Who Needs a Smart TV? The Many Ways You Can Watch Netflix Australia Without One

How to watch Netflix without a smart tvDon’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.

Through a video game console (Xbox, Playstation and Wii U)

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.

Buy an Xbox One Console 

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Through Google ChromecastGoogle Chromecast

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.

Buy Google Chromecast.

Try using Apple TV

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.

Buy an Apple TV.

Connect a tablet or computer directly to your televisionConnect a tablet or computer directly to your television

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.

Buy a HDMI cable.

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.

Brodie Fogg

Brodie is a staff writer at finder.com.au covering breaking tech and telco news. When he's not drooling over the latest comic book releases or grinding away at the newest time-devouring RPG, he's helping people choose between Australia's various streaming services.

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30 Responses to Who Needs a Smart TV? The Many Ways You Can Watch Netflix Australia Without One

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    Ralph | July 17, 2016

    I have my Toshiba laptop connected to my smart TV for large screen youtube and photos etc, can I sign up for netflix and run it via my current computer to the TV.

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      May | July 18, 2016

      Hi Ralph,

      Thanks for your question.

      Yes, definitely! You can even sign up or get your free 30-day trial when you visit the Netflix site. For a new customer, you’ll be given the chance to opt-in for the free trial upon sign up.

      If you want to check the price policy of Netflix and what other devices you can stream shows and movies, you can find it here.

      Hope this helps.


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    Narelle | April 25, 2016

    Can we order Netflix without having a smart tv

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      Brodie | April 26, 2016

      Hi Narelle,

      There are many ways you can stream Netflix without a Smart TV. This includes but isn’t limited to streaming on a tablet, computer, gaming console or other streaming media device such as Google Chromecast or Apple TV.


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    Brodie | March 31, 2016

    Hi Lorraine,

    That depends on the type of television you are using. If you could supply with the brand and model, I can help with getting you connected to Netflix.


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    Charmian | March 30, 2016

    I’ve just bought a smart tv and considering changing from Foxtel to Netflix. What do I do to set it up please?

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    Julie | March 29, 2016

    I want Netflix but I don’t have Internet,home phone or computer.Can u plz help me get it set up for the easiest & cheapest way plz.Kindest regards,Julie W

    • Staff
      Brodie | March 31, 2016

      Hi Julie W,

      Unfortunately, Netflix does require an internet connection of some sort. There are options for mobile broadband. However, these generally have low data allowances, so we don’t recommend using mobile for Netflix. I would recommend entering your address into our NBN tracker here. This will give you a good idea (and some suggestions) of the kind of internet available in your area.

      Once you’ve got a solid internet connection, check out our comprehensive guide to setting up Netflix here.

      Hope that helps,

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    bob | March 22, 2016

    i have a tv which only has hdmi,,no usb,,but i don’t want to have to run cords everywhere,,what can i do

    • Staff
      Brodie | March 31, 2016

      Hi Bob,

      That’s the great thing about HDMI, it’s just one cable. There are options to wirelessly cast Netflix to your television from an iPad or iPhone, but this only works with certain TVs. What brand and model is your television?


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    jan | March 5, 2016

    how can I use Netflix if I don’t have a smart tv, smartphone, laptop or tablet. I use Telstra mobile broadband via a next g turbo stick.

    • Staff
      Brodie | March 7, 2016

      Hi Jan,

      You can watch Netflix on a desktop computer if you have one. Alternatively, you can purchase a relatively low-cost Google Chromecast.


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    Kerry | January 13, 2016

    How do i connect the tablet to the tv from netflix thank you kerry

    • Staff
      Brodie | January 14, 2016

      Hi Kerry,

      As the article states, you can use Google Chromecast to stream Netflix on your TV via your iPad.


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    Robyn | January 12, 2016

    Can I access Netflix through my Apple Mac laptop? I do not have a Smart TV. If so how do I do this? What is the minimum data package I would need to ensure quality isn’t compromised?


    • Staff
      Alex | January 13, 2016

      Hi Robyn,

      You absolutely can access Netflix from a Mac laptop, using it as the display screen; all you need is a browser and a reasonable Internet connection. Netflix’s lowest “acceptable” data level is a scant 05.Mbps, although you’d get a lot of buffering (waiting while a program loads) at that kind of rate. Anything above 5Mbps opens up the possibility for HD video as well, although the service will dynamically adjust depending on the quality of your connection.



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    Michael | December 28, 2015

    I have just hooked up Netflix through Apple TV.
    When I select a movie I get the following message.

    I tried three different HDMI cables with no success.

    Please advise next step?



    • Staff
      Brodie | December 30, 2015

      Hi Michael,

      I’d be happy to assist. What is the message you are getting when you select a movie?


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