Dad’s back hurts and he needs to sit in the recliner. Mom has been answering so many questions for everyone, she’s starting to think the chickens are calling her name. One kid is seeing everything in terms of x and y, after factoring so many polynomials. And another has been working on a writing project and is feeling stuck searching for synonyms.
It’s time for a family movie night! Someone start making the popcorn!
So what movie do you want to watch?
How about something on PureFlix?
You haven’t heard of that? Well, here, let me tell you about it.
Why Was PureFlix Started?
PureFlix was created to provide online streaming of family-friendly, wholesome movies, TV shows, etc.
You’ve probably heard of Netflix. Since Netflix is so big, PureFlix is, of course, competing with them.
But here’s the thing — PureFlix majors on quality, while working on quantity at the same time.
With Netflix, there are some movies that are wholesome and family-friendly, but there are others that would not fit this category. So you have to sift through the titles and decide what is acceptable and what’s not.
PureFlix fills a void by giving families access to online movies that have already passed the test of family friendliness.
Now I’m not saying that parents should just let their very young children watch anything they want, without input or supervision. Guidelines and guidance are good regardless of which streaming service you use.
Some PureFlix titles have a parental warning which PureFlix puts on them. For example, a movie about human trafficking can help adults and teens to see the need to put a stop to it, but it’s not something that younger kids need to know about yet. A few other movies may have something in them that parents would want to be aware of ahead of time — hence the parental warning.
But the overall focus on family-friendly, wholesome titles is what distinguishes PureFlix from Netflix. The two are not fundamentally equal.
I know that numbers are important to some people, so I will give you statistics for both PureFlix and Netflix. I really want you to have the facts, and to have them straight.
But it still comes down to this — You have to decide how much it’s worth to you to have the online streamed movies that come into your home be family-friendly and wholesome.
I am so thankful for PureFlix, and I highly recommend it!
…If you live in the right place.
Does It Matter Where You Live?
PureFlix is only available in the United States and Canada. If you live in a country other than these two, I am very sorry to tell you this! Hopefully, someday that will change.
But speaking of other countries, this is where we start looking at numbers.
Netflix… and Numbers
The first thing to know about numbers, when comparing different streaming services, is that the total number isn’t the same as the number that you would actually be able to watch. The titles that are available worldwide will not all be available in any one place.
As of a year ago (January 2018), Netflix had almost 15,400 titles altogether. However, that doesn’t mean you would have access to all of them.
Different movies are available in different countries. It all depends on the licensing agreements in the various countries. You could be watching some Netflix movies in your own country, then go to another country and get some but not all of what you saw at home, and probably some other ones that you didn’t get at home.
Here is an example of the number of titles available in a few of the countries where Netflix can be used. This is the best data I could find as of January 2019.
Netflix is in at least 190 countries, and each country could have movies that are not in certain other countries.
Why are some movies not available in some countries?
In order to stream a certain movie in a particular country, there has to be a licensing agreement. There are various factors involved in licensing. It’s kind of complex, but basically, considering all the factors, decisions have to be made about licensing movies in different countries.
One way to get around the issue of licensing is to produce original movies. Both PureFlix and Netflix produce their own original movies, thus avoiding the licensing issue because they already have the rights to the movie.
Original Movie Production — Netflix is Ahead
From what I can tell, Netflix has more than 880 original movies, and PureFlix has less than 200.
Movie production is one area that tends to drive up Netflix subscription prices. When Netflix produces a new movie, they go all out, with a large budget. That money has to come from somewhere.
PureFlix, in producing movies, intentionally focuses on high quality, but does not allocate as large a budget to their movies as Netflix does.
PureFlix vs. Netflix in the U.S. and Canada, for Number of Titles
These numbers tripped me up for a while. I felt like a kitten playing with a ball of yarn. I couldn’t find anyone who had straightened it out before, so it took quite a bit of research and figuring to get it all straight.
So here’s the problem — how do you count the number of titles?
If it’s a movie, that’s easy — one title.
But if it’s a TV show, or some other type of series, then what?
Let’s say a show has 12 episodes. Do you count that as one title or 12 titles?
This is a really important question! But there doesn’t seem to be any real right or wrong answer!
After poring over statistics and dates, I have come to the conclusion that PureFlix numbers reflect the number of episodes.
How did I come to that conclusion?
Well, I found out that in January 2016 PureFlix had “over 3,000” titles, in December 2016 they began streaming in Canada with “nearly 4,000” titles, and in March 2018 they had a total of “over 8,000” titles altogether in the U.S. and Canada.
Doing an actual count at the end of January, counting all the episodes, I came up with almost 7,000 for the United States. I can’t count the ones in Canada, because I don’t have access to those, but there would be some overlap, as well as probably some that are unique to Canada, so the numbers fit with the “over 8,000” altogether.
However, if I count each series as just one title, rather than counting episodes, I come up with 2,575 for PureFlix in the U.S. And that’s as of February 1st. The titles were actually updated on the PureFlix website on January 31st, so I’m giving you a real up-to-date count here!
Oh, one other thing about that number. PureFlix gives the option to watch some trailers, extras, etc. for some movies. I did not include those in the count. It’s a great thing to be able to see what’s behind the scenes, but I had to make sure I deleted these from the count, in order to be fair. So 2,575 is the current number of PureFlix titles in the U.S. without counting episodes or extras.
Why would I choose to not count episodes?
Because, from a bunch more research and figuring, I am pretty certain the data I am seeing for Netflix titles does not include number of episodes.
I won’t go into all the details of this part, but the conclusion I have come to is this:
1. I have to go with what makes most sense in the numbers I’m seeing. What makes most sense is that Netflix numbers do not include episodes, but PureFlix numbers do include them.
2. Since I am promoting PureFlix (and yes, I am a PureFlix affiliate, so I would get a commission if you sign up with them), I want to be extra careful to put Netflix in as good a light as possible. I don’t want to say that PureFlix is any better than they actually are. And I want to be very gracious to Netflix in this analysis.
So… I will use the number 2,575 for PureFlix titles in the U.S. today, rather than saying “almost 7,000.” Likewise, I will apply the ratio from these two numbers (2,575 / 7,000 = 0.368) to the other numbers for PureFlix from other dates. In this way, we can realistically compare PureFlix and Netflix for number of titles.
Here is the resulting chart. (Note: The numbers that are derived from the ratio are in italics.)
PureFlix has less than half as many available titles as Netflix does.
Did you notice anything else? Yes, the number of Netflix titles in the U.S. decreased a lot between 2014 and 2016, then started gradually increasing again.
Does PureFlix Have a Wide Variety of Titles Like Netflix?
In terms of variety, PureFlix and Netflix are similar in many ways. They both have many types of titles — feature movies, TV shows, comedy, documentaries, kids’ shows, educational titles, hobbies, travel, etc.
However, along with the similarities, there are also differences.
As mentioned above, what distinguishes PureFlix from Netflix is the content.
“Faith, Family and Fun” is what PureFlix is all about.
So regarding variety, it depends on which type of variety is important to you.
How About Price?
After your free month, PureFlix is $10.99 USD per month, or $99.99 USD per year.
The annual plan works out to an equivalent of $8.33 per month, saving 24%.
Regardless of which PureFlix plan you choose (including your free month), you can have up to 5 screens going at the same time. (A very small number of movies will be restricted to 3 screens, but most of them allow 5.)
Here’s how PureFlix compares to Netflix for prices:
If you live in the U.S. or Canada, and you want a great selection of family-friendly movies, try out a month of Pure Flix for free!
And if you have any comments or questions, please let me know. I will do my best to answer them!