It seems like everybody has Netflix these days, doesn't it? I remember subscribing to Netflix before most anybody knew what it was. I can't tell you the number of people I explained it to. You clicked a few buttons on your computer, and a couple of days later a DVD showed up in the mail. That was before they did any type of streaming. Ah, the good old days! Now, if I'd only been smart enough to buy their stock and hold onto it at the time! Oh well. In any case, Netflix is bigger than ever. Here are five ways to get the most value from Netflix and your subscription.
Review Your Plan
Netflix has a pretty solid menu of options. You can stream online. You can get DVDs. Or, you can get both. Then, you look at how many devices you want to use or how many DVDs you want to have out.
Netflix will default you to their standard streaming plan. This is great for most people. Heck, it's what we use. But, make sure that you're selecting the plan that's right for you. Also, make sure to check up on your plan now and then. You never know. What was perfect yesterday may not be the best fit tomorrow.
Setup Multiple Devices
If you stream, then make sure you setup Netflix on every possible device you own. Plans limit to how many you can stream simultaneously, but you can set it up on as many as you want.
I recommend setting up all your devices at once. Phones. Tablets. Smart TVs. Roku devices. Whatever. Get them all set up. Because, let's face it, when you're in the mood to watch something, you don't want to take the time to log in or have a family member unable to use it because they don't know the password.
Share Your Account
Have you ever considered being sneaky and having multiple households share an account? Go ahead. Netflix knows you do it. They really don't care, for the most part. Now, if every house on the street is sharing an account, they might have a problem. But, if it's just you sharing with your parents, they probably won't care.
Streaming plans let you download some programming to watch offline. This means you can watch Netflix on a plane or wherever you might not have a streaming connection. They do limit you to the number of devices per plan in which you can download content. But, even so, this is a really cool option.
Stay On Top Of Content
You won't use Netflix if you don't know what's there. Netflix has tons of original programming. Plus, they shuffle in and out content from other studios all the time. Keep track of what they have coming up. There are sites everywhere that track the comings and goings. Additionally, if you rate content, Netflix will build custom recommendations and let you know in advance. Either way, if you know what's coming, you may use the service more regularly.
Readers, do you have a Netflix subscription? How do you get the most value from your Netflix plan? Let me know your tips in the comments below.