Netflix streaming is $7.99 per month which includes unlimited access to their library of streaming movies and TV shows. You can stream entire seasons of Sons Of Anarchy and Breaking Bad or watch movies like The Hunger Games or Bully.
The movies and shows that are available to stream changes from month to month depending on Netflix's licensing agreements with the studios. In addition to adding new shows and movies each month, Netflix also removes less watched offerings so it can be difficult to know whats available at any one time.
Each month Netflix streaming releases new material. For June some of the movies being added are:
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
Escape from L.A. (1996)
Imitation of Life (1959)
In & Out (1997)
Mystery Men (1999)
Playing for Keeps (1986)
The Rainmaker (1997)
Same Time, Next Year (1978)
The Score (2001)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)
A Walk on the Moon (1999)
Netflix Produced Shows
In addition to the thousands of movies and shows available on Netflix streaming, they now also produce their own shows.
Initially they released a show called Lillyhammer. The tale of a mafia member who relocated to Norway to escape a bind was a modest success for Netflix.
They followed Lillyhammer with the critically acclaimed, House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. And in April, Hemlock Grove, a horror offering produced by Eli Roth, best known for his the blood fest Hostel movie franchise.
Netflix's real winning strategy was reviving the fan favorite, Arrested Development for an additional season. They were succesful in re-assembling the original cast to pick up right were the show ended when it couldn't gain traction on a main stream network.
Netflix announced that it hopes to fashion itself as the new HBO of the streaming age. This means they intend to produce top quality original programming that customers are willing to pay for. So far their strategy seems to be working as they added 3 million more subscribers in the first quarter of 2013, thanks in large part due to the success of House of Cards and Hemlock Grove.
Movies Versus Shows
As you have likely noticed from the list of offerings coming to Netflix streaming in June, their focus is on shows, both self-produced and re-runs of fan favorites.
Their movie offerings, in comparison are quite stale, to say the least. At times you can find a decent documentary you may have missed when it first came out, or watch a nostalgic classic but you're unlikely to find any compelling movies you really want to watch on a Friday night. Newer movie releases are still better sought out at Redbox, Amazon Instant or even the Netflix DVD program.
That said, the Netflix streaming service is still well worth the $7.99 subscription price and once you have experienced binge viewing you won't want to watch shows in any other way. Binge Viewing is when you watch episode after episode of a show, hour after hour, with no commercial interruptions.
Binge Viewing is where Netflix Streaming excels. It used to take months to watch a season of Lost and now you could watch 2 or 3 seasons in a weekend. This, not new release movies, is where the Netflix Streaming service thrives and why it is in 1 out of every 4 homes in the United States.