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How to stream Netflix without a smart TV

Haven't invested in a smart TV? Don’t count yourself out of the Netflix scene.


Over the past few years, streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime have slowly taken their place in Canada’s living rooms. However, it’s never as simple as just getting Netflix – you’ve got to choose a plan, make sure your internet is fast enough to handle streaming video and buy a smart TV compatible with popular streaming apps. Or do you?

Using a smart TV is just one of the many ways you can stream services just like Netflix. There’s actually a huge range of options available if you want access to thousands of movies and TV shows on-demand from the comfort of your sofa.

These are the many ways you can watch Netflix in Canada 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 can already access Netflix. Each of these consoles has an online store where you can download games and applications, including Netflix Canada.

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 the video game controller.

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Through Google Chromecast

Google’s Chromecast is a cheap and easy way to stream content from a smartphone or tablet to a TV. To stream Netflix through 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).

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Try using Apple TV

Like Google Chromecast, Apple TV is a relatively cheap (usually around $199 for 4th generation) way to watch a variety of media from any old television with an HDMI port (most from the last 10 years).

The convenient thing about Apple TV is that you don’t have to jump too many hurdles to get set up. So long as your Apple TV’s firmware is up to date, the Netflix app should be ready to launch straight from your home screen.

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Connect 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 an HDMI adapter. A range of adapters 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 an HDMI output somewhere on your computer).

All you need to do is connect your computer or tablet to your TV with an adapter, change your television to HDMI output and you should see 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.

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If all else fails, choose another streaming service

It may seem blunt, but Canada’s various streaming services have compatible devices that are unique to each service. Here is a list of alternative services to Netflix Canada.

Name Product Simultaneous streams Maximum video quality Free trial period Monthly price
Disney+
Disney+
4
4K
N/A
$11.99
Prime Video
Prime Video
3
4K
1 month
$7.99
AMC+ via Prime Video
AMC+ via Prime Video
3
4K
1 month
$8.99
fuboTV
fuboTV
2
4K
7 days
$14.99
DAZN Monthly
DAZN Monthly
1
HD
30 days
$20
STARZ via Prime Video
STARZ via Prime Video
3
4K
1 month
$5.99
BritBox
BritBox
1
HD
7-days
$8.99
Funimation Premium
Funimation Premium
2
HD
14 days
$5.99
hayu
hayu
1
HD
7 days
$5.99
StackTV via Prime Video
StackTV via Prime Video
3
4K
1 month
$12.99
Shudder
Shudder
1
HD
7 days
$4.99
Superchannel via Prime Video
Superchannel via Prime Video
3
4K
1 month
$9.99
F1 TV Pro Monthly
F1 TV Pro Monthly
1
SD
N/A
$9.99
CuriosityStream
CuriosityStream
-1
4K
N/A
$2.99
Apple TV+
Apple TV+
6
4K
7 days
$5.99
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
1
SD
N/A
$9.99
Crave
Crave
2
HD
7-days
$9.99
Funimation Premium Plus
Funimation Premium Plus
2
HD
14-days
$7.99
Funimation Premium Plus Ultra
Funimation Premium Plus Ultra
2
HD
14-days
$9.99
Acorn TV
Acorn TV
1
HD
7 days
$7.49
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