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Allan12
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Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Allan12 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 1:54 pm

I have an LCD flat screen tv (non-smart/internet) that I would like to view Netflix on.

I am wondering what's the cheapest way to add the capabilities to watch netflix on this tv.

Is there a cable that I can run to hook up my ipad to tv and control from my ipad? I know I can get netflix with Apple TV, but don't want to spend $100,

I'm also looking for a rather user friendly way too.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Leeraar » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:01 pm

Try a Roku, if you have wireless in your house. Simple to use, works great. Has other options besides Netflix.

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Post by jridger2011 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:02 pm

I think this would be the cheapest solution since you have the iPad to control it:
http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:02 pm

If you have an open HDMI input and suitable wifi, buy an Amazon Fire TV stick (normally $39).

ETA: I like Roku also, but this is cheaper.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Allan12 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:06 pm

Have very good wifi in the house, watch netflix constantly on my smart tv located in a different room.

How would I find out if I have open hdmi input?

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Post by Quickfoot » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:08 pm

If you have an android tablet or smart phone get a Chromecast, should be about $25-$30 and you can pick them up at Best Buy or online. The Android Tablet or Phone acts as the remote control but the Chromecast opens the network connections so it doesn't drain your device's battery.

Otherwise a Roku Stick or Fire Stick are also good choices, the best interface is Apple TV but it also is the most expensive at 2.5 times the cost of a Chromecast and twice what a Roku Stick will cost.

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Post by Quickfoot » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:10 pm

How would I find out if I have open hdmi input?


Look on the back, you should have slots named HDMI 1, HDMI 2, and you may have an HDMI 3 on the side. A cable box / sat, and blu-ray player will each consume a HDMI port. If you don't have any open HDMI ports you can get an HDMI switch from newegg or even walmart that gives you more ports so you don't have to plug / unplug cables.

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Post by toto238 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:10 pm

Allan12 wrote:Have very good wifi in the house, watch netflix constantly on my smart tv located in a different room.

How would I find out if I have open hdmi input?


Look at all the holes on your TV that you can plug things into. Look for one that says "HDMI" on it. If there's nothing plugged into it, you have an open HDMI input.

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Post by anonenigma » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:11 pm

I use my Blu-ray player to stream wirelessly. Works well.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Allan12 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:13 pm

toto238 wrote:
Allan12 wrote:Have very good wifi in the house, watch netflix constantly on my smart tv located in a different room.

How would I find out if I have open hdmi input?


Look at all the holes on your TV that you can plug things into. Look for one that says "HDMI" on it. If there's nothing plugged into it, you have an open HDMI input.



I feel really stupid...thought open hdmi referred to software that the tv may have not the simple hdmi inputs.

Thanks for the help everyone, on my way to bestbuy to pick one up. $29.99

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Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:30 pm

Quickfoot wrote:Otherwise a Roku Stick or Fire Stick are also good choices, the best interface is Apple TV but it also is the most expensive at 2.5 times the cost of a Chromecast and twice what a Roku Stick will cost.

I have Apple TV, which works well, but doesn't connect to Amazon. Its major advantage (before I started using Unlocator.com) is that it bypassed the Netflix/Verizon p***ing contest of a few months back.
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Post by TomatoTomahto » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:31 pm

Allan12 wrote:I feel really stupid...thought open hdmi referred to software that the tv may have not the simple hdmi inputs.

Partly my fault; I could have said available HDMI port and made it easier :D

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Post by tbradnc » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:36 pm

Allan12 wrote:I feel really stupid...


Happens to me regularly on this forum, which is why it's one of my favorites. I have no desire to be the smartest guy in the room.

Cheapest way to watch Netflix is on a TV with wireless capability or get a Google Chromecast if you have a TV with HDMI input that isn't internet friendly..

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by toto238 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:48 pm

Allan12 wrote:
toto238 wrote:
Allan12 wrote:Have very good wifi in the house, watch netflix constantly on my smart tv located in a different room.

How would I find out if I have open hdmi input?


Look at all the holes on your TV that you can plug things into. Look for one that says "HDMI" on it. If there's nothing plugged into it, you have an open HDMI input.



I feel really stupid...thought open hdmi referred to software that the tv may have not the simple hdmi inputs.

Thanks for the help everyone, on my way to bestbuy to pick one up. $29.99


I do apologize if my comment made you feel stupid. Certainly not my intention. But I'm glad we found a solution.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by fsrph » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:54 pm

anonenigma wrote:I use my Blu-ray player to stream wirelessly. Works well.

I use a Blu-ray player for Netflix too. Bought a Sony, very happy with it.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Loandapper » Wed Dec 31, 2014 2:57 pm

Chromecast works very well.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Quickfoot » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:08 pm

I have Apple TV, which works well, but doesn't connect to Amazon. Its major advantage (before I started using Unlocator.com) is that it bypassed the Netflix/Verizon p***ing contest of a few months back.


I agree, I have Apple TV, Roku, and XBox, and a Chromecast. Apple TV is by far the most responsive and intuitive design (and I HATE apple) but they do lock you into Netflix, Hulu and iTunes, while I prefer open systems my wife prefer's Apple TV's interface :). Google's TV device looks interesting but I haven't had a chance to try it.

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Post by ny_rn » Wed Dec 31, 2014 3:13 pm

Google Chromecast for ~ $40.

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Post by FreemanB » Wed Dec 31, 2014 4:13 pm

I'd go with a Chromecast as well. You can control it from your Ipad, and it will also allow you to cast other apps as well.(HBO Go, WatchESPN, etc.) I have both it and an Amazon Fire Stick, but I've used the Chromecast a lot more.

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Post by inbox788 » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:12 pm

Cheapest is probably Chromecast, but you need a tablet/phone to control.

Fire Stick will will work with their remote. Might be able to cast as well.

Don't overlook PS3, Wii or XBOX if you already have a device that will support Netflix.

Older/Used Roku boxes are also cheap.

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Post by mathwhiz » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:24 pm

Cheapest way to watch netflix is for free. Do any friends or family already have an account? You can legally share your account to multiple devices. It is part of the subscription.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by 2pedals » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:24 pm

Connect your laptop with the tv. All you need the is appropriate cable.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/how-to/lapto ... p-tv-hdmi/

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Post by communipaw » Wed Dec 31, 2014 7:49 pm

If you already have a wifi signal in your house/apartment, I'd recommend the cheapest Roku at $49. It's very simple to use, handles Netflix [and many many other services. I've used it for 3 years and have been very happy with it.

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Post by GottaGetThisGoing » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:34 pm

The cheapest way to watch netflix is out of your existing computer. If your laptop has HDMI as well as your TV, plug the cable in and go. Else, but a cheap adapter from VGA to whatever adapter your tv has.

Yes, Roku, Fire, Chromecast are all cheap, but not as cheap as using something you already have!

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Post by segfault » Wed Dec 31, 2014 10:53 pm

mathwhiz wrote:Cheapest way to watch netflix is for free. Do any friends or family already have an account? You can legally share your account to multiple devices. It is part of the subscription.


Hahaha, that was my exact thought when I saw the thread title. I was worried about the subscription cost (~$100/year) rather than the cost of the device used to play it.

If we're talking about devices:
- Your existing computer, tablet, or cell phone may have an HDMI output. If so, you can connect it to the TV with a cheap HDMI cable. Or just watch it on the portable device.
- I have and like the Chromecast.
- I also have a Panasonic Blu-Ray player with Netflix capability.
- AppleTV is also a possibility, although more expensive than a lot of other devices. I bought and returned one. I have a slower Internet connection and I was not happy with the way the AppleTV streamed over the slower connection compared to other devices.

If we're talking about the account:
- Sharing with friends/family, although Netflix now has streaming tiers which will cap the number of simultaneous streams. I'm not sure whether this complies with their terms of service.
- Personally, I pay for a month or two at a time, watch what I want, and cancel the subscription. It's cheap entertainment, but they make it easy to cancel when you reach the point that there's nothing to watch.
- I have seen blog/forum posts about how to obtain multiple free trial periods, with Netflix as well as other subscription services. Ethically, this is questionable. Even ignoring that concern, the methods I have seen described look like a lot of headache for the potential to save a couple of bucks.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by tavore » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:03 pm

I just bought myself a refurbished Roku stick for the same price as Chromecast from Amazon. Don't overlook the option of getting it for cheap as refurbished, or used from Amazon Warehouse deals, or from Craigslist.

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by The529guy » Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:57 pm

I love my Chromecast! Currently $29.99 on Amazon (support the forum!).

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Re: Cheapest Way to Watch Netflix

Post by Allan12 » Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:55 pm

The529guy wrote:I love my Chromecast! Currently $29.99 on Amazon (support the forum!).


Turns out I price matched in BestBuy for $29.99.

Thanks for all the help everyone!

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