How does Netflix work?

What is Netflix?

Netflix is a streaming service that allows our customers to watch a wide variety of award-winning TV shows, movies, documentaries and more on thousands of Internet-connected devices. With Netflix, you can enjoy unlimited viewing of our content without having to watch a single commercial. There's always something new to discover, and more TV shows and movies are added every month!


Free Trial

Try us free for 1 month! If you enjoy your Netflix trial, do nothing and your membership will automatically continue for as long as you choose to remain a member. Please note that free trial eligibility may vary by region.

Netflix membership is a month-to-month subscription that begins on the date you sign up. No contract, no cancellation fees, no commitment. Cancel online anytime, 24 hours a day.

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Membership

Pick your price, pick your plan! Netflix offers 3 membership plans to suit your needs. Your plan will determine how many people can stream Netflix content at once, and whether you can view in Standard Definition (SD), High Definition (HD), or Ultra High Definition (UHD):

  • Basic Plan: 1 screen plan SD (watch on 1 screen at a time, Standard Definition)

  • Standard Plan: 2 screen plan HD (watch on 2 screens at the same time, High Definition when available)

  • Premium Plan: 4 screen plan HD/UHD 4K (watch on 4 screens at the same time, includes High Definition and Ultra High Definition when available)

  • DVD Plan (only available in the US): US customers can sign up for a DVD-only plan, or add DVDs to their current streaming plan.

The first month is free for new members. If you choose to remain a member of Netflix, you'll be billed once per month on the date that you originally signed up. Understand how Netflix charges your account.

You can change or upgrade your plan anytime from your Account page.


TV Shows & Movies

With Netflix available in over 190 countries, you get instant access to great content. Netflix has an extensive global content library featuring award-winning Netflix originals, feature films, documentaries, TV shows and more. Netflix content will vary by region, and may change over time.

The more you watch, the better Netflix gets at recommending TV shows and movies you’ll love.

You can play, pause, and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Plus, you can download your favorite shows to your iOS or Android mobile device, or Windows 10 computer or tablet. With downloads, you can watch while you're on the go or without an Internet connection. Go ahead, binge a little!


Streaming Devices

Watch anywhere, anytime, on thousands of devices. Netflix streaming software allows you to instantly watch content from Netflix through any Internet-connected device that offers the Netflix app, including smart TVs, game consoles, streaming media players, smartphones, or tablets. View our Internet Speed Recommendations to achieve the best performance. You can also stream Netflix directly from your computer or laptop. We recommend reviewing the System Requirements for web browser compatibility.

The Netflix app may come pre-loaded on certain devices, or users may need to download the Netflix app onto their device. Netflix app functionality may differ between devices. See our Terms of Use for limitations and usage.

Need help getting set up? Search our Help Center for the manufacturer of the device you are using.


Get Started!

Follow these easy steps to start watching Netflix today:

  1. Choose the membership plan that’s right for you.

  2. Create an account by entering your email address and creating a password.

  3. Enter a payment method so you don’t miss a single episode when your free trial ends.

  4. That's it. Stream on!

You can cancel your free trial any time during your first 30 days and never be charged. If you choose not to cancel, your account will not be charged until your free trial ends. We'll send you a reminder email three days before your free trial ends to ensure you're still enjoying Netflix.

As a member of Netflix, you'll be billed once a month on the date you originally signed up. If you decide Netflix isn't for you, you always have the option to cancel online, anytime.

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