How to Use the Netflix DVD Rental Program

Streaming is big but DVD movie rentals aren't dead (yet)

Netflix has two separate services: an online streaming platform that you access through www.netflix.com and other apps, but also a DVD rental program via dvd.netflix.com where they send you DVDs through the mail.

Netflix's DVD program includes some TV shows and movies that aren’t available through their streaming service. You can watch both DVDs and Blu-rays, you pay just once a month, and there are two plans to pick from depending on how many discs you want to be able to borrow at once.

The DVDs and Blu-rays from Netflix arrive at your door in 1–3 business days and are just as easy to return through the mail.

Netflix's DVD Plans

There are two DVD Netflix plans. Both offer unlimited discs per month, no late fees, free shipping and returns, no long-term commitment (just month-by-month), and a free one-month trial.

The only difference between these plans is the number of discs you can have at once:

  • Standard: $7.99 /month; one disc at a time
  • Premier: $11.99 /month; two discs at a time

There’s also an add-on you can get if you want the ability to rent Blu-ray discs. Some Blu-rays from Netflix include extras like the director’s commentary and never-before seen footage.

If you choose Blu-ray, all the features listed above stay the same, but the price goes up to $9.99 for Standard and $14.99 for Premier.

How to Sign Up for DVD Netflix

If you’re already subscribed to Netflix’s streaming service, follow these steps, otherwise skip down to the next set of instructions:

These directions are for using a desktop web browser, but you can also sign up with the DVD Netflix mobile app.

Existing Users

  1. Visit DVD Netflix and sign in with your Netflix information.

  2. Choose Add DVD Plan.

    Netflix Add DVD Plan button
  3. Select the plan you want to subscribe to. Be sure to select the Blu-ray option at the bottom if you want to watch Blu-ray videos, too.

    Netflix DVD plans
  4. Choose Get Started.

  5. Fill out your shipping information, and then select Start.

New Users

If you don’t currently have a Netflix account, follow these steps instead:

  1. Select Join for a free month.

    DVD Netflix join for a free month page
  2. Choose the plan you want. To have the option to watch Blu-rays, be sure to select Yes, I want to include Blu-ray at the bottom.

    DVD Netflix free month options
  3. Select Get Started.

  4. Enter your email address, choose a password, and then select Continue.

  5. Enter your shipping information, and then press Continue.

  6. Provide payment details, and then select Start Membership.

How to Choose DVDs

Netflix automatically sends DVDs to you based on what you've added to your personal queue. The order in which you receive them is based on the way they're arranged within the queue.

Once you've returned the DVD, the next title on the list is sent, and so on.

Here's how to add movies to your DVD Netflix queue and then adjust which ones you'll get first:

From a Computer

  1. From DVD Netflix, select Add to Queue or Add, depending on the screen you're looking at, next to any DVD you want.

    DVD Netflix Add to Queue button

    To add a whole season of a TV show, pick the season you want to rent and choose Add All to Queue.

    DVD Netflix Add All to Queue button

    You can find titles by searching by name, people, or genre. There's also a Browse menu for locating popular movies, new releases, and Netflix's top 100 titles.

  2. Open your queue via the QUEUE menu at the top of the site to manage the DVDs. You can adjust the order by dragging the titles up and down. Delete an item by hovering your mouse over it and selecting the trash icon.

    DVD Netflix Queue

With the Mobile App

Mobile users can manage the DVD Netflix queue as well. Tap the plus sign to add a movie to TV show to the queue, and use the disc icon at the top right to edit the order or remove DVDs.

DVD Netflix Android app

How to Return Netflix DVDs

You have to return DVDs to Netflix in order to get the next one from your queue.

Returning your rented DVDs to Netflix is easy. Just put the disc into the sleeve and envelope that came with it when you received it, and then put it in your mailbox or drop it off at a local post office.

How to Cancel DVD Netflix

You can leave the DVD Netflix program at any time to stop getting DVDs from Netflix.

If you have a streaming plan with Netflix, ending your DVD plan will not affect it.

When you cancel your Netflix DVD service, your queue will remain for 10 months in case you decide to reopen your account. All DVDs must be returned by the end of your billing cycle to avoid additional charges.

  1. Log in to Netflix at netflix.com or with the Netflix or DVD Netflix mobile app.

  2. Hover your mouse over the profile image at the top right of the screen, and then choose Account. If you're using the app, go to More > Account to open your account information in your browser.

    Netflix menu
  3. Select Cancel DVD plan from the PLAN DETAILS section.

    Netflix account settings
  4. Check the box next to Proceed to Cancellation, and then select Continue.

    DVD Netflix cancel screen
  5. Scroll down and choose Yes, cancel my account.

    DVD Netflix confirm cancel screen
  6. Choose Done on the final page.