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Offline Grace Elliot Reading Demelza.
19 Oct 2013, 08:51 PM | Post: #1

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Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

I'm hoping I'm not treading on toes posting this here, but it is a genuine query - so here goes...
At the end of this month contract expires on my old laptop and I was going to use some of the freed up money to take out a subscription to a film site. My instincts are to go with Lovefilm,  but both my teenage sons regular use a Netflix account and are very disparaging about the viewing available on Lovefilm. 
In an ideal world I'd like to find episodes of Sherlock, the IT crowd,  perhaps Blakes 7 and watch historical and sci-fi movies. Any ideas which would be the better stream for me?
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21 Nov 2013, 08:28 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

I think LoveFilm is great for discs and stuff - but for instant viewing NetFlix is better and most people who have both seem to agree. I know NetFlix has IT Crowd, not sure if it has Sherlock.
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

Thanks, Nicole. A great help.
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

We use NetFlix and feel it's updated very regularly so if somethings not there, it soon will be. We also like that you can redo all the oldies too.
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

When I tried the Love Film free month last Christmas there was literally nothing that I wanted to see on it. So I cancelled at the end of the month (they don't give you another free go, so I'm unlikely ever to go back), but Netflix - I think I watch more on that than I do on regular TV. A lot of it's HD too, if you have a decent broadband connection.

None of the streaming services currently has Sherlock or Blake's 7, but Netflix has things like Farscape, Star Trek, Stargate etc, and lots of genre shows. I've certainly not regretted subbing to Netflix. Smile
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

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I like the content on Netflix, but it can be pretty hard to find the content you want sometimes. Lovefilm's web interface is a little easier to pare down using multiple specifications (e.g. genre, director, year, rating, all at the same time). With Netflix it's either text search OR one filter.

They're both £5.99/ month for streaming, and on a pure 'on-line' competition, it's obvious that Netflix wins for 99% of people. But for £2 more you can get 3 discs a month with Lovefilm - so 66p/ rental (inc return post) for something you specifically want rather than 'something you like and it happens to be available'.

But for the movies, neither is great. It's all back catalogue stuff of variable quality, and you will exhaust the niche sci-fi. historical sooner or later. If you like newer items then NowTV's £8.99./month movie sub is worth a trial - http://watch.nowtv.com/movies They buy a lot of exclusive rights for the first 12 months, and it gets you everything that's on the Sky Movies channels at any given time (I dropped my virgin sub down when I took this up - sports and movies on Virgin was something like £20 a month, and the £8.99 a month plus the occasional sky sports day pass (which are always available discounted somewhere) has worked out pretty cheap.

Rakuten have started doing a streaming service too - called Wuaki. It's £4.99/month (but there are vouchers floating around the net for half price for life). Availability seems OK - I've not tried it as I'm happy with Netflix but you can see their range at https://uk.wuaki.tv/subscription_plans/wuaki-selection
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

I feel that Lovefilm has got mor variety than Netflix in the UK however saying that, if we had the kind of content the US does, I think. I might be swayed. Still, £5.99 a month for unlimited streaming is brilliant. Another couple pounds more and you can rent discs for how long you want: brilliant!
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The problem with these streaming service is that there are one or two good series/programs on both netflix and amazon and after that there is lots of dross!! On Amazon Bosch is amazingly good and very close to Connolly's books (not surprising as he is producer on the series) On Netflix the best show is undoubtedly Better Call Saul with some great acting from Bot Odenkirk.
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

Plenty of cracking good stuff on Netflix -- Daredevil, House of Cards, Sons of Anarchy, Fringe, Spooks, Person of Interest, Warehouse 13, Big Bang Theory, to name just a few. Can't speak for Prime, cos I don't have it, but there's always Jezza Clarkson ... Wink
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RE: Lovefilm vs Netflix ?

(28 Mar 2016 03:04 PM)Tim_A Wrote: Wrote:  Plenty of cracking good stuff on Netflix --  there's always Jezza Clarkson ... Wink
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