Q: How do you connect the Internet to the TV to use Netflix?
A: This is an excellent question. Since Netflix streaming can only be done over an internet connection, you must connect an Internet-ready device to your TV, or have a TV that is Internet-ready. Here are a few of the devices you can use to stream Netflix through your TV:
1. Standard computer: If you don’t have a fancy new Internet-ready TV or don’t want to spend money on a separate device to stream Netflix, this is the easiest option. All you need is an HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) cable to connect your TV to your computer and you can use Netflix’s website to stream your movies and shows. Not all computers have the correct HDMI port, so you may have to buy an adapter as well.
2. Wii, XBox or PlayStation: Each of these gaming consoles has their own application that helps you stream Netflix on your TV. It’s as easy as downloading the Netflix application for the console you are using (some already come with the app.) The console will take you through the steps on how to install and run Netflix on your TV.
3. Internet-ready TVs: Many HDTVs now come Internet-ready, meaning you can surf the web and use multiple pre-installed applications right on your television. Many of these TVs come with a Netflix application already installed. If you search the web for Netflix-ready TVs, you will find a wide variety to choose from.
4. Other devices: If you don’t want to spend the extra money on a new gaming console or Internet-ready TV, cheaper options include AppleTV and Roku, which are both cheaper devices designed to stream applications like Netflix and Hulu on your TV. The newer versions of TiVo also include a Netflix application for streaming.
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