How Does Netflix Work?

Written By Jeff Hindenach
Last updated July 14, 2021

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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

Jeff Hindenach

Jeff Hindenach is the co-founder of Simple. Thrifty. Living. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He has a long history of financial journalism, with a background writing for newspapers such as the San Jose Mercury News and San Francisco Examiner, as well as writing on personal finance for The Huffington Post, New York Times, Business Insider, CNBC, Newsday and The Street. He believes in giving readers the tools they need to get out of debt.

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