Netflix is without a doubt the largest and most popular online streaming company to ever sprawl its web of content across the globe. If you are already a member then you'll no doubt be aware of its extensive library, which has certainly helped make it the number one online streaming service in Australia.
I previously touched on the topic of Netflix arriving in Australia earlier this year and how highly anticipated it was by deprived Australian customers who previously were between a rock and a hard place with the choice of local online streaming options. Now that it's here, I believe that a Netflix subscription actually makes for a very generous gift to somebody, especially considering this month's lineup of new releases. So with Father's Day just around the corner, not only is it a unique gift but also one that falls into the "keeps on giving" category too.
If you've used other online streaming services before the days of Netflix’s arrival, then you would have had to have chosen between the likes of Presto, Stan, and Foxtel for example. Presto is by far the smallest with regards to the number of titles because it only had 1,200 as of July this year and considering it costs $10 more per month than Netflix, its not particularly competitive either. Stan was somewhere in the middle followed by Foxtel with 3,250 titles, however the latter service was by far the most expensive costing between $25 to $50 per month based on your viewing preferences.
Netflix, on the other hand, dominated its competitors from the outset with an arsenal of over 5,000 titles to choose from and plenty more in the pipeline as the year progresses. Just 4 months after arriving in Australia, it had managed to generate over 1.3 million customers compared to Presto’s 97,000 who has been around for far longer. Besides Netflix's superior content, another significant factor in helping it achieve a customer base of this size in a short period of time was its relatively low monthly subscription fee of $8.99. This has also made it the top service with regards to value for money.
If you're still struggling to come up with the perfect Father's Day gift or are unsure as to whether or not ordering something online will get delivered in time for Sunday, then a yearly Netflix subscription could be an ideal option. Particularly with the quality and quantity of new title releases scheduled for September.
One title in particularly that is likely to appeal to dad's is Keith Richards' (Rolling Stones guitarist) latest documentary, ‘Under the Influence’. It covers the motivations and musical influences that have triggered this legendary rock star to create his first solo album in more than two decades.
Other popular titles to hit the library from September 1st onwards are ‘Batman Begins’ and ‘The Dark Knight.’ Or if you want your father to go back in time a little, then he can enjoy some of the classics which are also being added this month including ‘Old School’, ‘Rambo: First Blood’ and ‘The X-Files: I want to Believe’.
There are also plenty of viewing options that he can sit down and enjoy with the rest of the family and potentially the grand kids too. The full list of what is being released this month is as follows:
- American Psycho –1st September
- Step Brothers – 1st September
- Brooklyn Nine Nine – 1st September
- Puffin Rock – 1st September
- Cowboys & Aliens – 3rd September
- This Is Were I Leave You – 3rd September
- Bad Night – 4th September
- 6 Years – 8th September
- Longmire: Season 4 – 10th September
- Old School – 14th September
- The Happening – 14th September
- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – 14th September
- Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret – 15th September
- Keith Richards: Under the Influence – 18th September
- SMOSH: The Movie – 22nd September
- Veggietales in the House – Season 1 – 25th September
- Nacho Libre – 30th September
- Batman Begins – 30th September
- The Dark Knight – 30th September
- The X Files: I Want to Believe – 30th September
- Rambo: First Blood – 30th September
- Scooby Doo - 30th September
Alternatively, if you've already bought your dad something and he isn't somebody who's particularly tech savvy, then why not score a few extra brownie points this Father's Day by setting up a free 1 month trial on his behalf and then showing him how to stream from a device to his TV. Netflix has something to watch for pretty much everyone, so it's unlikely this would become an unwanted "gift".