Netflix is a service that provides DVD
content via the Internet in The United States
, parts of Latin America
, the United Kingdom
; and via the U.S. Postal Service in the United States
. Their streamed content ("Instant Play", "Watch Instantly", or "Netflix Instant Play") can be viewed via Windows, Chromebook, and Mac OSX computers (bringing up other Linux distros support is a sore subject in parts of the net), internet-connected game consoles (including the PlayStation 3
, Nintendo Wii
, Wii U
, and Xbox 360
), TiVo, most Blu-ray
players, Apple TV, and specialty set-top boxes (such as the Netflix-specific "Roku Box"). Basically at this point if you have a media player or console with an Internet connection since 2012, it'll have Netflix on it.
Available content includes both television shows (including animation) and movies. On the television front, Netflix was and still is primarily known as the
source to obtain reruns, but Netflix is also making a heavy push
towards original, exclusive content. Several of its new shows (including House of Cards
, Orange Is The New Black
and the Arrested Development
revival) have been massive hits, and Netflix has inked a big exclusive content deal with Dreamworks Animation
See also Hulu
Netflix provides examples of:
- Artifact Title: Inverted. Netflix was meant to be a streaming service from the get-go, but technology at the time couldn't support it, so they used a mail-order method (You could order online, though). As technology improved and the streaming usage began to eclipse the snail mail service, the name now fits.
- B-Movie: A lot of their streaming Science Fiction selection consists of Direct-to-Video, Follow the Leader, The Mockbuster and other films you never heard of despite them coming out recently. There's some real, classic style B-Movies in there too.
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer:
- The blurb for Kingdom of Heaven states that Orlando Bloom's character takes up his sword to free the Holy Land from the Turks. That would be true if the movie were about the first crusade-it's actually about Saladin's recapture of the Holy Land from Crusaders, who had been occupying it for almost a century. And that would still be wrong, because the conflict is between the Crusaders and Arabs (and Persians—Saladin was a Kurd).
- In the film description of the Rocky Horror Picture Show on Netflix it describes the plot as "... the exploits of naïve couple Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) after they stumble upon the lair of transvestite vampire Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry)." Vampire? Really?
- Has been inaccurate on the info of two of the movies in the Disney Animated Canon: Oliver & Company and Brother Bear. Respectively, Netflix says that Fagin was the villain when it's actually Sykes, and that Kenai was avenging his father when Sitka is clearly his eldest brother.
- Streaming service listed Sudden Death (a movie that takes place at a hockey game and even has a hockey-term title), as taking place at a baseball game.
- Digital Distribution: The Client-Server model.
- Network to the Rescue: They've ordered another season of Arrested Development! On a lesser note, they tried to save Terra Nova and The River, but the deals fell through
- No Export for You: Literally. Because of licensing concerns, Netflix offers streamed content throughout the American continents, but because of their method of distribution, they only offer DVD subscriptions to U.S. residents, and the streaming libraries available to residents outside of the US are very different from the one within it.
- Offer Void In Nebraska: A variation: Some episodes of shows and special non-episode DVD releases are only available on DVD. These episodes are typically grouped by disc, but some episodes are available for streaming while other episodes on the disc are DVD-only.
- Thirty-Day Free Trial: Netflix offers free trials of various lengths, mostly thirty days.
- Vanilla Edition: Some of Netflix's DVDs and all of their streamed movies and shows omit special features. Bonus Discs are not included with shipped DVDs, few Instant Play releases have Closed Captioning or alternate-language subtitles (a fact which resulted in a lawsuit from the National Association for the Deaf, thus more titles have had captioning added), and even fewer have alternate language tracks. As the Netflix apps have improved, the company has also added closed captioning to most of the TV and studio film content on the streaming service.