How to Connect Netflix to TV

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There are many ways to watch Netflix on your TV. As long as your device, whether it be a TV, Blu-ray player, game console, media player, or mobile device, is connected to the internet, you should be able to stream Netflix without issue.

Here's how to connect Netflix to your TV.

Visit devices.netflix.com to view compatible brands and devices.

How to Get Netflix Using a TV App

Perhaps the easiest way to get Netflix on your TV is with a Smart TV Netflix App. Available on Smart TVs from LG, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Vizio, and others, the Netflix app works similarly to the browser version, though you can't see your DVD queue if you have one.

Netflix home screen with a description of the show Stranger Things
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Launching Netflix on a Smart TV varies depending on the brand; some models have a Netflix button on the remote, while others have a button for their respective Smart TV platform. Consult your TV's manual to figure out how to open and log into the Netflix app.

Playback issues? Make sure your Smart TV and Netflix app are up to date.

Connect Netflix to TV Using a Media Player, Game Console, Blu-Ray Player, or Cable TV Subscription

There are numerous devices capable of streaming Netflix, some of which you may already have in your home. These include:

  • Media Players: Devices like the Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, and Nvidia Shield have Netflix apps. Depending on the device, it may already have Netflix installed, or you might have to visit the company's app store to download it. On Apple TV, you can opt-in to be billed for Netflix through iTunes rather than directly through Netflix.

As of Dec.1, 2019, Netflix no longer supports older Roku devices. The streamer says that "technical limitations" prohibit support for the following Roku models: Roku 2050X, Roku 2100X, Roku 2000C, Roku HD Player, Roku SD Player, Roku XR Player, and Roku SD Player.

  • Game Consoles: Nintendo, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles also have Netflix apps. Visit the respective app store to download it.
  • Cable TV Set-Top Boxes: Some cable providers offer Netflix as part of a cable package, including Dish, RCN, and Xfinity. The Xfinity X1 set-top box includes an entertainment platform where users can access the Netflix app. Other providers offer Netflix as another channel in their lineup. Contact your local provider for more details.
  • Blu-Ray Players: Brands including LG, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, and Toshiba include a Netflix option on their players. In most cases, users can access the Netflix platform through the player's video menu.
  • Laptops: You can watch Netflix on your computer, of course, but you can also connect that screen to your TV using an HDMI cable.

How to Connect Netflix to TV From a Phone

The Chromecast device enables you to play Netflix (and other streaming services) on your Android or iOS devices or laptop and cast it to your TV. To set it up:

  1. Plug the Chromecast into your TV's HDMI port.

  2. Connect Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network.

  3. Make sure your smartphone or tablet is on the same network.

  4. Open Netflix on your device.

  5. Tap the Cast button in the app. 

  6. Find and play the Netflix content you'd like to watch.