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How to watch Netflix on your TV

As more devices become 'smart', there's no need to watch Netflix on a small screen any more. There's loads of different ways to stream Netflix to your TV.

Although streaming Netflix used to be limited to watching through your computer or laptop, that’s no longer the case. Now, just about any device can be connected to your TV so you can watch Netflix on a much larger screen.

Netflix supports tons of devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, games consoles and Blu-ray players — or you can still watch it through your laptop, mobile or tablet and connect the device to your TV.

Read on to find out how you can watch Netflix on your TV.

Watching Netflix on your set-top box

Most providers have now integrated Netflix into their set-top boxes so you can stream directly to your TV without needing any additional devices.

How to watch Netflix on Virgin Media

Person watching TV on Virgin V6

Both of Virgin’s set-top boxes — the V6 and the TiVo box — support Netflix. You can either access Netflix by tuning into channel 204 or by visiting the app directly in the main menu.

Whether you have the V6 or the TiVo, Netflix can be found in the Apps & Games section in your set-top box’s menu.

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How to watch Netflix on TalkTalk

TalkTalk integrates Netflix into both of their YouView set-top boxes and makes it easy to access. Just navigate to the Players & Apps section in the main menu and open up Netflix.

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How to watch Netflix on EE

Currently EE’s set-top boxes don’t support Netflix. In the meantime, you can still watch Netflix on your TV if you connect another compatible device instead.

How to watch Netflix on Sky

Unfortunately, Sky Q boxes don’t support Netflix. You’ll have to use another device to stream Netflix to your TV.

How to watch Netflix on NOW TV

Since NOW TV is owned by Sky, it’s not surprising that these set-top boxes don’t support Netflix either. Instead, you can watch Netflix on your TV by connecting another device.

Devices supported by Netflix

If your set-top box doesn’t include Netflix, it’s still easy to watch Netflix on your TV if you have any of the following devices.

Smart TVs

If you've recently bought a new TV, chances are high that it’s a smart TV, meaning it can connect to the internet and stream TV through apps. Many smart TVs come with a Netflix app preloaded on them, and Netflix also now recommends certain TVs.

Even if your TV doesn’t have Netflix preinstalled on it or it’s not ‘recommended’ by Netflix, the streaming service supports smart TVs made by:

  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Philips
  • Samsung
  • Sharp
  • Sony
  • Toshiba

All you need to do is connect to the internet, then download the Netflix app and sign into your account.

Streaming devices

Google's Chromecast streaming stick

If you don’t have a smart TV, you can still connect to the internet using one of the many streaming devices on the market. Most of the popular ones either come with Netflix installed on them already or they at least support Netflix so you can manually install the app.

Some of the most popular streaming devices are:

  • Apple TV
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick

Be careful with what streaming device you buy, however, since a few do not support Netflix, including NOW TV boxes.

Games consoles

Netflix supports streaming through many of the most popular games consoles, including:

  • PS3 and PS4
  • Wii and Wii U
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Blu-ray players

If you’ve made the switch from DVDs to Blu-ray, your Blu-ray player might be able to stream Netflix. Blu-ray players from the following companies are supported by Netflix:

  • LG
  • Panasonic
  • Philips
  • Samsung
  • Sony
  • Toshiba

Connecting devices to your TV

Tablet and TV mirroring

If you don’t have any of the above devices and don’t want to invest in any new tech, you’re still able to stream Netflix to your TV using a smartphone, tablet or laptop. You’ll need to download the Netflix app if you’re using a mobile or tablet, or you can just visit the Netflix website through your laptop.

Depending on the brands of your TV and device, you might be able to mirror or broadcast your device’s screen on your TV. Otherwise, you’ll need to connect it using either an HDMI, DVI or VGA cable.

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