The Ultimate Guide to Watching Netflix on TV
Netflix – your TV’s best friend?
There are many good reasons to get Netflix up and happening in your lounge room. Great show and movie selections. Intelligent pre-loading for buffer-free viewing. Automatic next-play that skips the start and end credits when you’re binge-watching a favourite show. You can even skip the recaps! Why wouldn’t you want Netflix streaming on your big TV?
Well maybe you do – but it’s not always as easy as that. Like with other SVoD services, Netflix sometimes doesn’t play nice with our flatscreen TVs. If you’re like most people who already own a perfectly good flat screen TV and see no need to upgrade to a smart TV just yet, you may have to find a workaround to get Netflix up on your personal big screen. Or if you have an older smart TV, chances are that it might not support the apps you need to view your favourite shows and movies.
So what are your options? Let’s take a look.
Method 1: Connect Your PC to Your TV
If you use your PC or your laptop to watch Netflix but you want to connect it to your TV, you need to determine if the TV has the required inputs. The best input option a TV can offer is high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI). If both your TV and your laptop have this option, you are all set to watch Netflix in high quality.
In case you don’t have HDMI, but instead an older VGA connector on your TV, you can still set it up. It is important for your PC or laptop to have the same connections as well. However, in case it doesn’t, you can always purchase a connector or adapter cable that will connect the two devices in order to transmit the Netflix stream from your laptop to your TV.
After the connection is made, you just need to use the “Extend My Windows Desktop onto This Monitor” feature on your PC or laptop (on Windows 10 it’s been renamed “Project” and can be found in the notifications menu at bottom right of your screen) and then open Netflix either in a web browser or (for Windows 8 and 10) with the dedicated Netflix app from the Windows Store. And voila, you are watching Netflix on your TV.
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Method 2: Use a Set-Top Box to Stream Internet Media
There are tons of set-top boxes available in the market you can use to stream Netflix on your TV. Some of the most popular ones include Fetch TV, Apple TV, Telstra TV, Nexus Player, Google’s Chromecast, and the new Chromecast Ultra. If you are already signed up for the service, these boxes let you stream your content from Netflix without much hassle. Just connect your box to the TV, to the Internet (which can be done wirelessly if the option is available), and switch on your device. You’re ready to flick through Netflix channels.
Method 3: Use Your Gaming Console
Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U game consoles can provide you access to Netflix at just a push of a button. So, if you have one, you are already on your way to enjoying Netflix on your TV. If you don’t, however, but you want to watch Netflix on your TV and you enjoy playing games, then we suggest purchasing one!
Having one of these consoles is a streamlined way to access Netflix on the big screen. Chances are that if you have one, it will already be connected to both the TV of your choice and the internet. Most modern consoles come with the Netflix app already installed – making unlimited entertainment that much easier to access. In cases where it isn’t already installed, you can simply download it for free from your console provider’s app store. That way you have easy Netflix access, and can also play all the games you like!
The arrival of 4K TVs in many lounge rooms has been met by a steadily increasing demand, as of November 2017, for Netflix’s top-end 4K plan – but you’ll need a device that can actually stream Netflix in 4K to take advantage of it. Luckily, Netflix has updated its apps for devices that support 4K streaming, such as the new Apple TV 4K, the Telstra TV 2 and many 4K smart TVs.
There you go, folks. Hopefully, by now you have a fairly clear picture of how to watch Netflix on the large screen of your TV to enhance the entertainment.