How to Stream Netflix on an HDTV

By Bryant Harland

The Netflix unlimited plan allows you to stream movies to your computer, but unless you have an expensive computer monitor, your HDTV is likely to have much better video quality. The problem can be solved fairly simply by connecting your computer to your HDTV instead of its monitor. Depending on what ports your TV has, you may already have everything you need to do it. If not, you can buy what you need at most electronics stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Desktop or laptop computer
  • S-video, DVI or VGA Cable
  • Netflix unlimited plan

Step 1

Set up your computer near your HDTV.

Step 2

Identify the type of video ports your TV has, and the type of video ports your computer has. This will determine the type of cable you need to connect the two. Visual graphics array (VGA) ports are rectangular, 15-pin ports, separate-video (S-video) ports are circular 4- or 7-pin ports, and digital visual interface (DVI) ports are rectangular 12-, 18- or 24-pin ports.

Step 3

Connect the video cable to the video port on your computer, then connect the other end to your HDTV.

Step 4

Set your computer's display to your TV screen, by right-clicking an empty spot on your computer's desktop, selecting "personalize," then "display."

Step 5

Log in to your Netflix account, and search their site for the movie you want to watch. Once it is loaded, click "Play." Even though your computer is being displayed on your TV, you will still be able to use the mouse and keyboard to navigate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check to make sure that the pin layout of your computer and TV ports match. If they don't, you will need to buy an adapter to connect the two.