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.

PopcornIt’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.

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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?

Yes.

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.

CN Tower, TorontoBut 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.

How many titles are on Netflix?

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.)

Okay, so there you have it.

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.

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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:

PureFlix Cost compared to Netflix

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!

Good Family Movies — PureFlix Movie Streaming Online

24 thoughts on “Good Family Movies — PureFlix Movie Streaming Online

  • February 2, 2019 at 3:23 am
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    Hello Danette,

    Pureflix and Netflix review. Everyone knows about Netflix and this is the service a lot of people use in my community. Not known of pureflix until I read your post. This shouldn’t be a surprise because I don’t reside in the US or Canada. 

    I believe pureflix need to increase their reach if they’re to really contend with Netflix.

    Everyday and anyday, Netflix does it for me.

    Thanks for sharing

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    • February 2, 2019 at 1:56 pm
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      Thanks for your comment, Louis. Good to hear from a satisfied Netflix user.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:26 am
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    Hello! Thanks for in-depth article on PureFlix. I must say that this is my first time of hearing such name, I am only too familiar with Netflix, probably because it is so big. It is interesting to know that PureFlix concentrates only on giving families access to online movies that have already passed the test of family friendliness. Meaning that one does not have to sift through so many titles to get an acceptable movie for his/her family.I understand that PureFlix cannot be in most of the countries except US and Canada because of licensing agreement.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:29 am
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    I was recommended pureflix by the Answers-in-genesis website which had an article that talks about Netflix’s saturation with shows that promote terrible things that society wants to push as normal. And I agree, but something I’ve found with Christian programs specifically, and I am going to be very truthful about this, is that they are INCREDIBLY by-the-numbers and boring if they’re live action. If they’re animated, it’s even worse. It’s like Christian media doesn’t understand that having a nice family friendly show does not mean that the humor and the plots should be equivalent to small children’s sunday school. And the writing is so shoehorned. You can have a suspenseful plot and uncertainty and everything and that would be fine. But no…everything is resolved cleanly after reciting a bible verse among other cliches. Not to mention how hamfisted the talks about God get. They just seem unnaturally inputted into the conversation in almost every show I’ve watched. I’ve been hoping and praying that the writers of Christian shows that aren’t just recitals of bible stories, understand that a story still needs to be interesting to keep attention. 

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    • February 2, 2019 at 4:05 pm
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      I really appreciate your comment, Caldero, and I understand what you’re saying. Thanks for being honest!

      I would like to recommend a few of the movies and shows that have become some of our favorites. If you get a chance, see what you think of them.

      Sue Thomas FB Eye — This is a series based on the true life experiences of FBI agent Sue Thomas. She is deaf, and reads lips, which greatly helps her team in their investigations. There is a lot of action, as well as side plots involving the lives of the team members. When I was a kid, I liked Barnaby Jones. But I like Sue Thomas FB Eye even more!

      Pendragon: Sword of His Father — This is a spin-off on the King Arthur story, but different. There is a lot of action and suspense! The twists and turns in the plot definitely keep your attention!

      October Baby — The actors/actresses in this movie do such a great job of portraying the emotions of their characters. But for one of them, she wasn’t just acting. She was living it.

      Alone, Yet Not Alone — This is based on the true story of two sisters who were taken from their home, after their family came from Germany to America to try to start a new life. I have met the great-great-(however many greats)-grandson of the brother of these two sisters. A lot of action and suspense!

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    We have Netflix and Hulu, and while we like both services, we find that most content (especially the Netflix stuff) is not family family.  I can’t count the number of times we sat down as a family to watch what looked to be a good family movie, only to be confronted with a sex scene in the first five minutes.  TV off.  Sorry kids, no movie tonight.I’m pretty sure that experience would never happen with Pure Flix…so we’ll give it a try.  Why not right?  Especially considering they have a free month to try it out.The only downside is that it doesn’t look like they support the PS4.  Any idea if the app is coming soon for PS4?Thanks for the in depth review!!!

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    • February 2, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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      Regarding PS4, PureFlix has tried to make that possible, but last month they posted that PlayStation had unfortunately denied their request to create an app for it.

      Yes, the free month is a great way to try it out. I hope you enjoy it!

      Thanks for your comment!

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:31 am
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    You really did your homework comparing Netflix and PureFlix. It is interesting to see these details that would normally never be provided. I can see that PureFlix would be a great choice for a family with young kids. It is cheaper than Netflix and offers a wide variety of pre-screened programs suitable for all ages.

    I don’t need 5,000 movies per month anyway so I would probably not miss most of the extra shows available on Netflix. I would be curious to see some of the movies produced by PureFlix and see how they compare to those produced by Netflix. Have you seen any you really like?

    Thanks,

    Jessica

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    • February 2, 2019 at 7:01 pm
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      I have thought a lot about how to answer your question, Jessica, and which PureFlix original I would recommend most. But to be perfectly honest, my favorites on PureFlix are not the ones that were originally created by them. (That’s not to say that I would like the ones originally produced by Netflix any better.) I appreciate the fact that PureFlix has chosen a lot of good movies produced by others, and made them available along with what they produce themselves.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:32 am
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    Hello Danette,It is a good thing that you mentioned there is an alternative to Netflix.  It’s is great to know that I live in Canada so Pureflix is accessible for me. I think Pureflix need a fighting chance as a newcomer.  I will surely try out Pureflix and see if it worth it since you mentioned that it will be offered for a 1-month free trial.  Pureflix is family oriented which you pointed out as the main difference with Netflix.Thank you so much for the review

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    • February 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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      You’re welcome, Francis. And I hope you enjoy your free month of PureFlix!

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Okey let me say I am Netflix user and I have just heard about pureflix  from you which is good thing in that  Netflix needs a serious competiter because that is missing monopoy has never been a good thing and Netflix is like a monoploy  so  let welcome pureflix to the mix of streaming videos and hope it will be able to come to our side of the world very soon

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    • February 2, 2019 at 7:06 pm
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      Thank you, Charles. I do hope that PureFlix can expand to other countries soon.

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:34 am
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    Hmmm, this is kind of interesting.  Im thinking its a great thing that there is starting to be other options out there.I think the concept of only having family programming is a great idea.  Sometimes its too hard to monitor everything that our kids watch so at least we wouldnt have to worry about this.I am going to take a closer look at this and see what i can decide.Thank you for taking the time to write such a great review with great informationDale

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  • February 2, 2019 at 3:57 am
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    My family absolutely loves family movie night! We currently have Hulu as a streaming service, but sometimes it seems like it is really limited in what you would want to watch with the whole family. I had heard of PureFlix before and had seen advertisements, but never really knew if it was worth it.

    It’s nice to know that a faith-based streaming service is gaining traction in the industry and it has been great to see the quality of faith-based entertainment trending upwards. Thanks for taking a look at this service!

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    • February 2, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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      You’re welcome, Steve. Yes, I agree that the quality of faith-based movies is getting better. I have especially seen this in what has been produced by Sherwood Pictures. From Flywheel, to Facing the Giants, to Fireproof, to Courageous, to War Room, they keep getting better. I appreciate the fact that they started with whatever they had. Flywheel had a very low budget, but they stepped out and made a movie anyway. And it was good for a beginning movie! You can’t improve if you don’t start somewhere. I love their movies, the heart and message behind them, and how they keep doing their best and improving so much! Our family can hardly wait for their next one!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:26 pm
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    Really interesting review of PureFlix. You taught me something because I’ve never heard of PureFlix before today. I bet they’re happy that you’re out there spreading the word for them! 

    I love the idea of having a streaming channel that delivers good quality, family-friendly shows and movies. It would definitely take some of the worry out of what my kids are watching! 

    Thanks so much for informing about this service. I really had no idea it existed! 

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:52 pm
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    I knew there is got to be someone competing with Netflix of this world, but I have ni idea who it is. I like healthy competition especially in tech ecosystem. I don’t know maybe I am alone here, Pureflix sounds like subsidiary of Netflix, a kind of fake competition.Regardless, I would love to signup and have a feel of what they have to offer. I trust that I will get value for my money based on this review. Hey! They are only in one country which makes is perpetual Netflix subscriber until Pureflix spread her tentacles.Nice comparison, I love it.

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    • February 6, 2019 at 5:18 pm
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      I appreciate your comment. I just want to assure you that PureFlix is in no way connected with Netflix. David A. R. White, co-founder of PureFlix, used to be a Hollywood actor. Then he and a couple other friends started PureFlix Entertainment, making Christian movies. Later, PureFlix began online streaming. The basic values and goals of PureFlix are far different from the values and goals of Netflix. There is no connection at all.

      PureFlix is in two countries so far — the United States and Canada. So if you are in one of those, then I hope you try it out!

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  • February 6, 2019 at 3:57 pm
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    Hey Danette,

    I have seen your review about PureFlix but i got disappointed because i’m living neither in USA nor in Canada. 

    But i think it will be more interested than other streaming services.Its services may very much favorable to families. 

    However,can you tell me about its reachable time to other countries from mentioned two countries? Will it be available in Bangladesh? I must will use it if i get.

    Thanks.

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    • February 6, 2019 at 5:21 pm
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      Thanks, Humayra. I am really sorry to say that I don’t know when PureFlix will get to Bangladesh. I wish I could give you a better answer, and I’m hoping they do expand to other countries soon.

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