What's available to watch on Netflix?

Netflix offers access to around 3,600 movies and 1,800 shows on-demand. It's considered to be the largest streaming service in the world with over 200 million subscribers.

Films and shows on Netflix are available across a range of genres, including both older and newer releases.

Netflix is probably best known for their own content however, with Netflix Originals boasting some of the most talked about shows, as well as being entirely exclusive to the Netflix streaming platform.

Netflix originals

Netflix content tends to lean towards the thought provoking, often times shocking, dramas and documentaries, as well as sci-fi series.

This out of the box approach has gained Netflix its dedicated following as it's not possible to watch Netflix Originals content anywhere else.

Netflix Originals include stand out shows such as:

  • Stranger Things
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • Squid Games
  • Ozark
  • Inventing Anna
  • Bridgerton
  • Orange is the New Black
  • Black Mirror

Some of the most popular Netflix Original feature films include:

  • Beasts of No Nation
  • Passing
  • The Irishman
  • The Harder They Fall
  • Okja
  • Mudbound
  • First They Killed My Father
  • The Dig
  • The King
  • Don't Look Up

Netflix also offer exclusive documentaries, including titles such as:

  • Tiger King
  • Tinder Swindler
  • My Octopus Teacher
  • My Father
  • Pray Away
  • Black Holes
  • Tell Me Who I Am
  • Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

It's worth nothing that as Netflix tends to display suggested films and shows based on previous viewings and likes, it can be easy to miss new content. It's often worth checking out lists on the best Netflix series, movies or documentaries to find out what you might be missing.

Which TV providers offer Netflix?

Netflix can now be combined into pay TV deals from a range of providers, including:

Each of these providers offer a TV set top box so people signing up don't need to have a smart TV or any other equipment in order to watch Netflix on their main TV screen.

In the comparison table above, it's possible to compare all of the deals available with Netflix included, as well as to sort the offers by price and whether you want any other channels too, such as Sky Cinema or Sky Sports.

It's worth noting that some providers are only available if a customer also takes their home broadband service. This is the case for Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk and EE.

Read our full guide to where to watch Netflix here.

How much does Netflix cost?

Netflix has three subscription options depending on the definition and how many devices you want to be able to watch Netflix at any one time.

  • Basic: Standard definition on one device
  • Standard: HD viewing on two devices at a time
  • Premium: Ultra HD viewing on up to four devices at a time

Pay TV providers that bundle Netflix often offer one of these subscription levels by default, either Basic or Standard, with the option for customers to upgrade to the higher definition options if they want to.

When Netflix is taken with a pay TV subscription it can often be cheaper than taking a Netflix subscription separately. In fact, some providers even include it at no extra cost. Use the table above to sort deals by price to find the cheapest ways to watch Netflix.

Netflix is completely ad-free, which means there are no hidden charges or add-ons to pay for to avoid advertising, and you can watch as many films and shows as you like without interruption.

Can I share my Netflix account?

While it used to be common for people to share their Netflix accounts between family and friends, Netflix is currently cracking down on this due to lost revenues.

Netflix estimate around 100 million households are sharing a Netflix account. While Netflix have said they don't want to prevent account sharing entirely, it's likely we'll start to see an extra charge being applied to accounts that are used from multiple locations.

This hasn't yet been rolled out by Netflix, but it's expected towards the end of 2022.

How can I watch Netflix on my TV?

As an online streaming platform, it's easy to watch Netflix via a mobile phone, tablet or laptop simply by going to netflix.com in a web browser.

For people who want to watch Netflix on their TV however the packages listed in the comparison table above all offer Netflix via their TV set top box, which makes it easy to view on a big screen.

It's also therefore more likely you'll be able to enjoy Netflix in HD with a HD or UHD compatible TV.

Minimum requirements for Netflix

As an online streaming service Netflix is reliant on a broadband connection for users to access its content. This applies even if Netflix is being streamed via a smart TV or smart TV stick, and even when it's taken with Sky Q.

Netflix say users will need a broadband speed of at least:

  • Standard definition (SD): 1Mb (although faster is recommended)
  • High definition (HD): 5Mb
  • Ultra HD: 15Mb

Most people on fibre broadband deals will have a fast-enough connection, however anyone still on copper ADSL broadband may be limited to viewing Netflix in SD.

Is it worth adding Netflix to a pay TV deal?

As the biggest streaming service in the world, increasingly pay TV providers have started to bundle Netflix into their packages to keep their services competitive.

As a result, some providers are now beginning to include Netflix in their package at no extra cost to customers. For providers such as Sky, customers who upgrade to their HD, or UHD pack, will also have this rolled out to their Netflix content too.

These Netflix bundles can offer good savings over a separate subscription, although as always, this will depend on whether you would take the pay TV package anyway.

The Netflix TV comparison table above will display all of the options to combine Netflix with a pay TV, and broadband, bundle.

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