Netflix

jane__nyMarch 30, 2011

Is there any way you can get streaming video (movies) on your TV without using your laptop as a modem (or whatever it does)??

Suddenly, in our house, my husband and son discovered streaming movies and my netbook is used for this task. Isn't there something else you can buy to do the same thing?

Thanks,

Jane

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kudzu9

Yes, you can use a variety of Internet-enabled devices. There are several threads in this forum on this subject. Just do a search on the term: Netflix

Here is a link that might be useful: Streaming-ready devices

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 3:20AM
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jane__ny

I guess this is beyond me. I don't want to rent something from Netflix, adding to the monthly charge. I do not want to use a cell phone.

Thought there might be something available in Radio Shack or Best Buy that would allow the streaming without tying up a laptop.

Jane

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 11:55AM
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camp56

You don't rent the device from Netflix. Netflix sells the "Roku" streaming device for $59.00.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 1:49PM
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albert_135

Several gaming devices are Netflix ready. We us Wii. The link above to Instantly watch TV shows & movies on lots of different devices. I believe there are some more since that page was constructed.

The whole topic of streaming Netflix could support a forum of it's own but such forums never seem to gather enough steam to keep moving. You can sometimes find answers to specific questions at Need Help with your Instant Watching System?. The people at the General Discussions forum at Streightdope.com often have good answers to Netflix questions. [Someone here once scolded me for mentioning streightdope. I am not sure why.] Searching Gardenweb's Electronics Forum for Netflix I find 10 threads but I did not examine them for quality.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 1:54PM
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kudzu9

jane-
You wrote: "I don't want to rent something from Netflix, adding to the monthly charge. I do not want to use a cell phone. Thought there might be something available in Radio Shack or Best Buy that would allow the streaming without tying up a laptop."

Did you look at the link I provided? It shows all the devices you can use. Since you titled the post "Netflix," my assumption is that you already have a Netflix account. If you do, it costs nothing to stream the movies. You can watch as many as you want for free as part of your Netflix membership. You just need one of the streaming devices I linked you to. So, do you have an account or not?

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 3:09PM
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DA_Mccoy

A basic Google search using the keywords "Netflix Streaming" (sans quotes) took me here. Pertinent information as to alternatives linked in the site banner.

DA

Here is a link that might be useful: Netflix How it Works

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 3:43PM
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pfmastin

We also use a Wii and it works great. The Netflix folks are super about talking you through setup, etc.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2011 at 4:23PM
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