Stop Streaming Netflix on Your Smart TV Urgently

Services like Hulu, Amazon Prime and Netflix are what smart TVs are built for, right? Rather than plugging in devices and setting up boxes, having it all within the TV itself streamlines the entire experience. So, using your smart TV to browse, save and watch all of your favorite shows and films is a given, isn’t it?

Well, after reading this article, you might want to reconsider. Some of the streaming apps that come pre-installed in your smart TVs aren’t quite the same as the ones that come with external devices.

Speed

The first thing to bear in mind is speed. Anyone with experience in this will know that apps on smart TVs, for some reason, run at a ridiculously slow pace. That can be frustrating at best, and anger-inducing at worst.

This is simply due to smart TVs lacking the amount of dedicated power that these external devices can provide. Hence why many of these external devices have their own dedicated power supply. As well as this, the remotes that come with smart TVs aren’t exactly designed for this sort of layout or navigation. The vast majority of models don’t include anything like voice control.

Dedicated streaming devices provide a much more pleasant and smooth experience when it comes to navigating the apps themselves. This can be due to their button layout, simplicity, and even the keyboard that comes on certain controllers/devices.

For a faster experience – one that lets you jump straight into the action – it’s best to ditch the smart TV interface. You should go with an external one. Put simply – stop streaming Netflix from your smart TV!

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Quality

Despite the fact that your smart TV might have excellent specs when it comes to visuals you can actually get a worse video output when using the apps within the TV. Now, this is a rare one that won’t affect everybody. But watching Prime Video or Netflix on your Firestick can offer different visual quality than watching it straight from your smart TV.

An example of this can be seen in Netflix’s HDR support. This applies to the PS4, Xbox One X, and Google Chromecast. But it doesn’t apply to all smart TVs, even if they offer HDR themselves. Not only this, but smart TVs often contain older versions of these streaming apps that can’t always be updated. Any updates in quality or viewing experience, in general, will only happen in certain devices.

With devices like the Amazon Firestick, Google Chromecast and NOW TV box being more popular than smart TV interfaces, Netflix is far more likely to update on these instead.

Privacy

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And last, but certainly not least, comes privacy. As with many smart devices nowadays, there has been a rise in privacy concerns. This is when it comes to using streaming apps like Netflix. It seems more and more of our personal and financial data is being trusted with these services.

With smart TVs no longer being a big thing in the world of tech, it seems that manufacturers have gone for a different approach to making money. Rather than charging loads of money for their smart TVs, they sell them cheaply to get them in your home. Then they track your viewing and browsing habits in order to target you with adverts that are suited to you.

Most people wouldn’t mind this and would actually prefer adverts that are relative to them. But for those who don’t like the idea of being watched at all, rather than restricting what you use your smart TV for, the best option is to never use any of its ‘smart’ features. Never connect it to the Internet to begin with.

By using dedicated streaming devices instead, you’re far more likely to be dealing with companies that have a decent amount of revenue. They don’t need to resort to targeted ads or data infringement in order to make their money. This means you’re far less likely to get spied on.

All in all, for a faster experience, better viewing quality, and more privacy, stop streaming Netflix. Or anything else from your smart TV!

What’s your experience with Smart TVs and streaming? Will you stop streaming Netflix from yours? Drop a comment below to let us know!

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Karl walker
Karl walker
8 months ago

Find firestick quality visual and steaming compared to smart tv Amazon Prime poorer to view.
Constant buffering on the firestick even though internet speed is high.

Mark
Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  Karl walker

Agreed. Firestick constantly buffers unless I drop to a lower quality stream. Have a new LG 65″ sm8600 and picture is fabulous. I do wish something could be done to make the stick be as good as TV quality. Memory is only half full and tried changing ssid, IP, Gate, etc. Any ideas?

Gabe
Gabe
8 months ago

My built in apps never have a buffer issue. My Firestick does.

Mark
Mark
8 months ago
Reply to  Gabe

Same here.

Deb
Deb
8 months ago

I had Netflix when I first got my firestick. Netflix kept throwing me out. So I called Netflix. They wanted to know if I was using a VPN. I said of course. They said it wasn’t compatible. Then they went on to ask me all sorts of questions. Comcast is partnered with Netflix. They wanted to know what device I was using, who my internet provider was, so many questions. Needless to say, I cancelled Netflix and now watch whatever I want including Netflix programs. Big brother hasn’t found a way to block the firestick or other devices you are… Read more »

Marc
Marc
8 months ago

We just got a Smart Sony tv for Xmas. After reading this article, I don’t think we’ll be sticking with the Firestick for streaming.
TY

Marc
Marc
8 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Meant to say we’re sticking to the Firestick for streaming.

Marc
Marc
8 months ago
Reply to  Marc

Also we’re not having a problem with Prime or Netflix on our 4k Firestick.

Hans van den burg
Hans van den burg
8 months ago

I want to use Netflix with Google home, but it says that it is not possible with my Android tv. So i’am going to close my Netflix om my tv en going to use the Netflix on my Nvidia SHIELD.

derek crossan
derek crossan
8 months ago

No Netflix is a good platform

Ken
Ken
8 months ago

Prime movies will not run with IPVanish. Is there a fix?

Del
Del
8 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Try codi or firefox

Graham T
Graham T
8 months ago
Reply to  Ken

Had that problem and changed to NordVPN and it works perfectly, also bought a 2 year subscription for less than £10

Sa
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Sa
8 months ago
Reply to  Graham T

NordVPN is hacked! Please read on this article before using NordVPN: https://www.websafetytips.com/nord-vpn-is-hacked-what-is-the-best-alternative/

Rick
Rick
8 months ago

Does this apply to Roku TVs also?

S. Lysohirka
S. Lysohirka
8 months ago

Streaming is so much better all around. However I recently ran into issue with chromecast. I have to get a specific router in order to use IPVanish even though I have it on my phone android box etc.
Thanks

Mel
Mel
8 months ago

So if I stop watching Netflix and other apps from my smart tv, how exactly can I watch the content from my smart tv? I’m a bit confused by this article as I’m not a tech person.

Marc
Marc
8 months ago
Reply to  Mel

LMAO……BY USING A FIRESTICK ON YOUR SMART TV.
I’M DOING EXACTLY THAT SINCE XMAS AND HAVE IT WIRED DIRECTLY THROUGH MY ROUTER. NOT WI-FI.

danielle delorme
danielle delorme
8 months ago

i would drop it. but in general alot of people say that their amazon fire stick does not work on the samsung smart tv 4k even if they have the new amazone 4k fire stick. can you tell us. which 2019 smart 4k tv brand and model work with the amazon fire stick. i use the 2nd generation amazon fire stick on my non smart samsung.tv for.years with no problem. i would.like to buy a new tv with the new amazon 4k firestick. Can you tell.me which 4k tv brand works with the new 4k fire stick.

thank you

Glencroft
Glencroft
8 months ago

My 4K firestick works fine on the brand new LG 4K 7300.

Marc
Marc
8 months ago

SONY BRAVIA ‘S WHAT WE’RE USING WITH A 4K FIRESTICK AND THE STICK WORKS FINE BUT IT’S HAVING A PROBLEM STEAMING 4K MOVIES EVEN THOUGH THE TV IS A 4K TV.

Rufus Kaine
Rufus Kaine
26 days ago

I have a 65in 3D, smart TV from Samsung and I use both the smart TV options and a 4K fire stick and everything works perfectly. I have even programmed the fire stick every streaming app you can think of. There isn’t anything out there I can’t get on my TV. This technology is simply and awesome!!! I haven’t had a cable bill in over 5years

Rosemary Morris
Rosemary Morris
8 months ago

I use my firestick to hulu and netflix is this bad???

Sa
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Sa
8 months ago

Do you use a VPN?

Rosemary Morris
Rosemary Morris
8 months ago
Reply to  Sa

No iam in usa i was told no need to have it livinglhere.

Deb
Deb
8 months ago

Use VPN, and get the apps from an APK store. Trust me, why pay if you dont have to. Utube will teach u step by step. You don’t need the applications. The smart tv apps are limited. I programmed my firestick 3 years ago. I’m 63. If I can do it, you can! Saving myself about $200 a month. Well worth the little aggravation it costs you now. When I first started it took me 2 days or more to program. Now it takes less than 2 hours.

William
William
8 months ago

Info well taken. You are doing what I expected from you guys. Thank you.

William
William
8 months ago

Bravo

sharon
sharon
8 months ago

I leave on my IPVanish when using my Smart TV in my bedroom.

Octavia
Octavia
8 months ago

I haven’t had no problems with my Smart TV or my fire stick at all

LANCE HERRON
LANCE HERRON
8 months ago

Quite right. Amzn Prime, Pluto, YoutubeTV all look better, sound better and stream smoother w/o buffering lag on my Fire stick and Xbox X compared to the apps on my Vizio TV. I rarely use those apps at all from the TV.

Pamela
Pamela
8 months ago
Reply to  LANCE HERRON

First of all I use my IPVanish on anything I stream. I use my Bluetooth CD and DVD player to stream my Netflix and Prime (located in my bedroom), because I noticed that it used up too much data on my firestick and I would constantly clear my cache in order to not have an overload. But now, since you said to not use the apps that are built in on my Roku TV, right (in my living room)? I guess I am going to have to use my firestick, or can you suggest something better?

Derek Crossan
Derek Crossan
8 months ago

I use a ps3 I wish I could get on to better movies on my fire stick

Gat
Gat
8 months ago

Can it work for playing xbox games online

John
John
8 months ago

I had a firestick at one time based on a friend’s suggestion. From the get go I didn’t like it. That’s just me but a few aspects of it seem illegal. The most red flag to me is watching streamed movies from inside a theater. The other is watching a movie that was recorded in a theater. To me that seems like pirating. Same as downloading songs to a disc I believe. A VPN is fine to have for a jailbroke Firestick but isn’t that the same as wearing a disguise into a bank ???? lol Eventually there will have… Read more »

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