Sorting Through the Best Netflix Plans

Jun 26, 2013 blu-ray, dvd, home network, 60 Comments
Sorting Through the Best Netflix Plans

Choosing the best Netflix plans can be tough, as not all plans are alike. The plan that’s best for you will largely depend on your personal viewing habits, such as whether you prefer to stream your programming from the Internet or if you prefer to watch DVDs or Blu-ray discs.

You can stream programming from Netflix by using any compatible device, such as a PC connection, set-top box, iPad or other tablet, Mobile, a smartphone, a compatible TV, or even a game console such as the Wii, Xbox 360, new Xbox One, PS3 or new PS4.

Another consideration is how many household members will use the service, as different plans allow you to use your subscription to simultaneously stream to either two or four devices.

The following are some Netflix plans basics to help you make your choice.

The First Month is Free

Regardless of which Netflix plan that you choose, the first month of service is always free. You can cancel before the trial ends to avoid being charged.

Monthly Streaming Netflix Plans

Currently, you can choose between two streaming Netflix plans. The first plan allows you to stream to two devices at the same time and it is $7.99 each month, before taxes. The second plan is $11.99 each month, before tax, and it allows you to stream programming to four separate devices at the same time.

Adding a Monthly DVD or Blu-ray Plan to Your Netflix Subscription

Once you have signed up for a streaming plan, you will be given the option to also add a Monthly DVD or Blu-ray plan to your subscription. You can do this at sign-up, or you can add or change your DVD or Blu-ray plan at any time during your membership by going to “Your Account” from the drop-down menu on the right and selecting “Edit My Subscription.” During the trial period you can choose to have 0, 1, 2 or 3 DVD/Blu-ray discs out at a time. This does not mean that you can only receive that many during one month, it just means that you can only have that many out at one time. The number you can receive in a month is only limited by how quickly you can receive, watch and return the DVD/Blu-ray discs.

When you add a DVD or Blu-ray disc plan to your subscription, you will create a queue of programming that you would like to receive. These choices can be modified, added to or deleted at any time that you choose, and you can change the priority of items in your queue, as well. For example, if you choose to have 1 DVD or Blu-ray disc out at a time, you will be sent the first disc in your queue, once you return it and its processed, the next disc in your queue will be sent to you, and so on. In general, the discs are sent out the same or next day that they have been received and processed. There are many Netflix facilities across the United States, so most areas receive their shipments in about one business day.

The Cost of One Disc Out at a Time

The cost for these Netflix plans varies, and just like the streaming subscription, you are charged each month for your DVD or Blu-ray disc plan. To have 1 DVD out at a time, $7.99 will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. If you choose Blu-ray discs and just want 1 out at a time, $9.99 will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes.

The Cost of Two Discs Out at a Time

If you would like to have two DVDs out at a time, a $11.99 monthly charge will be added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. To have two Blu-ray discs out at a time, it is an additional $14.99 charge in addition to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes.

The Cost of Three Discs Out at a Time

In a similar fashion, to have three DVDs out at a time, it is an additional charge of $15.99 that is added to the cost of your streaming subscription, plus taxes. If you choose to have three Blu-ray discs out at a time, the additional charge is $19.99 that is added to your streaming subscription, plus taxes.

Additional Important Information and Options

Of course, you won’t be charged until after your 30-day trial has been completed, but you do need to cancel your subscription before the 30 days end, if you wish to avoid being charged.

Once you have completed the 30 day free trial, if you really like having DVDs or Blu-ray discs in addition to your streaming subscription, you can choose to increase the number that you have out at a time.

The Cost of 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 DVDs Out at a Time

Once you complete your 30-day free trial, you can modify your DVD plan and increase it to have 4, 5, 6, 7 — or even a whopping 8 DVDs out at a time. The additional monthly charge that would be added to your streaming subscription increases incrementally as you increase the number of DVDs that you have out. At this time, the additional monthly charge before taxes is: $21.99 for 4, $27.99 for 5, $32.99 for 6, $37.99 for 7, and finally, $43.99 for 8 DVDs out at a time.

The Cost of 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 Blu-ray Discs Out at a Time

Finally, once you complete your 30-day trial, you can also increase your plan and choose additional Blu-ray discs instead of DVDs. The monthly charge that is added to your streaming subscription increases incrementally just like it would if you chose DVDs instead of Blu-ray discs and the current additional monthly charge before taxes is: $26.99 for 4, $33.99 for 5, $39.99 for 6, $45.99 for 7, and finally, $52.99 for 8 Blu-ray discs out at a time.

Not everyone will choose the same Netflix plans as everyone else, so it’s good that there is so much variety available.

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Lyn Brooks

Lyn Brooks is a diverse freelance writer with over a decade of experience in the electronics industry. Her articles have appeared in Digital Landing, Stack Media, and various Yahoo! channels. The current focus of her writing is in the areas of tech, personal finance and travel. Brooks is also working on a series of novels in the science fiction genre with an expected publication date in 2014.

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60 Comments

  • Gordon

    Lots of good information – but what are the prices for *no streaming* disc plans? Or are they not available?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Gordon, Thanks for this insightful question. Yes, there are DVD only plans available. You would sign up for the free trial of the streaming plan and add the DVD plan. You select whichever DVD plan you prefer 1, 2, or 3 out at a time, then you just cancel the streaming only portion at any time during your trial, leaving your DVD only plan in place. After the trial, you will be given the option to keep the same DVD plan or upgrade to 4, 5, 6, 7, or even 8 out at a time. The pricing is the same as it would be for the applicable plan if you had streaming, minus the streaming charge. For example, 1 DVD out at a time is $7.99 plus tax, as was described above in the article, you just aren’t paying the additional streaming charges once the free trial is over. It also works the same for the Blu-ray rentals should you choose Blu-rays rather than traditional DVDs. Thanks again for your question, Gordon, and I hope this information helps.

  • Diane

    What is the answer to that question ?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Diane, thanks for your comment, I have recently answered Gordon’s original question, and I hope the information is helpful. If you have any additional questions regarding Netflix plans, please just let me know, I will be glad to research this for you. Thanks again.

  • Amanda

    There is currently an $7.99 a month plan for DVD’s without streaming, but is the selection the same for streaming if you get DVD’s or not?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Amanda, thanks for this great question. Yes, the selection of movies that are available for you to stream are the same whether you also get the DVD plan or not. This is also true in reverse. For example, if you get the DVD plan but not the streaming plan, the same selection of movies that you can get on DVD, or Blu-ray, is the same whether or not you keep the streaming plan on your account. Thanks again for your question Amanda, I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have additional questions, I will be glad to look into your concerns and get back with you.

      • Jenny

        Hi Lyn:

        Your info about the availability of movies on the streaming plan for 7.99/mo is not correct. We have that plan and are unable to get any of the current releases that are available by mail. The only movies we are able to get are “older” ones 2-3 years old.

        • Lyn Brooks

          Hi Jenny, Thanks for your comment. It is certainly true that there is only a limited number of titles available via streaming, but there are several that were released in 2013 that can be streamed. For example, Killing Season with John Travolta, The Last Keepers with Aidan Quinn, Dead Man Down with Colin Farrell, What Maisie Knew with Julianne Moore, Parker with Jason Statham, The Host with William Hurt, Safe Haven with Julianne Hough, The English Teacher with Julianne Moore, Side Effects with Jude Law and Olympus Has Fallen with Morgan Freeman are just a few of the movie titles that were released in 2013 that are available for streaming on Netflix right now. You can find the new releases on Netflix by choosing the Watch Instantly tab and then choosing New Arrivals in the drop down menu. Thanks again for your comment Jenny, I hope this information has been helpful.

  • Tony

    Lyn, great information, thanks. By any chance, if I sign up for the Blu-Ray plan, but find that there are movies not available on Blu-Ray and available on DVD, does the Blu-Ray plan let me check out the DVD instead [*because* it's not on Blu-Ray?]. Put another way, does the Blu-Ray plan “include” the DVD library?
    Thanks -

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Tony, thanks for your kind words and your thoughtful question. I apologize in advance for the length of this answer but your question poses a few different scenarios, each with its own pros and cons. After researching this for you, I discovered that basically you can choose plans that include streaming, streaming with DVD, streaming with Blu-ray, DVD only, Blu-ray only, or even DVD and Blu-ray together with or without streaming. So, to switch back and forth between Blu-ray and DVD rentals you could do one of two things. In one option, you could opt to pay to add both to your plan, so that you could continuously choose between these two formats and even get both formats out at the same time. Another option, if you didn’t want to pay to have both added to your plan so that you could get both Blu-ray and DVDs out at the same time is that you could switch between the two by alternating between adding and canceling them to your plan. You could go from DVD to Blu-ray rentals and then back again. To make “swapping” back and forth from Blu-ray to DVD somewhat economical, you would want to keep in mind that when you “cancel” your plan, which is what you would be doing if you added one plan, say DVDs and canceled the other plan, say Blu-rays, that you would get charged for that month’s plan after your free trial. So, if you were going to go from a Blu-ray to a DVD rental, to save money you would want to “swap” out those plans just before you would be charged for the other one, and you probably wouldn’t want to “swap” more than once a month because they don’t pro-rate when you cancel. For example, if you had the 1 Blu-ray out at a time plan, and let’s say its after your free trial, you would want to wait to swap over to DVDs until close to the end of that month’s billing cycle and then not swap back until close to the end of the billing cycle for the new DVD plan. If, for example, it’s the beginning of your month of service, and you’ve been charged $7.99 plus tax for the one Blu-ray and you then “add” the DVD plan but cancel the Blu-ray, you aren’t prorated the part of your Blu-ray subscription that you did not use when its canceled, but you would be charged for the new DVD plan. If you swapped between the two a few times in one month, it could get quite expensive. You would be better off paying to have a subscription to both Blu-ray and DVD at the same time if you plan to receive several of each in a month. Thanks again for your question and I hope this information is helpful, I do apologize again for the length of the answer, but I wanted to make certain I covered the pros and cons of the various scenarios your question presented. Please let me know if you need any additional help or information, I will be glad to look into it and report what I discover.

  • shannon peters

    Does Netflix have BBC available as my family loves to keep up with our whovian ways with Dr. Who

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Shannon, thanks for your question. Yes, Netflix does have some of the programs from the BBC, including Dr. Who, Downton Abbey, Doc Martin, and even the new Sherlock series as well as Game of Thrones. Keep in mind that they are usually a season or so behind when it comes to updating the episodes that are available, and while some can be streamed, most are via DVD or Blu-ray. Thanks again for your question, Shannon. I hope that this additional information has been helpful.

  • Don

    How can I compare the movie selection available by streaming vs. DVD? It seems that the selection via mail-in is much superior and current to streaming. Once theater movies go to DVD they are available on Netflix via mail-in. How long does it take to get these via streaming? Also, you would think that if you wanted both mail-in ad streaming for this feature, Netflix should have a plan that provide some savings over the sum of both plans.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Don, thanks for your question. Currently the only way that I know that you can see if a title is available via streaming or DVD is to actually look at the movie, description. Normally if you “hover” over a title it will pop up if it is stream or DVD or both, and it will also tell you in the description of the movie. You can also click on the Watch Instantly tab, or click on the DVD tab to see which movies and programs are available in each format this way, but there is not a side by side comparison. Netflix does not make all of the titles available via all formats and while they are adding new titles to the streaming format all of the time, there is not a current plan or timetable to add all of the content in this way. I am always looking for ways to save on my budget and I wish there was a way to save more when subscribing to both formats, but there is not at this time. Still, to me, the current prices fit my budget, as compared to other services with similar content.

  • Liz

    Hi Lyn – great info here. Thanks!

    I am wondering if you know anything about parental controls with Netflix’s streaming subscription? For example, is it possible in the streaming subscription to see history of what has been streamed (so it would be possible for a parent to see what the kids have viewed)? Is it possible to allow only streaming contents that is PG, PG-13, etc.?

    Thanks,
    Liz

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Liz, thank you for your kind words. I apologize for the delay in the reply and I appreciate your patience. Yes, you can see what has been streamed in your viewing history, so you would know what has and has not been streamed. You can create up to 5 profiles on an individual account, and you can set a profile to a viewer who is “under 12.” Since profiles are not currently password protected, this would not prevent your child from viewing program rated for other ages, but it should help filter the suggested titles for that specific profile. You can learn more about parental controls directly at Netflix here: https://support.netflix.com/en/node/10421

  • Connie

    If you choose to have 3 DVD’s out at one time, can you mail back one and get another without mailing back all 3? Or do you receive all 3 at one time and have to mail back all 3 before getting more?
    Thanks,
    Connie

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Connie, thank you for your thoughtful question, and I apologize for the delay in this reply. You can return all 3 DVDs at the same time, or return them individually. As Netflix checks in a DVD, they will send the next one that is in your queue. For example, if you receive 3 DVDS and you only return 2 of them, you will get the next 2 titles that are in your queue in the mail.

  • Richard Kwiatkowski

    Great info so far, thank you. My question is if I get the streaming only/2device plan….does it always need to be the same two devices? I have multiple options on devices such as tv, smart phone, netbook, laptops, desktop etc and would like to set them all up for viewing, just not all at the same time.
    Thanks again
    Rick

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Rick, thank you for your kind words, I am glad that you have found the article helpful. I also apologize for the long delay in a reply to your question, and I appreciate your patience. In answer to your question, at this time you can enable more than 2 devices, but you can only use two separate ones at the same time. For example, you could enable your PC, your Xbox, your laptop and your iPad, but you could only stream from 2 of them at the exact same time. Thanks again for your feedback, and I hope this information helps.

  • Clara

    So my family already has the DVD service, I think it’s the $5.99 one, and I want to add the unlimited $7.99 streaming service to it. Will it just be $8 or will it be the price of the two combined together? Thanks!

    • Mike

      I’m wondering this same thing. I have the 1-at-a-time, 2/month plan. I would like to add the streaming, but don’t understand the price for such a thing. I don’t know why they make this so difficult to understand.

      • Lyn Brooks

        Hi Mike, Thanks for your thoughtful question. I agree that it can be a bit confusing. At this time, to add streaming, it is an additional $7.99 a month to be able to stream programs on up to 2 devices at the same time, or you can stream programming on up to 4 devices at the same time for just $11.99. Those prices would be in addition to what you pay for your DVD or Blu-ray subscription, plus taxes for your state would be added as well.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Clara, thank you for this thoughtful question. I apologize for the delay in reply and I appreciate your patience. If you already have the DVD service, you will add the cost of the streaming service to the amount that you are already paying. The $7.99 plus tax for streaming is in addition to your current plan. Thanks again for your feedback, please let me know if I can help with any additional concerns.

  • MEP

    HI Lynn this is very informative information I have a Samsung TV connected to the internet and have the $7.99 per month plan. I was trying to find an older movie “When In Rome” and it is not available on line-how do I get more movies-? am not ordering through the mail Tnx MEP

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi MEP, thank you for your kind words, I appreciate your feedback. I apologize for the tardiness in my reply. Currently, the only way that I know to add more options to the movies that Netflix offers via streaming is to add either a DVD or Blu-ray plan to your subscription, or to check with other streaming services to see if they have the specific film that you wish to see. Currently, Netflix offers the 2010 version of “When in Rome,” via DVD and Blu-ray only. I am sorry, and wish I had better news. Thanks again for your feedback and question. Please let me know if you have additional feedback or if there is another concern that I can research for you.

  • Quimbob

    Thanks for posting this info. Netflix is really secretive about this stuff if you’re not signed up.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Thank you for your very kind words Quimbob, and your positive feedback. Please let me know if you have any additional comments, ideas or suggestions that can help us make Digital Landing even better.

  • MIKE SINER

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE COST FOR ONE DVD AT A TIME.
    I AM NOT INTERESTED IN STREAMING OR BLUE RAY

  • David Gonos

    If you want just one DVD at a time, with a limit of two DVDs per month, the cost is just $4.99 a month.

    But if you want one DVD out at a time, with NO limit on how many times you can send one back and get another title sent to you, the cost is $8.99 per month. This also gives you unlimited streaming.

    Apparently, you can not get the “1-DVD plan” without getting streaming, unless you also have a limit on how many DVDs you can get per month.

    • Linda Holstrom

      Dear David,
      On December 2, 2013 you explained that for one DVD at a time with no limits it would be $8.99 per month. You wrote that this also gives you unlimited streaming. How do I sign up for the unlimited streaming and unlimited DVD’s sent one at a time for $8.99? Thanks!
      Linda Holstrom
      lholstro@gmail.com

      • Lyn Brooks

        Hi Linda, thank you for this thoughtful question. This choice should be enabled when you sign up for the free trial. If you have any difficulty with the sign up process, Netflix has customer support available by email, chat and telephone so that you can be certain that you are subscribing to the plan that you want. Thanks again, and I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you need additional help or if you have additional feedback or suggestions.

    • Lyn Brooks

      David, thank you for answering Mike’s question and providing this excellent and informative response. Thanks again.

  • Bryce

    How much does a six device plan cost

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Bryce, thank you for your thoughtful question. At this time, Netflix will only allow you to stream on 4 screens at the same time. You can enable more devices than this to stream at different times, but to stream at the same time, the max is 4 screens. Thanks again for your question and feedback and I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have additional questions or feedback.

  • george

    I was thinking of subscribing to the streaming plan. If I get the 2 device plan, am I able to stream 2 different movies at the same time on the different devices?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi George, I appreciate you for taking the time to read and comment on my article. In answer to your question, yes, when you choose the 2 device streaming plan this will enable you to stream movies and other programming on Netflix on 2 separate devices at the same time. Thanks again for your question and I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have any additional feedback, questions or concerns and I will be glad to research this for you and post an answer for you and our other readers.

  • shaun

    Why do they give you the option for a blu-ray vs regular dvd? Is the extra charge handled on a disc by disc basis vs. a flat fee added on for the whole month?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Shaun, thank you for taking the time to read my article and to trust me with your question. At this time, some Netflix customers have DVD equipment while others have equipment that will play back Blu-rays. Still others have equipment that will play back both formats, so Netflix offers customers the ability to choose which format that they prefer. Customers can choose streaming only plans, or plans that offer DVDS, Blu-rays, or both. If a customer wants streaming, DVD and Blu-rays all in the same month, then they will need to pay the subscription fee for each format, based on the number of discs that they want out at a time, as well as the number of devices they wish to stream from at one time. Thanks again for your question, and I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

  • ALMIRA

    When I signed up for the streaming plan, do I need to buy a device to send the signal from my iPhone to the TV? dO YOU PROVIDE SOME KIND OF TUTORIAL

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Almira, thank you for a very thoughtful question. Depending on the type of TV and smartphone that you have, you may not be able to transmit the signal from your iPhone to your TV. Without knowing more about the brand and model of your TV and phone, I am not able to give a more detailed answer. However, there are several ways that you can stream content from the internet to your TV, and Netflix does have a list of devices that can help viewers to stream Netflix content on their TV: https://signup.netflix.com/watch. Thanks again for this interesting question, and I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have additional feedback or questions, and I will be glad to look into your concerns.

  • Lea

    I currently have a DVD plan with netflix but am considering adding or switching to streaming. I am hesitant because I am unsure if the selection and dates available for new items are the same. Any ideas?

    • mkm

      @Lea, no, they are not the same. Not all selections that are available on disc (DVD or Blu-Ray) are available for streaming; or they are not released on streamin for months/years after being available on disc. Some may never come to streaming based on popularity or agreement with the distributor. Re-read some of the previous posts for more details.

      • Lyn Brooks

        Hi MKM,

        I appreciate you for taking the time to answer another reader’s question. The information that you provided is correct. Thanks again and please let me know if you have any additional feedback or suggestions.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Lea, thank you for your thoughtful question, and for taking the time to read my article and leave feedback. I apologize for the delay in the answer, but I do see that MKM has answered your question, and MKM is correct. Due to licensing agreements and availability, the content that Netflix offers for streaming, DVD and Blu-ray is not always the same and all of it is subject to change. I appreciate you again for your feedback and time and I hope that the information that MKM and I have provided is helpful. Please let me know if you have any additional feedback, questions or suggestions and I will be glad to try to help.

  • Susan Thompson

    I would like to sign up for the streaming, is going to use up my data plan that I have for my computer?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Susan,

      Thanks for your question — it is a very good one! Without knowing the current limitations of your data plan, I couldn’t hazard a guess, as the answer would depend on how often you streamed content from Netflix, the size of the specific content that you view, as well as your other data usage habits. You may wish to check with your provider directly for a more detailed answer. Thanks again for your feedback, and I apologize again that I don’t have a more specific answer.

  • Bill Williams

    dumb question, didn’t see it posted. if i get the blue-ray option, will i be able to order a regular DVD if it doesn’t have a blue ray option. i like older movies and i doubt any of those would have BR.

    • David Gonos

      Yes, you’ll see the option to get the non-Blu-ray DVDs whenever their not available. And that’s part of your plan, you can have either version sent to you. Good question, though! Glad you asked it, so others that might have the same question will know.

      • Bill Williams

        thank you Sir!

        • Lyn Brooks

          Bill, thank you for your thoughtful question, and thank you David for helping him. I just wanted to point out, that David is correct, if you have the Blu-ray subscription and a title is only on DVD, you can get it without paying extra, but if a customer only has the DVD subscription and a title is only on Blu-ray, they would need to change plans and upgrade to the Blu-ray plan to be able to choose the Blu-ray. Thanks again.

  • Chris

    Can you pay for a year in advance?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Chris, this is a great question. Currently Netflix is a monthly subscription service, and your credit card is billed monthly. The only way around this is to purchase a gift subscription for one full year for yourself or other person, and redeem the code when you sign up. Sadly, Netflix did recently remove the ability to purchase a gift subscription online for maintenance. I have been assured by a customer support representative that this ability will be updated and reinstated very soon, so if you don’t see it on their site, please check back frequently as it is supposed to become available again in the very near future. Thanks again for this thoughtful question. I hope this information helps.

  • Don B

    I see that the DVD plans can have separate profiles with different queues. Can the different profiles have different shipping addresses?

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Don, that is a really good question. At this time, you are not able to set up different shipping addresses for different profiles. Assigning DVDs or Blu-rays to a specific profile is to help Netflix to be able to improve their suggestions for viewing to you, based on your actual viewing habits. You would need to update your shipping address to have DVDs or Blu-rays shipped elsewhere. Thanks again. I hope this information is helpful.

  • Marilyn Ello

    I have streaming and Netfix on computer plus Tv. My question is: I have looked up some good old movies and there is always a NOT available answer. Recently I tried to find any one of the 3 Before Sunrise, before Sunset, or Before Midnight movies with Ethan Hawke. None available. You don’t seem to keep up with good current movies that are available on dvd’s. I am hoping for more availability soon!!!! Thanks

    • Lyn Brooks

      Hi Marilyn, thanks for your valuable feedback. I agree that at times the catalog of titles that are available is limited, but you may want to keep checking back as Netflix is constantly updating and changing the content that they make available via streaming, DVD and Blu-ray. Thanks again for your comments.

  • Eric

    Lyn, you said that “The number you can receive in a month is only limited by how quickly you can receive, watch and return the DVD/Blu-ray discs.”

    That is true, but Netflix sometimes “throttles” a high-usage customer (someone who gets a disc, watches it the same day, and mails it back the next), reducing the amount of movies they could potentially receive each month.

    Netflix reportedly does this by using methods such as shipping from a distant distribution center rather than a local one, delaying shipment of a disc, and shipping movies that are not high demand, such as new releases.

    So while it is true that you can get as many discs as possible each month depending how quickly you can receive, watch and return the discs, Netflix can considerably slow this process down to ensure you cannot get more than they want you to get.

    • Lyn Brooks

      Eric, thank you for your valuable feedback and insightful comments. I personally have not experienced the scenario that you have described, and I have the streaming plan plus 4 DVDs out at a time. I usually watch them and put them in the mail within a day or two of receiving them and have 4 new ones to watch by the end of the week. So, in general, I receive 1-2 shipments of 4 DVDs at a time each week. I suppose if a viewer lived close to a facility it might be possible to receive more shipments than this in a week, so they might take steps to limit that, but I have found nothing in the company’s terms to suggest that they deliberately limit how many a particular subscriber can receive in a month. You can learn more about the steps that they take in the “Allocation,Delivery and Return of Rented DVDs” section of their DVD Terms of Use here: https://www.netflix.com/dvdterms. Thanks again for your feedback.

  • Paul L

    My wife currently has a dvd only, 2 at a time, $14.95 account. I just began a free trial, straming account. If I decide to keep streaming, and add 2 dvd at a time, what will be total cost? Does the $14.95 drop to $11.99? Thanks

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