OK I will go on the record saying I am no Netflix expert. But I do have a bit of a crush on Netflix. Before the days of streaming and Blu Ray I had a Netflix account for these old things called DVD’s. Three at a time. Oh to be young again. But now it’s all about streaming. I personally haven’t had a ‘disk’ account with Netflix in four years. Which I haven’t missed. The wonderful thing about Netflix though is it’s month to month. So even though I cancelled the disk plan I could always start it for a month if I really wanted something on disk. Like most people I stream. And I have come across a few things to help the streaming along. Hope it helps you too:
- Did you know your $7.99 streaming account only streams two things at a time? That limit it obviously in place so you can’t share you account with six people and all be using it at once. But what if you have a large family? Well Netflix has their version of the ‘family plan’. For $11.99 a month you can stream up to four streams at a time! Share on my friends.
- I recently travelled between Phoenix and Las Vegas. I was able to spend the whole trip catching up on Hemlock Grove while my wife drove. Except for about half an hour of the drive I’d say my cellular network had me covered. Uh oh. But I was using up some bandwidth and dangit if Verizon doesn’t have these GB plans now. Well in your setting you can change your bandwidth usage. Lower the setting to ‘good’ quality and BAM. Only using .3 GB/hour video. I was able to watch two full episodes and barely touched my 4GB limit. You can change your settings here: https://movies.netflix.com/HdToggle
- Ever miss out on a movie because Netflix removed it from streaming? Or wonder what’s new but frustrated wading through Netflix’s list? Or just want to keep up with the Jones’ and watch what everyone else is? Well all three of those questions are answered on this one front page: http://instantwatcher.com/ I’m going to go ahead and say if you are a true Netflix’er you will have that bookmarked. Jeff probably told me about Instant Watcher at some point but lets be honest I don’t really listen all that much. It’s kinda like when mom is telling you to do something…
Oh and Instant Watcher has a Twitter account for updates if you’re into that.
- VOTE. And do it a lot. Those little stars by the movie are being tabulated to bring you suggestions. Netflix streaming options are so many that this has been a great help in finding movies I’ve never seen or bringing up onesI once enjoyed just based on preferences… speaking of.
- Taste Preferences. Do you like sugar with your coffee? Cream? Milk? Just black? Well Netflix wants to know. What moods are you in? Campy? Horror? Absurd? SciFi? And not just that but how often? Answer these questions here http://movies.netflix.com/TastePreferences and you will have a whole new slew of streaming options to choose from. Who knows you might even have your own ‘action spagetti western with large train explosions’ category if you really tried hard.
- Have children around? Or just want to limit your own intake or graphic violence and nudity? Parental controls are even available through your setting. Stream only G rated movies or PG-13 and below or however you want to. I did this for a while with my son because he is two and knows hot to use Netflix on the iPhone. The problem I have with this functionality is there is no password bypass. Once you’ve set it to G rated only that is all you can even see available on Netflix by the next day. And the only way to turn it off was through Netflix.com. No setting available on the app, no momentary bypass. So I had to turn mine back to full access. But it is there if you need.
There you go six simple little tricks to make your Netflix streaming a little more you. I challenge you to just spend 30 minutes simply giving 1 to 5 stars on movies you’ve seen and then watch the suggestions change.
Literally within days of writing this Netflix made an announcement that they were removing expiration dates from the API. Meaning the only way currently to see when a movie will expire is by looking at that specific movie through Netflix. So Instant Watcher no longer has the expiration functionality.