For Americans, Netflix is one of the biggest entertainment mediums of the industry, towering in ratings and polls over other services such as Hulu, Amazon Prime, and standard cable.
Today, Netflix versus cable comes to Ketchikan, and the champion seems clear.
“I have cable at home,” said Kayhi junior Jalina Williams. “But I prefer Netflix because you can go straight into the next episode and there aren’t any ads in between or during the shows.”
Many students said the same. According to the CNBC website, Netflix does not offer advertising time for companies. Test ads are being conducted, but many users choose to opt out of being shown advertisements.
Kayhi freshman Lauren Woodward said she would definitely choose Netflix over cable.
“I haven’t had cable for the past year and a half,” said Woodward.
Senior William Biss agreed.
“Cable is pointless,” said Biss. “On Netflix you can pick where you start in the episode or show itself, you can rewind it too.”
According to Business Insider, Netflix became more popular than cable in quarter one of 2016 and has continued to grow in total viewers, topping out at almost 51 million for Netflix and 48.6 million for cable in 2017.
“You pick what you want, when you want,” said Kayhi senior Wynter Smith. “With no commercials, you can binge watch your favorite shows. Not gonna lie, I do that a lot. I have cable at home, but I never use it.”
Netflix offers a total of 14,835 movies and TV shows for users to watch where local cable companies like KPU and GCI offer up to 196 channels. Some of Netflix’s most popular shows include “Stranger Things”, “Luke Cage”, and “13 Reasons Why”. “13 Reasons Why” leads the Netflix board with 3.5 Million viewers.
“Most of my favorite shows are there,” said freshman Samantha Wodehouse. “And even the ones that aren’t come around eventually.”
The cost of Netflix is considered better than cable. At a basic plan of $7.99 a month versus $100+ bills from the cable company, many turn to Netflix. According to their websites, GCI’s lowest plan stands at $39 a month, versus the lowest plan of KPU at $52.54 a month.
Last year, Netflix prices raised for their standard and premium plan prices. Today the standard plan would cost $10.99 a month and the premium would cost $13.99 a month.
“I watch cable for sports,” said exchange student Max Rodriguez-Gonzalez. “But that’s about it. Netflix doesn’t have commercials and has movies I like.”
Senior Kaitlyn Smith also agreed.
“Cable has sports,” said Smith. “That and Spongebob, but I still choose Netflix because they bring out shows seasons at a time.”
Netflix plan prices can vary all over the world. Last year in the UK, a standard membership cost the equivalent of $8.66, but with the price increase, it is now the equivalent of $9.24 a month. When the price increase hit Canada, all three plans were the same as American Netflix except for the basic plan, which also rose a dollar for a total of $8.99 a month.