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- There are numerous ways to get Netflix on your TV set.
- If your TV is a smart TV, you can log into Netflix using the on-screen apps.
- If you don’t have a smart TV, you have a lot of other options, including a Roku, a video game console, or connecting your laptop or mobile device to the TV directly with a cable.
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But what if you prefer to watch Netflix on a bigger screen, like the TV in your living room? There are five popular ways you could do that.
Watch Netflix on a smart TV
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These days, many large flat screen televisions double as “smart TVs” – they come with a built-in media player that lets you connect to popular video services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and many others via on-screen apps.
If you have a smart TV, all you need to do is subscribe to Netflix and log in via the app on your TV.
Watch Netflix using a streaming media player like Roku
You don’t need a smart TV, because you can turn any television that has an HDMI input into the equivalent of a smart TV using a media streaming device.
Watch Netflix on a gaming console like PS4
Gaming consoles work very much like a Roku or similar streaming device; when you’re tired of games, you can log into Netflix via the on-screen app.
Watch Netflix by “casting” it from your phone to a TV
If you have Netflix on your smartphone, perhaps you’d like to get the video from the phone to your TV. Luckily, there are devices that make that easy. Google Chromecast is a simple media player that connects to your TV and lets you wirelessly send anything that’s on your phone to your television.
Chromecast calls this “casting,” and you can use this to watch Netflix at full resolution on your TV. In a similar way, if you have an Apple TV, you can wirelessly connect your phone using Bluetooth and display video like Netflix on your television.
Watch Netflix by connecting a laptop or mobile device to your TV
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Finally, with the right cable, you can connect your computer or mobile device to a television to project video on the bigger screen. The trick, of course, is having the right cable. In most cases, you’ll want to be able to connect your device to the TV with an HDMI cable, so your laptop should have an HDMI output that you can connect to the HDMI input on your TV.
If you have an older laptop (and television), you may be able to use an old-fashioned DVI cable instead. To connect your iPhone or iPad to the TV, you’ll need a Lightning Digital AV Adapter. For more info, check out our article, “How to connect your iPhone to a TV in two different ways.”