Netflix is an American media service and production company that offers its users video on demand from a vast library of movies and television series. The company also has original movies and television series which are produced in-house.

The company was founded in 1997 and it initially started as an online DVD rental service where users paid a monthly fee to rent DVDs. In 2007, the company introduced streaming media and video on demand. It has since become the largest entertainment and media company in the world by market capitalization. 

Netflix can be accessed via an application software installed on computers, smartphones, smart TVs, digital media players, video game consoles, set-top boxes connected to televisions, and virtual reality headsets. The platform can also be accessed via internet browsers. 

Netflix now streams a wide selection of movies, television series, as well as original content. This includes both domestic and international content. The company has played a significant role in the distribution of independent films and is a member of the Motion Pictures Association (MPA). 

How does Netflix work?

Netflix is a subscription-based streaming service that allows its users to watch movies and TV shows available on the platform. Netflix requires an internet-connected device to watch. You can also download movies and TV shows on your device, to watch without an internet connection. 

The content available on Netflix varies by region, and the catalog may change over time. The platform works on an algorithm that gets better at recommending the shows you may like as you continue using the service.  

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How much does Netflix cost?

Netflix has three subscription plans for you to choose from; the Basic plan goes for $8.99, the Standard plan for $13.99, and the Premium plan for $17.99. These prices allow you to watch hours upon hours of great entertainment on the platform.


The Basic streaming plan is available for $8.99 a month. This plan is perfect if you are on a budget. The only problem is that you can watch your content in standard definition only. In addition, it is a plan made for one since you can only stream  and download content on one device at a time. 


The Standard streaming plan allows you to stream movies in both standard and high definition (480p, 720p or 1080p). You can also share an account with a significant other or a roommate since up to two devices can be used simultaneously. You can also download content on up to two devices. The Standard plan is billed at $13.99 per month. 


With the Premium plan, you can stream movies and your favorite TV shows in high definition and in ultra HD (720p, 1080p, or 4k). With this plan, if you have a compatible device and the required broadband speed, you can stream Netflix in 4k. In addition, you can stream and download movies on up to four devices simultaneously. The Premium plan is billed at $17.99 per month.

Netflix allows you to create up to five profiles. As such, you don’t have to worry about having to share your profile with someone and having their movie suggestions ruining your browsing experience. 

Netflix Ultra offers ultra HD or 4K resolution. Ultra HD has twice as many pixels as traditional high definition. Netflix users in the United States get to enjoy Netflix Ultra and the 4K experience with the Premium Netflix plan. If you live in Europe, it is also possible to get Netflix Ultra. However, you will have to pay a little more than Netflix Premium. 

Can you rent DVDs from Netflix?

As mentioned earlier, Netflix started as an online DVD rental service. Although renting DVDs may not be as popular before the streaming age, there are people who still order physical Blu-ray discs and DVDs.

The company still offers its DVD-by-mail rental service and it boasts of a catalog of more than 100,000 Blu-ray and DVD titles. The subscription rates of ordering DVDs and Blu-ray discs ranges between $8 and $12, depending on if you want to rent one or two discs at once. 

What is available on Netflix?

Netflix boasts of an extensive catalog and more than 5500 diverse titles. There is a variety of content suitable for people of all ages. There is content curated specifically for kids of different age groups as well as adult shows. 

The platform has new, old, and original content in genres such as comedy, horror, documentaries, sci-fi, reality, crime TV drama, action, romance, and even nature shows.

Popular shows available on Netflix include: New Girl, Schitt’s Creek, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS, Black List, The Vampire Diaries, Imposters, Good Girls, Gilmore Girls, Jane the Virgin, Outlander, Quantico, Reign, Heartland, among others.

Popular movies available on Netflix include: The Vanished, 17 Again, Angel Has Fallen, Homefront, Outside the Wire, Below Zero, Always Be My Maybe, A Walk to Remember, Madagascar 2, The Princess and the Frog, American Murder: The Family Next Door, Sherlock Holmes, among others. 

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Which originals does Netflix have?

Netflix also has original movies and television shows which are produced in-house. The company produces quality content and often features famous producers, directors, and actors.  

The original movies and TV series are great and many of the original titles are very popular. In fact, some movies and TV shows are critically acclaimed and have received several awards. 

Some of the popular Netflix originals include:

  • The Queen’s Gambit 
  • The Crown
  • Bridgerton
  • Lucifer
  • The Dig (with Lily James and Ralph Fiennes)
  • Virgin River (with Martin Henderson and Alexandra Breckenridge)
  • The Ranch (with Ashton Kutcher and Sam Elliott)
  • Firefly Lane (with Katherine Heigl) 

In January, Netflix announced that the streaming platform will be releasing a new original movie each week for the rest of 2021. Most of these movies feature famous actors and producers. The best released movies and the most highly anticipated titles include: 

  • Red Notice (with Ryan Reynolds, Gal Gadot, and Dwayne Johnson)
  • The Harder They Fall (with Regina King and Jonathan Majors)
  • Thunder Force (with Octavia Spencer and Melissa McCarthy)
  • Bruised (with Halle Berry)
  • Escape from Spiderhead (with Chris Hemsworth)                                                                                

Does Netflix have premium channels?

Unfortunately, Netflix does not have premium channels. To be able to stream channels such as HBO, Showtime, or Cinemax, you’ll have to go elsewhere. You could get HBO Max through its own app. There, you’ll be able to access all your favorite HBO original series.

Does Netflix have sports?

Netflix does not provide live TV streaming and sports channels. However, the platform has plenty of sports documentaries, series, and movies. Some of the popular sports content available on the platform include: 

  • The Last Dance
  • The Playbook
  • Conor McGregor: Notorious
  • Greater
  • Miracle
  • The Last Whistle
  • All American
  • The Carter Effect
  • Undefeated
  • Full Count

Does Netflix have Spanish-language or international content?

If you are a fan of telenovelas, then you are in luck. Netflix has a specific genre for the Spanish language. There you can find your favorite telenovelas and other Spanish shows and movies. There are subtitle options if you don’t speak Spanish. Some of the best Spanish-language series that will keep you on the edge of your seat include: 

  • La Reina del Sur
  • Silvana Sin Lana
  • El Dragón: Return of a Warrior
  • All for Love
  • Mariposa de Barrio
  • La Doña

Apart from Spanish-language content, Netflix also has unique and diverse international content that is available on-demand. The international titles are a nice break from American content and they also give you the chance to appreciate content from other countries. Some of the most popular international titles available on Netflix include: 

  • Squid Game
  • Dark
  • Unorthodox
  • Freud
  • Inside the Criminal Mind
  • Fauda
  • Elite
  • Ragnarok
  • Terrorism Close Calls

Which devices are compatible with Netflix?

Netflix is compatible with almost every device, as long as you are connected to a reliable internet provider. Netflix can be accessed on most mobile phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles, and smart TVs, through the Netflix app. 

However, it is important to remember that Netflix can only be accessed on a limited number of devices at a time, depending on your plan. 

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How to create a Netflix account

Netflix has millions of subscribers around the world who enjoy unlimited awesome movies, TV shows, documentaries, and more with a Netflix account. Signing up for a Netflix account is easy. The steps below will help you create a Netflix account:

  • Visit to sign up for a Netflix account
  • Create an account be providing your email address and creating a password for your account
  • Choose a subscription plan that you prefer. You can upgrade or downgrade your account at any time.
  • Enter a payment method

If you have the Netflix App, you can start the sign-up process from the app. If you are using the Netflix Android app, you may get an email from Netflix with a link to finish sign-up on using a mobile browser. 

How to download movies and shows from Netflix

You can download movies and TV shows on Netflix to watch them offline at any time. However, only members on the paid plan can download content. Users of the Free plan cannot download movies or TV shows. 

To download content on Netflix, tap on any movie or TV show and look for the Downloads icon to see whether or not what you have selected can be downloaded. You can also filter by what is available for download. It is important to note that not all titles are available for download on Netflix. 

To download your favorite movie or TV show:

  • Open the Netflix app and select Downloads
  • In Downloads, select Available for Download, Find Something to Download, or See What You Can Download, depending on your device
  • Select the movie or TV show you intend to download
  • On the movie or TV show description page, tap download

Netflix allows its users to have up to 100 active downloads at a time per device on as many devices included in your subscription plan. 

How to disable autoplay of a Netflix episode or video previews

You can disable autoplay on Netflix by following these steps:

  • Open Netflix on your phone or PC
  • Go to the Profiles section
  • Scroll down the page and click on the Account section
  • Scroll down and click on your profile
  • On the drop-down menu, go to Playback Settings
  • Tick the boxes as per your preference and then save

When disabling the autoplay feature on Netflix, you will get two options; one to stop autoplay for the episodes and another to stop autoplay for video previews.

How to limit content for kids

Netflix has an extensive catalog of kids’ content. It is also possible to limit the content for kids on the platform. Netflix boasts of excellent parental controls that ensure your little ones get the best service. 

The platform allows you to set up a dedicated kids profile. On this profile, you can limit the content to a rating suitable for your child’s age. Below are the steps on how you can set up and enable parental controls on Netflix: 

  • Open Netflix on your phone or PC and go to the Profiles section
  • Scroll down the page and click on the Account section
  • Scroll down to the Profile & Parental Controls and select the profile you want to restrict
  • Tap on Change, next to Viewing Restrictions option
  • You’ll be required to enter your Netflix password
  • Set the maturity rating for the movies and shows you want to allow on the profile. The options available are U, PG, 12, 15, and 18.
  • Fill the Title Restrictions section and you will see a list of the restricted titles
  • Click on the Submit button

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How to find Netflix movies or TV shows through codes?

Netflix has its content arranged category-wise, and users have the option to search for the category they want. This, however, may not be enough since most of the content is usually arranged in wide genres. For instance, when you select the Comedy genre, you will get all the movies that fit in that genre. The issue comes when you are looking for specific categories within the genre such as Romantic Comedies, Horror Comedies, or Sports Comedies. Is it possible to search for specific categories?

Yes, it is possible to search for sub-categories. There are codes for sub-categories which allow you to find the content you are looking for with ease. All you have to do is to visit select the sub-category you want. Netflix will then display the content of your preference. 

Want to learn how other services like Netflix work? Read our Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+, Disney Plus, and Hulu guides.

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