When my husband and I first met, one of our absolute favorite activities was watching movies together. In fact, on our second date we curled up on the ratty couch in my basement apartment and watched a marathon of Back to the Future. We both tend to favor similar genres and both really like movies in general, from cerebral sci-fi shows to the most crass comedies.
I would never have guessed that having children could affect that hobby so greatly, but when our oldest son reached about two years old, our movie and television habits changed dramatically. For one thing, we didn’t want him exposed to too much television, so we limited the amount of time the television was turned on. For another, he was old enough to start noticing some of the violence and bad language in the movies and programs we watched. I sadly said goodbye to one of my very favorite shows, Supernatural, for an entire season because it happened to be on at only one time, and that one time happened to be when my son was still awake.
With two children in the house the challenge is even greater, and for the longest time I didn’t even consider renting a movie or trying to watch some of my favorite television shows because of the children. But then Netflix came to Canada, and suddenly I had a way to fall in love with movies all over again.
Netflix is an absolutely amazing subscription-based service that lets users watch an unlimited number of movies and television shows for a mere $7.99 per month. I received a fun holiday gift pack from Netflix that included popcorn, hot chocolate, a pair of oh-so-comfy slippers and a 6-month Netflix subscription. I couldn’t wait to test out the program and signed up at once.
Our desktop computer’s monitor is a 19” HD screen, so I was incredibly excited to see how a movie looked on the screen. The computer itself is a Pentium 4 that uses Windows XP Home Edition and has an 80G hard drive and 1G of RAM. For those that can’t analyze the components…well, let’s just say it’s a pretty outdated computer by today’s standards. I was a little worried about how Netflix would work on an older computer like ours, but I pushed my doubts aside, let my son choose an episode of Thomas & Friends and started the show.
The movie played flawlessly with a great look and sound. I couldn’t believe how easy putting on a movie for my son had been, and the best part was, if I didn’t want to listen to what he was watching, I could just plug in his headphones and let him watch a show while I did something else!
When I opened up my Christmas presents, I was overjoyed to find the laptop I had been craving tucked under the tree and couldn’t wait to test it out. Of course, one of my first tasks was signing into Netflix and choosing a movie to watch. My husband also received a laptop, and I was completely thrilled when I learned that we could now play three movies simultaneously using our single Netflix account!
For those with the latest gaming systems, Netflix is even more fun, since users can stream from their PS3, Wii or Xbox 360 directly to their television! I didn’t get to experience this feature for myself just yet, but since we have an LCD screen for our computer and just a regular tube television, I think watching movies on our desktop computer was just as enjoyable as watching them on TV would have been.
We only once had an issue where a movie stopped playing, and when we received a message that our Internet connection had slowed down and Netflix was adjusting the system accordingly to avoid future freezes, we waited patiently…for about two minutes. Then my husband decided to just exit the movie screen and go back to the main page. He was able to see the latest movie that he had watched, click on it, and restart it at the exact moment that it had stopped playing, all thanks to Netflix’s very user-friendly system!
Netflix carries movies from all genres and features some great tools to help users find movies that they will love. From choosing your interests to rating movies you’ve seen to searching for specific films, there are tons of ways to find movies you’ll love, and usually the entire system is automated so well that you’ll find a great movie right on your homepage.
Thanks to Netflix, my husband and I have both rediscovered our love of movies. When we want to watch something with more than a G rating, we just plug in a pair of headphones and enjoy the show. Our children have a huge library of great children’s movies to choose from, and we can enjoy shows that are geared towards an adult audience without exposing our children to any potentially upsetting scenes. It took my husband and me about one week to decide that we would be keeping our Netflix subscription when our trial expired. This really is a system that offers everything to every family member. For the shows you and your family want, when you want to watch them, check out Netflix today. You’ll love the ease and convenience of having your favorite movies right at your fingertips!
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