7 Reasons to Subscribe to Netflix This Year

We have written before about valid reasons to avoid Netflix 7 Reasons You Should Avoid Subscribing to Netflix Just as there are pitfalls to cutting the cord, there are downsides to Netflix you might consider to be deal-breakers. So before you sign up to Netflix, take a moment to consider these imperfections. Read More , and many of them still hold true today — Netflix isn’t for everybody. But the Netflix of today isn’t the same Netflix of five years ago, in good ways and bad, so if you aren’t a current subscriber, it may be time to reconsider.

At the risk of sounding like a shill, Netflix is the only bill I’m happy to pay. And no, before you ask in the comments, Netflix did not sponsor this article. I watch it for an hour or so every night and I still haven’t managed to empty my Watchlist. Netflix rocks. Here are the biggest reasons why I’m still subscribed and think you should consider it too.

1. Netflix’ Original Content

Over the past few years, we’ve seen Netflix shift away from licensed content to producing its own content. Remember when Netflix dropped half of its catalog to free up funds? A reasonable move, considering how much Netflix spends on original content.

To be fair, the original TV series on Netflix are a little hit and miss. For every Narcos, Stranger Things, and Mindhunter, you get duds like The Get Down, Gypsy, and Hemlock Grove. The original movies are way better in general, including masterpieces like Beasts of No Nation and Mudbound, with the occasional eye-rollers like Death Note and The Discovery.

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But hit and miss content is okay. The fact that Netflix experiments with ideas and stories that Hollywood won’t touch? That alone is worth the price of admission. And the amount of exclusive content on Netflix is only going to skyrocket in the years to come.

Get a taste of what you can watch by checking out our roundups of the best original films on Netflix 10 of the Best Original Netflix Movies Worth Watching Not all of the original Netflix movies are good, of course, but many of them are. Here are some of the best original films that Netflix has funded to date. Read More , best original TV series on Netflix 7 Awesome Netflix Originals You Should Watch ASAP Despite only producing its own content for a short period of time, Netflix has created some fantastic original shows. Here are seven Netflix Originals we recommend you watch as soon as possible. Read More , and lesser-known Netflix original series 10 Awesome Netflix Originals You've Probably Never Heard Of Alongside the headline-making shows such as House of Cards and Stranger Things, there are countless Netflix originals that may have passed you by. Read More .

2. Not Just Movies and TV Series

While feature films and TV series are what put Netflix in the headlines, Netflix actually offers a lot more than just that. You’d be surprised to know how much niche content (even fringe content) exists on the platform, and it’s this content that will keep you hooked to the service long after you’ve binge-watched Black Mirror and American Vandal.

You can explore what I’m talking about in our articles on the best documentaries on Netflix, the best stand-up comedy specials on Netflix The 10 Best Stand-Up Comedy Specials on Netflix You might not have the time to watch every stand-up on Netflix. So, to help you sort the wheat from the chaff, here are the 10 best comedy specials on Netflix right now. Read More , the best anime series on Netflix The 10 Best Anime Series to Watch on Netflix Netflix has an impressive selection of anime shows just waiting to be discovered. In this article we pick the cream of the crop, with 10 anime shows everyone should watch. Read More , and our quide to Netflix’s experimental “slow TV” genre Netflix and Really Chill: A Quick Guide to Slow TV Slow TV is a strange phenomenon you may not understand, with people watching hours of footage of really boring activities. It's strange, but is it worthwhile? Let's find out... Read More .

3. Still No Advertisements

Netflix debuted in 1997, which means it has now been around for two entire decades. By this point, most other companies would’ve sold out and injected advertising into every nook and cranny they could find. For example, Hulu and CBS All-Access are both subscription-based with advertisements (i.e. pay more to remove ads).

But not Netflix.

I love throwing on a show and getting right to the action. No having to sit through 30 seconds of cringe-inducing marketing like on Hulu or YouTube. No mid-roll ad breaks ruining the immersion and suspense of a narrative. Just on-demand entertainment. As long as Netflix stays this way, I feel no regrets supporting the service.

Note that some Netflix shows and movies exercise product placement, but I’m okay with that because I don’t find it intrusive or disruptive.

4. Multiple Profiles, Multiple Devices

One of Netflix’s best quality-of-life features, which surprisingly doesn’t exist on many other streaming services, is the ability to create up to five different profiles on one account.

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Since Netflix analyzes your viewing habits to make recommendations (more on that below), it’s nice to have one profile for yourself, another for your spouse or roommate, and more for anyone else sharing your account. This way you won’t get unwanted recommendations for reality shows and horror films just because someone else watches them.

And if you grab a Standard or Premium account, you can simultaneously watch on two or four separate devices, respectively. Not a bad way to cut the cost of Netflix if you share and split Save on Premium Subscriptions With These 9 Shareable Accounts Premium subscription services are great, but the costs add up fast. Here are 9 services you can share to get the most for your money. Read More ! It’s too bad it isn’t possible with the Basic plan, which limits you to one device.

5. Searching the Library Is Now Easier

Let’s be clear: Netflix’s built-in features for browsing the library and discovering new content are woefully lacking. It’s always been this way and Netflix has all but said outright that this won’t be changing any time soon. It’s a pain in the neck, to say the least.

But plenty of third-party resources have sprung up to bridge the gap.

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We highly recommend these tools for checking which movies can be streamed as well as these tools for finding Netflix movies you’ll love. And don’t forget about Netflix’s secret category codes! I personally prefer JustWatch for checking availability and the “Best of Netflix” subreddit for discovering new content.

That said, Netflix’s own recommendation engine isn’t all bad. I’ve found some cool titles through it. Learn more about how Netflix knows what you want to watch How Netflix Knows Exactly What You Want to Watch Netflix's rise to being the world's primary streaming service was no fluke. It was based on a recipe of data and emotion that means the company always knows what you want to watch. Read More .

6. Incredible Value for the Price

The Basic plan for Netflix only costs $8/mo. For the price of a single Chipotle burrito, you can have 30 full days of on-demand entertainment at your fingertips. I can’t think of anything else that offers so much to do for such a low price.

If you want to stream in HD and on two devices at once, then you’ll want the Standard plan. At just $11/mo, it costs less than a single cinema ticket and unlocks an entire library of high-resolution feature films to enjoy whenever you want.

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Even the highest Premium plan, available for $14/mo, is affordable. But most users probably don’t need it. The only extra benefits are the ability to watch certain titles in 4K Ultra HD and the ability to stream on up to four simultaneous devices.

The value-per-dollar is insane. Which is why we would truly be happy to pay more for Netflix Why You Should Be Happy to Pay More for Netflix Every time Netflix increases its prices, millions of binge-watching users balk at the prospect of paying a couple of dollars more. But this is dumb, because Netflix is an absolute steal. Read More .

7. Netflix Is Fighting for Net Neutrality

In 2017, Netflix stepped on a lot of toes when it claimed “we are now popular enough with consumers [to not need net neutrality rules anymore].” After lots of backlash and feedback, Netflix doubled down on its commitment to fighting for net neutrality.

After the FCC voted to repeal net neutrality laws, Netflix opted to stand alongside other internet giants (including Google, Facebook, and Microsoft) as they help fund the ongoing lawsuits to bring net neutrality back to the United States.

Out of the loop on net neutrality? No worries. Check out our articles on why net neutrality is so important Net Neutrality Explained: This Is What's Going to Happen to the Internet Net neutrality is under attack again, and it's not looking good. Here's what you must know about the repeal of net neutrality and what it means for the web. Read More and why we can’t trust ISPs to protect net neutrality Will ISPs Help Protect Net Neutrality? Spoiler Alert: No There are claims that net neutrality could soon be taking a big hit in the United States. Is this true? What's going to happen to net neutrality? Are ISPs on our side or not? Read More .

Your First Steps Once You Get Netflix

If you’ve come this far and want to give Netflix a try, consult our ultimate guide to Netflix The Ultimate Netflix Guide: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Netflix This guide offers everything you need to know about using Netflix. Whether you're a new subscriber or an established fan of the best streaming service out there. Read More . We recommend learning how to download Netflix videos for offline viewing How to Download Netflix Videos for Offline Viewing Netflix now lets you download selected movies and TV shows to watch offline. Which is nice. This article explains everything you need to know about downloading Netflix videos to your device. Read More and bookmarking our page on the most common Netflix issues and solutions Netflix Keeps Stopping? 10 Fixes for Playback Issues Netflix keeps stopping? Our article covers ten of the most common causes for Netflix playback bugs and how to fix them. Read More .

Not sure where to start in terms of content? Check out our collections of the best movies on Netflix The 100 Best Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now There is so much content on Netflix it's difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff. This article offers a helping hand, counting down the 100 best movies you should watch on Netflix right now. Read More , best sitcoms on Netflix The 15 Best Sitcoms You Can Watch on Netflix Sometimes it's nice to sit back, tune out, and wipe tears from your eyes while laughing maniacally. Which is why we've put together a list of the best sitcoms to watch on Netflix. Read More , and the best shows on Netflix for binge-watching The A-Z of Netflix Shows You Should Binge-Watch Netflix has such a wide variety of shows available that we literally made an A-to-Z list of shows for you to binge-watch. Enjoy! Read More .

If you aren’t subscribed to Netflix yet, why not? Is there a particular issue that’s holding you back? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Sarah
    November 15, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    I have Netflix but it won’t stay on have tried every thing any suggestion