The Good Instant streaming access to thousands of films and TV shows; Low monthly cost; Some HD content.
The Bad Picture quality and playback stability suffers on slower connections; Limited selection of content.
The Bottom Line The video selection on Netflix is quite limited at present, and you'll need a reliable Internet connection to make the most of it, but it's an impressive alternative to traditional DVD rental services.
Netflix, the much adored American movie rental service, has finally. Like the US service on which it's based, it provides film fans with an opportunity to gorge themselves silly on an unlimited supply of streamed movies and TV for a set monthly fee.
It sounds like the greatest thing since Blockbuster, but we decided to see for ourselves how it compares with established UK-based services such as Lovefilm and alternatives like Virgin Media, Sky or the tried and tested favourite of yesteryear -- getting up off your backside and going to the cinema. Let's see how it fared.
Unlike Netflix in America, which will post DVDs to your house, Netflix UK only allows you to watch content via the Internet. You can enjoy movies and TV programmes via your laptop or desktop as well as Wii, PS3 or Xbox 360 games consoles. It'll work on portable devices, too -- both Android and iOS apps are available -- so you can enjoy content on the move using Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
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