How to Watch a Netflix Movie Instantly on Your PCby Aaron Parson
Netflix streaming works on almost any computer, as long as you have a high-speed Internet connection: 0.5 megabits per second is the bare minimum, but Netflix recommends 5Mbps for HD video. If you're not a subscriber yet, join with the Start Your Free Month link on Netflix's home page. As of publication, a basic subscription costs $7.99 per month, while a standard plan including HD video and up to two simultaneous streams costs $8.99. After joining, you can watch videos on a PC using either the website or the Windows 8 app.
Netflix in Your Browser
Visit Netflix's home page in Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer. If you use Internet Explorer on systems prior to Windows 8.1 or use Firefox, you need to [download and install Microsoft Silverlight](http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/) before using Netflix. IE for Windows 8.1 and Chrome do not require a plugin. Sign in and select a profile. Profiles keep your viewing history separate from other people in your household. To make a new profile, click **Add Profile** and enter a name.
Browse through titles on the front page, or point to **Browse** to select a specific category of TV show or movie. To find a particular title, enter its name in the **Search** bar. The Search bar also works to search for genres or actors.
Mouse over a show poster and click the video's name to see more information. To start playing right away, click directly on the poster instead.
Click the play button on the large poster image to start a movie or resume a TV show from where you left off. To pick a particular episode of a TV show, use the list lower on the page.
Use the menu bar beneath the video to adjust playback. From left to right, the buttons to the right of the title **skip to the next episode**, display an **episode selector**, set **audio and subtitle languages** and switch to **full screen**. On movies, only the last two buttons appear. After a TV show ends, Netflix automatically plays the next episode after a few seconds, unless you click **Back to Browse**.
Netflix Windows 8 App
Open the Windows Store app and type **Netflix** to open the search bar and search for [the Netflix app](http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/netflix/d8d75bb2-c5cd-44f2-8c26-c1d1ae5b13fa). Select it from the list.
Press **Install** to download the app. After you see the notification that installation has finished, quit the Store app by pressing **Alt-F4**.
Open the Netflix app from the Start screen.
Sign in, pick a profile and browse through listings, similar to the Netflix website. To see the list of genres or search, use the icons next to your profile picture. Pick a TV show or movie's image to see its information, select an episode and start playing.
Click or tap the screen during playback to show the options bar and pick another episode or change the languages.
- The Netflix website and app use your same account, so you can move back and forth between the two. You'll find the exact same listings in both places, so use whichever method you find easier. The only major difference is that with the browser method, you can leave Netflix in a small window to see other programs at the same time.
- Image courtesy of Netflix