As part of IGN’s State of Streaming event, we’re taking a fresh look at the top streaming services and what they’re offering subscribers in 2022 Netflix streaming platform as of 2019and see what’s changed (for better or for worse) in this updated review.
After pioneering and building up in the video streaming business 220.67 million global subscribers, Netflix is the reigning king of the streaming world. With its diverse selection of original and licensed content, including hugely popular original series like The Witcher, Stranger Things, and Squid Game, all presented in a sleek interface, as well as trying to dabble in interactive content and mobile games, Netflix has everyone Lots of firepower in his arsenal. But all of that comes at a price, and that makes the $19.99 per month premium tier the most expensive streaming option out there. As a result of that rising price, up-and-coming competitors like Disney+ are looking a lot more attractive lately — but Netflix is still the streaming service to beat.
Netflix series and movies
One of the nice things about Netflix’s massive content library is that the original shows and movies don’t seem to have any rhyme or reason – you never know what you’re getting. Within hours you can be watching an action-packed episode of Stranger Things, an Emmy-winning performance with The Crown, a gripping documentary starring Icarus, and excellent cartoons for kids like Hilda. There’s also plenty of content for cooking and home renovation fans – Dream Home Makeover and Junior Baking Show are some of my personal favourites.
Additionally, Netflix has never been shy about spending serious money to keep its millions of users happy. While it’s not quite as recognizable as HBO Max’s Caped Crusaders or Disney’s lightsaber-wielding Jedi and Green Hulks, Stranger Things season 4’s massive budget paid off when it broke viewership records and wowed critics last summer. On top of that pile is the endless parade of original films, ranging from reliably lukewarm Adam Sandler comedies to Oscar-winning like The Irishman and Don’t Look Up, family fare like The Mitchells vs The Machines, and unexpected standup comedy sensations as Bo Burnhams’ Inside Hands.
Something you’ll only find on Netflix is an ongoing experimentation with interactive shows in the style of your own adventures. Most are relegated to children’s programming, like Johnny Quest and Stretch Armstrong, but Netflix has ventured into more mature content with Escape the Undertaker and Black Mirror: Bandersnatch. While these interactive adventures are just a small part of the library, it’s cool to see Netflix stretching its creative wings with something else.
Netflix is also dabbling in games, which promises to deliver the “absolute best” gaming service. While it’s early days, subscribers currently have access to 24 games for iOS and Android, including highlights like Into the Breach and Immortality Adaptations of Netflix’s own The Queen’s Gambit and Shadow and Bone in development.
The one aspect of the Netflix library it doesn’t seem keen on investing in is live sports; There’s nothing here that rivals NFL’s Thursday Night Football on Prime Video, MLB Baseball Friday Night Doubleheaders on Apple TV+, and English Premier League Soccer (AKA Football) on Peacock.
Netflix user interface
Netflix’s user interface (or UI) is the best in the business and remains as easy to use as ever, with an attractive layout that showcases your curated list and even a top 10 list for trending shows and movies if you have one got strong case of FOMO. All the basics you’d probably expect are here too, like a download option for offline viewing, Dolby Atmos, and parental controls. But again, remember that 4K, HDR, and Dolby Vision aren’t included in the $15.49 Standard plan — you’ll need to upgrade to the $19.99 Premium plan for them.
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One of the best additions since ours first review in 2019, is the option to toggle “Autoplay” on or off. Gone are the days when you could fall asleep while you were sleeping Season 5 premiere of Cobra Kai only to wake up and be spoiled during the finale. It’s a small change, but a welcome one.
After all these years, it’s easy to assume that Netflix will work seamlessly across most devices. Whether you’re streaming on a tablet or phone, smart TV, gaming console, desktop computer, or any other streaming device, it just works. While other platforms like Amazon Prime Video is making big changes To feel more modern and less clunky, Netflix was already at the top of its game in 2019 and has only improved since then.
One of Netflix’s biggest downsides compared to other streaming platforms is its price. Unlike Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max (among others), Netflix is happy to give its subscribers nickels and cents for 4K+ HDR content, with a top-tier plan that costs a whopping $19.99 per month costs. Let’s compare this price to the competition.
Amazon only charges $8.99 a month for a Prime-only video subscription that includes 4K + HDR, and you can even upgrade your membership to free two-day shipping for about $12 a month (or $139 -dollars per year). Apple is even cheaper at $4.99 per month (which is reasonable given that it offers less content), but that includes 4K + HDR as well. Disney+ will increase its price in December 2022 to $10.99 per month for its premium tier with no ads, but that too includes 4K+HDR at no extra charge. It’s a bit of a head scratcher. I mean, for $9.99 a month, you can’t even stream Netflix in 1080p — the standard plan is $15.49. Netflix’s high prices are likely the result of this $17 billion a year investing in new TV shows and moviesbut it’s a hard pill to swallow.
It’s important to note that Netflix is developing an ad-supported tier to compete with Disney+. While no pricing has been confirmed, Variety is reporting so Netflix’s cheaper, ad-supported tier will launch on November 1, 2022 in the US, Canada, UK, France and Germany. So if a few ads don’t bother you, remedy is on the way.