Netflix Review 2022

Netflix has the most popular on-demand content than any other streaming service, but it’s also the priciest

Netflix
4 out of 5 stars
4

Netflix’s on-demand library holds the most content with 100,000+ fantastic Originals, TV episodes, and movies.

Data as of 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
Chantel Buchi
Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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April 12, 2022
7 min read

Netflix has ruled the streaming service industry despite new companies, like Disney+ or Peacock, joining the on-demand streaming game.

We don’t necessarily like the price tag on the monthly subscription of Netflix, but you do get what you pay for (and it still maintains the title of best streaming service). You get access to over 5,000 titles, giving you hours of bingeable entertainment. 

Let’s get into the details to find out if Netflix is worth the monthly cost for you and your family.

Pros
  • Great mix of movies and shows

  • Tons of high-quality Originals
  • Easy-to-use interface
Cons
  • No live TV or sports
  • Probably the most expensive on-demand streaming service

How much does Netflix cost?

The price of one or two movie theater tickets

Netflix has three simple plans to choose from: Basic for $10, Standard for $15.50, and Premium for $20.

And Netflix barely raised its prices, but there’s no better service than this to watch hours upon hours of great entertainment. Prepare to find yourself binge-watching more often than not.

How much does Netflix cost?
Plans
Price
Simultaneous streams
HD viewing
More info
Netflix Basic$9.99/mo.*1No
Netflix Standard$15.49/mo.*2Yes
Netflix Premium$19.99/mo.*4Yes
Data as of 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Basic Plan is perfect for the money-savers, but you won’t get to watch Squid Game in high definition (HD). And it’s also a plan made for one since you can only stream one device at a time.

If you want HD and plan to share an account with your roommate or your significant other, then the Standard plan at is the way to go.

But if the whole family wants to watch their own Netflix movie or TV show on their device, then the Premium Plan will have your family set.

Also, your Netflix account allows you to create five profiles. So you won’t have to worry about getting your child’s suggestions of Fuller House or Victorious getting in the way of your browsing experience.

What is Netflix Ultra?
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Netflix Ultra refers to ultra-HD (also called 4K) resolution. Traditional HD starts at 1920x1080 pixels, but ultra-HD has twice that many pixels! Users in the US can get this ultra-HD content with the Premium Netflix plan. If you live in Europe, you can sign up for Netflix Ultra, which costs a little more than Premium.

Can you rent DVDs from Netflix?

We know it’s hard for the younger generation to understand ... but some people out there are still ordering physical DVDs and Blu-ray discs (what are those?).

Currently, almost two million subscribers are using Netflix’s DVD-by-mail rental service.

Maybe grandma and grandpa would like this plan and could choose from a vast catalog of DVD and Blu-ray titles from Star Trek: Discovery to Dune to The Jungle Cruise.

Plans range depending on if you want to be able to rent one or two discs at once.

Netflix's DVD experience

What content does Netflix have?

Netflix has over 5,000 diverse titles that will make you laugh it up or cry it out. And its on-demand and kid-friendly content earned it our Editor's Choice.

Netflix has new, old, and original content in a variety of genres, such as comedy, documentaries, crime TV drama, romance, sci-fi and horror, reality, animated series, and action.

Your eldest son will be able to watch Dave Chappelle’s comedy special, your toddler will be entertained with lots of animated movies like Kung Fu Panda, and you can watch Just Go With It or Shooter.

Netflix TV shows include the following:

  • New Girl
  • Schitt's Creek
  • Grey's Anatomy
  • NCIS
  • Black List
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Imposters
  • Good Girls
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Chicago MED
  • Criminal Minds
  • Riverdale
Netflix TV Shows

Netflix movies include the following:

  • The Longest Yard
  • Fool's Gold
  • The Lost Husband
  • Olympus Has Fallen
  • Safe Haven
  • Grown Ups
  • Casino Royale
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Ghost of Girlfriend's Past
  • 21 Jump Street
  • Step Brothers
  • Hairspray
  • Happy Feet
  • The Karate Kid

If you want to learn more about the kids content on Netflix and its excellent parental controls, head on over to our best streaming services for kids piece. Netflix won the No. 1 spot for the best service for your little ones.

Which originals does Netflix have?

Netflix is top-notch when it comes to originals. Why? Because Netflix produces original content with famous directors, producers, and actors.

And wow, they make for some great TV shows and movies. So great that lots of Netflix’s original titles become popular and known. Current popular Netflix original shows include the following:

  • Ozark (with Jason Bateman)
  • Virgin River (with Alexandra Breckenridge)
  • Queer Eye
  • Selling Sunset
  • Cheer
  • Maid
  • Cobra Kai
  • The Great British Baking Show

Current Netflix original movies include the following:

  • Don't Look Up (with Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Jonah Hill, and Meryl Streep)
  • The Unforgivable (with Sandra Bullock)
  • The Royal Treatment
  • Munich–The Edge of War

Does Netflix have premium channels?

Unfortunately, you’ll have to go elsewhere for your HBO or SHOWTIME. Just get HBO Max through its own app, and you’ll get all of HBO’s original series on top of HBO Max’s new originals.

Does Netflix have sports?

Netflix is an on-demand service and doesn’t provide live TV channels. But you can find binge-worthy sports series and movies.

Netflix includes the following sports content:

  • The Last Dance
  • Last Chance U
  • Moneyball
  • Greater
  • The Longest Yard
  • QB1: Beyond the Lights
  • All American
  • Last Chance U: Basketball
  • Ali
  • Killer Inside: The Mind of Aaron Hernandez

If you’re interested in a live TV streaming service with lots of sports channels, check out our top streaming services for sports. Just make sure to put together an awesome man cave before you start streaming.

Does Netflix have Spanish-language or international content?

If your mom is obsessed with telenovelas like mine, your mama will love Netflix.

Netflix has a Spanish-language genre, and if you (the daughter or son of the telenovela-loving mother who gets lassoed into watching these shows with her) don’t speak Spanish, there are subtitle options.

Netflix subtitle menu

Some Spanish-language series and movies on Netflix are the following:

  • Como Caído del Cielo
  • Ahí Te Encargo
  • ¡Nailed it! México
  • Sounds Like Love
  • Vivo
  • Valeria
  • Sí Mi Amor
  • The House of Flowers
  • Perdida
  • The Mess You Leave Behind
  • Daughter from Another Mother
  • Sky Rojo

Netflix’s international content is diverse and unique to an on-demand streaming service. It’s also a nice break from American titles if you’d like to venture off and visit other countries virtually.

Here are some popular international titles you can expect on Netflix:

  • Elite
  • The Hookup Plan
  • Kitz
  • Rebelde
  • The Queen of Flow
  • Cable Girls
  • Blood & Water
  • La Reina del Sur

Which devices are compatible with Netflix?

Pretty much all devices are compatible with Netflix, as long as you’re connected to the internet. Most mobile phones, tablets, smart TVs, and gaming consoles allow you to download the Netflix app.

But remember, you can only stream on one to four devices at a time depending on your plan. Here are a few streaming devices to choose from:

  • iPhones and iPads
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Windows smartphones and tablets
  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Nvidia Shield
  • Roku TV
  • PS3 and PS4
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One
  • Smart TVs such as Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Phillips, Samsung, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, and Vizio
  • Blu-ray players such as Funai, LG, Magnavox, Panasonic, Toshiba, Samsung, Phillips, Sharp, and Sony

Is my internet fast enough to stream Netflix?

Netflix suggests you have at least a 3 Mbps internet connection to stream and 5 Mbps for HD quality while using the app. If you have two simultaneous streams, you will need 10 Mbps for HD quality. (Not sure what internet speed you have? Test it out with our tool.)

If you want uninterrupted streaming, our internet expert, Catherine McNally, has a few internet provider suggestions for you.

Which internet providers are best for Netflix?
Monthly price
Download speeds
Learn more
Xfinity$19.99$79.99501200 Mbps
CenturyLink$50$65100940 Mbps
$29.99$79.99^50940 Mbps
$17.99$89.99°301000 Mbps
Data effective 04/18/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
For the first 12 months. Some packages require a 1- or 2-year contract.
New customers only. Rate requires paperless billing and excludes taxes. Additional fees apply.
^ Plus taxes, fees, and other charges.
° For the first 12 months.

How does Netflix work?

Netflix’s interface is traditional and easy to use

Open up Netflix, and you’ll be welcomed with a user interface that’s simple, seamless, and intuitive.

Netflix home page April 2022

Find your convenient tabs at the top of Home, TV Shows, Movies, New & Popular, and My List.

Scroll down, and you’ll find series and movies categorized by Trending Now, Top 10 in the U.S. Today, Comedies, Competition Reality TV, Action Movies, and more.

One feature we love: when you watch a movie, such as The Other Guys, there will be a category on your homepage of Because You Watched The Other Guys. You’ll find similar movies like Super Bad and Spenser Confidential (a Netflix original featuring Mark Wahlberg).

We also like the search bar. Netflix won’t tell you if a title isn’t available, but it will suggest other movies or TV series similar to the one you want.

Recap: Is Netflix worth it?

There’s a reason Netflix is the most popular streaming service

Recently, Netflix has seen more competition with Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+, just to name a few. But there is no other on-demand streaming service that is as well-rounded as Netflix.

You’ll find great movies and series, incredible original content, and a sleek interface on Netflix. These are the reasons why it has a high price tag among the rest.

Netflix is the best option for families, those who love exclusive content, those who love the idea of over 5,000 titles to choose from, and those who love to binge-watch. Tons of positive user reviews don’t lie.

If this doesn’t sound like you or you’d like to see your other options, check out our full review on the best streaming services.

Plans
Price
Simultaneous streams
HD viewing
More info
Netflix Basic$9.99/mo.*1No
Netflix Standard$15.49/mo.*2Yes
Netflix Premium$19.99/mo.*4Yes
Data as of 04/28/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

How big is Netflix, really? We did the math.

The longest TV marathon watching session is 94 hours according to Guinness World Records, which honestly, is not that impressive. For those of you who want your name on the hallowed tome that is The Guiness Book of World Records, you can just start watching everything on Netflix right now. You will shatter the current marathon record. It would take you approximately four years, two months, and eight days to watch all of Netflix. Lol.

Infographic with information about the size of the Netflix library
  • If you were streaming 24/7, it would take 4 years 2 months, and 8 days to watch everything on Netflix.
  • Watching all of Netflix would equal 256 roundtrips to the moon.
  • The average user only watches 2% of the Netflix library in a year.
  • Assuming no titles were added or removed and you watched Netflix 24/7, it would cost $662.50 to stay subscribed long enough to watch everything on Netflix.
  • Netflix has more unique titles than Hulu and Disney+ combined.
Number of Unique Titles on Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+
Streaming Service
Netflix
Hulu
Disney+

Number of Unique Titles

5,491

2,657

744

Conclusion

So, how are the next four years of your life looking? If you’ve got some free time over the next four years, your old pal Netflix always has your back. You’ll never need to watch the same thing twice.

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Curious to see how binge-watching all of Netflix compares to other streaming services? Check out our comparison of streaming services by the hour.

Methodology

We sourced the amount of time it would take to watch all of Netflix's library from What’s on Netflix and compared the library size of Netflix in hours to data from Cool Cosmos and Variety.

We determined how much it would cost to stream everything on Netflix by using pricing information for the standard subscription tier. To calculate the number of unique titles on each streaming service, we used data from Kaggle.

To calculate how much the average Netflix subscriber streams in a year, we used data shared by Cindy Holland, a Netflix executive regarding the average number of hours streamed per user per day and compared that information to the total runtime of the Netflix library.

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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