Netflix continues to be the most popular video streaming platform in the world. One of the most attractive features of the streaming services is that all users get a 30 day free trial.
What began in 1998 as an exclusively domestic US service dedicated to mailing DVDs to its members has become a truly revolutionary online platform with worldwide presence. Based in Los Gatos, California, Netflix started its streaming service in 2007 but it was not until 2010 that the company went international with its launch in Canada. The company’s presence outside the North American market kept growing rapidly and, by the time the streaming service was launched in the UK and Ireland, it boasted a presence in 47 countries and more than 20 million subscribers.
A lot has happened since those halcyon days, and now Netflix has a worldwide presence (well almost, the citizens of North Korea, Crimea, Syria, and Mainland China do not get to enjoy the benefits of a Netflix membership).
I don’t tend to watch TV. I’m like a Netflix junkie. I watch a lot of documentaries and movies on Netflix. I like ‘Downton Abbey.’ – Charlie Hunnam
How to Get Netflix 30 Day Free Trial
Even if you are just interested in enjoying the benefits of Netflix 30 day free trial and have no intention to remaining a subscriber beyond that, you will have to sign up for one of their plans. Each plan has a different price and comes with different benefits, but the 30 first days are always free. So, what plan you choose should depend on how much you would like to enjoy Netflix or what services or features you would like to use for a month.
Although cost is not really a consideration, you need to remember that if you only want to use Netflix for the duration of the free 30 day trial, you will have to cancel your subscription before it lapses. If you forget, you will be charged for the following month and, depending on the plan you have chosen, the amount you will be charged will differ.
Here is a breakdown of the plans available in the United States, with accurate prices as of May 2016. For up-to-date prices or information on international subscriptions, you should consult Netflix online.
Netflix offers three streaming plans: basic, standard, and premium.
- Basic streaming plan: this plan costs $8 (US) a month. Content is only available in Standard definition (SD) resolution. Members who choose this plan will only be able to enjoy Netflix streaming on one screen.
- Standard streaming plan: this plan costs $10 (US) a month. Content is available in High definition (HD) resolution. Of course, you will need to have an HD television to fully enjoy the picture resolution (and a smart TV or a dongle service that turns your TV into one). Members who choose this plan will only be able to enjoy Netflix streaming on two screens.
- Premium streaming plan: this plan costs $12 (US) a month. Content is available on High definition (HD) resolution and Ultra high definition (Ultra HD) resolution. Again, you will need to have at least an HD television (and a smart TV or dongle service), to enjoy the HD content. Some of the new content will be available in Ultra HD resolution but you will need a Smart TV with Ultra HD to notice the difference. The premium streaming plan allows Netflix subscribers to enjoy streaming in four screens.
But, what about DVDs and Blu-ray discs? In the United States, Netflix continues to offer a DVD and Blu-ray mailing service. As with the streaming service, there are different plans that come with different prices and the benefits attached. Here is the list with correct prices as of May 2016.
- Limited Plan: this plan is your cheapest option. At only $5 (US) a month for DVD rentals and $6 (US) a month for Blu-ray rentals, members of the limited plan can enjoy up to two discs per month. This is the ideal plan for those people too busy to watch more that the equivalent of two movies a month (of course, not all DVDs or Blu-ray discs are movies, members can rent TV shows, documentaries, or any other genre available).
- 1-Disc Plan: this plan comes at a monthly cost of only $8 (US) for DVD rentals and $10 (US) for Blu-ray rentals. Subscribers to this plan can enjoy one disc at the time, so the more discs you watch the better value for money this plan becomes. If you are a little bit too impatient to wait for your next disc, then this is not the plan for you.
- 2-Disc Plan: this plan comes at a monthly cost of only $12 (US) for DVD rentals and $15 (US) for Blu-ray rentals. Subscribers to this plan can enjoy two discs at the time, so again the more discs you watch, the better value for money this plan becomes.
- 3-Disc Plan: this plan comes at a monthly cost of only $16 (US) for DVD rentals and $20 (US) for Blu-ray rentals. Subscribers to this plan enjoy three discs out a time. This plan is the most costly but it makes sense for people who enjoying watching a lot of movies and TV shows and have very little patience. It only makes sense to choose this if you return every disc as soon as you are done with it, so you can enjoy as many DVDs or Blu-rays as you can.
Once you have chosen the best plan to suit your needs, just joining Netflix will give you 30 days for free. Here is what you need to join Netflix online:
- Broadband internet: you will need to have an internet connection fast enough to stream content. Netflix recommends 3.0 Megabits per second broadband for SD quality, 5.0 Megabits per second for HD quality, and 25 Megabits per second for Ultra HD quality.
- A working email address: you will need this to confirm your subscription and activate your membership.
- A credit or debit card: you will need a credit or debit card to pay your subscription. Payment will only be taken from your debit or credit card after the first 30 days. If you do not wish to be charged, make sure that you cancel your subscription within that period. Netflix accepts all major credit or debit cards.
- Login details: you will need to create a password and a username to log in to Netflix (both if you are using the streaming service or the DVD and Blu-ray mailing service).
- Facebook profile: this is not a requirement but once your account is active, even within the 30 day free trial period, you can link it to your Facebook profile. You can set it up so that you automatically share your viewing with your Facebook friends but this is optional. The main benefit of linking your Netflix account to your Facebook profile is that you can use Facebook to log in if you do not want to be bothered remembering your Netflix password.
So, the requirements to subscribe to Netflix on line to enjoy the Netflix 30 day free trial period are pretty standard. There is nothing unusual to this.
What Are the Benefits of Netflix 30 Day Free Trial
If you choose a DVD or Blu-ray mailing plan, the first thing you will need to do after you sign up to to choose the movies and or TV episodes you would like to receive. This list is what is known as your Netflix queue. This list or queue will determine the order in which the discs will be sent out to you. Depending on your plan, you will be sent between one and three discs at once.
After you are done with each discs you will have to mail them back and wait to receive the next one(s). There is no upper time limit for you to keep the discs at home. Unlike traditional rental services, Netflix does not have late fees and the shipping of discs from Netflix and you and from you to Netflix is included in your subscription. Netflix Discs come in prepaid reusable envelopes which make it really easy for subscribers to mail their discs back once they have watched them.
Now, the streaming service is what really sets Netflix apart. All members have access to the full television and movie library (including thousands of titles), the only difference being the quality resolution (SD, HD, and Ultra HD) and the number of screens you can watch Netflix on at any given time (from 1 to 4).
On the face of it, the streaming service is better value for money than the more traditional shipping service but subscribers are limited to the online library which might exclude some of the titles available on DVD or Blu-ray as Netflix streaming relies on agreements with individual studios and on their own original content. For example, there is no HBO content available to stream on Netflix, which means no Game of Thrones.
Netflix has lots of original content you will not be able to see anywhere else. Critically-acclaimed fan favorites including Orange Is the New Black, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Marvel’s Daredevil, Sense8, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, House of Cards, Bloodline, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Master of None, Fuller House, Narcos, and many others.
Also the online library is constantly updated with new titles coming in every week. Enjoy your free trial!