List of Netflix-compatible devices

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The devices featured in this list feature hardware that is compatible for streaming Netflix:[1]

Software support[edit]

Supported web browsers by platform:

  • OS X[15]
    Hardware Requirement: Intel Core Duo 1.83-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 512MB RAM
    Microsoft Silverlight player: Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.4.11 or later. Browser support is Safari 3 (or higher), Firefox 3 (or higher).
    HTML5 player: Intel-based Macs running OS X 10.6 or later. Browser support is Safari 8* (or higher), Google Chrome 37 (or higher).
    *Note: Using HTML5 player with Safari 8 (or higher) requires certain late Intel Sandy Bridge or any Intel Ivy Bridge or later generation processor Macs running OS X 10.10.
  • Microsoft Windows:[15]
    Hardware Requirement: x86 or x64 (64-bit mode support for Internet Explorer only) 1.6-gigahertz (GHz) or higher processor; 512MB RAM
    Microsoft Silverlight player: Windows XP Service Pack 3 or later. Browser support is Internet Explorer 6 (or higher), Firefox 3 (or higher), Google Chrome 4 (or higher).
    HTML5 Player: Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later. Browser support is Internet Explorer 11* (or higher), Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome 37 (or higher).
    *Note: Using HTML5 player with Internet Explorer 11 (or higher) requires Windows 8.1 or later.
  • Linux:[16]
    HTML5 Player: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS and later. PCLinuxOS supported after October 10, 2014."Netflix streaming comes to PCLinuxOS » PCLinuxOS".  Browser support is Google Chrome 37 (or higher).
    In addition to official support in Chrome, unofficial support is provided for other browsers such as Firefox to Ubuntu based distributions with the use of Wine and other community maintained packages.[17]

Other software options:

Video game consoles[edit]

At E3 2008, Microsoft announced a deal to distribute Netflix videos over Xbox Live.[21] This service was launched on November 19, 2008[22] to Xbox 360 owners with a Netflix Unlimited subscription and an Xbox Live Gold subscription[23] allowing them to stream films and television shows directly from their Netflix Instant Queue from an application on the Dashboard.[24] Xbox Live's Party Mode had a popular feature where users could create a virtual party and bring their avatars to a virtual theater to watch Netflix simultaneously and even send comments and smiley faces to each other. This feature was discontinued on December 6, 2011.[25]

In November 2009, Netflix service became available on the Sony PlayStation 3. The set-up was similar to that on the Xbox 360, allowing Netflix subscribers to stream films and television shows from their Instant Queue to watch on the console. Unlike on the Xbox 360, the Netflix application was originally available on a Blu-ray Disc (available free to subscribers). On October 19, 2010, a downloadable application was made available through the PlayStation Network.[26] Users do not have to pay for use of the service other than the monthly Netflix subscription.[27] In 2012, the PlayStation 3 became the device most used to watch Netflix.[28]

In spring 2010, Netflix service became available on the Nintendo Wii. The service allows the console to stream content in a user's Instant Queue. Initially, a streaming disc specifically for the Wii was required, along with an Internet connection to the console. Besides a Netflix account with unlimited streaming, there are no additional costs for the service. In contrast to the other two consoles, the Wii is not capable of HD resolution.[29] The Wii streaming disc was released for testing to customers on March 25, 2010, and was released to all registered Netflix members on April 12, 2010.[30] On October 18, 2010, Netflix became a free downloadable application on the Wii Shop Channel, making the streaming disc no longer necessary.

The Netflix service launched on the Nintendo 3DS on July 14, 2011.[31] The Netflix application for PlayStation Vita was launched the same day as the device's launch on February 22, 2012, making it available for download via the PlayStation Store for free.[32]

The Wii's successor console, the Wii U, began supporting Netflix shortly after its North American release on November 18, 2012.[33] Netflix was later embedded in the Wii U's own Nintendo TVii app the following March 2013.[34]

On November 15, 2013, the Netflix app became available for download on the PlayStation 4 via the PlayStation Store upon the console's U.S. release.[35]

Shortly after Microsoft's November 22, 2013 release of the Xbox One in the United States, Netflix became available for download as an app for the console.[36] In 2014, Microsoft changed the terms for Xbox Live, no longer requiring a Gold subscription to access Netflix and any other online streaming service on Xbox consoles; however, a Netflix subscription is still required to access content.

Set-top boxes[edit]

In May 2008, Roku released the first set-top box, The Netflix Player by Roku, to stream Netflix's Instant Watch movies directly to television sets. The device provided unlimited access to the Netflix streaming media catalog for all subscribers.[9]

Blu-ray Disc players[edit]

On August 6, 2008, LG demonstrated the world's first Blu-ray Disc Player with Netflix streaming embedded.[37] The product was launched in U.S. stores later that month. Hastings stated in the announcement that "LG Electronics was the first of our technology partners to publicly embrace our strategy for getting the Internet to the TV, and is the first to introduce a Blu-ray player that will instantly stream movies and TV episodes from Netflix to the TV."

Subsequently, Netflix agreed to stream movies to two of Samsung's Blu-ray Disc players.[38] Soon after, it agreed to stream movies to TiVo DVRs.[39]


In January 2009, Netflix partnered with Vizio and LG to stream movies to newer HDTV set models.[40]

In July 2009, Sony partnered with Netflix to enable Sony BRAVIA Internet Platforms to access instant queues for Netflix users. Any Netflix member with an Internet-enabled BRAVIA HDTV will be able to link up their account to their television and stream videos from their queue.[41]

In 2012 Sony released a firmware "update" for some of its "older" BRAVIA TV's which meant that Netflix & YouTube support was terminated. Among affected products was the popular KDL-46HX823. The firmware "update" was violating: Sale of Goods Act, 1979 / Consumer Rights Act, oct 2015.

The 2010 line of Panasonic HDTVs with Viera Cast functionality gained the ability to stream Netflix content directly to the television.[42] With the 2010 release of the Google TV, Netflix streaming was included a built-in application. A Netflix application is available to download on Samsung Smart TV through the Samsung Apps Service, and is preloaded on higher-end sets.

Handheld devices[edit]

In September 2009, Hastings expressed his desire to expand his company's video-streaming service to Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch mobile devices, once the Xbox 360 exclusivity deal expired.[43] In April 2010, the Netflix app debuted on the App Store for use with the iPad.[44] The version for iPod Touch and iPhone was released on August 26, 2010 via the App Store.[20]

On March 15, 2011, Netflix was made available for Android phones. However, not all phones using the OS can use the application due to Digital Rights Management (DRM) issues.[45] The malfunctioning DRM was later removed and the app now works on the majority of Android devices. However, only a very limited set of devices can stream in HD[46]

On July 14, 2011, Netflix became available on the Nintendo 3DS; no 3D content is available at this time.[47] Due to copyright issues, access to Netflix on 3DS is limited by geographic location.

In November 2011, Barnes & Noble began shipping Nook Tablets with the Netflix app pre-installed, offering Netflix as an optional app for Nook Color devices.[48]

When the PlayStation Vita launched on February 22, 2012, it had a Netflix app built in.[49][50] Due to copyright issues, access to Netflix on Vita is limited by geographic location.

A Sandvine report released in 2013 stated that the company's mobile data usage share doubled over a 12-month period in North America.[51]

Operating systems[edit]


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