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How to watch Netflix on TV Quick Guide

Jun 22, 2019

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Do you want to watch Netflix without a smart TV? Perhaps you have a smart TV, but want to access the likes of American Netflix because your location limits you as far as content? 

This post will let you watch Netflix without a smart TV, but not just that, in this post you will learn how you can watch the most possible Netflix content on your TV so that you can get the most out of your current subscription

 

Things you'll need before you start
Netflix subscription
There are three different subscription plans:
Basic: £5.99/$7.99 a month enables you to watch standard definition (SD) video on just one device at a time.
Standard: £7.99/$10.99 a month enables you to watch high definition (HD) video on up to two devices at the same time.
Premium: £9.99/$13.99 a month enables you to watch 4K Ultra HD video (with HDR where available) on up to four devices at the same time.
Almost all shows and films are available in HD, many are now available in 4K Ultra HD too. They all come with HDR10 for most TVs or Dolby Vision (a different standard of HDR) for TVs that support it.
Broadband internet.
You will also need a broadband service that is capable to stream each of the different video qualities. Netflix uses adaptive bitstreaming to deliver its content, which changes the image quality depending on your broadband speed.
Netflix should work on broadband with a speed of 0.5Mbps. The service does recommend you have at least 1.5Mbps though.
For example, 4K Ultra HD video uses around 7GB of data per hour, while SD video uses a tenth of that.
Netflix username and password.
Once you sign up for a plan, you'll need to enter your Netflix login (username and password) to watch on a TV. Tip: Confirm the details on a computer or phone before you try on your TV. That's because logging in multiple times with a TV remote control can be a real chore
Television. As long as your TV wasn't made before the early '80s you should be able to watch Netflix on it. Some TVs have Netflix apps built-in, but most people watch Netflix on TV using a separate device. Most of the Netflix devices we'll mention below use HDMI connections, but one uses analog cables and works with older TVs.
Netflix app on a TV device. Just like on your phone, there's an app for Netflix designed specifically for TV devices. The app is free, but of course you'll need to install it on the device and sign in using your Netflix credentials to watch. Speaking of devices...

Things you'll need before you start


#Netflix subscription. 


Plans start at $8.99 per month, a price that restricts you to a single screen at a time (TV, phone or whatever) and relatively low video quality (standard-definition, or SD). 

 

Netflix's most popular plan costs $13 a month, which enables you to stream in better quality (high-definition, or HD) to two screens at once. If you have a 4K TV or want to watch on up to four screens at once, you'll want the $16 subscription.


#Broadband internet.


You will also need a broadband service that is capable to stream each of the different video qualities. Netflix uses adaptive bitstreaming to deliver its content, which changes the image quality depending on your broadband speed.

 

Netflix should work on broadband with a speed of 0.5Mbps. The service does recommend you have at least 1.5Mbps though.

For example, 4K Ultra HD video uses around 7GB of data per hour, while SD video uses a tenth of that.


#Netflix username and password.


Once you sign up for a plan, you'll need to enter your Netflix login (username and password) to watch on a TV. 

Tip: Confirm the details on a computer or phone before you try on your TV. That's because logging in multiple times with a TV remote control can be a real chore

 

#Television. 


As long as your TV wasn't made before the early '80s you should be able to watch Netflix on it. Some TVs have Netflix apps built-in, but most people watch Netflix on TV using a separate device. Most of the Netflix devices we'll mention below use HDMI connections, but one uses analog cables and works with older TVs.


#Netflix app on a TV device. 


Just like on your phone, there's an app for Netflix designed specifically for TV devices. The app is free, but of course you'll need to install it on the device and sign in using your Netflix credentials to watch. Speaking of devices...

How to watch Netflix on your TV

 

If you have a Smart TV from LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, Sharp or Toshiba it is very likely that there will be an Netflix app available on the set's respective app store. The former three are also recommended by Netflix to carry the official badge

 

The app will be free to download and install on your connected TV but you will need a subscription. You do get a 30-day free trial though, if you've never used Netflix before.

Once you have the application downloaded and installed, you can log into it with your account details and off you go.

How to Watch Netflix Without a Smart TV with a Laptop

 

When you connect a laptop to a TV with an HDMI, your screen should automatically display the content of your laptop on your TV. If it doesn’t, on a Windows, you will need to right-click with your mouse, followed by pressing on Display Settings. There you will be able to adjust the settings to make your TV display your content.

 

After you have that figured out, it’s about getting Netflix and PrivateVPN on your device. Very easy. Just download it in your store whether on your Mac or Windows. As far as PrivateVPN? Download it from our site. You can find it in our Download section at the bottom of our page. Install it, and connect to whatever server that works with Netflix.

 

And that’s it. That’s how you watch Netflix without a smart TV with just a laptop.