Is Netflix Still Worth It?
For years, Netflix seemed to be the majority of people’s choice of streaming service. Their largest competition for a while was Hulu. Is Netflix still as good as it used to be? Is it still worth the monthly fee?
- Influx of new streaming services
With Disney+, HBOMax, Paramount+ and more services coming out in recent years, Netflix has more competition now than ever. Many of the services competing with them offer monthly subscriptions at a cheaper rate. With so much competition, it may be necessary to drop Netflix to try out a new app.
- Losing popular shows + movies
There was a time when you could watch Avengers: Infinity War, The Office, Friends, Once Upon a Time, and more on Netflix. Since networks have created their own services, their shows have been transferred to their respective site. Most of Netflix’s most popular shows have been taken away in the past few years. If it wasn’t for Gilmore Girls, The Walking Dead, and Supernatural, I would have cancelled my own subscription well over a year ago.
- Increasing cost
Since I started paying for Netflix in 2019, my monthly rate has increased a few times. A dollar here and there may not seem like a lot initially, but it quickly adds up over the course of an entire year. I had to drop down the quality of my subscription to better afford it. This gradually increasing rate makes switching to Disney+ or Hulu more enticing every day.
- Quality of original content
Stranger Things is a well known and loved show that brings a lot of attention to Netflix, but there isn’t much else to say about their original content. Some of their movies are fun to watch and I enjoy Sweet Magnolias. However, they lose me when they make a habit of dropping their shows after the first season. Shows like Julie and the Phantoms and Spinning Out were fantastic and had me glued to the screen only for the story to be cut short.
- Lack of advertising
If I didn’t use TikTok and did not hear people talk about their new favorite shows, I would never know about anything new being added to Netflix. Their new content seems to fly under the radar without so much as a trailer being played on YouTube. They are also quiet about the movies that are being removed from the service.
- Cracking down on password sharing
Netflix announced earlier this year that they will be cracking down on password sharing. While this does not effect me personally, it does hurt Netflix as a whole. With so many streaming services to choose from, it is not uncommon to ask a friend or family member to share accounts. That way you can save some money and not have ten different subscriptions to keep track of.
- Amount of content being added
Maybe I just do not see all of the new content being added on my homepage, but it seems like there is not enough being added to replace everything that was lost.
I was very close to cancelling my Netflix subscription this year until they added Uncharted and the original Spider-Man trilogy. After I watch those films, I am unsure of what I will do with my account. Criminal Minds was one of my favorite shows to watch on the app. Netflix removed the series earlier this year, added it back to the website weeks later, only to remove it again somewhere in the last few weeks. I don’t know what is going on at Netflix, but I am considering giving Paramount+ a try since I already have HBOMax. I have been using Netflix for so many years now, it feels weird to consider dropping it.
If you are a huge fan of Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural, New Girl, or their original content, then Netflix is definitely worth the monthly fee. If you are more of a casual viewer, it may be worth it to branch out and try a new service. They have hinted at adding a less expensive ad-supported tier, so that is up to your personal preference.
Currently Netflix costs $9.99 a month for Basic, $15.49 a month for Standard, and $19.99 a month for Premium.
In contrast, Paramount plus is $7.99 a month (or $79.99 a year) for their essential plan and $12.99 a month (or $129.99 a year) for their Premium plan.
Disney+ is currently $7.99 a month or $79.99 a year for their subscription.
HBOMax is the closest at $9.99 a month (or $69.99 a year) for ad-supported and $14.99 a month (or $104.99 a year) for ad-free.
What streaming service do you use? Do you still have cable? Let me know in the comments!