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September 17, 2015

How Does Netflix Work?

Written By Jack Ryder
Last updated November 25, 2019

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Reader question: I wanted to sign up for Netflix to get the DVDs, but I wasn’t sure if they still do that anymore. How does it work?

Answer: Good question. Many people are confused about how Netflix works now because their streaming service has become so popular. The good news is that you can still get DVDs from Netflix. You can also get the streaming and DVD services together if you there are shows or movies that aren’t available on streaming. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works:

Yes. When you sign up for Netflix’s streaming services, it will give you the option to add on the DVD service, which sends you DVDs (or Blu-rays) to start and then will send you more once you return those DVDs. There are no late fees, just return the DVDs when you are done with them. The cost for the DVD service depends on how many DVDs you want to receive at one time. Also, you don’t need to sign up for the streaming service to get the DVD service, just call customer service to just sign up for the DVD service.

Netflix’s streaming service is a revolutionary way to watch TV, although it can be confusing to figure out how it works. Basically, you can log on to Netflix’s website and stream any movie or show from there on any device that has an Internet connection. It doesn’t download the movie to your device, it streams it from Netflix’s database, so your computer is not slowed down. Netflix also has apps that run a slew of devices, including the iPhone, tablets, XBox, Playstation and Internet-ready TVs. You can also use a streaming box like Roku or AppleTV to stream Netflix. As long as one of these devices is hooked up to your TV, you should be able to stream Netflix seamlessly.


About the Author

Jack Ryder

Jack Ryder has been working as a reporter and writer in the personal finance space for many years. He enjoys breaking down complicated finance information into easy-to-read articles, so his readers can better navigate their financial lives. He is currently the Editor of the Credit Repair and Debt Relief categories, although enjoys writing about all things finance. Jack has had articles appear in publications from the Huffington Post to Business Insider. You can contact Jack at

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