How to Download From Netflix

By Paul Parcellin

Updated September 22, 2017

You must download a Netflix player in order to stream and view the company's downloadable content.
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Netflix offers subscribers the option to download and view many of the video titles in the company's extensive library. The Netflix streaming feature allows you to watch feature films, documentaries and TV programs on demand. The feature allows viewers to stop, pause and rewind or fast forward movies as needed. The company still offers DVD rentals via postal mail; many of its more in-demand titles are offered to subscribers exclusively on DVD.

Log onto Netflix (see Resources) and sign into your account. If you are not already a Netflix subscriber you must follow the links to subscribe to the service.

Click on the "Watch Instantly" link at the bottom of the Netflix homepage. You'll be taken to a page that allows you to choose from a menu of available titles. Scroll through the choices and click on the video you'd like to watch.

Click on "Play" and you'll be brought to the download site where you can get the free Netflix viewer (if the player is not already installed on your machine). Choose the version of the viewer that will run on your computer's operating system, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the software.

Click on the "Play" button again if the your video doesn't begin playing after the viewer is installed. The video will begin playing.


When it comes to streaming video, a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection is preferable to a dial-up connection. If you have a slower Internet connection, video is liable to appear choppy or stop and restart at various intervals.