Netflix Adds A ‘Watch Free’ Feature

Netflix Adds A ‘Watch Free’ Feature”

From Stranger Things, Love Is Blind, House Of Cards and Orange Is The New Black, to 13th, Mindhunter and Bird Box - Netflix has a healthy number of watercooler talking points under its belt.

"We're looking at different marketing promotions to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience", A Netflix rep told Gadgets 360.

Viewers can watch movies in their entirety, but only the first episode of a show like "Stranger Things" is available free. The feature only offers the first episode of season one of the available series and it's only available PCs and Macs (via a web browser) or with an Android device. Streaming sticks or smart televisions are also not supported to view free programming.

This is not the first time the company has put out free content to attract users.

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To All the Boys I've Loved Before was made available to United States users before its sequel launched earlier this year.

The streaming service has recently made a number of its documentaries, including 13th, Babies, Chasing Coral, and Knock Down the House, available on YouTube. Global lockdowns have padded out Netflix's user numbers by an additional 16 million+ , and this ploy seems less like capitulation to the ad-supported model than an attempt to get the rest of the known universe to subscribe.

Netflix said it expects to add 2.5 million paying subscribers in the third quarter, down from the 10.1 million it added in the prior period.

Netflix has always stood out from many of its competitors by eschewing an ad-supported model since its inception, no matter how hard its investors begged the company to consider otherwise.

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