Is a Free Netflix Account Really Free?
People ask if a free Netflix account is really free. There seems to be some confusion, as there are a number of banner ads advertising a Netflix account that’s free. I’m going to take a look into this issue and I hope to clarify it for you, once and for all. However, for those few that haven’t heard, I’ll first give a little information about what the service is and its history.
Netflix started out as an extremely convenient alternative to video rental stores and their late fees. Early subscribers would go to the site and order movie or TV show titles that would be delivered by the post office. The price of a customer’s subscription was based upon the number of titles that they could “check out” atÂ one time. My first account allowed me to have up to three movies out at a time.
A couple of years after starting, the company began a video streaming service for subscribers. The titles that are available for streaming usually coincided with the titles that were available for delivery through the mail.
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What Can You Watch with a Netflix Account?
Netflix offers thousands of movie and television titles, in every genre of movie or television show imaginable, including horror, sci-fi, fantasy, comedy, drama, children’s shows, family, and more.
Everything is organized and sorted by genre, so that it’s easy to sift through what they have available. If you know exactly what you’re looking for, they also have a search function, as well that allows you to type in the name of whatever it is that you might be looking for and it will bring up everything that has the words you used in the title.
As an example, if you’re looking for a particular movie, but you only know it has the word “Bloody” in the title, you just need to type in the word and every title they have with that word will be displayed.
Netflix provides their services to North and South America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and the Netherlands.
Can I Only Watch Netflix with a Computer?
Simply put: No. One of the best things about Netflix is that there are multiple waysÂ to use your account to view content.
You can pull your account up on your desktop computer, or take it wherever you want to go via your laptop, tablet or smartphone. Netflix is also accessible through gaming systems, like the Playstation 3, Wii and Xbox 360.
What About My “Free” Netflix Account?
While I have searched extensively and repeatedly, I have been unable to come up with any evidence that there is such a thing as a free Netflix account. I’ve seen a number of banner ads that do advertise one, however, being the Doubting Thomas I am, I have investigated and found that a number of these banner ads seem to have some curious pieces of code embedded that have nothing to do with the site or service. I have also found a few that, according to the underlying code, have nothing whatsoever to do with Netflix, and that is, in fact, malicious.
The usual Netflix account comes with a monthly price of $7.99 a month. However, it’s not easy to know if you’ll enjoy or even use these services before you’ve had a taste of what they have to offer, especially since there are other companies that offer things that are very close to the same as the services that Netflix.
For those who want to take a look around and see if this is the right media streaming service provider for them, Netflix does give you one month free as a trial period that you can cancel at any time. This one month free offer is only available to new members of Netflix –and sometimes to subscribers that have canceled previously.
It can’t be combined with other offers either, so the one month free is truly just the one month free. The free trial begins the moment you click on the ‘start membership’ button on their website during the registration process. There is a catch, though, to this one month free. You still have to give the company your credit card information and though they do not charge you for the first month, you must remember to cancel your subscription if you don’t want to pay before the month is over and your credit card is charged.
As is the case with almost everything that comes at a price, there are a few places that claim to offer a way around the monthly fee. It might seem tempting to give in and click on links to sites that promise a free account that will give you access to the services Netflix has to offer, without the continual monthly fee, but none of these sites are endorsed by Netflix itself. While there may be one or two exceptions among the masses, most of these are either scams, viruses, or both. Don’t be fooled by the temptation of a free Netflix account, because there is no such thing.
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