Netflix Question

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  1. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    I was talking to a friend yesterday that said you have to have a landline to subscribe to Netflix. I tried to verify that on their website but the only way I saw was to sign up then find out more.

    I don't want to sign up if a landline is required because landlines are not available out here in the FL boonies where we live.

    So, to anyone that uses Netflix, can you tell me if that is a requirement?

    Thank you!
     
  2. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    I do not have a land line and have netflix.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    That's great news![​IMG]

    Thank you for your answer re: the land line.
     
  4. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    All you need to use Netflix is a decent internet connection and a moderately up to date computer/smartphone. It's lovely.
     
  5. jeepguy982001

    jeepguy982001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup i love netflix, well except when i end up binge watching a series. [​IMG] Also you can use i think pretty much all newer game consoles too. we use the xbox for the living room to watch it and the gf has a wii that she uses to watch it in the bedroom
     
  6. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

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    Ah, that's right. I'd forgotten the game console support! :D
    And they even still ship DVDs, if you pay them extra.
     
  7. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Netflix and dropped the landline (telephone) a couple of years ago.

    I'm paying Comcast (a cable company) for very high speed internet, but dropped their cable TV, because I'm protesting their their outrageous prices on their viewing packages. I'm using an antenna for viewing "regular" TV programming. So I am hooked up to a cable landline. I'm not sure which you meant.

    Anyway, I just wanted to mention, that when I watch Netflix on my big screen TV, I use a small device called a ROKU. I bought my version, used, on ebay for $50.00. It comes with the ROKU device, (about 4" square) a cable, that plugs into the TV from the ROKU device and one for the power and a ROKU remote control. I don't know if ROKU has the wifi version that I think another company has, but by now, it probably does. Since I don't have the wifi version, I do have to plug in the Cable that you use if you don't have wifi. We have four people on the same modem and router.

    For my viewing needs, the antenna, which I can pick up ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, BOUNCE, three movie channels (though they don't show newer Movies) and five other channels, the Netflix and my own large collection of DVD's, is quite enough. (I'm about 50 miles from the TV stations, who broadcast over-the-air. So what I get from the antenna might be less because of how far away I am and the antenna is quite small.)

    The online version of Netflix will not have newer movies. Most often, Netflix will not even have older movies, that you would think they would have because they are older, but they do have movies, documentaries, and TV shows anywhere from "The Twilight Zone" to "House, MD" and a lot in between. Netflix fills in the "gap", that I can't get from over-the-air programing and IMO, is worth the $7.99 a month. I pay the older, cheaper, fee, but I think they are only going to increase the fee $5.00 or less in the future.

    I'm sure this is way too much information, but I wasn't sure what you meant by "landline". There are three "gamer's" in the house, so they do need the speed of cable internet VS the slower, telephone landline DSL.

    I did live on a boat for a year and when we were cruising, (and away from a Marina's wifi) I used Sprint's internet. I plugged in their usb device and app. The connection to the internet was quite slow compared to cable internet. This is where I think one might come into some problems with using Netflix. I wasn't using Netflix then. I don't know how much buffer you would need to view something on Netflix before you'd get stutter. I'm not sure of terms, but I think you know what I mean. Not to mention, I was on a moving vessel and quite in the boonies, so-to-speak. [​IMG]
     
  8. 10whiskers

    10whiskers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry! I started the reply and got called away, came back and finished. I didn't realize other people had already answered your question. [​IMG]
     
  9. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for the information everyone. Right now we have a basic dish set up for our internet, no tv package or house phone (we have a cell through Sprint). I get a bit (ok, quite a bit) lost with the tech stuff but even if we have to have dvd's mailed to us for a bit more, that's more than what we have now. We have our own dvd's but after watching them so many times, it would be nice to see an occasional new(er) movie. We aren't big tv watchers but do like movies. With winter coming on (and yes, it does get cold in north FL), we'll be looking for some in-home entertainment.

    Thank you!
     
  10. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    All you need for Netflix is a connection to the Internet. It's super easy! I think Netflix is best for watching tv shows, but it's pretty much all I watch. Totally worth the $7.99 a month, and I don't say that about much! You can try the month free trial and see how you like it. They are pretty good about putting up new stuff and you can usually find something to watch, no matter what! I've watched a lot of stuff I wouldn't normally have watched.
     

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