What are the disadvantages of Netflix

Netflix in the test: is a subscription worth it? Pros and cons, experiences and ratings

The streaming service from the USA has established itself over the years as the first address for film and series fans. Our Netflix test provides an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of membership.

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Advantages and disadvantages at a glance

Largest video-on-demand provider worldwideNo single purchases, lending possible
Easy to use and helpful functionsOlder film selection, few current blockbusters
In-house productions are (mostly) of high qualityOffline mode could be improved
Many international series to choose fromDoes not warn the user before content is taken down

Conclusion: for whom is the subscription worthwhile?

Netflix is ​​worthwhile for series junkies and avid watchers who are interested in Netflix's own productions and want to see many international series. Film lovers, on the other hand, get their money's worth less. That has changed in the meantime, as Netflix's own productions are increasingly winning awards.

If you only want to switch on sporadically, Amazon is better suited for you, as you also get other advantages here, such as free shipping. Joyn is a good alternative for fans of German series, as many of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group's series are offered here. Sky Ticket, on the other hand, is worthwhile for everyone who wants to watch the latest series from pay TV. Despite some disadvantages, Netflix remains the market leader in series streaming and is not the most popular provider for nothing. Here you can find the best series and the best films on Netflix. In addition, you will find the latest new releases of the month with us.

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How membership works: cost and contract

The Netflix subscription runs on a monthly basis. That means you don't have to pay an annual amount like you do with Amazon. You can find out exactly how high it is in our Netflix cost article. You can cancel your Netflix membership every month. New members have the option of using the trial month and testing the Netflix offer for free. All in all, Netflix is ​​very serious and user-friendly here. So you don't have to worry about falling into any subscription traps. You can find more information in our article “What is Netflix?”.

Film and series selection

The offer includes many high-quality international series such as "Breaking Bad", "The Walking Dead" or "Outlander". The only drawback: the latest seasons are often only available in the flat rate one year after the US premiere. So you have to wait a bit before you can see the latest content.

Netflix is ​​not a pure streaming service, but also produces its own series and films, and with great success. "House of Cards", "Orange is the New Black" or "Stranger Things", they all achieved cult status. Netflix brings out new originals almost every month that are worth checking out and recently even received recognition at the Oscars and Golden Globes. In addition, there are often small indie gems from abroad and interesting documentaries in the program. In order to find the films, however, you have to search a little.

The film area is a bit more manageable compared to the series. With the new streaming service Disney +, franchises like Marvel and Star Wars will soon disappear. In return, Netflix releases a handful of blockbusters from the last two years every month. Even if you cannot see all films in the flat rate on Amazon, there is at least the option of renting or buying them on demand, which Netflix does not offer.

Another weak point is that Netflix simply takes many series offline without warning the user. That can sometimes be annoying when you're right in the middle of it. Overall, the Netflix offer is worthwhile for series lovers who always want to be up to date. For movie fans, Netflix is ​​at least partially suitable.

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Operation, features devices / apps

Netflix is ​​very easy and intuitive to use. The media library offers many helpful features to help you choose. The search, management and recommendation functions leave nothing to be desired and allow you to filter the best content and save it for later. Netflix works on most devices and operating systems. Whether TV, computer or mobile, Netflix can be played on the most common platforms and systems. Only with older smartphones are there problems with the smooth playback from time to time. Here you can find an overview:

AppsConsolesSet-top boxes / media playersSmart TVBlu-ray playerSmartphone & tablets
iOSPlaystation 3iTVLGSamsungAndroid
AndroidPlaystation 4chromecastGrundigLGApple
Windows PhoneXbox 360Nexus playerPanasonicSonyWindows Phone
Windows 10Xbox OneAmazon Fire TVPhilipsToshiba

The offline mode allows you to download content and watch it offline. However, this is not possible with all series and films and only with portable devices such as smartphones and tablets. The offer can still be expanded.

Picture and sound quality

Quality has its price. The cheapest variant is only available in SD. For HD and Ultra HD you have to pay a little more. You should also have a sufficiently fast internet connection. You can find out more about HD in the linked article. Netflix plays most of the content in stereo, and selected films and series are also available in 5.1 surround sound. For this, however, you have to meet certain requirements.

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Family friendliness

With the kids section, Netflix has built a good platform for children and families. You can set certain age restrictions here, such as those from 0/6/12 years, and set up a youth protection pin. Basically, the little ones can park in front of Netflix without any worries (which we would of course not recommend).

That's what Stiftung Warentest says

In 2016, Stiftung Warentest tested the most important streaming providers such as Netflix, Amazon, maxdome and Videoload. None of them came off with a “good” rating. Netflix scored the most with the pure subscription providers without a purchase function. According to Stiftung Warentest, the biggest drawback was the poor selection of films.

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