Stock up on the popcorn, my friend, and be sure the remote is handy. Call, email, or text your friends to let them know, too, because Netflix is about to bring us a slew of new movies starting this September. Films that would have appeared on HBO or Starz immediately after finishing their theatrical, DVD and premium on-demand runs are now coming to Netflix members before being screened anywhere else. If you’ve let your subscription lapse, or have never been a member, you’ll want to head over to the Netflix login page right now so you can signup and not miss a single one.
Disney is coming to Netflix and bringing all of its studios along. That means Netflix will become the new exclusive subscription video home for a ton of blockbuster movies starting in September 2016.
In December 2012, Netflix and the Walt Disney Co. inked a deal that brings theatrical releases from all the Disney studios to Netflix members. That deal begins to blossom this summer and then bears full fruit in September 2016, when Netflix receives exclusive subscription video on demand (SVOD) rights to all new theatrical releases from the Disney studios with release dates of January 1, 2016, and later.
This deal is huge because the Disney studios include Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. As a preview, several blockbusters have already made their way to Netflix this summer. On June 1, the original Jurassic Park trilogy arrived. Later in the month, Netflix members were watching Academy Award Best Picture winner Spotlight, the story of the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the child abuse scandal in the Catholic church.
July brought The Big Short, chronicling the U.S. mortgage bubble, and later in the month we will enjoy Lethal Weapon and Back to the Future only on Netflix. August brings The Little Prince, The Fast & the Furious, and The Wedding Planner.
Cutting the Cord
Before this year, Disney’s exclusive SVOD agreement was with cable-based Starz network. When time came to renegotiate that contract, Disney chose to go with Netflix as their primary SVOD distributor over cable premium providers like Starz, HBO, and Showtime that only a handful of years ago would have been considered far more popular among viewers.
In the new age of viewing, however, cable and its premium channels are losing ground while Netflix is gaining it in both viewers and reputation, and this deal is only going to bring more cable cutters and everyone into its audience.
What if you have not used Netflix for a while? Maybe you have never used it. How do you get an account? Have the plans Netflix offers changed? Is logging into Netflix the same as it always was?
All of these questions will be addressed here so that you can be ready to go on Netflix in only a few minutes.
The first step is to get to the web site at www.netflix.com:
- Click on the “Join Free for a Month” block.
- On the next screen, you will review the viewing plans available and choose one.
- The Basic Plan allows viewing on one screen at a time in standard definition only for $7.99 per month. “One screen at a time” allows you to watch on your smartphone during your commute on the train and then on your television that evening. If you want to be able to stream on your Android while someone at home is streaming Netflix on the TV, you need a different plan. You also need to upgrade for high-definition (HD) streaming.
- The Standard Plan costs $9.99 each month but lets you to use two screens at a time. This plan also lets you stream content in HD.
- The Premium Plan brings you the options of both HD and Ultra HD streaming on up to four screens for $11.99 monthly.
- To select your plan level, click on the blue box with the name of the plan.
- Next, you will enter an email address and choose a password.
- The following screen asks for your payment information. You will see the date your free trial ends, and assurance Netflix will email you notice of it, at the top of the page.
- Be aware that you will qualify for this free trial only if you have never, ever had an account with Netflix before. If you used to share a plan with someone else, be sure to use new billing information to get the free trial you deserve (including a different credit card).
- Accepted payment methods for your recurring monthly subscription are MasterCard, Visa, Discover, Amex, PayPal, and the Netflix gift card someone gave you, for your birthday, perhaps.
- Enter your payment method information and click to continue.
- If Netflix found you in their records, you will be informed that “Free trials are for first time customers only.” You will have to pay for your first month in advance from this screen.
- It is always good to get the freebie, but if we don’t meet the terms, we don’t get it. We’re only talking about $8, $10, or $12 here, so just scroll to the bottom to Start Membership and click.
“‘I need to stop,’ I whispered to myself, as I clicked ‘Next Episode.'”
Your First Visit to Netflix
When you come to Netflix to sign in for the first time, your email and password are the only credentials you need. Netflix will even remember them for you on every visit so there is no delay in getting to your movies.
You might want to set up profiles within your Netflix account. A profile in Netflix lets different people using the account have their personalized movie list.
Each account can have up to five (5) profiles. Setting one up is easy:
- Hover over the toolbar to the far right, just past the little notification bell.
- From the drop-down menu that appears, choose Manage Profiles.
- Click on the block marked Add Profile +.
- Enter a name for the profile.
- If you want parental controls on the account, check the box for Kid?
- Click Continue.
When you do not need all five profiles on your account for individuals, you can use them to organize your viewing lists in other ways. One profile might be Date Night, another Reality TV, and yet another, Everything Else.
Netflix lets you set parental controls. When you set this up, anyone wanting to watch a movie in your “forbidden zone” will have to enter the 4-digit PIN you have put there to lock it. Then, viewing resumes as usual.
To establish parental controls on your Netflix account:
- Go back to the right-hand top corner to re-open the drop-down menu.
- Select Your Account.
- In the Settings block, choose Parental Controls.
- Enter your account password to access parental controls.
- Choose Create PIN.
- Enter your new 4-digit PIN making sure no one who shouldn’t know it can guess it.
- Manage the parental controls by clicking the bar over the blocks.
- When the bar is darkened, those areas can be viewed by anyone. A bar blocking all adult content looks like this:
Once parental controls are set, click Save, and be sure to remember your PIN.
Don’t forget to make the best of your Netflix viewing experience by using genre codes to help you search for the perfect movie. The most complete lists of Netflix genre codes are found at these links for the basic and extended versions.
The Direct URL
The most basic way to use a genre code to find movies on Netflix is via direct url.
Enter the following basic url into your browser’s address bar:
To see the category page for your favorite genre of movie, add the genre code from the lists given above to the end of that url. For example, Action Thrillers is genre 43408. The complete url will be:
When you get to the page, you will find all of the Lethal Weapon and Jurassic Park titles mentioned earlier, as well as greats like V for Vendetta, Deliverance, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Sum of All Fears.
Now I’m going to tell you of two ways to make using genre codes even easier, and you will probably use one of them most of the time, but keep the above links handy for when you want to launch an even more detailed genre search.
Netflix Subgenre Drop-down
Perhaps in response to all the excitement over the release of the genre codes earlier this year, Netflix now features a Subgenres drop-down within the page for any major category you choose from their Browse menu.
This is a great addition, and will be helpful, perhaps sufficient, for most members, but there is still another choice that I think you would like to know about so that you can consider it.
Super Browse Menu
For the main list of codes, the menu app Super Browse makes finding the right genre even easier. As an add-on or extension to your browser, Super Browse pops a new menu option onto your Netflix bar.
To the left of the regular Browse in the menu bar, you now have a Super Browse option. Click on it for a much longer list of genres and sub-genres from which to choose.
Once you’ve completed your Netflix Login: Sign Up And Login On Netflix, set up your profiles and parental controls, and become familiar with how the genre codes work, you should be all set to login and enjoy the upcoming deluge of fantastic film fare coming to Netflix this fall. Tell me in the comments which genre is your favorite, and what Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies you’re most excited to see on Netflix soon. Thanks for reading!