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Apps In Your Television: Netflix

Televisions with Internet connectivity have the benefit of allowing viewers to access apps that can enhance the viewing experience and open up new possibilities in the area of TV functionality. The Netflix app that is available on many televisions offers a wide range of viewing material to supplement the choices found on cable television.Family on couch watching TV

A Brief Overview of Netflix

Netflix was founded in 1997 as a way for people to rent movies online that would be mailed directly to their homes. The service quickly gained popularity as a convenient alternative to going to a video rental store and a cheaper way to rent movies than pay-per-view options available through a television service.

Ten years after the company was started, Netflix became one of the first companies to offer instant videos through Internet streaming. The company has perfected its streaming service since 2007, and Netflix streaming is now available on computers, tablets, mobile devices, Roku, XBOX 360, Nintendo Wii, Blu-ray players with Internet connectivity and Apple TV. Televisions with Internet capabilities offer Netflix as an app.

Although Netflix once focused on mail order DVDs, the company’s streaming service is now its main focus.

Netflix started offering its services in Canada in 2010 and has expanded globally since. There are now over 30 million Netflix customers worldwide.

Accessing and Navigating the Netflix App

The Netflix app is available on the menu screen for Internet TV. After clicking on the Netflix logo that is visible on this menu, the main screen of the app will appear.

An activation code must be entered the first time that the Netflix app is used on a television with Internet connection. This code will need to be entered into the Netflix website in order to allow a viewer to gain access to the app on a television.

One of the best things about the Neflix app is that it is very user-friendly. A menu on the main screen of the app allows viewers to select browsing by genre, new releases, queue or suggestions based on past reviews.

Note that a Netflix membership is required to access the Netflix app. Unlimited streaming costs approximately $7.99 plus tax per month, and free trial codes may be available through the television manufacturer that allow viewers to try out the service before committing to a paid membership.

Netflix for the Movie Buff

There are thousands of movies to choose from in almost every genre imaginable on Netflix, so even hardcore movie buffs will be able to find something that they would like to watch.

Most new releases are not available immediately on Netflix, but the company does have contracts with certain production studios to allow them to make newer titles available for streaming within a few months of their initial DVD release.

Depending on connection speed, Netflix movies can be viewed in high definition.

Netflix as a Cable Supplement

Some people use Netflix as a replacement for cable, but the fact is that it is most useful as a supplement.

People who like to follow television shows can catch up with a new favorite before the next season starts by using Netflix. Netflix generally does not offer new episodes of television shows right after they air, so using the app as a supplement for cable television rather than a substitute is ideal. Older episodes that were missed can be watched, and viewers can find new series that fit their interests.

Additional Features

Netflix allows viewers to give a star rating to television shows and movies. This star rating is used to determine the preferences of viewers, and Netflix is able to make recommendations based on the ratings. This is especially useful for people who like to find something to watch at the last minute and have trouble deciding. A tab that makes suggestions based on past ratings easily available to viewers is visible on the main menu of the Netflix app.

A new television with Internet connectivity offers unique viewing opportunities that can enhance the experience of owning a TV. The Netflix app is an ideal tool for finding movies to watch at the last minute or catching up with a television show before the next season begins.