How to Download Netflix to a Hard Drive

Watching Netflix movies from your computer provides you with access to the entire library of streaming movies and TV episodes available through the website. The service requires you to install a browser add-on to stream movies to your computer. The software saves a portion of the movie to your computer to prevent your content from cutting out in the middle of the movie or television show. For slower Internet connections, you can buffer the video for a few minutes to allow Netflix to download a portion of the movie to your computer and improve your video performance.

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Watch movies on your computer using the Netflix service.
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Installing Components

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Access the Netflix website and select a movie you would like to play (link in Resources).

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Click the "Install Now" button when prompted.

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Click "Save Now," or select the "Silverlight.exe" download link in your browser when prompted.

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Select "Run" and click "Install Now." Follow the prompts in the installation wizard to install Silverlight.

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Click the "Close" button and restart your browser.

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Access the Netflix site again, and select the movie you would like to begin watching.

Buffer Video

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Access the Netflix website, and select the movie you would like to play.

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Press the "Pause" button in the video toolbar once the video starts playing.

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Wait for the grey progress indicator in the playback controls to buffer a portion of the video by downloading the video to your computer. Once the grey indicator stops moving, press the "Play" button to watch your TV show or movie.