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How to Get the Most Out of Netflix

Updated on June 12, 2011

Why Sign Up for Netflix?

Frankly, I signed up for Netflix and their online movies because of the free trial. Netflix seemed like a good idea, but I was skeptical about renting movies online. But they offered a month of free service, so I had nothing to lose.

The idea behind Netflix is simple: Order movies online, receive the DVD movies in the mail, and return them in a postage paid envelope. Sounds easy, right? Well, it actually is!

The best part is that they now offer a free movie download package, too.

The truth is that Netflix is DEFINITELY worth the money. For less than $20 a month, I have all the entertainment that we could possibly want. They even have the new releases available quickly.


How Does Netflix Work?

Netflix is an easy and inexpensive way to watch DVD movies from home. Happily, the days of the $90 late fee are gone! With Netflix, you order movies online, have them mailed to the house, watch them, and stick them in the postage paid envelope. No fuss, no muss.

Signing up for Netflix is easy. In fact, if you are a new customer, you can get a free trial. Simply select the monthly plan that you want, and you can easily enter the rest of your information. You can also watch online movies, too, with their movie download service.

Within days, your movies will arrive. The bright red envelope is easy to spot in the mail---and the kids love to discover it! When you open the envelope, open it carefully. The Netflix envelope is designed to be reused. When you are done enjoying your DVD movies, you simply pop them back in the envelope and ship them back to Netflix. Your new movie is usually mailed out the day after they receive the old one. Best of all, most parts of the country have a Netflix warehouse nearby, so the turnaround time is quick.

The Movies Come Right to Your Xbox or Wii


Can I Really Watch Movies Online?

Yes! Netflix has some amazing new services that you'll just love. In addition to receiving movies in the mail, you can watch online movies over your computer, over your XBox 360, and over your Wii gaming system. It is simply amazing!

Be warned, however, the online selection is kind of limited right now. But that's still okay, as there are a lot of old favorites on line and they are adding more all the time.

Instant playing is available on all service plans. Online viewing is available on all of their "premium plans" (which honestly are still very inexpensive. They begin at $8.99 a month). You can watch as many movies online as you can handle. With a push of a few buttons, you can have the movie download in minutes!

Netflix also allows you to watch movies from your XBox 360. It's incredibly simple, you just log on to Netflix, and choose your movies! It's instantly downloaded to your gaming system. You do have to have an XBox LIVE Gold membership, but if you play any online games, I'm sure you already have it.

You can also watch Netflix movies on the Wii !! It's quick and it's easy. Simply order the instant streaming disc from Netflix---it's free. They will pop it in the mail, and it does NOT count towards the movies on your plan. It works the same way as other online DVD movie viewing. Simply log on to your Wii, access Netflix, and start watching your movie.

The DVD Movies are Sent in the Mail

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One Surprise Benefit

We have rented Netflix DVD movies for several years, and honestly, the technology keeps getting better. However, I was very surprised when I accidentally discovered a neat little benefit.

A few weeks ago, my husband and I were ordering one of the online movies over the XBox 360. (Of course, the movie download service is free because we have the Netflix subscription.) As we were browsing through the menu, we accidentally hit the button that displays the last movies that were watched over the XBox 360.

To our surprise, there was a movie that we didn't expect: An R-rated comedian that we knew that we hadn't seen. But there is was, in black and white... well, actually in full-color! We called the kids down and asked them about the movie. Lo and behold, the movie was watched by one of them.

I didn't know that you could monitor their viewing! But it is an excellent benefit when you have kids who are old enough to order movies online from Netflix, but young enough to need monitoring.

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    • DonnaWallace profile image

      Donna Wallace 7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you for reading the article! I love Netflix!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the review! We've been considering this.

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      SweetiePerson 7 years ago from redditch

      i can't use netflix would be cool tho