My wife and I used to subscribe to cable TV until we realized it didn’t offer us the value we sought. So, after reviewing the channels we regularly watched, we decided to cut the cord on cable. After paying for cable for over ten years, we decided it was no longer a necessary expense – especially with the inexpensive replacement options available to virtually everyone. The easiest way to replace cable TV is through a combination of an HDTV converter or antenna to pick up over-the-air TV signals and a way to watch movies.
I compared many alternatives, including Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, Red Box, and other streaming video services. You can also stream sporting events directly from most major sporting leagues (for example, MLB.tv, NFL Season Pass, etc.).
One of my favorite streaming television options is Netflix, which offers unlimited online streaming videos and a very deep library of movies, TV shows, documentaries, and, most importantly, original content.
The best part is that Netflix is relatively inexpensive.
Does Netflix Offer a Military Discount?
I know what you’re thinking – let me see if I can swing a military discount on Netflix. I always asked for a military discount when I was still in the service, and many times, it worked. But military discounts usually work best for one-time purchases or buying something in person.
Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t offer a military discount. They also no longer offer a free one-month trial. That offer went away in 2020. Now, you have to sign up for a Netflix account and you can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your account at will.
Here is what you need to do to take advantage of the free Netflix trial offer:
- Visit the Netflix website
- Select the plan you wish to try
- Input your credit card information
- Enjoy your movies
Netflix offers very reasonable prices, with a budget plan starting as low as $7.99. In my opinion, though, the best value is in the three plans which cost $7.99, $10.99, and $13.99.
- Standard with Ads – $6.99 watch on one device at a time
- Standard – $15.49 watch on up to 2 devices at a time
- Premium – $22.99 watch on up to 4 devices at a time
Overall, this is a great offer and makes it easy to drop expensive premium movie channels or even cut the cord on cable.
Netflix is easy to use – simply sign up for an account and start adding movies, documentaries, and TV episodes to your movie queue. The software will suggest movies and shows based on your preferences.
If you have the streaming plan, you can watch movies right away on your computer, tablet, or phone. The streaming video option is unlimited, but there are different levels that you can join. The base level only allows you to watch Netflix on one screen at a time and doesn’t offer HD video.
So this is a better plan for individuals or those who don’t mind not having HD video (or don’t have the Internet speed to support it). The next plan allows members to watch Netflix on two screens at a time and offers HD video (better for families). The top-level plan offers viewing on up to 4 screens simultaneously and Ultra HD video.
Online Video Streaming and Other Netflix Features
Netflix offers several price options with unlimited online movie rentals via streaming.
Online movie streaming
A great feature of online video streaming is the ability to pause, rewind, fast forward, and pick up where you left off. The $6.99 monthly price plan features unlimited online movie streaming, which is an excellent deal if you watch many movies.
The biggest downside to online video streaming is the limited number of online movie choices, as not all new releases are available for video streaming (however, the selection of TV shows, documentaries, and other media is excellent).
Video game console integration and Netflix players
Most of the recent gaming systems offer streaming video through Netflix and other streaming services. These include the more recent versions of the Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation 3 and up, and others. You can also stream online movie rentals through TiVo, a Roku player, which plays movies from Netflix and Amazon Video On Demand, through some Blu-Ray players, or directly through your computer or TV if it is connected to the internet.
Do you use Netflix? Do you recommend it?