Netflix popularity continues to grow every day, and there are a ton of great movies and TV shows that you can watch when you subscribe to their service. But if you are only watching Netflix on your computer, smartphone or tablet, then you may be wondering how you can watch it on your television.
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There are many different ways to do so, such as with a video game console, a smart TV, or connecting your computer to your TV, but the cheapest and simplest way is with a device called the Google Chromecast (Amazon).
The Chromecast is part of a category of products called set-top boxes, and they are specifically designed to let you stream video from the Internet to your TV. The exact sources from which you can stream vary from device to device, but the Chromecast will allow you to stream from Netflix, Google Play, Hulu Plus and HBO Go, with new services being added on a regular basis.
The Chromecast connects directly to an HDMI port on your TV. (If your TV does not have an HDMI port, then you will need to consider a different device called the Roku 1 on Amazon.) Once the Chromecast is connected to your TV through the HDMI port, then you simply switch your TV to the input channel to which the device is connected, then follow the steps on the screen. The entire process takes about ten minutes, then you are ready to start watching Netflix on your television.
It’s important to note, however, that the Chromecast does not come with a remote control. Instead it relies on you to use your smartphone, tablet or computer to control it. You can read this article to get an idea of how you would stream Netflix to your TV from an iPhone, you can read this article to learn how to stream Netflix from an iPad, or you can read this article to learn how to stream a tab from the Google Chrome Web browser on your computer. Compatible apps on Android phones, iPhones and iPads have built in support for Chromecast streaming, making it very easy to search for content in the app on your device, then send that content to the Chromecast so you can watch it on your TV.
As mentioned previously, the Chromecast requires you to have a TV with an HDMI input. You will also need to have a wireless network set up in your home, and your phone, tablet or computer will need to be connected to the same network so that the device and the Chromecast can communicate. Finally, you will need to have an active Netflix subscription in order to watch Netflix content through the Chromecast. If you are interested in the Chromecast and want to learn more, you can check it out on Amazon here, where you can also read reviews and check pricing.
For additional information about the Chromecast, you can also read our full review here, which shows you what you will receive in the box along with the Chromecast, as well as providing some additional impressions about using the device, along with some notes on the performance.
I really enjoy using my Chromecast, as does everyone I know that has already purchased one. Its’ low price makes it very accessible, and its’ simple functionality with iPhones and Android phones makes it very easy to use. If you have been wanting to get more out of your Netflix subscription by watching it on your TV, then the Chromecast is the device for you.
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