Are you a family that is looking for a way to watch more family-friendly and Christian movies and shows? Have you ever heard of Pureflix? It is probably the most extensive online platform that allows you to stream family-friendly movies to your family. I will show you how with this Pure Flix review.
- Name: Pure Flix
- Website: PureFlix.com
- Cost: FREE 7-day trial then $12.99/month, $99.99/year, or $1,000 for a lifetime membership
- Recommended: Yes for an extensive catalog of family-friendly & Christian movies, although it does not carry some of the most popular titles published.
Note #1: I do not earn any commission or financial kickback from Pure Flix. I believe Pure Flix is the best streaming app for Christian films and tv shows. If you’re Catholic, I also recommend seeing if your parish offers Formed.
Note #2: This review is originally from December 2015 but receives regular updates. Some information may be out of date as streaming plan, movie catalog selection, and compatible devices change.
What Is Pure Flix?
Pure Flix is a subscription streaming service started in 2015, similar to Netflix, that only streams films and shows that are family-friendly or Christian. It is an extension of Pure Flix Entertainment, a leading producer of Christian movies that has recently produced movies like God’s Not Dead and Woodlawn.
Pure Flix is competitively priced at $12.99 per month or $99.99 for an annual subscription. Plus they have a 7-day free trial period that you can use before being billed.
One reason I like streaming apps like Pure Flix is that my family can watch multiple movies for a low monthly cost. As we earn an average income, reducing our monthly costs is one way we don’t live paycheck to paycheck. I personally recommend as the monthly subscription as we only watch enough TV during the long winter nights to justify the cost.
Ways To Watch Pure Flix
Pure Flix is available on your computer, mobile device, or Smart TV. Visit the website or download the app to start streaming.
It is also accessible on the following TV devices:
- Roku (Premiere, Ultra, LT, 3, 4, Streaming Stick, and Roku TV)
- Google Chromecast
- Amazon FireTV
- Apple TV
- XBOX One
There are no plans to make Pureflix available to stream for the PlayStation or Wii gaming devices.
Although I have never tried, Pure Flix says you can stream up to six movies at once. Their streaming quality for one movie, the most I’ve ever done, is pretty good and very comparable to Netflix.
I have not been displeased with their streaming quality.
What Pure Flix Looks Like
I’m trying to refrain from Netflix comparisons as much as possible, but they are the “gold standard” in online streaming and the main competition to Pure Flix. Also, the Pure Flix interface is very similar to Netflix but a little harder to navigate.
Above is a screenshot of the various titles available to watch on Pure Flix. When you hover the mouse over an image, Veggie Tales, in this case, comes up with a brief description and movie duration.
What Movies Does Pure Flix Have?
Pure Flix has the largest catalog of family-friendly shows and Christian movies available, over 1,000 to choose from, in one place.
In addition to entertainment, Pure Flix offers the following types of digital videos:
- Movies and Short Films
- TV Series (Torchlighters, The Beverly Hillbillies, Little Rascals, 100 Huntley Street, etc.)
- Classic movies (the old black-and-white classics from Hollywood’s “glory days)
For the complete video catalog, please visit this link. Because this streaming service is an offshoot of Pure Flix Studios, you can imagine that a lot of their productions are available.
Though the catalog is extensive, it might not have all of the latest hits. They are offering the blockbuster Kendrick Brothers films like Fireproof and Courageous. They also other hit movies like God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2.
There is a wide variety of films, tv shows, and documentaries available. They have a wide variety of children-friendly programming available like Veggie Tales, educational series on “Heroes of the Faith” and documentaries of historical leaders, events, and locations.
I spent a semester abroad in Spain during college and enjoyed watching some of the educational films for a trip down memory lane.
There are also plenty of movies that adults will enjoy as well on movie nights–or relive childhood nostalgia with your own children! Titles can include the sentimental The Ultimate Gift or The Hiding Place, Christmas movies, Christian comedies and actions, and tv series like The Beverly Hillbillies and Ozzie and Harriett.
*Like any streaming service, the catalog is constantly changing, so movies and shows I have previously mentioned may or may no longer be available to stream at the time of you reading this review.
Their catalog is very large and has a lot of movies that most people probably didn’t know even existed, but you will know that they are all family-friendly and you do not need to worry about questionable content and ask “How is this a family film?”
Why Shouldn’t I Just Use Netflix?
The question I bet that comes to most people’s minds when thinking about Pure Flix is, “Why can’t I just apply the parental filters on Netflix so my children can only browse certain categories?”
Netflix doesn’t have as much family-friendly content. And, their secular content can include storylines and content that you don’t morally agree with. As one commenter stated, some of Netflix family programming now has LGBT-friendly content in it. Do you want your children exposed to these ideas?
Another reason to use Pure Flix instead of Netflix, is you are supporting a Christian organization. Their movie and show catalog have greatly expanded in the four years that I first discovered them.
You might be thinking it’s weird to subscribe to a service that is only for Christian and family-friendly movies only. Well, there are similar subscription services available. Focus on the Family has an $8 per month plan that allows you to listen to an unlimited amount of the Adventures In Odyssey series. So I believe Pure Flix can thrive in an environment where more and more families are seeking sources that still provide traditional values.
My Experience With Pure Flix
Like you, I was curious to see what titles a Christian streaming service would offer. I am pleased with their offerings. Their service hasn’t perfected the personalized recommendation algorithm like Netflix, yet, so they do not offer recommendations based on your previous viewing history as precisely.
It takes a little more effort to search for the content you are looking for, but it’s not unbearable. Remember this is similar to Netflix from a decade ago, when streaming was still relatively new and the majority of subscribers still used the DVD subscription plan.
It is a give and take relationship with any streaming service and the available catalog. No single service has every movie available. For example, you cannot stream any of the Star Wars episodes on Netflix but you can rent the DVDs.
With Pure Flix, I have only had minimal playback issues where the stream will just halt abruptly and have always had good resolution. But their streaming quality is reliable and we live in a rural area with slow DSL.
But as mentioned before, no streaming service offers everything and the catalog is definitely better in 2020 than in 2015 when I first discovered Pure Flix.
Why I Think You Will Like Pure Flix
I will say that Pure Flix isn’t for everybody. I know some families like to own the movies they watch instead of renting or simply don’t use the service enough to justify the monthly subscription rate. Others still want the other programming that Netflix or Amazon Prime offers and are satisfied with the Faith & Family titles available to stream.
Pure Flix is also an awesome Disney+ alternative.
Another reason I think Pure Flix is unique, is because it is an opportunity to support Christian organizations trying to improve pop culture. If you haven’t noticed, there has been a big push recently (even among major Hollywood studios) to produce Christian films that have been successful in the theaters instead of being released on DVD-only.
Who would have thought that Netflix would have been so successful with their original programming? It’s because more and more people subscribed to their streaming service and the original programming is one reason they remain successful today.
Positives and Negatives
- Family-friendly Christian films and tv shows
- Classic movies and TV shows too!
- Has exclusive movies and shows that other streaming apps don’t offer
- Can stream smart TVs and mobile devices
- Free 7-day trial
- No cancellation fees (can pause and restart subscription on demand)
- Monthly cost ($12.99) can be high if you don’t watch many movies
- Catalog may get repetitive
- Some families want secular and Christian content in one platform
Overall, Pure Flix is a good streaming app. I personally like the flexibility in being able to pause your subscription anytime without penalty. For example, we watch more movies in the winter when the nights are long. But, we don’t subscribe during the summer when we are outside most evenings.
What will Pure Flix look like in 5 years? Is it the next Netflix?
For a 7-day free trial, I think it’s at least worth trying to find out. If you don’t like it, just remember to cancel your account before the trial period ends.
They are growing and adding new titles all the time. I think Pure Flix is here to stay & will improve as the subscription base grows.
Thanks For Reading and I hope this review has been helpful.
Is family-friendly or Christian programming a big deal to you? How does your family watch movies (streaming, rent from Redbox, buy them, etc.)?