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4 Tips to Help You Get More From Your Netflix Subscription

by Matt

To say that 2020 has been a strange year would be a bit of an understatement. This year has been dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic that forced us all to retreat into our homes and away from public spaces. We were all forced to find new forms of entertainment, as many of our regular sources such as restaurants, bars, theaters and cinemas became inaccessible. While some people chose to get fit by doing home workouts, others discovered their love for baking, but the one thing that most of us were truly thankful for was technology which allowed us to interact with the outside world and have greater access to various forms of entertainment, especially via streaming services like Netflix.

Many people who had previously never accessed the service decided to give it a try during lockdown. It’s a highly cost-effective way of accessing loads of great entertainment content, but if you want to get even more out of your subscription, read on for some top tips: 

Use a VPN

Using a virtual private network, or VPN for Netflix is an easy way to get more from your account. A VPN provides a way of encrypting data from your ISP, which ensures that streaming quality will be better. Depending on where you live, VPNs can help unblock restricted content such as social media and music streaming services. Choosing the right VPN service should allow you to access your Netflix account from anywhere in the world. 

Get Tailored Recommendations

You can use review sites for recommendations for the must-see Netflix content, but sometimes searching the usual ‘horror’ or ‘romantic comedy’ films doesn’t really help in narrowing down your options. Do a little more digging however, and you’ll soon see that Netflix actually has loads of subgenres too. These are far more specific than the regular categories so whether its a ‘Sci-Fi Classic’ or an ‘Eastern European Art Film’ you are after, you’ll find there is actually a lot more choice available. 

Make Use of Multiple Profiles

If there is more than one person in your household using your Netflix account, it’s wise to create multiple profiles to prevent your recommendations from getting muddled up.  Having your own profile lets you keep track of what you’ve watched already via your viewing history and allows the service to tailor your recommendations. It’ll also save you from having to see teasers from your mom’s favourite drama series or your little brother’s cartoon collection. 

Download Content to Watch On the Go

Even though lockdown measures are starting to ease, most of us won’t be cancelling our Netflix subscriptions anytime soon. However, we are more likely to be more mobile now. Make use of your commute to work or long train journey by downloading Netflix content onto a mobile device and watching it on-the-go. As this is likely to use a lot of data, try to do your downloading in advance when you have access to a stable wifi connection.

Armed with these quick tips, you’re pretty much set to make the most out of your Netflix subscription and get more bang for your buck! Happy viewing!

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