The Good, The Bad and The Free Trial The Good of Netflix

Pros of Netflix Streaming:
Netflix boasts a large selection of streaming content offering a wide-variety of Movies and TVs shows

TV shows  ==> One of the best features of Netflix’s streaming content is its variety of TV shows. It offers access to entire series from drama’s like “Breaking Bad” to comedies such as “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”.

Works on Multi-platforms  ==> Netflix Streaming is easily accessible over various platforms Cell phones, Tablets, Computers, Video game systems, Roku (and other various video players)

Ease of Use  ==> Netflix streaming is easy to set up, all you need to do is download the app (or go the website), enter your account and you’re there. Many systems such as PlayStation or Xbox even come with a built-in Netflix app.

New Content  ==> Netflix streaming is updated weekly with new content - new movies, new TV shows and new documentaries

Netflix Exclusive Shows  ==> Netflix has recently been releasing shows exclusively in their name to Netflix and as the popularity of these series becomes more prevalent we may be witnessing the future of television shows.

Free Trial  ==> Netflix lets consumers try out their products with a free trial - Netflix offers streaming with a free 30 day trial, it is a brilliant marketing strategy.

Save Money - Cut the Cable  ==> Signing up for Netflix Streaming makes it easy to cancel your cable subscription allowing a tremendous savings of money (streaming costs $7.99 a month, our cable bill is $80 per month) but you will lose access to live sports (ESPN) and some shows (adding HULU to the mix can help.)

Overall   ==> Netflix does not have a major competitor in the instant streaming market, so if you’re looking for a new way to watch quality entertainment at an affordable price, Netflix is the way to go, especially as a substitute for cable. However, Netflix can get stale very quickly and if you are looking for newly released movies, you’ll have to sign up for the Netflix DVD subscription or visit your local Redbox.

Pros of Netflix DVD Rental:

Convenience: The best feature of Netflix is the movies come to you, so no more car trips to the movie rental house. Also you don't have to do anything outside of your normal routine; to pick up a new movie, just check your mail; to return one just drop it off with the rest of your mail.

Biggest Movie Selection: Netflix has over 100,000 movies, Redbox has up to 200 titles per box. If you can find a DVD rental store (our hometown of Ithaca NY does not have one), an average video store has about 15,000 titles, a big box rental store tops out at 40,000.

Free Trial: Netflix has a unique business model - they want to earn your business before charging you for it. Netflix lets you try their service free for one month; if you like it, Netflix hopes you will continue on - if not, simply cancel your account before the one month trial ends and you owe nothing. Canceling is easy, just log in and select "cancel account". And it takes just 3 minutes to set-up a free trial. Start Your Free Trial: Click Here.

Price: Netflix plans start as low as $7.99 per month and average $1.73 per DVD rental via the mail - based upon our independent tests in Ithaca, NY (how many DVDs we could have delivered in one billing period.) Redbox charges $1.50 per disk plus tax. Netflix costs a bit more per disk (23 cents) but they deliver the movie to you. For a complete list of Netflix plans, click here or just visit

Fast Delivery: Netflix has 41 shipping centers (where DVDs are kept) which means that over 95% of the US can get a movie delivered in 1 postal day. Netflix mails a movie on Monday, you get it on Tuesday; mailing it back takes just one day too. Netflix has an agreement with the Postal Service, all Netflix DVDs are 1st class mail and all Netflix DVDs will be delivered in 1-3 days each way. Netflix has a program where DVDs are scanned at the post office, letting Netflix know you do not have the DVD and that they have it. It is possible that Netflix could ship the DVD based upon that scan, but we have not been able to confirm that factoid (that would speed up delivery, so let us know Netflix.)

Unedited Movies: All of the movies Netflix rents are unedited. Blockbuster did edit movies in the past but now claim they no longer do; some people debate whether Blockbuster really stopped editing the movies they rent. But there are less than 100 Blockbusters left in the US (all independently owned, no more corporate blockbuster). According to Redbox's site, Redbox does not edit movies.

Family Friendly: If you have kids, you can create a log-in for them so they can order movies too. You can also set viewing limits for the kids, blocking access to certain types of movies (for example those rated PG-13 or R). You can even edit their movie choices - just log in and make changes to the kid's movie queue.

Friends: Friends on Netflix can connect with other friends on Netflix, this is really practical as it helps with movie selections - if your friend watches a great movie they can easily send you a note to your Netflix account recommending it. The best movie recommendations come from your friends.

No Late Fees: Never get charged a late fee - ever. And you can keep the movies as long as you want. Redbox charges you a $1.50 per day per DVD. In most cases with Redbox, after 20 days Redbox then charges you the Maximum rental charge + tax and then the DVD is yours to keep ($24 + tax.)