Netflix is everywhere – literally. While it gives us the freedom to binge-watch entire TV series’ and movies on our laptops, tablets and phones, how can we get it on our TVs?
Luckily there’s a boatload of way to get Netflix up and running on your TV so you don’t need to peer at House of Cards and Breaking Bad on a 5-inch screen when you’re in the living room next to a 65-inch screen.
Here’s everything you need to get Netflix up and running on your telly.
How much does Netflix cost?
What is HD? The difference between 720p, 1080i and 1080p, How much is Netflix 4K Ultra HD and what broadband speed do you need? Netflix costs £5.99/month for access on one device at any time. The Basic Netflix subscription lets you stream Netflix content in standard definition only and for that reason, it’s perhaps a good bet for folks who’ll mainly be watching content on phones or over a slow broadband connection – Netflix typically requires 2Mbps for SD streams and 5Mbps for HD streams.
Those of you who want to watch Netflix on up to two devices can opt for the Standard Netflix subscription; this costs £7.49/month, lets you stream on up to two devices simultaneously and gives you access to content in high definition – up to 1080p Full HD and, where available, Super HD.
Folks with superfast broadband connections and brand new 4K Ultra HD TVs can sign up for Premium Netflix – designed for families and busy households, this costs £8.99/month, lets you watch content on up to four devices at once and gives you access to Netflix’s small (but growing) catalogue of Ultra HD content.
In order to stream 4K content from Netflix, in addition to a compatible TV, mini streamer or set-top box, you’ll also need around 20-25Mbps of spare bandwidth.
Can I get Netflix on Sky TV?
While Sky TV customers can tap into a huge on demand library, which includes access to things like BBC iPlayer, All 4 and Sky’s own Sky Store, you can’t currently access Netflix through the Sky+HD set-top box.
Can I get Netflix on Virgin Media?
If you’ve got a Virgin TV subscription and a Virgin Media TiVo set-top box, then you’ll be able to access Netflix through this.
You can find Netflix under the Apps & Games section or alternatively, you can just head to channel 204 on the Virgin EPG to launch the app.
One key benefit of streaming Netflix through a TiVo box is that it uses bandwidth reserved for your Virgin TV service, not the broadband service. In other words, it won’t interfere with downloads and streaming services elsewhere in the home.
Can I get Netflix on BT TV?
Yes. All BT TV customers have the option of access Netflix through their set-top box. You can even choose to have Netflix included as part of your BT TV bundle. Or, if you’re already a Netflix customer, you can just enter your login credentials as normal.
Can I get Netflix on TalkTalk TV?
Yes – TalkTalk TV customers can access Netflix through the On Demand section of their set-top boxes.
Can I get Netflix on YouView?
All YouView boxes should now come with access to Netflix through the On Demand menu – the same place where you’ll find things like UKTV Play, BBC iPlayer, Quest OD and others.
Can I get Netflix on Freeview?
This depends entirely on the make and model of the Freeview hardware you’ve got. Boxes like Panasonic’s DMR-HWT130EB for example come with access to Netflix; older models will not.
Humax has recently announced that all of its Freeview Play hardware will eventually be able to access Netflix.
Can I get Netflix on Freesat?
Possibly – so far only Freetime from Freesat boxes made by Humax give you access to Netflix.
Can I get Netflix on my smart TV?
Most of the smart TVs available in the market come pre-installed with a Netflix app.
Smart TVs from LG, Panasonic, Philips, Sony, Samsung and Sharp’s current ranges either come with the Netflix app pre-installed or available to download from their respective app stores. Check out the full list on Netflix’s site here.
A handful of smart TVs also let you access 4K Ultra HD content from Netflix – check out our guide here for more details.
Once you’ve found the Netflix app on your smart TV, you simply need to open it and enter your Netflix account details.
As the download and installation process requires a stable connection, it’s best to do this over a solid Ethernet connection, unless your WiFi is particularly speedy.
Can I get Netflix via Chromecast?
Netflix was one of the first services to be available on Chromecast from launch. Provided you can get Netflix on your iOS or Android phone or tablet, you’ll be able to cast House of Cards and Marco Polo and the like to your TV via Chromecast.
Since launch, Netflix on Chromecast has updated, making it easier for you to binge-watch everything at once.
Can I get Netflix on Apple TV?
Yes. Netflix apps are available for the current 4th generation and previous 2nd and 3rd generation of Apple TV mini streamers.
Can I get Netflix on Roku?
You can access Netflix on the majority of Roku streaming players, including the new Streaming Stick.
With a bespoke interface, designed specifically for Roku, navigation is a breeze. You simply add the code for your Roku on the Netflix website and the box will automatically connect to your account.
Can I get Netflix on my games console?
To get Netflix on your games console, you simply need to download and install the Netflix app from the respective store on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii and Wii U and then run the app.
You will be prompted to enter your Netflix login details and once you’re past that, you’re ready to go.
Xbox One and 360 owners no longer need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to watch Netflix.
Can I get Netflix on my Blu-ray player?
Netflix’s streaming prowess is also included on select smart Blu-ray players. The company’s partner page lists Panasonic, LG, Philips, Insignia, Pioneer, Vizio, Samsung, Yamaha, Sony and Toshiba as partners.
To get Netflix on your player you need to select the Netflix App icon, or download it from your connected Blu-ray player’s store if it’s not displayed.
Enter your account information as normal and add the activation code to the Netflix site to activate the player on your account.
Can I get Netflix on my PC or laptop?
If you have a Windows PC or laptop, or an Apple Mac or Macbook, you can simply head to Netflix.com and stream your movies and shows. However, if you want to stream 4K content, you’ll need some very specific hardware. Check out our guide to streaming 4K Netflix on your Windows PC for more info.
How can I stream 4K Netflix videos?
If you want to watch Netflix in glorious Ultra HD resolution, check out our complete guide to Netflix 4K streaming.
There’s a lot to consider here, beyond simply owning a 4K telly. For instance, you’ll need to make sure your home broadband connection is up to the task, as well as your WiFi router. And you’ll also need a compatible telly or streaming device, as not all of them offer full 4K streaming.