Don’t have a Smart TV? Don’t count yourself out of the Netflix scene.
If you’re living in Australia then it’s no doubt you’ve heard of Netflix. But, it’s never as simple as just getting Netflix, you’ve got to choose a plan, make sure your broadband is fast enough to handle streaming video and buy a Smart TV. Or do you?
Using a Smart TV is only one of the many ways you can stream Netflix Australia. There’s actually a huge range of options available if you want access to thousands of movies and TV shows. These are the many ways you can watch Netflix Australia without a Smart TV.
If you own either an Xbox (360 or One), Playstation (3 or 4), or Wii U, you’re already capable of streaming Netflix. Each of these consoles has an online store, similar to Apple’s App Store, where you can download games and applications, including Netflix Australia.
Simply download the application from the appropriate store (it’s always free to download), log in with your Netflix account details and you’ll be watching Netflix in no time. Though, if you’re unsure, you might want to have someone close by to show you how to operate Netflix with video game controller. For more help on getting started, check out our step-by-step guide to setting up Netflix on just about any device.Back to top
If this little gem happened to fly under your radar when it released, then pay attention, because it could actually be of use to you now that Netflix has launched. Chromecast looks like any other USB dongle, except that it has a HDMI output rather than USB. If you do have Chromecast, simply plug it into the HDMI port in the back of your television and change your TV’s output to HDMI (taking note of the HDMI port you plugged the device into).
If you haven’t already set up Chromecast on your television, be sure to follow our handy step-by-step instructions first. Once you’ve set up Chromecast, simply open the Netflix app on your smart device and tap the ‘Cast Icon’ (pictured). Done! Your television should now mirror what is being viewed on your mobile device. Just make your selection from your phone, hit play and you’re set.
The Apple TV is a nice, cheap (usually around $69 for 3rd generation) way to watch a variety of media from any old television with a HDMI port (most from the last 10 years). If you do happen to own an Apple TV, check out our step-by-step guide to getting connected and setting up Netflix.
The convenient thing about Apple TV is that you don’t have to jump too many hurdles to get set up, the Netflix app should be ready to launch straight from your homescreen, so long as your software is up to date.
Though it may seem complicated, connecting your tablet or computer to your television can really be quite simple with a HDMI adapter. A range of adapters (pictured) are sold to convert micro USB (Android tablets), lightning (Apple iPad), and many other connections to HDMI (and if you’ve got a relatively new PC, there should already be a HDMI output somewhere on your computer.
All you need to do is connect this your computer or tablet to your TV with an adapter, change your television to HDMI output and you should the screen from your tablet or computer mirrored on the television. Now all you have to do is access Netflix via your web browser or mobile app and you’ll be watching Netflix on the big screen in no time.
If all else fails, choose another streaming service
It may seem blunt, but Australia's various streaming services have compatible devices that are unique to each service. Here is a list of alternative services to Netflix Australia.
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