How to Watch Netflix on TV â€“ 5 Ways.
You just have Netflix and you are wondering how you could connect it to your TV from a laptop or phone, maybe even a tablet. Well, lady luck says it’s not rocket science and lightness. So you can watch some of your favorite shows like Breaking Bad, Developmental Delay, Stranger Things, The Archer on the big screen. Even if it’s not a smart TV.
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How to watch Netflix on TV
1. Use the broadcast device
Given that your TV has an HDMI port, the most popular way to watch Netflix on your TV is using a streaming device like Chromecast, Fire Stick, Roku, or Apple TV.
I recommend the Chromecast ($ 35) if you are comfortable using your smartphone as a remote control as it doesn’t come with its own remote. Plus, if you want screen mirroring on your TV, no one does screen mirroring better than Chromecast. While Netflix works fine, you won’t be able to play Amazon Prime videos on Chromecast.
The Firestick ($ 39) is overall a much better choice when it comes to streaming, it also has a remote control, making it a much better choice if you have kids or seniors in the house. Remember though, Firesticks does not play YouTube videos.
The Roku ($ 29) is a lot like fire sticks, with a key and remote with dedicated Netflix and Amazon Prime buttons. Best of all, it works with both Netflix and Amazon Prime and Youtube without any issues.
But if money isn’t an issue, get the Apple TV ($ 149), the best streaming device I’ve ever used. I highly recommend this. It contains several high quality games. But to take full advantage of its benefits, you’ll have to invest in the Apple ecosystem. Like any apple product, once you’ve tried Apple TV, you can’t go back.
Read: Chromecast vs FireStick vs Roku vs Android TV vs Apple TV – which one to buy?
2. Use a gaming console
While streaming devices are the most popular option, I prefer using PS4 as I already have one connected to my TV. Or, if you have an Xbox or Nvidia Shield, you can also use it to watch Netflix on TV.
Make sure you’re signed into your PS4 account and heading to the home screen. On the home screen, find the TV & video section. You will see the Netflix icon, sign in and you are done. Likewise for Xbox, go to the Xbox store and search for the Netflix app. The same can be done with the Nvidia TV Shield.
3. Use a smart TV
While I won’t get a smart TV just to watch Netflix, if you already have one, you’ll be glad to know that your smart TV already comes with the Netflix app built in.
For example, we have an LG smart TV at home and there is a Netflix icon on the home screen, if you find it, look for the app store section on your TV. This should work. Some TVs even have a dedicated “Netflix” button on the remote. The great thing about Smart TV is that you don’t need an additional remote for Netflix like you would for streaming devices.
If your Smart TV doesn’t have the Netflix app, look for the Miracast option. Miracast is a new technology that allows you to display the screen of your Windows computers (8.1 or later) and Android devices on your Miracast-enabled Smart TV. This is a great option if you want to watch Netflix on TV from your laptop without HDMI.
You can find the Miracast option on Android by going to Settings Display Screen Casting and tapping on the recipient’s name. To use Miracast on Windows, choose Settings Display.
4. VGA port in the quick rook
If you have 10-year old TV junk in your mom’s basement, guess what, you can still use it to watch Netflix.
Unlike the whole previous method, which only works with devices that have an HDMI port.
Just get the Roku Express + ($ 39), which comes with an AV cable (as well as an HDMI cable for the future) that lets you connect old technologies quickly and easily, and you can watch Netflix, YouTube and more. once.
Of course, it goes without saying that you won’t be able to watch HD videos, but at least you get something.
5. Use an HDMI cable
I know this might sound out of place, but if you don’t want to spend money on a streaming device or game console, but still want to watch Netflix on the big screen, you can use your spare laptop. Just connect your laptop to your TV using an HDMI cable. Now you need to run Netflix on your laptop and it will also stream on your TV. Most modern thin laptop does not come with the old HDMI port, in which case you can use this cheap Mini-HDMI cable.
It works great for audio or video. There are no lags. But since you are doing screen mirroring, you have to keep the laptop ON at all times. As I said, completely impractical.
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Some people on the internet recommend the Anycast dongle MHL cable, we tried it and while they do work for displaying your smartphone screen on TV, they don’t work for streaming sites due to DRM protection. You will have a black screen when you launch the Netflix app. So don’t waste your money on this.
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