How to put Netflix on TV
Netflix is a digital streaming service that has won itself a legion of loyal fans through airing shows like House of Cards and Breaking Bad.. However, it has also become popular because of the way it changes our television viewing habits. Rather than watch a show episodically, we can blitz an entire season in one night. Or get halfway through and return a month later ─ the choice is ours. Unless they remove a show, of course.
Got a smart TV? There’s a good chance you can watch Netflix without any external device. Most, if not all, smart TVs will have a Netflix app either pre-installed or one that can be downloaded.
If the app is pre-installed already, you just have to find it and run it. There should be a button that takes you to a TV’s smart menu (on a Samsung, for instance, it’s the brightly coloured cube thing). Here you can either choose to run the app and then, when prompted, enter in your email address and password.
If the app is missing or you can’t find it, you can try to search for it if the smart TV has a search function. Failing that, head to your TV’s app store and then search for Netflix. Once found, choose to download and install.
Now either run the app there and then if you can, or go back to where you would usually find pre-installed apps and fire it up.
One important point to note. Netflix requires a broadband connection of a certain speed, otherwise it will pause a lot. But more importantly, ensure your TV is connected via an ethernet cable (the one you stick into a router) or WiFi (smart TVs tend to have wireless connectivity built in). No connection, no ability to download the Netflix app or watch it.
A largely similar process here. Netflix is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone as an application. It’s free to download, so there is no reason why you can’t navigate to Google Play, App Store or Marketplace to download and install the free Netflix app.
You will need a tablet or smartphone that is connected to the internet, be that through a WiFi router, 4G/3G or wireless dongle. If you are good to go in this respect, you will be prompted to enter your login details when you first load up the app. Do so, and away you go.
Be mindful of your data allowance when watching Netflix away from a home WiFi. You may burn through your allowance quickly or, worse still, end up having to pay through the nose for the privilege of seeing if Frank Underwood can become president.
Laptop and computer users can stream Netflix through an internet browser. All you have to do is navigate to Netflix.com and then, again, enter in your email address and password you chose when signing up to the movie streaming service.
Ensure you have the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in installed. If not, you should be prompted to download it. Choose to run the plug-in installation process.
Alternatively you can download a Netflix app from the Mac App Store if you favour Apple computers, or download the Windows 8 version. Either way, you can watch your favourite shows without having to open up your preferred internet browser.
Just when you thought we were running low on ways to watch Netflix, in steps the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U. At the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the setup process involves downloading the Netflix app from the respective store, installing it and then running it.
Once again, you will be prompted to enter your credentials and away you go. It really is that simple.