Netflix is probably the most popular service on Demand and is watched on various devices, including Roku TV, which is a simple streaming device. Roku allows you to connect to various streaming services and watch your favorite shows at any time. Paired with Netflix, it’s the perfect combination to improve your viewing experience.
Interestingly, you can watch Netflix libraries from other countries using a VPN service. However, this article is about how to use Netflix if you have Roku TV
How to install Netflix on Roku
In Roku, all the apps you download are called channels, and this term will be used in the future. First, you need to download Netflix from the Channel Store on your device. When you enter Netflix itself, you will be asked to enter your credentials, but if this is your first time, you will have to register and pay a fee to buy a subscription.
Here’re the steps involved in downloading Netflix from Roku Channel Store:
- Go to the Roku Channel Store and search for Netflix
- Log in and click the option Add Channel
- When you open Roku next time, the download will start automatically
If you’re looking forward to using Roku without a computer, you can also do it directly from your Roku. Here’s how to do it:
- Plugin your Roku and check if it’s connected to the internet. Switch your TV to get the relevant input
- Press Home on the Roku remote
- Select Streaming Channel by scrolling to the left sidebar
- Select the Search Channel option
- Search Netflix
- Select Netflix from the list
- Add Channel from the Netflix channel page
- Netflix channel will be downloaded and installed
- When you’re done, select OK
How to check if your Roku compatiable with Netflix
The thing is that not all Roku devices work with Netflix. It might not happen but still, there are chances that the device you recently bought is unable to stream Netflix. Not so long ago, Roku ended its support to some old hardware and it became impossible for Netflix to keep the app up-to-date on those devices that are no longer updated.
First and second-generation Roku devices no longer work with Netflix. These devices include Roku XD, XDS, XR, SD, HD, and HD-XR. Anyway, if your device was manufactured after 2011, it’s compatible with Netflix.
It’s recommended to go for the latest model of Roku as you already know that Roku stops supporting older hardware.
What to do in case if Netflix not working on Roku
Not including the previous problem, and you really used to have Netflix working on Roku, and now you can’t use it and enjoy an evening movie, then here’re some solutions to the problem:
- Check Internet Settings. The first and common solution to fix the problem is to check your internet connection. Make sure that your device has a proper internet connection
- Enter the Setting menu on the home screen
- Open the Network option and check if Roku is connected
- Click Check Connection to test the connection
- You’re also able to switch to the cable internet (ethernet) as there may be an issue with the Wi-Fi connection or device
- Check for Roku updates. In case if the software hasn’t been updated in a certain amount of time – it may cause various malfunctions and errors. Try to update the app to the latest version – this is the simplest solution in such a scenario
- Go to the Setting menu
- Select the System option
- Select Software Update
- Click the Check Now option
- Restart Roku. Try rebooting the Rock – this can be a universal solution to many problems. In addition, it’s quite easy to do and doesn’t take much time – just unplug the device, wait a minute and plug it back in
- Check your Netflix Account. In some cases, Netflix can be the culprit, especially when your package isn’t renewed successfully or if you’re using a new credit card. In this case, you need to update the Netflix app
- Reinstall Netflix App. Uninstalling and then reinstalling the Netflix app is one of the effective ways to solve the Netflix streaming issues on Roku. Here’re the steps you should follow:
- Open Roku
- Select Settings
- Choose Netflix Settings then Deactivate
- Confirm your choice
- Press the Home button on the Roku remote
- Press (*) button after highlighting Netflix
- Select Remove Channel
- Reinstall Netflix
As you can see, there is an easy way to install Netflix as well as it isn’t guaranteed you never will face some kind of technical issues that you already know how to solve. Have a nice streaming experience!