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With over 50 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix is currently the most prominent subscription service for watching movies and TV shows online. The company offers over 10,000 streaming titles, with new ones being added each day. In addition to popular series like “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead,” Netflix offers a good amount of original programming, which includes hit shows such as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”
There are two types of services offered by Netflix. The first is the traditional DVD rental service, which was the original service that Netflix provided when it first launched. This service allows you to rent DVDs and have them delivered to you by mail, and plans start at just $4.99/month. The second, more popular service is the online streaming service, which costs $7.99/month. Unlike many competitors such as Hulu, the programs you watch on Netflix never have any commercial interruptions.
You do not necessarily have to use your computer to watch streaming titles, because the content can be viewed on your TV screen as long as you have a Netflix-ready device hooked up. Compatible devices currently include Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 consoles, Blu-ray players, mobile devices, TiVo and HDTVs with an Internet connection.
What’s New at Netflix
Although most subscribers are currently in the U.S., Netflix is quickly expanding into foreign markets. At present, streaming services are already available in South America and a handful of European countries. There are plans to expand services to Germany, France, Belgium and quite a few other countries in the near future.
In 2013, Netflix formed partnerships with DreamWorks Animation and Marvel Television. The deal with Marvel was especially newsworthy because Netflix announced plans to produce a number of live action series based on four Marvel superheroes. In March of 2014, amidst much hype, Netflix exclusively released the final season of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”
Recently, there was an announcement that Netflix may begin reviving old shows that were cancelled in the past. This has led to much speculation about exactly which shows may be revived. Some shows that have been mentioned for possible revival include “Firefly,” “Jericho,” and “Twin Peaks.”
Some Recent Additions to Netflix’s Streaming Library
Popular TV shows that are available through the Netflix streaming service:
- “Orange is the New Black”
- “Family Guy”
- “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”
- “Hemlock Grove”
- “House of Cards”
- “Battlestar Galactica”
- “Star Trek”
- “Vampire Diaries”
- “Prison Break”
- “Breaking Bad”
- “The Walking Dead”
- “Lie to Me”
- “Once Upon a Time”
- “The X Files”