Top Gadgets To Stream Netflix To Your TV In 2014

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Netflix is unstoppable it seems. They have more hit shows coming out this year and there are endless movies and television shows to discover. How can you actually get it to your television, though? Long gone are the days when you had to download a special Windows Media Player plugin and settle for watching on your desktop!

Apple TV
Apple is one of the biggest, most powerful companies on the planet. Taking advantage of their massive content library on iTunes is simpler when you have an Apple TV, but it also handles Netflix very well. At $99, it is also one of the more expensive stand alone boxes that deals with this kind of streaming content. If you are a frequent Mac user, though, there are a lot of features that can help you stream content directly from all of your devices. For Netflix alone, however, this can be a lot that might overwhelm you.

ChromeCast
The Chromecast is the cheapest on this list at $35 and has a lot of benefits if you have the technical know how to handle it. This small device plugs into the HDMI port on your TV and can stream Netflix directly to your television, along with anything that you have open in a special Chrome Browser. Some of the more advanced features can take some time to figure out, but if you are only interested in Netflix, this is the cheapest way to do it.

Roku
I’ve talked about the Roku at length here, but it remains one of the best ways to stream Netflix to your television, especially as 2014 could bring another improvement on the already incredible line. There are hundreds of channels available for the Roku, with Netflix only being one of them.

Smart TV
This isn’t necessarily a gadget so much as a simple replacement. If you are in the market for a new television, it could be a good idea to purchase one with the ability to stream Netflix directly from the set, with your existing controller and technology. This is simple and isn’t necessarily the cheapest, but it is very effective if you buy from a reputable brand.

PS4 and Xbox One
In the interest of space, these can be put together for a direct comparison. There is a lot to be said about the video gaming power that both of these have, but many people who play video games also have a need for, guess what? Netflix.

According to Digital Foundry, who took an in depth look at the media streaming abilities of both systems, found that the PS4 does a much better job. Netflix streams flawlessly through this powerful gaming system and it is normally one of the last to be updated when Netflix makes changes, but the HD ability of the PS4 makes it a great way to get hi definition streaming content on your television.

Which One Is Best?
Deciding which one is best all depends on what you are looking for. Simple options like buying a smart TV aren’t cheap, but more complex options like the Roku can offer a lot more to people who have a need for a lot of streaming content.
 

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Chromcast is not the cheapest option if you consider it is NOT a standalone solution - it requires a computer to work.
 
#3
@MrPogi, I agree with your statement because any phone with the required app is a computer, in my opinion. (I.e. it's "Turing complete.") But a few people might have set ups that include WiFi and a few TVs and phones, but no conventional laptop or desktop computer. Should still work, AFAICT.
 
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Simply put the easiest, cheapest, and simplest way to stream Netflix to your TV is a WII. You can pick them up used for under $100 and new for about $150 as a bundle and it will include games and cntrllers and other fun things to do. Not only do you get access to Netflix, but Amazon Video, Youtube, Hulu Plus, Google Video, and the internet,with flash player :)
 
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Fan-boy-comics;bt1497 said:
Simply put the easiest, cheapest, and simplest way to stream Netflix to your TV is a WII. You can pick them up used for under $100 and new for about $150 as a bundle and it will include games and cntrllers and other fun things to do. Not only do you get access to Netflix, but Amazon Video, Youtube, Hulu Plus, Google Video, and the internet,with flash player :)
While that good to know. I'm have to look into that.
 
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