If you are one of the many Aussies who haven't got themselves a SMART TV (or not every TV in the house is SMART)... You can still get your fave shows via Netflix - here's how.
Using a smart TV is just one of the many ways you can stream services like Netflix and Stan. There’s a number of options that you can use, to get your Netflix fix.
Using Apple TV
Apple TV is a relatively cheap (currently around $239 - $299) way to watch a variety of media from any television with an HDMI port (most from the last 10 years). What I love about using Apple TV to watch Netflix (and other streaming services) is that the navigation through your Apple TV remote is so easy. The app is right there on the home screen and you can browse through the many shows and movies so easily. Plus you get the other benefits that come with Apple TV, such as easy ways to enjoy photos, music and iTunes content on your TV.
Through Google Chromecast
Google's Chromecast option is a cheaper way to access your Netflix (or other content) to your TV (currently around $59). Chromecast is basically a simple way to stream content from a smartphone or tablet to a TV. To stream Netflix through Chromecast, simply plug the Chromecast dongle into the HDMI port in the back of your television and change your TV’s input to HDMI. Then you can "cast" content from your smartphone or tablet to the TV wirelessly. So once you've found your show in Netflix on your smartphone or tablet, simply click on the "cast" icon and the content will show up on your TV.
In my view, the setup of Chromecast is a little more involved and less obvious for the non-techy folks. But once you are up and running its pretty easy to use.
Using a compatible gaming 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 Australia. 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. The only tricky part here is learning to use your gaming controls, to navigate your Netflix menu's. That can take some getting used to, but this is an otherwise easy way to enjoy Netflix.
Through a tablet or computer
Using the appropriate HDMI cable, (can vary depending on your available ports on your tablet or computer) connect your computer or tablet to your TV with an adapter, change your television to the relevant HDMI input and you should see the screen from your tablet or computer mirrored on the television. Then 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.
There are a number of Netflix compatible devices now being developed such as Blu-ray players and Fetch TV, Netflix have kindly detailed these devices on their website to keep us all in the loop.
Here is the link to find out if your device is Netflix compatible. devices.netflix.com/en/
If you'd like some help getting your Netflix ready devices connected or would like to ask us about our Apple TV + Install Bundle, get in touch with us today.
Find out about the 3 silent killers, ruining your TV signal!
Just about everyone loves watching TV, and there’s nothing more frustrating than when your picture starts breaking up, or dropping out. If you’ve been having problems with your TV signal, you are going to want to hear this…
Of course there are a number of reasons why you might not be getting excellent quality TV signal, but we’ve identified the TOP 3 silent, but deadly killers of your TV signal. You’ll want to check these out before your signal dies for good.
1. Death by loose / old connections...
Your TV and receiving system may be in dire need of a health check. Something as simple as a loose connector or damaged cable could be the cause of all your problems. Before spending money on new antennas or other signal boosting equipment, make sure you’ve completed our DIY Health Check to learn how to check for loose/faulty connections.
2. Tuned to death...
When you had your TV set up, the current channels would have been tuned in and set to receive transmissions from your closest transmitter. Over time, these things can change. New channels may be introduced, which require tuning, your local transmission station may conduct a system update (or retune), which can impact on your signals unless you retune with them. Also you may be in an area that can receive transmissions from multiple stations and you are currently receiving from the weaker one (note: ‘auto scan’ function does not guarantee that your TV selects the best available services). All of these things can impact on the quality of your signal. You may need to conduct a manual retune of your TV to improve the signal quality across the channels available to you.
By completing our DIY Health Check, we will give you step by step instructions on retuning your TV.
3. The elements are killing me...
Funnily enough, your antenna (and the parts and cables that sit with it) are up in the elements 365 days a year. They are asked to survive rain, wind, storms, birds, debris, growing trees and all of the other elements impacting them every day.
Good signal relies on 2 main things;
If you don’t have these 2 things, then there is a good chance you are getting signal issues and eventually will have no signal at all.
There are some simple ways for you to check to see if you’re antenna and receiving equipment are in good condition. Complete our DIY Health Check (below) to see what you can discover before getting a new antenna installed. It may be a simple matter of cutting back some trees to get good signals return.
Of course, your TV and receiving setup is a complex setup and there are a number of other things that may be causing your signal issues. We hope that this information will get you a step closer to perfect signal.
If it doesn’t, just remember that there are many parts to your setup, many of which you cannot see or access without the right expertise or equipment. That’s what we are here for.
If you are still experiencing signal issues, get in touch and book your appointment.
PLUS... By completing our DIY TV Signal Health Check, you'll get access to our exclusive 20% off Antenna Services offer. Click the above link to find out more.
I get so many questions and calls from customers who just want some help or advice relating to their audio visual technology. I thought it would be a good idea to start capturing some of the common questions and try to provide an online resource for people to get information. So, I hope that you will find some of the information contained in these articles useful. I will try to add as many new relevant subjects as possible to keep you all in the know. I really do want to make AV easy for you too.