Netflix Streaming Selection

Movies, TV shows, and Original Content

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A Netflix membership plan gives you immediate access to thousands of movies and TV shows that can be streamed on any internet-connected device that offers the Netflix app. Compatible devices include smart TVs, game consoles, streaming players, mobile phones, and tablets. You can also stream to your computer.

What's New (and Exclusive) on Netflix

Netflix announces new and upcoming shows on its website. Some of the programs are available only on Netflix, while some are available on other similar services. Netflix original content is available exclusively on Netflix.

Each month, news websites and fan sites list the new content coming to Netflix the following month or coming soon to the service. If content is leaving Netflix, they include that information. 

Netflix Original Content

In addition to streaming its vast library of TV series and movies, Netflix has produced a wide range of original content, which is available for streaming.

  • Drama series include Daredevil, Bloodline, Hemlock Grove, House of Cards, Jessica Jones, Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things, Marvel's Luke Cage and others.
  • Documentaries include Keith Richards: Under the Influence, Making a Murderer, Mission Blue, Chelsea Does, Cooked, Chef's Table, E-Team and others.
  • Anime, which is hugely popular in the West, became a new original series at Netflix in 2016. Initial anime series entries include AJIN: Demi-Human, Glitter Force, The Seven Deadly Sins, Magi: The Adventures of Sinbad, Knights of Sidonia and Kuromukuro.
  • Comedy series: Although Netflix offers plenty of comedy shows, it also produces its own. Netflix original comedy shows include Bojack Horseman, Master of None, Grace and Frankie, Real Rob, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Fuller House and others.
  • Kids series: Netflix has a dedicated kids area on Netflix that already has lots of original programming. The service has partnered with Dreamworks to develop even more original children's series. Current titles include Care Bears and Cousins, Dinotrux, H2O: Mermaid Adventures, Inspector Gadget, Popples, Project Mc2, Richie Rich and others.
  • Movies: Beginning in late 2015, Netflix began producing original movies and picking up the international streaming rights for movies. Current movies include War Machine, The True Memoirs of an International Assassin, The Do-Over, A Very Murray Christmas, Beasts of No Nation, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday and others.
  • Stand-Up comedy: Netflix produces lots of stand-up comedies. Some of the programs include Chris Tucker Live, Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me, Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden, Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy and others.

History of Netflix Streaming Service

Netflix introduced streaming in 2007, allowing members to watch streaming TV shows and movies on their computers. The following year, Netflix formed partnerships that allowed them to stream programming to the Xbox 360, Blu-ray disc players and TV set-top boxes.

In 2009, Netflix began to stream on the PS3, internet-connected TVs, and other internet-connected devices. In 2010, Netflix began streaming to the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and the Nintendo Wii

Requirements for Streaming

  • A compatible internet-connected device and app.
  • A high-speed internet connection. According to Netflix, the minimum required connection speed is 0.5 megabits per second, but you may want a faster connection for better video quality, especially when you stream HD and UHD content.
  • A Netflix membership plan. Netflix offers three plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium. All three allow you to stream unlimited movies and TV shows on your laptop, TV, phone or tablet. The number of screens you can watch on at the same time depends on your plan. The Basic plan allows you to view on one screen; the Standard plan on two screens and the Premium plan on four screens at once. HD is available only on the Standard and Premium plans. Ultra HD is available only with the Premium plan.