population of 6 billion people where netflix is a joke with a terrible library in 100's of countries with bad internet that don't have the luxury of streaming high def video. What's even more sad is the amount of idiots who feel like they not it all and what the type with their grubby fingers applies to the whole world when in reality the just like to hear them self speak when others would rather the shut up.

  16. Jessica
    November 1, 2016 at 5:21 am

    I wish Netflix would do away with their dvd rentals and do purely streaming. It's really annoying that some movies and shows are only available on dvd. I would gladly pay a few dollars more for more content. I just don't want the hassle of mailing dvds back.

    • Robert
      November 27, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      You don't have to mail them back. Well you do if you want to cancel your service, you will get billed till you return them.
      The problem with streaming, and why I don't use it is they don't give you the extra features on the disks. Just the movie.

    • James
      May 16, 2017 at 1:04 am

      Have to watch TV shows and movies by renting on DVDS was the main reason I quit Netflix. I would not mind play a a dollar or two more if I could watch all TV shows and movies on Netflix with out have to also subscribe to Netflix's DVD servive as well.

  17. Hiking Diva
    October 13, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I don't have cable, Netflix, Hulu... maybe once a month, I will get a dvd from Redbox. Funny thing is, life exists beyond the TV. Amused when people talk about spending weekend catching up on Game of Thrones or whatever else is popular... I was out backpacking experiencing life vs passively sitting on my arse as a voyeur.

    • Jimmy
      January 11, 2018 at 11:40 am

      Thank you hiking diva. I was getting annoyed at the blatant bias of Netflix, and you reminded me that life is precious and I will only get one.

      Happy trails

    • Barry E Fowler
      July 27, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Mr. Perfect, What's up with putting others down? How do they effect your backpack fetishes. America has become so hateful.

  18. Larry B
    October 1, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    With the exception of Netflix Original series, their content is horrible. Old, mediocre movies with a few recent additions, but not enough. Their selections "Just for you" do not match any of my interests no matter how much I adjust my profile.

  19. WhoCares
    September 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Loss of Channel Surfing - Are you serious?
    Netflix encourages binge-watching. In fact, it’s such an integral aspect of the service that the word “Netflix” is pretty much synonymous with “binge-watching” these days. Once you start a show, it’s really hard to stop - Why is that a bad thing?

    This dude works for a cable company!!!

    • Joel Lee
      September 29, 2016 at 12:52 am

      Hey WhoCares, I'm not sure what you're getting at because I actually did say (in section 2) that Netflix's strength is binge-watching! I don't think channel surfing and binge-watching are the same thing as channel surfing is more about flipping through the channels and stumbling across random shows that seem interesting enough to watch.

  20. Jeffrey H
    August 13, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Feels like this was written in direct support of DVD sales or network TV. Most points are just so weak and even off base.

  21. ADAM
    August 12, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    What I miss most, is the potty breaks......lol....with regular TV we got commercials to go to the restroom.....lol..... I don't know I'd consider the whole DVD comparison though......I have too much "stuff" as it is....I'm rather fine "renting" from the cloud......and yes, I will say I do "own" my own house ;) Before someone steps on my toes lol

    • Watcher
      November 26, 2016 at 11:21 am

      You miss "Potty Breaks"!? WTF!?! Like you can't just pause the damn movie or TV show? ARE YOU REALLY SERIOUS!?!!?

  22. Mini van Doom
    April 9, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    1. "Due to licensing agreements with TV networks, it doesn’t make sense to let Netflix stream episodes as they’re released on a network (like ABC or CBS) because that would kill any incentive for people to watch the networks themselves."

    This is a GOOD REASON to get Netflix. The fewer people watch television, the less money those pricks make and the more they'll be inclined to either pawn off their stuff to streaming services quickly, or to (in my humble opinion the superior option) just die.

    2. "If your Internet goes down, then there’s no Netflix. If people on your network are watching YouTube or playing games, and consequently hogging up bandwidth, Netflix will stutter."

    What the hell is this? 1996? This is literally a third world country problem. If your garbage government can't keep your anti-trust oversight in check, and you're still on sub 60mbit in goddamn 2016, the answer is not to not get Netflix, it's to man the hell up and change whoever is at the wheel because he's a piss poor driver.

    3. "Data Cap Consumption"

    Dude seriously what? A data cap? Same answer as #2.

    4. "This means that after one year, you will have paid anywhere from $96 to $144 depending on which Netflix plan you chose — and have nothing to show for it except the memories of whatever TV shows and films you watched during that time."

    Let's go crazy and say 144. That's 2 series box sets on blu-ray. In a YEAR. What mongoloid chooses owning and watching two series in a year over the potential thousands upon thousands of hours spent watching the Netflix library?

    I want to see a van Gogh I don't buy one, I pay 5 euros entry to a musuem and revel in the memory, not the possession.

    5. "you can’t surf channels and just watch whatever’s playing"

    What are you, 5? Christ's green asshole man do you need mom to come over and tell you what to put on your bread every morning as well? I've never in my life heard anyone unironically argue that choice is bad. It's like going to a restaurant and complaining when the waiter hands you a menu, then demanding the chef just makes "whatever he feels like".

    What goddamn tool wrote this clickbait piece of crap article? If it wasn't some 55 year old, watching his AMC stock shit itself, tears in his eyes, I'll eat my router and spend a week zapping through bullshit reruns of friends on television, standing up and replaying a hamlet scene every commercial break.

    • Zachary Estle
      August 12, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Wanting the mega channels to die off is not good for anyone, they provide a ton of content at high quality, and supply a fair amount of Netflix programming. As for data caps and connection, these are valid concerns for those not in metropolitan areas. The ownership of the product is still a fair thought, a small issue for the price, but still it is a thought. As for channel surfing, I actually enjoy that at times, I had forgotten how much as i have had only Netflix for so long that I don't use cable, but used it recently and kinda enjoyed flipping through channels. An extremely minor negative, but the writer made it clear that it was a very minor thought. To go deeper into the internet connection thing, there are worries about this, not even just in rural areas, but for people that cannot afford high speed internet, just because you have the funds and connection doesn't mean everybody does. I live in a city but just a bit outside of the city is a hill area, a friend lives up there and internet connection is simply sad, no matter how much they pay. This article actually isn't bad, and the writer states a few times that certain things are small gripes, and that they really like the service, but when reviewing something, you do have to touch on the things that might be an issue for some people.

      • Save Your Money, Drop NF
        May 27, 2018 at 11:18 pm

        You should've broken your reply into paragraphs; no one wants to read all that drivel!

    • Save Your Money, Drop NF
      May 27, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      I LOVED THIS!!! You roasted this BS article! It was just click bait.

  23. Hildegerd Haugen
    April 8, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    Never used Netflix, not worth it here in Norway.

  24. Anonymous
    March 30, 2016 at 3:02 am

    WE have only just got Netflix here in Thailand, I have no idea if it will be any good but with luck the trial period will help me decide.
    On a slightly different matter I am not sure if the report is correct in saying you own a DVD / CD. If you do why cant to copy and distribute it?

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:59 am

      Can't really answer that, sorry! Digital ownership is a grey area which is why there have been so many lawsuits over the past decade.

  25. Ray Byars
    March 29, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    No one mentioned their DVD at home plan which I also have with the streaming plan and which also has gone downhill. I've been a paying subscriber since inception practically and used to praise them to anyone who would listen. Now, not so much. In the beginning it was the best deal on the planet, hands down. Then the subscription price "doubled". I complained but no doubt, it was still a great deal. At one time I could feasibly receive two DVD's a week through the mail and now it's one if I'm lucky. To me that's like another "doubling" of the price again. Their "value" is continuing to shrink and I would imagine their membership is eventually going to suffer. I suppose their solution will be to raise prices and reduce services "again". Now I'm looking for other options to rid myself of cable (exclusively for my wife) and Netflix. I never imagined me saying that about Netflix but, cable must go first!!! Talk about a real money pit! Cable is the worst. So Netflix, if you're reading this article and comments, please revive the old Netflix and I'll sing your praises for years to come. Otherwise, you'll go the way of the dodo bird.............

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 2:00 am

      I've never used Netflix for its DVD mailing service but those are some interesting points you've made. Thanks for sharing, Ray!

    • Robert
      November 27, 2016 at 10:35 pm

      you must have one disk option. I have the 3 disks, so I have one, one is mailed, and I return one. The other week I had 6 disks show up in two days.

      Thee only thing I miss is the old customer listings. Found some obscure movies through those recommendations that were good.

  26. Erin
    March 29, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    The regional variation in libraries is a bit on the painful side. However, overall it's no different to 'normal TV'. Sure, N might not have TV shows I want, but when channel surfing I'm restricted to what's currently being broadcast anyway. Worse, you'll often discover shows halfway through a season, and that's annoying.

    If I decided I wanted to watch Star Trek Voyager right now, Australian Netflix wouldn't be able to help. But nether would Free or Pay TV. So either way, I'd either be buying or renting the episodes/seasons individually. Apart from things like sport and news, Netflix gives you far more content at your fingertips.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

      Hmm, that's an interesting way to think of it. Food for thought. Thanks Erin!

    • Robert
      November 27, 2016 at 10:39 pm

      You can't get the cd's through the mail there?
      The stargate series was the longest. each episode had 2-4 commentary tracks by actors, directors, and writers. So 4-6 hours each one.

  27. Eddie G.
    March 29, 2016 at 12:36 am

    I don't have NetFlix, and I live in the US, and I have internet, but I would rather spend my time reading than watching TV for HOURS...on what do they call it? "Binge Watching"? There is nothing that can pique my interest that much that I would watch episode after episode after episode of it. I saw Breaking Bad while it was still on TV, I don't like even watch The Walking Dead and all the other shows that seem to be designed to distract us from REAL LIFE! Its name should be changed from Net-FLIX....to Net-FIX since it seems to be akin to some kind of addictive DRUG that humans can't live without! And when you ad up $8.00 a month over two or three years?...the a,mount of money you could have had coming back to you as a "return" from an "investment" like a Mutual Fund?...it makes Netflix look EXACTLY like what it is...a "virus" that is spreading, along with all the other "distractions" that are out there. DO yourself a favor, ditch Net"Trix", grab a book and learn something, or leave your couch and join the real world again!

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:58 am

      There's nothing inherently magical about books. There are good books and bad books, and TV shows can be just as enriching as books.

    • Robert
      November 27, 2016 at 10:44 pm

      netflix has how to videos as well.

      The "This Film Has Not Been Rated" movie was VERY educational.
      I think the strangest movie I got was Sweetbacks Badassss Song. Rated R, but in the extras had some pictures of the marquis of theater and the lines out front had it marked 'X'.

  28. Suleiman
    March 29, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Wow you just nailed it. They had me run away from them at VPN restriction war. I am in Canada and when you compare what you have in USA and what we have here , it is ridiculous. I had set the Ps4 for Canadian Netflix and the smart TV for USA Netflix using USA VPN. I got 4 view at the same time plan including Ultra HD. We have unlimited Internet at home.
    When Netflix messed up my USA Netflix, I got frustrated. I kept trying to find new VPN addresses. When I get one, it just took Netflix few days to block it. One day I got so mad and I cancelled Netflix for good and replaced it with Kodi. I might not be able to watch kodi on my smart TV or Ps4, but definitely I can screen mirror my phone on my TV and play kodi from my phone. The others in my house have the opportunity to watch kodi on a pc or on one of several laptops we have. You see, I knew about kodi long time ago and I liked it way better than any streaming out there. The reason that I didn't want to make it popular in my house was that I don't want to teach the kids bad habits of getting free stuffs without paying for the service. Eventually I introduced them to kodi and I didn't tell them it costs money or not.
    You said that Netflix would adjust the quality of the video according the interenet connection. So that means if I paid for ultra HD and my connection is considered not good by Netflix, I will get SD or HD but not Ultra HD. Wow that is a rip off just right there! When I learned from you this fact, I felt satisfied that I let go Netflix few months ago. Thank you for this important article!

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:56 am

      The regional limits are probably the worst part about Netflix, and the recent crackdown on VPNs is just so terrible (I know they're being pressured into it though). It sucks. Sorry to hear that, Suleiman.

  29. grzz40
    March 28, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    "Netflix encourages binge-watching. In fact, it’s such an integral aspect of the service ... " Right, and one maddening reflection of that is the way N now puts the credits of a show or episode in a thumbnail -- unreadable -- and presumes you want the next episode RIGHT NOW or whatever it has chosen. And it's not easy to get back to the credits, at least not with the interface on Roku. Nor is there any documentation about a work-around, afaik.

  30. Jim Carter
    March 28, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I unsubscribed mainly because their movie library is shrinking, not growing. I don't care about their original productions. Additionally; I was put off by their tactics with mobile subscribers. That was very underhanded. I'm already a Prime member, so I don't see anything unique with Netflix versus what I have with Amazon. Hulu--on the other hand--distinguishes itself from both Netflix and Amazon.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:54 am

      Netflix has a lot of stuff that Amazon doesn't. Then again, you're probably paying for the free shipping so Prime Video is just a bonus that you're taking advantage of, right? And yup, Hulu has done a great job differentiating itself from those other two!

  31. Anonymous
    March 28, 2016 at 2:26 am

    "If you buy a DVD, it’s yours."
    Go look at the licensing agreement again; even though the disc is in your hot, sweaty hands, YOU'VE ONLY BOUGHT A LICENSE.

    • Anonymous
      March 28, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      But you still retain physical possession. It can't suddenly just vanish, never to be seen again, shades of 1984.

      Here 's an article doing the rounds last week,"Netflix’s US Catalog Has Shrunk by More Than 2,500 Titles in Less Than 2.5 Years". That's from about 8100 titles down to about 5500, or a little over one third.

  32. Mary Brady
    March 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

    Thanks. Great look at the downside.

    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2016 at 2:42 am

      May not disappear but the software to play it may no longer do just that.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:53 am

      Thanks Mary!

  33. John Stranger
    March 27, 2016 at 11:05 am

    There are still people with data cap on landline plans ? Wow.
    Actually the real issue is with the regional limitations. That's just not fair. And all that because the majors want to keep their power on what their customers (we) are allowed to watch...

    • Lard Taco
      March 27, 2016 at 12:51 pm

      Not deep in the say, latest comcast news are we then I take it?
      It's only been one of the top tech news stories for the last year or so.
      Try searching 'Comcast testing data caps' and 'Comcast data cap complaints' and see what you've been missing.
      The *real* issue IS about providers trying to reinstate data caps, it matters, because if you burn up your data just watching Netflix, or whatever service you use, then you've lost your ability to watch regardless of regional choices. Yes, regional choices and almost no up to date content on Netflix are an issue, but if you can't watch them anyway, then there simply is no point.

      Bottom line, companies like Comcast imposing "fairness" data caps, because it's fair to their bottom line, is NOT something that should be overlooked, or we as consumers should be complacent about.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:52 am

      As Lard Taco said, data caps seem to be creeping up on American customers now... and it sucks. The regional limits are a pretty big deal too and I'm really sad that non-Americans can't access the same library that we can. Ugh.

  34. MatsSvensson
    March 26, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Reason No zeroth, and the only reason you need:


    GIVE US!!
    GIVE US!!
    GIVE US!!
    GIVE US!!
    GIVE US!!

    ...yeah, NO SALE!

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:51 am

      That's a pretty common business tactic. Ideal? No. But if you avoided every company who ever did that, I'm pretty sure you'd have nothing.

  35. Anonymous
    March 26, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Entertainment Is Entertainment Is Entertainment.

    All Countries Have Free To Air Channels ( C ), And Many Of Their Commercials Have An International Target Audience.

    How Many ( C ) Are There In The Whole World - Thousands ?

    How Many Millions ( Billions ) Of **Surfers** Can Pay For A 2Mbps Internet Connection ?

    Why Nobody Has Created A Site To Live Stream All Those ( C ), Without Any Restrictions Whatsoever, As A Cheap Subscription ?

    How Many Millions ( Billions ) Of Willing Customers Could They Serve ?

    Do Not Tell Me There Is No Business To Be Made In Here.


    • Anonymous
      March 29, 2016 at 3:11 am

      There's a reason that all the ISP's are trying to cap data because if they don't a few will eat up all the available bits.

      Which brings us to an interesting point. The whole crux of the FCC's decision to not allow fast/slow lanes begs the question what do I have when Verizon offers me only 12mgb/s? While another Verizon customer pays less and only gets 7.5. Isn't that the very thing that's been outlawed?

      And for you techies out there...when I had an analog phone system I never had issues with voice breaking up or having to be slowed down to make room for others on their network but now that we've gone digital it's all becoming problematic. Dish, DTV, Comcast, et el have to compress signals on their TV feeds to be able to serve their customers with all these channels yet in some cases we're paying for HD service are we really even getting HD quality?

      How do you compare an analog phone system which had perfect clarity with a digitized VOIP were you often have drop-off in quality at various times? If I remember right it was Sprint that was the first all digital network with the claim that you could hear a pin drop and yet Sprint isn't doing very well in the realm of communications providers. Why aren't we getting the same quality? And when one side has VOIP and the other side non-VOIP is that still analog or is it converted?

      How do the new FCC rules really impact a Verizon customer, Verizon FIOS customer, Comcast customer, AT&Tverse, etc since each system has limitations and benefits that the other doesn't have? DSL is limited usually based on distance from the central office that you're connected with and the further you are the lower your bandwidth, FIOS would move so fast that I don't think there would be a limit till you go to the "last mile", Comcast has good protected wiring but where each DSL customer has their own circuit Comcast is sharing it's bandwidth between multiple people on a single circuit and they too are only fiber optic in parts of their network but most people I know get about 150mgb/s. If the FCC goal is to have everyone equalized then shouldn't we be paying for our usage rather than available bandwidth which we often don't get the full use of?

      When the FCC talks about the fast/slow lane they discuss it from a business side of view like Amazon can't be faster than Buy.com but on the other side of those connections are users that might be on DSL maxed out at 15mgbs while a Comcast customer may be getting 150mgbs. But those are two major companies what about someone that's setting up their own business? They're not getting that same throughput as Amazon or Buy.com that's connected at by T1 lines. That new business maybe using ADSL getting only 50% of their download speed as uploading speed.

      And to really complicate this what if Comcast doesn't want to provide service to gay people? Is that allowable? We've heard about the people refusing to make cakes for weddings and elected politicians refusing to sign marriage licenses. Can I make gay people go slower than straight people? Or can I choose to slow down people viewing porn vs watching Hula, Netflix?

      • Anonymous
        March 29, 2016 at 6:27 am

        There Is Absolutely No Reason To Have Caps.

        Customers Can Not Abuse The System If They Have Puny Speed Of 1bps ( 1 Bit Per Second ).

        For The Same Contract The Download And Upload Speeds Should Be Exactly Equal.

        Every Contract Should Allow Unlimited Traffic.

        Create Cheap Contracts From Low Speeds ( 1 Bit Per Second ) To, Whatever Fiber Can Give You, Very Expensive Ones.

        Have A Big Choice Of Speeds, And Let Customers Choose The Biggest Speed They Can Afford.

        This Freaking Milking Cows Status Quo Has To End.


  36. Anonymous
    March 26, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I spent months trying to work out if Netflix would be worth my while. I pay £7.50 here in the UK, (about $10) and find it just gets better and better.

    I watch more netflix now than I do "normal TV".

    I am currently at the point of convincing the wife to cancel our Sky TV (satellite TV in the UK) and only use streaming services.
    Between Amazon prime, BBC i-player and Netflix I could scrap Sky TV and save myself around £60-70 each month.

    I'd miss sports but I'd rather have and extra £60 in my back pocket.

    Netflix is far from perfect but it suits my TV binge watching needs.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:50 am

      Yes! Compared to cable TV, Netflix is a killer deal. I love being able to watch whatever's available on demand. Like you said, far from perfect but still great. Thanks for sharing, Peter!

  37. StoJa
    March 26, 2016 at 3:17 am

    Jesus...this is the most try-hard, contrarian article ever written. Not everything in life needs an opposite point of view JUST for contrarian's sake. I'd break my fingers if I had to write something like this.

    • StoJa
      March 26, 2016 at 3:19 am

      You need the Internet (duh) and you can't channel surf 8,000 pointless channels. Come on, man....

    • Cinderella
      September 4, 2016 at 9:45 pm

      Aw, c'mon. Break 'em anyway, see what happens. (!)
      But remember, if you break all your fingers you won't be able to watch ANY tv, and then what. (remote controls... require fingers...)

      Personally I enjoyed this article, as it informed me of stuff I hadn't known; I will rethink my decision to sign up. Still trying to understand why you read it, though.

  38. Watcher
    March 26, 2016 at 12:38 am

    I have always been willing to pay more for Netflix because it allowed me to cut the cord on cable and local TV over 7 years ago!

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:41 am

      Wow! Cutting the cord is still a bit inconvenient today -- I can't imagine how difficult it must've been 7 years ago. Impressive. :)

  39. Dana
    March 26, 2016 at 12:01 am

    The only real downside in my world is the data cap. My dad complains all the time that we almost go over our data cap, and of course, he blames it on me and my Netflix.

    • Joel Lee
      April 1, 2016 at 1:40 am

      Yeah, unfortunately data caps are a big problem for cord cutters. No wonder so many companies are rushing to add data caps now... Sorry to hear that, Dana!