Sign up for a Netflix account by visiting Netflix.com and clicking the Start Your Free Month button. Select the Basic, Standard or Premium plan. Type your email address and desired password in the designated boxes, and click the Register button. A valid credit card is required to begin the membership.
A Netflix trial membership is free for one month. After the first month, the membership automatically renews each month until it is cancelled by the customer. The credit card used during sign-up is charged according to the selected plan. As of April 2015, Netflix subscription plans range from $7.99 for the Basic plan to $11.99 for the Premium plan.
Netflix was founded in 1997 by Marc Randolph and Reed Hastings. It was originally an online DVD rental service through which users rented DVDs online and received them by mail. In 1999, Netflix became a subscription-based service through which users could rent as many DVDs as they liked for a monthly fee. Netflix began its streaming media service in 2007, and by 2009, it had more than 10 million subscribers.
Netflix started producing original programming for its streaming service in March 2011, and was the first Internet TV network to be nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. As of April 2015, Netflix has over 62.9 million subscribers worldwide, according to Variety.com.