By CASSANDRA GILBERT
(TEANECK) – When asked what students do for fun, freshman Michaela Reynolds said, “A lot of Netflix.”
Netflix is primarily a streaming site that provides both movies and television shows to subscribers via a myriad of devices. Additionally, the service includes DVD and Blu-ray rental options for more of a selection.
There are different price plans ranging from $7.99 to $14.99 per month with a free one month trial option available for any plan.
The streaming options come in basic, standard, and premium, differentiated by definition availability and the number of screens that can be used at a time. Since Netflix allows there to be up to five profiles with each account, most people share an account and therefore tend to go for the 2 or 4 screen playing options.
The DVD feature of Netflix, although still owned by the company, is a somewhat separate entity, so bundling packages at a cheaper price is no longer an option. The only thing a streaming account holder can do that a DVD Netflix customer can’t is select a $4.99 option which grants the user up to 2 discs a month, only having one at a time.
The other package options are the same for both types of customers and includes unlimited discs per month. For any customer, however, the no late fees, due dates, or shipping costs always applies.
The difference in price options for DVD customers comes from the amount of discs out at a time (now limited to two instead of three) and whether they want the high-definition Blu-ray or standard-definition DVD format.
Even those who pay for their own Netflix instead of sharing a friend’s prefer this way of watching television over cable. Some said it was because there are more options. Reynolds said she prefers Netflix because, “I hate commercials.”
“It’s close to school, it’s not very expensive, and basically you get to see anything you want without having to go to Ridgefield Park,” sophomore Wilbert Batista, said about Teaneck Cinemas.
Batista said that he prefers Ridgefield Park’s movie theater because of how nice it is, but it’s farther away and more expensive.
Teaneck Cinemas is around the corner from FDU on Cedar Lane. It has four screens with ranging sizes.
The theater may not be big, have an IMAX screen, or reclining seats, but it is still a theater of choice among some of the few students who still go to the movies. The theater is walking distance from FDU, a perk for residential students, but also has a parking lot around the corner. Probably the biggest draw, though, is the fact that every day before 5p.m. and all day on Tuesdays tickets are $5 after that tickets are still only $7. Teaneck Cinemas even accepts MoviePass accounts.
The theater is ordinary, but it is still comfortable and clean. There is one screen that is on the larger side for the blockbusters and highly anticipated films.
For an inexpensive way to get off campus for an afternoon, Teaneck Cinemas is very reasonable and a nice little local theater that is usually not too crowded.
The Giovatto Library
“I come here every day,” freshman Nevenka Vallejo, said while standing above a puzzle in the Giovatto Library.
The library has a section in the back of the main floor referred to as the café.
This café is a place for students to visit for nonacademic activities at any time during regular library hours. The library gives students chances to go play games, do puzzles, and even color for free.
Vallejo’s daily trips to the library started from a need of something to do.
“My mom brings me earlier in the morning than my classes start… I would stand next to the puzzles and start doing them,” Vallejo said. At first, Vallejo explains, her friends would tease her from doing puzzles in the library every day, now she has them all doing puzzles.
Students don’t need to check anything out to partake in any of the activities. The supplies is already out for students to access. The three different gaming systems (Xbox, Playstation 4, and Wii) are hooked up to flat screens behind a partition for students to use.
This café area is full of tables and comfortable chairs, setting up a relaxed feeling, instead of a quiet, serious study atmosphere like most of the library.
Photo by Cassandra Gilbert