Netflix took some heat in December because of all the titles that were expiring on Jan. 1, 2014, but that doesn’t mean the streaming service is going by the wayside. Oh no, plenty of new titles are available this month. Here are a few of my favorites, and you can check out the rest here:
Dexter, Seasons 5 – 8. This Showtime series starring Michael C. Hall as a blood-spatter analyst with the Miami Metro Police Department gets a little gross at times (he’s a secret serial killer hunting down criminals who’ve slipped through the cracks), but the acting is so, so good. It’s one of those shows that once you start watching it, you can’t look away. Read Melanie Votaw’s Dexter Season 7 DVD Review.
Good Ol’ Freda. Freda Kelly was just a shy Liverpudlian teenager when she was asked to work for a local band hoping to make it big. That band turned out to be The Beatles. In Good Ol’ Freda, the band’s former secretary tells her personal stories for the first time in more than 50 years. Read Connie Wang’s review of the 2013 film here.
The Croods (available Jan. 29). Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman and Clark Duke star in this cute animated film about a prehistoric family. When an earthquake obliterates their cave, the Croods are forced to journey through unfamiliar terrain in search of a new home. But things go from bad to worse for pessimistic dad Grug when his daughter meets a clever cave boy. Read why I call The Croods one of my favorite movies of 2013.
‘House of Cards’ Season 2 Premieres Feb. 14.
It’s not too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, and here’s an idea: Snuggle up with your sweetie and binge-watch the entire second season (13 episodes) of House of Cards, which premieres on Netflix Friday, Feb. 14. Sounds like a plan to me.
If you’re not familiar with the Netflix original series, it stars Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright (who just won a Golden Globe for her performance) as Francis and Claire Underwood, a power couple navigating through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in Washington, D.C.
In the second season, Francis and Claire continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts. Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara, American Horror Story), an up-and-coming reporter and Francis’ former paramour, is inching closer to the truth about his crimes.
Watch the House of Cards Season 2 trailer here.
Netflix testing cheaper streaming plans.
Netflix is testing out some new streaming plans. Among the plans being tested are a $6.99/month plan that allows only one video stream to be watched at once, and a $9.99/month plan that allows three streams at one time, whether on a TV, tablet or computer.
Netflix’s standard $7.99/month plan allows users to watch video on up to two screens at once, including TVs and mobile devices. An $11.99/month service allows up to four shows at once.
Personally, I’m happy with the $7.99/month plan, but my guess is the company is exploring new options because of increased competition from services like Amazon Prime and Redbox. At this writing, nothing is set in stone, and the plans may not be rolled out to the public at all. Read more here.