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3.23.2015

10 Things I Love About...Netflix

I am just loving Netflix lately. I've been a member for years, and for a long time it was just a better way for me to rent DVDs. It's come a long way since then, and now has so many awesome features and shows that it is our most watched channel/app in the house.

Here's 10 reasons why I'm digging it right now.

1.  DVDs through the mail aka the reason I joined in the first place. It's so convenient. You make a queue of the movies you want to see, they mail you one (or two or three depending on your plan), you watch it at your convenience (no due date to return), and then mail it back to them in a prepaid envelope they provide. How easy is that!

2.  Blu-ray option. For $2 extra per month, we're able to get the Blu-ray version of the movie sent to the house.

3.  Instant Streaming. Included in your subscription is access to the tons of movies and TV shows in their collection that you can watch instantly using their app. The selection of movies has gotten a lot better over the years too, and the TV show options are incredible!  Which brings us to...

4.  All your favorite old/current TV shows. There are so many great previously aired TV shows to choose from, and almost all of them are available instantly. I'm currently re-watching The Gilmore Girls, but they have the entire series of other great shows like Friends, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Parenthood, etc. too. Again, no waiting. Just turn it on and BOOM - here's all 10 seasons of Friends for your binge watching pleasure.

5.  Great children's programming. Our kids are so spoiled with Netflix. They have a huge selection of cartoons for kids available at their fingertips with no commercial interruptions. Mine are watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Casper's Scare School, and most recently, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. They also have original programming for kids, check out All Hail King Julien and The Adventures of Puss in Boots. Speaking of which...

6.  Original programming. They are killing it with their original content lately. We've been watching Orange is the New Black for a while now, and recently started watching Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (so silly and fun) and are going to start watching Daredevil in April. I've heard House of Cards is pretty amazing too.

7.  Separate profiles. Each person in your household can have their own profile that organizes what they watch. It doesn't sound like much, but I appreciate that my page is not clogged up with lists and recommendations based on what my kids are watching. It keeps things nice and clean.

8.  Multiple devices. All the instant movies and TV shows are available on all our devices. We can watch on our TV, computer, Kindle, iPad, and/or iPhone. It's super convenient when traveling or when we all want to watch different things.

9.  Price. All of the above for only $19.45/month. We actually got rid of cable for most of last year and between Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime were able to watch everything we wanted for a lot cheaper than cable.

10. Binge Watching!! That's right...the best thing about Netflix is the ability to watch what you want, when you want it. When a new season of their original programming premiers the entire season is available from day one. No waiting for next week to see what happens. It's completely addicting, but I love it. If I didn't have a family to attend to, I would gladly spend an entire Saturday sitting on the couch watching episode after episode, season after season of all my favorite shows.

Netflix (and other services like it) have completely changed how we watch TV - for the better, I think. It will be really interesting to see how the television viewing process continues to evolve.

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