For a few months now, all high-tech sites, and even those that are much more generalist, have only this word in their mouths: Netflix For Free. But what is revolutionary about this video service? What are the prices? Will it ever arrive in France? And can we already access it, to get an idea of what awaits France in this area? Here are the answers to all the questions you may have about Netflix For Free.
Netflix For Free catalogue of films for a ridiculously low price
Netflix For Free was originally an American DVD rental service. Opened in 1998, it offers to send you as many DVDs as you want by post for a small fee. But since 2010, thanks to ever-increasing internet speeds, its managers have been reorienting themselves towards another market: that of streaming. As a result, there is no longer any need to wait to receive a film by post, you can watch it instantly over the Internet.
Moreover, Netflix For Free is so fast in its retransmissions that series are often broadcast the same day they are first shown on the major American channels. The service also offers programmes for younger viewers. Of course, there are some very recent films, cinema classics, but also and above all many series and cartoons. Moreover, the programmes are generally adapted to the countries in which they are broadcast. And we have saved the best for last: a subscription costs 7.99 dollars per month. Finally, there is no commitment: you can cancel your monthly subscription at any time, during the “off-peak” season of TV series in the United States, for example. So there is no commitment.
Compatibility with home appliances
The service can be used from a PC or a Mac of course, but also a smartphone, a tablet, a game console or even some TV models. In short, you shouldn’t be caught off guard, no matter what equipment you use. Here’s a list of products that Netflix For Free works with:
- PC, Mac and Linux browsers (with HTML5 or Silverlight support)
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Smartphones and iOS tablets (iPhone and iPad)
- Kindle Fire shelves
- Windows Phone smartphones
- Nook reading lights
- Sony PS3 console
- Nintendo Wii & Wii U consoles
- Microsoft Xbox 360 console
- Blu-ray players from Dynex, Insignia, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Philips, Pioneer, RCA, Samsung, Shard, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio and Yamaha
- HDTVs Haier, Hisense, Insignia, JVC, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Vizio
- set-Top Box Appel, Asus, Chromecast, D-Link, Funai, LG, Logitech, Magnavox, Netgear, RCA, Roku, Sony, Tivo, Vizio, Western Digital
- LG, Panasonic, RCA, Samsung and Sony turntables
By default, it is possible to enjoy Netflix For Free on 2 screens at the same time. By changing the flat rate to $11.99 (instead of $7.99), you can enjoy viewing on 4 devices. Finally, Netflix accepts the creation of 5 different profiles.
The quality of the video is important
From a PC browser, the service actually uses two methods to deliver video: either the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in or the HTML5 plug-in. It is preferable to use the second method rather than the first to obtain better image quality. Don’t expect to watch a movie in conditions similar to those of a Blu-Ray. The image actually adapts to your connection, but even on a fibre network, the quality of the video is at the level of a 720p. It’s almost impossible to get a better definition, even when you “force” the HD display. There’s a good reason for this: Netflix is a victim of its own success. And Netflix For Free success is well documented, as it alone accounts for nearly 30% of all Internet traffic in the U.S. every night.
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