How To Access Netflix On Almost Every Platform Known To Man

Christian Cawley 14-11-2012

can you access netflix from any computerI don’t like horror movies. Classic horror I can cope with; I enjoy Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological horror, for instance, but I’m not a fan of scares and gore, as a rule. My wife, on the other hand watches such films with considerable regularity, often on Netflix.


Now, Netflix has this really cool feature. Ideal for, say, viewing on your games console over breakfast and continuing on your smartphone on the train. It allows you to continue watching the same show or movie on a second device after starting on the first.

If this is news to you, then you can no doubt already imagine how useful this is. However, if your partner or housemate is regularly watching horror movies and you decide to tune into some light classic comedy instead, you might be as disturbed as I am to find gruesome DVD box covers staring out at you each time you open a Netflix app. It’s like I’m being stalked. Netflix is everywhere, and it’s after me!

What You Need To Know About Netflix

While Netflix won’t actually autoplay your previously-viewed show or movie, it will carry on from the position you left it at once the title is selected again. It’s that good.

With the free one month trial and ridiculously low monthly subscription cost to access the 35,000 titles on offer, Netflix could quite easily become your favourite new channel. If you’re already using it, you’ll be aware of how easy it is to enjoy DVD marathons or simply find better programming that what’s on offer from the networks.

My preferred way of enjoying Netflix is to crank up some classic TV and watch it through the family big screen TV. However, it turns out that this method (achieved thanks to a Nintendo Wii console) is just one of many. Basically, Netflix IS everywhere!


Netflix On Consoles

If you’re a fan of watching movies on your console, Netflix is available for Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

can you access netflix from any computer

Nintendo Wii

You’ll need your console to be connected to the Internet and updated to the latest firmware update. Netflix is available in the Wii store, and once you have signed in you’ll be able to access your library.

Xbox 360

In order to enjoy Netflix on your Xbox 360 you will need gold membership to Xbox Live. Once you have signed in, open the Video Marketplace and select Netflix, following any displayed instructions.


PlayStation 3

PS3 users will need to have their devices connected to the web so that they can access the PSN store. From here, the Netflix app should be available to install. Once signed in, it’s time to watch movies!

Consoles are great for home theatres, but of course there are alternatives.

Watching Netflix On Your Home Theatre Or Smart TV

If you’re running a home theatre application for your HTPC, you should find that there is a Netflix app that can be used.

Windows Media Centre

To install Netflix on a WMC setup, open Tasks > Settings > General > Automatic Download Options, and select Download Now if an update is available. Once the update is installed, return to Windows Media Center and select the Netflix icon listed under Movies.



XBMC users can use the XBMCFlicks plugin, but note that this is only compatible with Windows and Mac OS X systems – Netflix doesn’t run under Linux. In XBMC, you’ll find XBMCFlicks under Add-ons > Add-ons> Video Add-ons.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of manufacturers are releasing TV sets with app support. This basically means that some Internet-ready flat screen TVs will run software that you can access via a remote control. Samsung are one of the biggest names doing this, and Netflix provide an app for the SmartTV range. This is easy to install via the SmartTV hub, although you will need to upgrade your set’s firmware for the app to work.

LG, meanwhile, has the Netcast system for its smart TVs, and this includes Netflix. Panasonic and Sony have similar arrangements.

Netflix On Your Smartphone & Tablet

Android, Windows Phone and iOS devices are all capable of hosting your Netflix account thanks to dedicated official support from the service.


Android users will find the Netflix app via the Google Play Store.

can i access netflix from any computer

Windows Phone owners can install Netflix via the Marketplace; Windows 8 tablet users can install Netflix through the Windows 8 Store.

Finally, iOS users on iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch will find their own Netflix app listed in iTunes.

Netflix On Your Computer

Meanwhile, (Linux aside) desktop operating systems such as Mac OS X and Windows 7 (and earlier) will find that they can access Netflix very easily indeed – through the browser!

can you access netflix from any computer

Opening will enable you to login to your account and select from any of the available titles. You’ll also have full control over your account (something that isn’t possible across all versions) and you may even find that search and title browsing is just that much quicker.

The desktop version is easily the most powerful, and should never be overlooked.

Netflix Is Everywhere!

There really is nowhere to hide. Netflix has your name, it has your address and it can find its way into your life through virtually every digital platform currently is use.

Given the size of the library and the service’s ubiquity across consoles, smartphones and tablets, home theatre systems and desktop computers, it really is time to give up, sign up to Netflix, take advantage of the one month free trial pass and enjoy what’s on offer.

With the added bonus of bookmarking enabling you to easily pick up the same movie or TV show you were watching on a different device, you shouldn’t even be trying to hide.

Embrace Netflix!

Related topics: Media Player, Netflix, Online Video, XBMC Kodi.

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  1. Andrew
    March 15, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    The treatment of Linux in this post is downright rude. To say "Almost Every Platform Known to Man" and then spend literally two words acknowledging that the single most important platform in system administration, severs, and the internet is ridiculous.

    It's basically the same as writing a long article about the most important stars in the Milky Way and adding a footnote that says "Also, the Sun is in the Milky Way."

    Fix this.

  2. Robert Backlund
    January 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Netflix is not everywhere!!!! There is no Linux support and probably will never have support for this increasingly important OS choice. The reason you may ask? The CEO of Netfilx has been a Microsuck board member (until just recently) for a number of years. So until he leaves I do not hold out any hope for Linux to ever be supported. One of the major reasons is Netflix is the only large user of Microsoft Silverlight. I am currently a subscriber to Netfilx but have been wanting to stop using Microsucks OS's because I do not like the trend of what they are doing, I personally cannot stand the Windows 8 UI and would not use it if they paid me to. When I do make the switch I will probably dump Netfilx along with Microsuck.

  3. anon
    November 15, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    *sniff* I happily clicked on this article because I hoped "almost every platform" included Linux.

  4. Easton Wiki
    November 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Love netflix being so easily available. I constantly switch from pc to ipad to phone depending on where i am traveling.

  5. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    November 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

    i will, once I get fast and stable connection. For now occasional streaming from YouTube (with long buffering) is the best i can do. I can't even backup my files to cloud storage. It's that slow.

  6. Terafall
    November 15, 2012 at 8:42 am

    I'm waiting for Netflix for Linux

  7. Christopher Webb
    November 15, 2012 at 5:49 am


  8. Sean A
    November 15, 2012 at 12:49 am

    I had forgoten about good old XBMC. I might just install it...

  9. eSPy
    November 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    they even had Netflix on PS2 until it was discontinued earlier this year.

  10. Félix S. De Jesús
    November 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I'm addicted too... Everywhere i can use it... :_

  11. BenN
    November 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Based on the title I thought Netflix had finally come to Linux. I suppose I glossed over the word Almost.

    Someday maybe...

    • Pat
      November 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm

      We're in the same boat, Ben. That's the only reason I clicked on the link.

      • David Commini
        November 15, 2012 at 3:10 pm

        Same here

  12. Edward Bellair
    November 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Getting ready to give Netflix a try. Thanks for some added info.

  13. Carlo Vincente
    November 14, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    And why I should to go with Netflix? I have enough with torrents.

    I like this blog very much, but this paid posts are no good.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      November 15, 2012 at 10:57 am

      Umm, because it's legal?

  14. Nicole ?
    November 14, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    I'm watching Jericho this very minute on netflix using my PS3. I am very much addicted to netflix. I would most definitely reccomend it. :)