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How to Watch Netflix Movies on TV

Updated on August 21, 2014

A Netflix Player: The Easy Way to Watch Netflix Movies on TV

What is a Netflx player? Is a Netflix player the only way to stream my Netflix movies and shows to my television? Find out here.

Netflix provides consumers with a huge selection of movies at an affordable price. Of course Netflix also streams some of their movies and TV shows over the internet versus having them available only on DVDs delivered through the mail. This adds speed and convenience for consumers.

There are a number of ways to stream Netflix content directly to your TV. Netflix players are a simple way but they certainly aren't the only way. This page will summarize some of the most popular options for enjoy this content directly on your television.

Roku Netflix

Probably one of the easiest and least expensive ways of watching Netflix movies on your TV is through a Roku Netflix player. All you need is your Netflix subscription and then the Roku player. It works with virtually any television and comes with built in WiFi and ethernet so that you can connect either wirelessly or with cables. It also comes with a remote so that you can take control just as you do when watching traditional DVD's. You can fast forward, pause, rewind, and so forth just as you always do.

The Roku Netflix player below gives you access to over 12,000 Netflix movies and TV episodes, but this access expands all of the time. In addition you get access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes on Amazon Video on Demand. It's ready to go right out of the box.

Other Streaming Players

There are many other Netflix players available. LG, Roku Logitech, Western Digitial (WD), RCA, Sony, ASUS, TiVo, NetGear, Do-Link, Apple TV and others offer them.

Home Theaters for Streaming Netflix Movies

There are a number of home theater in-a-box set ups that can act as a Netflix player as well. LG, Panasonic RCA, Samsung, and Sony are among the name brand manufacturers. If you want to know all of the specific models, check here.

Netflix Blu-Ray Players

A Netflix player can also come in the form of Blu-Ray players produced by some of the major manufacturers as well. Although more expensive than the Roku Netflix player, they can be a good choice if you're wanting a Blu-Ray player anyway. They allow you to select Netflix streaming straight from the main menu giving you access to the "Watch Instantly" Netflix library at the press of a button. The accompanying remote control allows you to fast forward and rewind just as when viewing a DVD.

These players typically require a broadband connection to provide access to your Netflix queue. Users can also review a movie synopsis, rate, and select movies directly from their TV screen. Insignia, Vizio, and LG offer options, but below are some that rate highly with customers.


Another Netflix player option is a TiVo. This is probably the pricest option but certainly a good one if you already own one or have decided that you want a TiVo anyway. With a broadband connection, a TiVo HD, TiVo HD XL, or TiVo Series 3 DVR can give you access to your Netflix movies hassle free.

Once you have a Neflix subscription, you only need to enter your activation code. Simply go to TiVo Central/Video on Demand/Netflix and you'll see the code. That's the code you'll enter on the Netflix site to get the access you need to see your queue show up on TV. You can make your Netflix selection on your TV screen using the TiVo remote control.

If you want to read an overview of the TiVo Netflix player, check out this write up by Crave. You can see it demonstrated below.

A Look at the TiVo - Netflix Connection

Using Your Gaming Console as a Netflix Player

If you have a broadband connected Xbox 360 game system and are an Xbox LIVE Gold member you can stream Netflix movies and TV shows to your TV directly. Using the Media Remote or Xbox controller you can pause, rewind, and fast forward movies giving you the same control as when viewing DVDs.

Users who are Netflix subscribers have access to all of the entertainment within the "Watch Instantly" Netflix feature; currently this includes over 12,000 movies and TV shows. Certainly, this option for getting a Netflix player is perfect for those who have or want an Xbox 360 anyway. See it demonstrated below.

Of course other gaming consoles work too. PlayStation and Wii are options as well.

Just a Few of the Game Consoles

Set up Netflix with Your XBox

Televisions with Internet Access/Netflix Built In

More and more televisions have added ethernet ports and internet access built in.

Manufacturers such as Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Sanyo, Vizio, Panasonic, Pioneer, Samsung, LG, Insignia, HiSense, and Haier offer models that can stream Netflix movies and much more. Internet connected TV with their apps now allow consumers access to internet content and streaming movies.

TV's That Require Only Your Home Network for Viewing Nefflix Movies

There are many television sets that are now internet connected and provide the apps that allow netflix movie streaming. From Panasonic Viera sets to the internet connected Samsung models, there are plenty of choices. See one of them below.

Netflix on Mobile Devices

An increasing number of mobile devices also act as a Netflix player when you download the necessary application. There is an iPhone app. You can also stream Netflix movies on the iPad, on Windows devices, and mobile devices running with a Snapdragon platform and Android software. e-Readers such as the Kindle Fire and Nook can be Netflix Players as well. You can go to to get a free app when you become a member.

Don't Want a Netflix Player? Use Your Laptop/PC

Yes, you can view movies and TV shows streamed to your PC/laptop on your TV without a Netflix player if you're willing to go through the process of hooking up your TV and computer. You'll still have to use your PC to go to the Netflix website, make your selections, and so forth, but at least you can enjoy the entertainment on a big screen. In addition, this is a fairly affordable option. At most, you'll need to buy a cable or two, providing you have your Netflix subscription, computer, and a TV.

After assuring you have the appropriate cables for making the connection it's really fairly simple but this WikiHow article will walk you through the process quickly.

Need Help Connecting?

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Introduction: JeffGunn.

XBox 360: glztt.

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      scarlett 3 years ago

      Great article For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, and similar media stations on your Roku by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How do I connect nexflex to my Visio tv

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      NetFlix my ass old movies need to pay .... just try much more fun there all latest movies like iron man 3 man of steel anyway theater movies on and its free ...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have netflix through my laptop to my tv....but i am not hearing it through the tv..i am hearing it through the can i change that?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Good to know, thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i need instructions on how to connect netflix online to regular tv

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      SO..why should my netflix movie stop playing on the TV when the house phone rings?!

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      I watch Netflix on the computer, on tv, and on my Android phone. Technology is wonderful!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i need instructions on how to connect netflix online to regular tv

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just the info I was looking for, thank you

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      ricardolamb 5 years ago

      I have the Samsung BD-P2500 1080p Blu-ray Disc Player, and it works, certainly, but at least once a week I need to reactivate on the netflix web site, and sometimes the Samsung will not get it's wireless IP address and connect to the network, unless re-tried many times -- other than that, no complaints!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thank you! Thank you! I didn't know the "secret" of the FN key. I am going to try it right now.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sweet! What a great list. Very thorough.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      All this info is very helpful. Thanks.

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      katemiya 5 years ago

      Nice job covering your topic! I like to watch via my Tivo.

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      GeeeeOhhhh LM 5 years ago

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      GeeeeOhhhh LM 5 years ago

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      HELP please! My Directv DVR receiver is connected to my wireless modem with a USB cable, which was one option in directions, I have NetFlix apps on both my iPad 2 and iPhone, but there is obviously a step I'm missing. Can anyone help me?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great Post. I'll come back to it soon enough.

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      Steve Dizmon 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      Thanks for the info. Getting ready to dump cable and looking at alternatives.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My hatred for you is triple what it is for the original poster, JV. Frakking fool. Playstation 3 doesn't charge--why does XBox? Great so you play games on it--well done. Doesn't mean you should pay more for Netflix when you're already paying them directly. Paying for what other people get for free makes you chief idiot on this board. Fool.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice write-up: Very informative.

      I was trying to find a way to stream Netflix from either PC or IPad or use on XBox without extra cost. Why Netflix partners with XBOX-live GOLD only is beyond me--if you own an XBox with Netflix capability, you should be able to use it as a streaming Netflix device free (like PlayStation 3). I guess I'll sell the XBox--thanks for nothing, Microsoft.

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      Toni Grundstrom 5 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Great lens, very informative. Blessed.

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      I use Netflix on about 4 devices in my house. PS3, the wii, laptop etc. I love the flexibility.

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      antoniow 6 years ago

      An amazing lens! great work!

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      I can watch netflix through my blu ray player and it's very easy and I didn't have to buy a separate player for it.

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      christopherwell 6 years ago

      My wife and I love our Roku player!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Netflix on the xbox is NOT a scam. Ugh, your comment pisses me off, I don't have words to explain my huge hatred of you. Idiot. Xbox is mainly for gaming, but they added Netflix for gold users who also have a netflix account.. It would be q scam if you paid even more than xbox+Netflix.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Netflix on the xbox is NOT a scam. Ugh, your comment pisses me off, I don't have words to explain my huge hatred of you. Idiot. Xbox is mainly for gaming, but they added Netflix for gold users who also have a netflix account.. It would be q scam if you paid even more than xbox+Netflix.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      People should know that Netflix on the Xbox is a scam. It's not available unless you pay for Xbox Live Gold ($60 per year) in addition to paying for your netflix subscription.

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      Mary Crowther 6 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Netflix is a great service and has a huge selection of movies. Great lens!

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      baby-strollers 6 years ago

      netflix is awesome!

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      Mark Falco 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      We have a netflix capable bluray player but we use our Xbox 360 for streaming Netflix mostly as the user interface is so much nicer.

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      stylingparts 6 years ago

      very well written lens there mate well done

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      Seker22 6 years ago

      Eh Netflix is too expensive. I think I'll stick with Redbox.

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      revenue4u 6 years ago

      Squid liked. You have demystified netflix for me.

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      eileen_morey 6 years ago

      You've assembled a LOT of information here. Great lens!

      We have Roku and love it. Between the price and the simplicity of it, it's what we recommend to everyone who asks us about watching Netflix on TV. The interface is far better than the Netflix interface on a computer. We also have a couple of apps that make it super-easy to navigate through Netflix's massive catalogue, and keep our queue tidy.

      One of the best things about the Roku interface is this: When we finish watching one episode of a TV series, Roku automatically queues up the next episode, so we can watch it with just one click.

      Thanks again for taking the time to put this info on one lens. Roku was the simple (and affordable) choice for us, but different people may want other options.

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      stacyga 6 years ago

      very imformative

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      travelerme 6 years ago

      great thanks

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      travelerme 6 years ago

      Did it get through my message

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      travelerme 6 years ago

      great thanks

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      So glad I found this nice lens. I really enjoyed this lens. Thanks for sharing. Squid-liked!

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      mercin12 6 years ago

      I use our Wii to watch netflix on the TV. We also use a Google Chrome computer and I use my iPod Touch. Netflix is great for all ages. Our kids can watch shows without commercials, which we like.

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      tv4yourpc 6 years ago

      I also agree that one can stop paying monthly cable bill by making use of this software. Hope it would work well.

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      I use netflix, great to have.

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      HuntAndFishGuides 6 years ago

      Wow, I didn't realize you could watch Netflix on the Xbox 360. Nice.

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      am23g23 6 years ago

      This is very helpful and I think Netflix is great! However, I think it is useless to pay monthly fees when you have the choice to try this: watch TV software

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      Jim Sterling 6 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      This is a big help, thank you.

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      SaintFrantic 6 years ago

      Great work.Thanks

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      NevermoreShirts 6 years ago

      Really great work on this! :)

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      adamfrench 6 years ago

      Thumbs up, great lens

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      Seeds Of Future 6 years ago

      I hvn use netflix before, sounds that I should give it a try:D


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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Blessed by a visiting Squid Angel. ...We love Roku!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great information. Don't forget the Logitec Revue with Google TV

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      pramodbisht 6 years ago

      Nice Len indeed, thank for sharing.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks.

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      seradis 6 years ago

      Great informative article on using Netflix, thanks!

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      phoenix arizona f 6 years ago

      This is a cool device, and I'm glad it's available! I use the PS3 in the living room but this might work for the bedroom.

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      AngelaDaun 6 years ago

      Great lens! I think I might be able to figure it out now!

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      RetroMom 6 years ago

      Very informative lens. Good job on this one.

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      Wedding Mom 6 years ago

      One of the advantages I did not even know about when we got our Xbox was we could watch Netflix movies... it was very exciting to find out this news. Great lens.

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      halibound lm 6 years ago

      I love this product! We save so much money using it!

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      mbmusgrove lm 6 years ago

      Netflix has a good selection of MST3k vids.

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      Gail47 6 years ago

      I not only watch Netflix through the usual dvd's, but I also stream through my desktop computer or laptop. Haven't yet tried to stream through my TV so I appreciate the info you have provided on this lense.

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I love my apple tv cuz it is so small. But it is sort of hard to operate the remote. Netflix is awesome but they need to get some more movies. Just watched the swedish film 'let the right one in' the other night.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I use Netflix on my TV a few times a week. Nice lens and resource.

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      UnlimitedMarketing 6 years ago

      That's cool, I didn't know I could use an xbox to watch movies. I don't have one but my brother does and he is always over, so Im taking over! Been watching movies on my computer all this time.

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I've been thinking about using Netflix and your lens has offered some very invaluable info. Blessed by the TV Angel :)

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      XxfairchildxX 6 years ago

      The #1 Thing Netflix Does Not want you to know about! offers 5 years of unlimited movie downloads for only $39.95, And after you download them you Legally own them for the rest of yor life! you cam wath them on your Smartphone, TV, and Computer.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Very informative - thanks!

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      TeacherSerenia 7 years ago

      Here in Canada, where Netflix has just started (sometime during 2010) I have access to netflix movies directly over the internet and they stream onto my PC. I don't need any extra software or hardware. I can watch movies and TV programs on my PC. All I pay is the $8 a month to Netflix, and I extra pay to the ISP if I go over the monthly bandwidth allowance.

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      David Stone 7 years ago from New York City

      What a useful lens! You sorted out a area I've been puzzled about and did it well. Nice job!

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Until recently, I thought Netflix was only a mail service (which I never have used). But then a friend of mine asked if I wanted to watch a Netflix movie on his computer. And now I've just learned you can watch them on TV. I seem to keep slipping further and further behind the times.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is definitely the way to go! Now for time to watch a movie, lol! Well done!

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      WorldVisionary 7 years ago

      We're just about to get Netflix this year, so this is a great help!

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      Brian Stephens 7 years ago from France

      Definitely the way the world is moving for their entertainment, don't think it will be long before the TV doubles up as the family computer.

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      jgelien 7 years ago

      I have been wanting to know what the best option for watching Netflix on television is and this lens has all I need to make the best decision. Thank you.

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      jlshernandez 7 years ago

      Great lens deserving of LOTD.

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      Moe Wood 7 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Netflix is coming to Canada very soon so thanks!

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      RuthCoffee 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm not sure what you're referring to...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      You never answered her question about quality. Also, you didn't mention whether it had wi-fi capability or if you need to use an ethernet cable to plug in to the modem.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for the information.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Had to return with wings, Blessed and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust and also on Lenses that Shine.

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      WoWGamerx 7 years ago

      Great lens mulberry, 5 stars from me. :)

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      GrowWear 7 years ago

      Congratulations for LOTD for How To Watch Netflix Movies On TV! ...Another great lens from Mulberry!

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      Sharron Calvin 7 years ago from San Luis Valley, Colorado

      We love Netflix! We live off the grid and don't have satellite. Unfortunately, our internet connection isn't always great so streaming videos are out. But we just wait till the CD arrives in the mail and watch them then. We are loving the selection and convenience of this service. Great lens!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations Mulberry on getting LOTD - you work so hard, it is much deserved!

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congratulations on LOTD. :)

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Very informative lens. Congratulations on becoming the LOTD! 5*

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great LOTD, thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your LOTD - Kathy

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on you LOTD. We have been talking about going to Netflix.

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      albc 7 years ago

      congrats for the LOTD!

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      MacPharlain 7 years ago

      This is a good overview of the different ways to stream Netflix to your TV. Congrats on LotD!

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      Alohagems 7 years ago

      Wow! Thanks for the information. I sometimes watched netflix in my HDTV with Tivo.

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      sleepless25 7 years ago

      I watch netflix like 5 hours a day (while i'm doin other stuff) and use my PS3... love it! ... you were featured on my side bar and I can see why.. Good job on this lense!

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      Mythological 7 years ago

      I have Netflix for my PS3. I just don't like that Netflix doesn't get a lot of new stuff on instant watch very quickly. Congrats on LotD!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD.

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      Technology and consumerism, is there no end to it? But this is an extremely well done and carefully thought out lens with great presentation. Extremely deserving of LOTD and congrats on that score as well. Top marks


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      Kiwisoutback 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      I've actually never used Netflix, but I'd love to give them a try. Congratulations on LOTD!