How to Order Movies on Netflix

By Jackie Bailey

Netflix allows you to stream or rent DVDs from your home. When you choose a movie or show, you can either stream it immediately or place it in your DVD queue.

You can sign up for the Netflix mail-in DVD service independently of subscribing to the streaming service. You can also add one when you create your streaming account, or add the DVD service to your existing Netflix streaming account.

Setting Up Your DVD Rental Netflix Account

Step 1

Create your Netflix DVD rental account using your email address. Click Continue.

Step 2

Choose Your DVD Plan

Choose the DVD plan that best fits your needs, based on how many DVDs or Blu-rays you want to rent at once.

Step 3

Fill Out Shipping Information

Fill out your shipping information to receive your rental DVDs.

Tip

  • After your free trial membership ends, Netflix will prompt you to pay for continued service using a credit card or PayPal.
  • There are separate Netflix websites for DVD rentals only and the streaming service.
  • You can change your account at any time to receive more or less DVDs at once.
  • You can cancel your membership at any time.

Step 4

Click Add

Select a DVD you want to rent and click Add to add it to your rental queue. Netflix will send out a copy of your first DVD request within one business day.

Step 5

View  Suggestions

After adding the DVD to your queue, Netflix will suggest DVDs similar to your current selection. Continue to browse through the site to add more DVDs to your queue, which will be shipped to you after you have viewed and returned the first selection.

Tip

You receive your selected DVDs in the order they are placed in the queue. You can edit this at any time by visiting your queue page and modifying their order.

Setting Up Your Netflix Account For Streaming and DVD

Step 1

Click Start Your Free Month

If you do not already have a Netflix account, click Start Your Free Month.

Tip

The streaming Netflix website is a separate site from DVD rental-only site, but it also includes options to add DVD rentals to your subscription service.

Step 2

Choose Your Plan

Choose the plan you want for your Netflix streaming account. Prices vary by package, with options for streaming in HD and on watching Netflix content simultaneously on multiple screens.

Tip

You can downgrade or upgrade your plan at any time.

Step 3

Register With Your Email Address

Use your email address and choose a password to sign up for Netflix. Click Register.

Step 4

Enter Your Payment Details

Choose your method of payment. Click Credit Card to enter your credit card information or click PayPal to use your PayPal account.

Tip

  • You will not be charged until your trial month ends.
  • You can cancel your membership at any time.

Step 5

Click Start Membership

Review your information and confirm your account by clicking Start Membership.

Step 6

Add DVDs to Your Account

To add DVD rental service to your membership, you can do so now by clicking Yes, Add DVDs.

Tip

You can add DVD rental service anytime after you create your Netflix account.

Step 7

Provide Your Shipping Address

Provide your shipping address to receive DVDs in the mail. Click Continue.

Step 8

Confirm Address and Add Plan

Confirm your mailing address and click Add Plan.

Stream Shows and Movies Using Netflix

Press Play to Stream

To stream movies or television shows, press Play on the movie or show you want to watch. Your selection will start immediately.

Add DVD Rental Plan

If you haven't done so already, you can add your DVD plan to your account at any time.

Step 1

Go to Your Account

Click Your Account.

Step 2

Click Change Plan

Click Change Plan. If you are not signed up for DVD rentals, you can sign up here. However, if you are signed up for DVD Rentals, you can also change your DVD Rental plan to receive one, two, or three DVDs at a time.

Step 3

Click Add

Choose what you want to watch and click Add. This will add your selection to your DVD queue. DVDs in your queue will be mailed to the address you provided.

Step 4

To return the rented DVD, put it in the red envelope it was mailed in. Reseal the envelope and put it in your mailbox to be sent out.

Tip

Even if an exact address of the Netflix shipping center doesn't appear on the mailer, the Postal Service will ensure your movie is returned.