If you’re just getting started with Netflix, here are 8 tips for making the most of a Netflix streaming subscription:
1- Choose the right subscription plan:
It offers three types of subscription plans; Basic, Standard or Premium.
The Basic subscription plan is perfect for mobile-only users especially for people with a limited data plan, because movies will stream in SD and not HD.
The Standard or Premium plan work perfectly on multiple devices (for a single user or multiple users) whereby you can watch a movie or TV show at the same time, on different devices in different locations.
2- Create Multiple Users:
If you are not the only one at home using Netflix, then make sure to create multiple users before you watch any movie. Netflix, and similar streaming platforms, work on a recommendation engine. The more you watch, the more will Netflix recommend shows that you might like. Your favorite shows will also be neatly displayed on the home screen under “shows you watch”.
If everyone in the family is watching under the default user, then your favorite shows will be mixed with the ones your family members have picked and Netflix will start recommending shows that will be tailored for all the members and not just for you.
3- Parental Control:
Netflix contains content for all ages. So, if you have kids, you surely need to turn the parental control setting on. This can be done from the website and it will automatically apply to all the devices you use.
You must create a user for your kids, as there’s a huge variety of animated movies and series that are tailor-made for your little ones.
I would also recommend the family movies section, it has a wide selection of films for parents and kids to enjoy together.
4- Watching on a big screen:
If you have any of these devices (Apple TV, PS4, Xbox, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast…), then you can enjoy watching Netflix on your big screen.
My favorite is the Apple TV because the interface is slick, and the new Apple remote control experience is fully optimized to get all the features out of the app with a few swipes and minimal effort. It is far better than controlling it with your console controller.
5- Mobile Data:
If you are watching movies on your mobile, then make sure you are always connected to WIFI for if there’s a streaming movie, it will drain your data plan and it will cause additional unwanted charges.
6- Internet Connection:
If your internet connection is anything less than 2Mbps then Netflix will NOT work properly but if you are on a +2Mbps connection, like most of the Lebanese, then here are a few tips to better optimize your experience:
Take your time to choose the movie and check the reviews on IMDB before watching. You don’t want to start a movie and then drop off 15 minutes later. It’s a waste of time and data consumption. The movie usually starts the first couple of minutes with a low quality pixelated video. But, you don’t have to worry about that as it will adjust automatically to enhance the quality. Avoid constantly skipping through the movie as it will increase the data consumption taking more time to reload the video with every leap.
Average data usage: Low-Medium (0.3-0.7GB per Hour), High (up to 7GB per Hour).
One of the disadvantages of Netflix is that you cannot watch the currently running season of your favorite series; it will only be released after all the episodes have been aired. On the other hand Netflix has lots of original content that is not found elsewhere, noting that not all content is available in Lebanon due to legal rights.
Remember, ONLY the first month is free of charge by default but it will renew automatically by the end of the month cycle.
8- Alternatives to Netflix:
Hulu: My personal favorite; a similar service to Netflix with an even better option whereby you may watch your favorite shows directly on the next day after the episode has been aired on TV. Unfortunately, this service is only available in the US.
Amazon Prime: Its library is not as rich as the others but it does include some original content like “The Man in The High Castle”.
Finally, here’s a useful link to easily browse all the Netflix content by genre.
In a country like Lebanon, Netflix is a bad option. Network latency and instability will greatly affect your veiwing experience. Buffering and loading will take forever. In addition, your one 90 minute movie veiwing would take double that amount of time. Even if the internet quality is good in your area, an hour of SD movie streaming takes 1 GB an hour. An HD movie streaming consumes 3 GB per hour. So if you intend to watch a movie once a week, you are looking at 18 GB per month which basically eats up a majority of your quota in the majority of the internet plans available. So in addition to paying up for the subscription, you will end up paying for the extra consumption. It is still way cheaper and more enjoyable to rent a movie instead of Netflix.
Hi Hassan, technically you are right but in reality the numbers are acceptable . I have a 2Mbps connection at home and stream an average of 2-3 hours per day, my overall monthly usage is around 60GB and it takes around 15sec to load a movie.
Best Option in such a bad country (no real Fast cheap Internet, no paypal….etc) is to buy those DVD for 1000-2000 LL . when you are bored you give it to someone else 😉 and buy another.
even if we are using the normal internet from ogero or cables, still watching movies can consume a lot in lebanon: with ogero it is very easy to consume your monthly limits not to add is someone is stealing from your internet line or with cables and alternatives it is very slow
How is Hulu your personal favorite and why? Especially that it’s only available in the US!
I like Hulu because you don’t need to wait a full season to watch your favorite series, you can watch the latest episode the next day it’s aired on TV (example: The Flash, The Arrow, Quantico, Gotham, Agents of SHEILD, Homeland..)
I downloaded it a couple of weeks ago but was surprised to see that even the movies are very limited. Inwas unable to find any of my favorites. Only old movies are there and not a wide selection. Is that only for the free month?
There is no difference between the free month and the normal subscription, but due to legal rights Netflix cannot release all its content internationally. I believe this is being resolved gradually and we’ll be seeing more content in future.