5 amazing things Xtravision had which Netflix never will

There are quite a few differences between these two, least of all the eras they worked in. Here are the five amazing things Xtravision had which Netflix never will.

5 amazing things Xtravision had which Netflix never will

We can’t deny that Netflix is pretty great! For a monthly fee, you have access to movies of all genres and you can watch them anywhere in the world and on numerous devices. It has become so popular that it has its own slogan ‘Netflix and Chill’, which means something different to everyone of course, but ultimately means Netflix is ruling the movie world right now.

Yes, there are so many benefits to Netflix, but for those of us that grew up in the good old days of Xtravision, the two just can’t match up. Both have their advantages of course, but we are here to take you on a journey down memory lane to the days when we would head to the local video shop and rent a movie rather than clicking on your mouse or remote control.

So, here are five amazing things Xtravision had which Netflix never will.

5. Socialising – you never knew who you’d bump into

Socialising – you never knew who you’d bump into
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The weekend was the most popular time to visit your local video shop, and everyone had the same idea. It was the perfect opportunity as a youngster to spot someone you fancied or even some of your friends renting movies with their families, something Netflix just can’t offer.

Irish people love a good chat, and this was the perfect place to chat, share stories and recommend movies to each other. The social aspect is one of thethings Xtravision had that Netflix never will. Ah the good old days!

4. Searching for a movie was fun – one of the things Xtravision had which Netflix never will

Searching for a movie was fun – one of the things Xtravision had which Netflix never will
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Most of us can relate to the scenario where you want to watch a movie, but either you can’t decide what you want to watch, or, you and whoever you’re watching with, can’t agree on one. Sometimes it ends with no movie at all, and where’s the fun in that?

Take us back to the days when choosing a movie was actually enjoyable, walking around the aisles, coming across old movies and taking your time to pick the one you want. This was an essential part of the whole experience, was it not?

3. Having an Xtravision Card – the proud moment you became a member

Having an Xtravision Card – the proud moment you became a member
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We can all remember when we were old enough to get our hands on that Xtravision membership card. Almost everyone had one in their wallet or purse, at one point and it was a right of passage for most of us.

Nowadays all you need is a log in for Netflix, and that just doesn’t give us that same fuzzy feeling now, does it?

2. The ‘special occasion’ feeling – it’s that time again

The ‘special occasion’ feeling – it’s that time again
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Yes, occasionally we will head on over to Netflix if it’s a special romantic evening or a family night in, but, let’s face it, these days Netflix is an almost every-evening occurrence. Whether it’s to binge watch your favourite TV show or watch a random documentary, gone are the days when this occurrence happened only on special occasions.

Heading to Xtravision used to be a special treat, perhaps to celebrate the weekend or when you had friends over for a sleepover. Nothing can compare to the excitement of your trip to Xtravision.

1. The Ultimate Rewards – we all love a reward

The Ultimate Rewards – we all love a reward
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Does Netflix reward you for watching too much TV? Does anyone for that matter? Well, Xtravision used to! Instead of the usual ‘Are you still watching’ notification popping up on Netflix, making you feel utterly humiliated, Xtravision actually encouraged this. Binge watchers could once accumulate rewards for free movies and discounts on sweets; we need those days back!

So, there you have it, five amazing things Xtravision had which Netflix never will. I think we can all agree that, although we are so lucky to be living in an age where we have unlimited access to movies from around the world, we still yearn for those days when life was simple.

Xtravision lives in the memories of every Irish person’s childhood, and adulthood for that matter, and we can’t help but reminisce on the days when we grabbed our pocket money and headed off in the car, in search of our next movie.

Xtravision had everything, not just movies and socialising, but remember all those sweets and vending machines? Netflix could never compete with that. Ah Xtravision, forever in the hearts of the Irish nation.

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Jade Poleon is a free spirit with a love for the world and her homeland, Ireland. Jade started travelling in 2007 and since then has travelled to every continent and over 90 countries, qualified as a yoga teacher in India, hiked the Himalayas, walked 900km across Spain, and is about to embark on a trip through Portugal in her camper van. Travel is her number-one passion, and she has a soft spot for hiking, food, and jaw-dropping scenery, all of which can be found right here on our stunning Emerald Isle.