Netflix has come a long way from being a minor inconvenience to Blockbuster and the home video market by mailing DVDs to consumers to becoming a billion-dollar online streaming giant in its own right. It has even single-handedly killed the aforementioned Blockbuster and home video market while creating a new online streaming market of its own, with it remaining its undisputed leader. Many conglomerates followed suit with their own streaming solutions, from Amazon Prime to Disney+ as well as Hulu and Crunchyroll (for anime or Japanese animation streaming).
With that in mind, can you play Netflix’s online streaming services through a projector the same way you would on your computer or your HDTV? The short answer is yes. Yes, you definitely could. Some might even encourage you to do so since projectors are fast becoming home theater mainstays.
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The Long Answer Regarding Netflix and Projectors
You can watch Netflix using a projector since projectors nowadays are as likable and connectable as the average HDTV or HDMI monitor. Also, since most of the videos Netflix has available show are movies or are in widescreen, why should you not go the extra step in order to watch them as cinematically as possible using a home theater video projector?
- Getting That Cinematic Experience: You can immerse yourself in a cinematic experience by watching your favorite Netflix movies on your projector. This also works with HBO in light of everything being available in the widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, so you won’t have to worry about letterboxing or looking at a square TV broadcast. You can use your projector in order to showcase movies in a theatrical manner without you actually having to buy a ticket to the movies. A home theater projector can stream content because all content, whether from the Internet or on BD is digital nowadays.
- Go for Smart Projectors: A great method of playing Netflix movies through a projector is by purchasing what’s known as a smart projector. Projectors such as the JMGO N7L 700ANSI 1080p Portable Smart Projector have a dedicated processor, storage, and RAM like a computer. It also includes an LED that projects the images on the wall or screen for viewing so that it’d last longer. Most importantly, it includes an operating system a la Android OS or iOS in order for users to install various support applications from the Play Store, which incidentally includes the Netflix app. Just install the Netflix app on the smart projector so that you can watch movies and shows on-demand every time.
- More about Smart Projectors: Another thing that people love about smart projectors aside from the ease of using it for Netflix viewing purposes is the fact that they have rechargeable batteries and built-in speakers included in them. This way, you can take them out and about with you as a portable movie player. This allows you and many others to watch movies and shows on the go at any place with a big enough wall or screen for the projector to project on. You can bring with you a screen or simply project the projection unto the nearest wall (but the latter option has its respective drawbacks, of course).
- Modern Projectors Are Netflix-Ready: Just as many HDTVs and CRT TVs were/are cable-ready or cable-box-ready, so too are many projectors in the 2010s and 2020s made with Internet streaming in mind. Some can wirelessly connect to your Wi-Fi and then access your Netflix account a la laptop or desktop as well as a smartphone. Some have USB and HDMI ports that allow streaming devices such as Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV Stick to link them up to the Internet and access Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+.
- How to Watch Netflix Through a Projector: You can get a projector with a preloaded TV Market app downloader in order to download and install the Netflix app to your projector of choice. Yes, 21st Century projectors can double as computers themselves, complete with their own programs and apps. Once you have the Netflix app on your projector, sign in with your account in order to access its wide library of shows on your projector. There’s no more need to get a FireStick or Roku device to make it work.
- Use Your Laptop to Broadcast Netflix: Another way to view Netflix through your projector is by having it linked to your laptop then having that laptop broadcast Netflix for it. It’s as simple as turning your projector into the computer monitor of your laptop then playing Netflix on your laptop while the video is mirrored on your projector. You can link them by USB or by HDMI. Alternatively, you can Streamcast Netflix by making sure both the laptop and the projector are under the same wireless network.
- Wireless Networking with Your MacOS Laptop and Projector: If you’re using a device with macOS, simply click the Airplay icon on the status bar. From there, select the projector model of your projector to start the program. There are 3 mirroring methods available—Mirror Projector, Mirror Built-In Retina Display, and Use as Separate Display. You can choose any of the 3 in order to use Airplay with your Netflix that you can open through a macOS Opera browser. If you lack a Mac, you can use Google Cast on your laptop or PC instead of through the Google Chrome Browser.
- Connection Cables and Netflix Streaming: If you have an Android mobile device, you can stream content from Netflix using a Type-C USB Cable and DisplayPort function. Just download the Netflix app on your Android, link the device to your projector through the USB-C Gen 3.1 cable or higher (as in the case with the BenQ GV1 or GS2), and the stream to your heart’s content. You also have the option to stream the Netflix content from any device with an HDMI cable to your BenQ GS2 or TK810 projector. Check your projector user manual for more details on Netflix streaming.
- Netflix Streamcasting Through The Google Chrome Browser: You can Google StreamCast on your notebook or desktop PC through the Chrome browser. You simply need to visit the website for Netflix on Google Chrome then select the “Customize and Control Google Chrome” option. From there, select the “Cast Tab” then “Choose Projector (Model Number XXXX) and start Google Cast on the open Chrome tab where Netflix is running. Select both screens on the resulting pop-up window then switch to the big projector screen. You can now select the Netflix content to play on your projector with ease.
- Chromecast or Streaming Devices and Projectors: There are devices available that allow you to use Chromecast or some similar system in order to stream Netflix through your projector. A Chromecast device enables you to stream content using Chrome web browsers or Google apps. Such a device can be plugged unto the USB or HDMI port of the projector. They can also be controlled through iOS or Android devices or by having a computer with a Chrome browser and Google Cast extension running nearby. These devices support 1080p Full HD resolution. If you want 4K resolution Netflix movies, you need the Chromecast Ultras.
- Neutral E68, Amazon FireStick, and Other Streaming Dongles: There are dongles like the Neutral E68 that support Chromecast for Netflix. There’s also the Amazon Fire TV Stick or FireStick that you can plug into the projector’s HDMI port and a USB port in order to power it up and broadcast streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime as well as Crunchyroll and Disney+. There are devices that either requires you to plug an HDMI cable to the HDMI port or they can be plugged directly to the port like USB Flash Drives. Other devices require you to have a USB-to-HDMI or Lightning-to-HDMI adapter in order to work since they’re mostly used for smartphones and laptops.
- Have an Apple TV? Use It to Broadcast Netflix on a Projector: If you have an Apple TV and it’s linked to your projector, you can play Netflix on the projector using the Apple TV as its middleman or broadcasting medium. The Apple App Store has the Netflix app readily available, after all. Just download the app and access it through the home screen. Afterwards, once the app is installed and running on your Apple TV, you can log into it using your account username and password. From there, Netflix will show you a list of popular shows and movies available, allowing you to choose any for projector-based viewing.
When All Is Said and Done
If you have a streaming device or dongles, Chromecast device, Apple TV, Netflix-ready smart projector, macOS device, Android device, and so forth, it’s relatively easy to download the Netflix app on any of them in order to enjoy Netflix on the big screen with modern 21st Century projector technology. There are many methods at your disposal to watch Netflix on your projector indeed.
Netflix movies are available on-demand and can be watched any time you want instead of you having to catch the air on a certain timeslot. As long as you have a Netflix subscription, an Internet connection, and a computer or streaming device, you should be able to log on to Netflix and watch whatever you want to watch on your own personal user account. Just take note of the advice and recommendations contained on this guide when it comes to the specifics of playing Netflix through your projector since it varies from provider to provider or projector to projector.