Netflix VS Lovefilm, Which One Should You Sign Up To?
13/04/2012 | Nicholas Griffin
Netflix launched here in the UK a few months ago but straight away a lot of people have been wondering if they should sign up to Netflix and leave Lovefilm (the streaming service before Netflix came about,) or just stick with Lovefilm. Well that all depends on what you want the service for a lot of aspects between the two are completely different whilst others are the same.
The first thing that I think of when picking a new service is most defiantly the pricing offered, which is where Lovefilm gets a bit more confusing than Netflix as it simply offers a wider range of services, where as Netflix only has the one £5.99 subscription which allows you to watch as many films and TV shows as you like, Lovefilm also offers a similar service to this for £4.99, but with Lovefilm you can also receive physical DVDs and Blu-rays at an extra cost, with packages ranging from £7.99 per month for one disc at a time rentals alongside additional streaming, to £13.27 allowing you to rent 3 discs at a time as much as you like throughout the month.
Another difference with pricing between Lovefilm and Netflix is that Lovefilm also offers a game rental service where you can pay a bit extra ranging from £5.99 a month for 1 disc at a time rentals with a total of 2 discs including games, or you could increase that fee to £14.99 getting you unlimited rentals with 3 discs at a time as well as unlimited movie and TV show streaming.
One of the main things when choosing a new streaming service these services is what you can play them on, and is where Lovefilm goes a little bit downhill and is one of my biggest problems with the service as currently Lovefilm only offers its streaming services on TVs, Blu-Ray players, the iPad, XBox 360, PS3, PC and Mac, whereas Netflix offers all of these devices alongside support for the Apple TV, Roku players, the iPhone, Wii and Android tablets.
But even with all that neither of these services are any good without a decent catalog, which is where Netflix wins with numbers gaining access to TV shows and films from All3Media, the BBC, CBS, 4OD, Disney UK & Ireland, ITV, Lionsgate UK, MGM, Miramax, Momentum Pictures, NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox and Viacom International Media Networks. But after all it is not about numbers but quality which is where Lovefilm grabs the upper hand with agreements made with Entertainment One, Studio Canal, Sony, Warner Bros, BBC Worldwide, ITV, Channel 4, and ABC.
But this all depends on what you want to watch, for instance if you prefer smaller budget movies or Manga then you will be better of signing up with Netflix, but if you want new blockbuster films sign up with Lovefilm.
Overall the service you should choose completely depends on you, but if you are still unsure both services provide a months free trail where you can choose on of the packages (or in Netflix’s case the one package) and get free access for a month, but you must be aware that after the month’s end you will be charged so make sure to cancel early if you don’t want the service anymore.
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