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Aug242018

How to Watch Netflix on TV

Category: Netflix

You’ve just got Netflix and you’re wondering how on earth you’d get it on to your TV from your laptop or Phone maybe even a tablet. Well Lady luck says it isn’t rocket science and easy peasy. So, you can watch some of your favorite shows like House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Arrested Development, Stranger Things or Archer on the big screen. Even if it's not a smart TV.

This is Smart DNS Proxy and here are 5 different ways to watch Netflix on your TV.

  • Option 1, use a Streaming Device

Given that your television has a HDMI port, the most popular way to watch Netflix on TV is by using a streaming device like Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick, Roku or Apple TV.

I’d recommend Chromecast when you are comfortable using your smartphone as a remote, as it doesn’t come with a remote of its own. Also, 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 video on Chromecast.

Fire Stick, on the other hand, is a much better choice when it comes to streaming experience, it also has a remote, making it a much better choice if you have kids or senior citizen in the house. Although, do remember - Fire Stick doesn’t play YouTube videos.

Roku is similar to Fire Stick in many ways, there is a dongle and a remote with dedicated Netflix and Amazon Prime buttons. And the cool thing is, it runs Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube without a hassle.

But, if money is no issue, go for Apple TV, it’s the best streaming device I’ve used. I will highly recommend it. It packs some high-end games. But to take its full advantage, you’ll have to invest in the Apple ecosystem. Just like any Apple product, once you try Apple TV, you can’t go back.

  • Option 2, use a PS4 or Xbox

While streaming devices are the most popular option, I prefer to use PS4 since I already have one hooked up with my TV. Or if you have Xbox One or NVidia shield you can use that too for watching Netflix on TV.

Make sure you are signed into your PS4 account and go to home screen. On the Home screen, find the TV & Video section. You will see a Netflix icon so log in and you are done.

Similarly, you can find the Netflix option for Xbox One and NVidia TV shield as well.

  • Option 3, use a smart TV

While I won’t be getting a smart TV just to watch Netflix but in case you already have one, then you’ll be glad to know that your smart TV comes with Netflix app already built-in.

For example, we have this LG smart TV in the house, and there is no Netflix icon on the home screen, if you can’t find it, look for the app store section of your TV. That should do it.

Some televisions will even come with a “Netflix” shortcut button hard-coded onto the remote control. The cool thing about smart TV is you won’t need an extra remote for Netflix like you have to do with streaming devices.

  • Option 4, VGA port in rook express

If you have a 10-year-old television collecting dust in your mom’s basement, guess what - you can still use it to watch Netflix unlike all the previous methods that only work with devices that have HDMI port.

Just get a Roku Express+ that comes with an AV cable (as well as an HDMI cable, for the future) that allow you to quickly and easily connect old technology and you’ll be able to watch Netflix, YouTube and other channels in no time.

Of course, it goes without saying that you won’t be able to watch HD videos, but hey, at least you are getting something.

  • Option 5, VGA port in rook express

I know it may sound lame, but if you don’t want to spend money on a streaming device or a gaming console, but still want to watch Netflix on a bigger screen, you can use your spare laptop. Simply connect the laptop to your TV using the HDMI cable. Now, you have to play Netflix on your laptop and it’ll cast on your TV as well.

It works fine for Audio or Video. There is no lag at all. But since you are doing screen mirroring, you’ll have to keep your laptop ON the entire time. Like I said, not practical at all.

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There you go, some folks on the Internet recommends Anycast dongle or MHL cable, but we tried it and, although they do work to mirror your smartphone screen to TV, they don’t work for streaming sites like Netflix due to DRM protections. You will black screen, when you launch the Netflix app. So, don’t waste your money there.

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Thank you for reading and watching.

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