Netflix is one of those companies/apps that has been quickly replacing cable television for many families on a tight budget. With memberships being sold for about $8 a pop, Netflix has most commonly been known for helping those who are hooked up to the internet to stream their favorite shows on-demand. Before you forgo cable for Netflix, it’s best to really look at what you’re getting and gauge whether it should be a supplement or your whole package. Let’s Talk VersatilityOriginally, Netflix was known for shipping out DVDs to families who sign up for the service, and also offering a couple of streaming shows for desktop users. These days, Netflix is known for having apps that are tailored to most common internet streaming devices. Netflix can be used on Windows latops, Apple laptops, desktop computers, on DVD players with internet capabilities, as well as tablets and certain mobile phones. And, you don’t have to pay extra to download or use Netflix on different devices – one account can cover multiple platforms. Lastly, Netflix also still has its DVD delivery service – if you’re into the old school habit of popping a DVD in for thee night. Show VarietyNetflix offers a ton of shows in almost every genre you could imagine. Shows that are featured on Netflix run the gamut from classic 90’s cartoons to the most popular shows being aired and produced by television groups today. Out of all the paid, on-demand streaming apps out there, Netflix has the highest variety of offerings in terms of television shows. Of course, their movie selection also remains top tier as well. It is worth noting that both Netflix and Hulu are known for having independently made shows that are exclusive to users who are enjoying their services. Believe it or not, Netflix exclusive shows are actually pretty decent! It’s also worth mentioning that Netflix does NOT have a news channel. One major caveat that viewers should be aware of when making the decision to eschew their cable for Netflix is that Netflix often doesn’t have the latest seasons of certain shows. And, certain shows do get removed from the streaming menu when new ones are added. Those who want more obscure foreign films may also want to think twice if their main mode of Netflix use will be streaming. Obscure foreign films are not very plenty on their streaming list, but are common-ish on their DVD list. Unlimited, And Commercial-FreeCommercials are something that Netflix execs seem to hate with a passion, and really, one cannot blame them. They are annoying and tend to ruin experiences with viewership. So, being able to avoid commercials altogether is a great perk that comes with the Netflix experience. According to many execs, Netflix’s commercial-free outlook is quickly making cable companies look at their sales strategies and wonder if they can compete. In terms of a lack of commercials, Netflix actually beats out major competitor Hulu. Netflix also allows for unlimited use of their service, which means that you can stream whatever shows you want (or snag the DVD) as many times as you want without having an extra fee. In terms of usage, Netflix ties with competitor Hulu, and beats Amazon streaming hands-down. Personalization Also Comes Into PlayOne of the niftier aspects of Netflix is the fact that it collects data on users, and actually will suggest different and new shows for them to watch. From what we’ve seen, the recommendations are actually pretty spot-on in terms of similarity, trendiness, and even popularity. So, Netflix can also help you find a new favorite show to place along your current favorites. Netflix is also known for having a favorites channel for each user. Regularly watched shows end up on the favorites channel without any special effort on the part of the user, making it a convenient perk for people who want to relax with their regular go-to show after work. Is Netflix A Bargain?Right now, most people are shelling out cold, hard cash for cable – which entails a linear programming schedule, loads of commercials, and no cool gadgets to help you find new shows. And, people pay multiple times what they would pay for Netflix. While Netflix alone cannot fully substitute for the variety and efficiency that you get with regular cable, the truth of the matter is that most people would consider it to be a major bargain. For people who cannot afford pricey cable packages, Netflix is a definite bargain.