Netflix vs. YouTube (Covid-19 Edition)

Which is better?

What makes them different?

With the current conditions of the world, many people are stuck inside with the two most widely used streaming services that this planet has to offer. One could argue that there is nothing more valuable right now than toilet paper but according to research Netflix and YouTube have been taking the universe by storm with its streaming services. Without these two applications citizens would be miserable with constant news reports that give them no sense of joy whatsoever. While both applications are great, they both have their significant differences. Netflix is a media service provider that displays shows, movies, documentaries, etc.… For many users this is basically an app where they can watch t.v. shows and movies from the past or productions that the company has come up with as well. This superior provider offers a free trial and is $8.99 a month. On the other hand, YouTube is an online video-sharing platform that provides viewers with virtual content from different creators. While YouTube does have movie and t.v. shows for purchase, the audience is most interested in how these online creators can produce videos for people with different interests.


Instead of blowing your brain up with all the facts about the analytical side of Netflix, I would like to share my experience with the deeply loved movie app. To start Netflix has opened my eyes about what makes a good movie and what does not. Although by nature I am a fan of comedy, I’ve caught myself on a handful of occasions watching different genres including action, romance, and even crime. The same goes for T.V series as well. What’s great about this service provider along with the variety of genres that they have is the avoidance of advertisements during the use of the application. While there are many genres to choose from, I sometimes still have a hard time finding exactly what I want to watch due to Netflix taking down certain shows or movies after a particular amount of time.


If I’m on my phone, there is a 90% chance that I am scrolling through the YouTube app homepage looking for a video to watch. What’s cool about YouTube is that they have so many options when it comes to their videos. Both Netflix and YouTube have a recommended category selection, but YouTube just happens to be more detailed when it comes to their selections. They offer videos made from the same channel, similar channels, and videos from viewers who have similar interest like you. When it comes to different topics on the video app, they do a great job of providing content that you may not find anywhere else. One example is my interest in self-improvement, while there is not a high selection of t.v. shows or movies about the topic, YouTube has a wide variety of videos dedicated to the subject itself.

Who’s the Winner?

If your looking for movies that are consistently above average and are well produced, then your best bet would be to go with Netflix. If your looking for videos that can be viewed during anytime of the day, that is also free of charge then YouTube would be the best fir for you in that situation. There should be no stress when deciding which platform to join. What would be beneficial for the general population is to go with both, they each provide entertainment and are not in an intense competition with one another. One app can be used mostly on your mobile device while one can be used to display on your television. Both applications bring me joy and help me get through the day. I leave my readers with a quote pertaining to entertainment from the American novelist Michael Chabon that says” Entertainment is a sacred pursuit when done well. When done well, it raises the quality of human life.”

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A young adult who’s writing is geared towards self-improvement and self care. “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

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