Netflix and bills?

Netflix and chill – a euphemism for some, a literal term for others. Student life certainly is not cheap, so knowing that Netflix takes a measly €8.99 from our bank accounts each month justifies our reason for creating an account.

However, this could all be about to change as Netflix have announced a one euro increase for new subscribers planning to avail of the high-definition plan, allowing them to stream episodes and movies on two devices. Current subscribers need not worry about paying €9.99 a month until late 2016. So while your roommate is hysterically laughing at That 70s Show as you sob over the fact that Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl is not your boyfriend, there will be an extra euro being snatched from your pocket.

The fee increase comes as a result of the demand Netflix has to add more popular television series and movies, as well as producing original content. Netflix is renowned for streaming critically acclaimed series such as “Breaking Bad” and highly respected original shows such as “House of Cards”.

Although the reasoning behind the rise in subscription fees seems to be perfectly valid, the question is, how far will this go? Netflix are expected to add 50 more shows to the current listings over the next year, so does this mean the monthly fee will increase as rapidly as the demand for good quality series and movies?

Netflix is unique and differs from television in the sense that you have an extremely broad selection readily accessible at any given time of the day. Creators are aware of the fact many users may want to cancel their subscriptions due to a rise in the fees. However, it cannot be denied that the accessibility of hugely popular series and movies will attract new subscribers, and make current ones reconsider their decision to stop availing of the service.

So whether you are planning to save money by abandoning Netflix, or if you just love to binge-watch, here are the five most popular series and movies currently being streamed on Netflix Ireland you need to watch now.

SERIES

1) Better Call Saul

The prequel to Breaking Bad has proven to be massively popular among fans of the 2008 hit series. Better Call Saul focuses on the life of Saul Goodman, an aspiring lawyer.

2) Fargo

Starring Martin Freeman, this Emmy award-winning show is based on the Coen brother’s film of the same title. Combining black comedy with drama, this show is a must for fans of the original 1996 movie.

3) Community

All lovers of comedy need a show like Community in their lives. The hilarious series follows the life of Jeff Winger, a lawyer who must return to college after lying about his qualifications.

4) Arrested Development

Comedic actors Jason Bateman and Will Arnett star in this series based on the dysfunctional Bluth family.

5) Friday Night Lights

Friday Night Lights is a must-watch for sports fanatics and generally anyone who wants a good series to sink their teeth into. The series has received critical acclaim worldwide and appeals to a wide audience.

MOVIES

1) Half Nelson

Ryan Gosling stars in what has been touted the “16th best film of the noughties”. In it, Gosling plays a school teacher who is battling a drug addiction..

2) The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Based on the massively popular book series, this action-packed film is the first of two instalments. The extremely likeable Jennifer Lawrence delivers a fantastic performance of Katniss Everdeen.

3) Dallas Buyers Club

This movie is highly emotive, highlighting awareness for HIV. If the fact that both Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey won a Golden Globe and an Oscar each for their respective roles is anything to go by, then this film is definitely a must-see.

4) Kill Bill

Uma Thurman stars in this 2003 classic, directed by Quentin Tarantino. Not for the faint-hearted, this action-packed drama is sure to get your heart racing.

5) Despicable Me 2

A light-hearted, entertaining animation for those who prefer movies with not so much depth. Steve Carell lends his voice to Gru, who works alongside his mischievous minions to defeat the supervillain El Macho.

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