How to watch Netflix on your Xbox One console in 6 simple steps
- You can watch Netflix on an Xbox One by downloading the Netflix app from the Microsoft Store.
- The Netflix app on Xbox One is free to download, but you'll need to have a paid Netflix subscription.
- This story is a part of Business Insider's Guide to Netflix Tips and Tricks.
To many users' delight, the Netflix app is available on a wide variety of devices, including the Xbox One.
Here's a guide to getting Netflix on your Xbox One, so you can spend less time struggling with technology and more time deciding what to watch.
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How to watch Netflix on Xbox One
1. Boot up your Xbox One and log into your Xbox Live profile. Once the home screen has loaded, move the left stick down to view the Microsoft Store. Press the A button to open the Store.
2. After the Store opens, navigate to the "Search" field and press the A button.
3. Using the Xbox One controller and the on-screen keyboard, type " Netflix" into the search bar. The Netflix app should appear in the search results. Highlight the Netflix app with your cursor and press A.
4. Move your cursor to the "Install" button and press A — don't worry, it's free to download. Once Netflix has downloaded, the Install button will change to say "Launch." Highlight the Launch button with your cursor and press A to open Netflix.
5. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete setup. This will require you to connect your Netflix account, likely using a browser.
6. The next time you want to watch Netflix, you can do so through the "My games & apps" menu. From the Xbox One's home screen, use the left stick to select "My games & apps" and press the A button. Then, use the left stick to highlight "Apps" in the left-side menu.
With the Apps menu open, move the left stick toward the right and navigate to the Netflix app. Finally, press A to open Netflix and navigate the streaming service's selection.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm in the middle of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and really need to get back to it. Happy streaming!
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Are you still thinking the Xbox One as the home video game console? You may be out-of-date. You can not only use Xbox One to play games, you can also play and watch videos and listen to music on Xbox One. Most streaming videos and music services are supported by Xbox One.
In the following, we will take playing Netflix videos on Xbox One for example to show you how to.
Method 1.Watch Netflix Videos on Xbox One with Netflix app
Yes, you can follow the next steps to download and install Netflix app on your Xbox One.
Step 1. Begin from the Home screen on your Xbox One S.
Step 2. Scroll right to access the Store.
Step 3. In the Apps section, select Netflix. Note: If you do not see Netflix, select Search all apps to search for Netflix.
Step 4. Select Install.
Step 5. Once the app has finished downloading, select Launch to sign in to Netflix.
Step 6. Select Netflix from the Home screen, and select Member Sign In to enter your Netflix email address and password to select Sign In.
Step 7. Your Xbox One is now connected to your Netflix account. You can play any Netflix video directly as you like.
Method 2. Play Downloaded Netflix Videos on Xbox One
As you know, Netflix is available on Xbox One in all regions that have both Netflix and Xbox Live service. Sometimes you can use the Xbox Live service or you have poor internet to watch online Netflix videos, it is helpful to download Netflix videos to pc and then play downloaded videos on Xbox One as you like.
Kigo Netflix Downloader is one useful Netflix Video downloader to help users download various Netflix movies, TV shows, original series\ and so on with fast speed and high quality. And the latest version also supports 5.1 surround audio kept.
Free download the newest version of Kigo Netflix Downloader. Double click to install and launch it.
Step 1 Run the Netflix Downloader. You can copy video URL or search videos to add Netflix videos to download.
If you have the Netflix videos' url you want to download, just copy and paste them to download. You can also search the videos to download.
Step 2 Click the Download button.
After you find the videos, click the Download button.
If this is your first try, you need to login with your Netflix account to go on downloading.
After you login with your Netflix account, choose the video or TV shows to download.
Step 3 Start downloading.
When the downloading is completed, you can click on Library to find the downloaded Netflix videos.
Step 4 Stream Downloaded Netflix Videos from Windows PC to Xbox One.
First, on your PC, make sure that Media Streaming is turned on. You can find that in Control Panel > Network and Sharing Center > Media Streaming Options. Then on your Xbox One, go to Settings > Preferences and make sure Play To is checked like in the image below. And you need to download the Xbox Video app to the console.
Now on your PC, find the downloaded videos you want to play, right-click the files and select Play To from the context menu and then XboxOne. You can choose media from your local machine, an external drive, or network locations. Or you can use your Xbox One controller to manage playback of your media.
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You can install Netflix app and watch Netflix videos directly. However you may not have enough condition to watch Netflix videos, downloading them and then playing is a good choice.
The New Xbox Is Ready for a Netflix World
On November 10, you’ll be able to buy a new pair of Xbox consoles that could, if successful, fundamentally change the way video games are played and made from the ground up. The new Xbox Series X and its budget-friendly sibling, the Xbox Series S, are designed to be hubs in a Netflix-style ecosystem where, for a monthly fee, you can play just about anything, anywhere — for better or for worse.
As an entertainment industry, the video-game world has largely resisted the full-scale reinvention that has accompanied the advent of streaming media. Even as music, movies, and TV were recalibrated around streaming platforms, games had previously lacked a popular Netflix-style subscription service with a library of video games available on demand, for a monthly subscription. Microsoft believes it has that service in Xbox Game Pass.
Of course, some aspects of this innovation have been here for a while now, just in a different form, quietly slipped into the last-generation Xbox and on your smartphone. Game Pass first launched on June 1, 2017, and it has expanded dramatically in the intervening years. It now has a sister service for PC games, and Microsoft, leveraging its massive capital, has gone on a buying spree, purchasing studios big and small to ensure that Game Pass has a future as a premiere location for new video games. As these perks added up, Microsoft rolled them all into one subscription: Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which costs $14.99 a month.
And now come the new consoles. I’ve had an Xbox Series X provided by Microsoft for review for a little over a week now, and while the squat machine does a lot of the cool new things that it’s promised to — load games incredibly fast (I waited, on average, no more than seven seconds between starting a game up and playing it); play them with Gemini Man–esque high frame rates that look strange in movies or TV, but are highly desirable for video games; and runs games with a level of detail approaching the absurd — the chief appeal of the console is Xbox Game Pass, and Microsoft’s unusual commitment to making games from its prior console libraries available. (Both the Xbox Series X and Series S will let you purchase and play games from a truly massive legacy library stretching back to the original Xbox released in 2001 — it’s not comprehensive, but it is impressive and thousands of games deep.)
Few things make this clearer than the Xbox Series X|S’s complete lack of new games exclusive to both consoles. While some of this fall’s big releases from third parties unaffiliated with Microsoft — like the gangster soap opera Yakuza: Like a Dragon or the Viking action game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla — are coming with versions made for both new Xboxes, none were available prior to launch, and Microsoft has no new games of its own to showcase the raw power of their new machines. Instead, they have “optimized” a number of currently available games, like 2019’s sci-fi shooter Gears 5, an already-impressive looking game that now runs with a crispness that would have required a computer that costs more than the Xbox Series X’s $500 price tag.
Price is the elephant in the room this console generation. In the midst of a global pandemic, there’s little reason to invest hundreds of dollars in a machine that doesn’t yet have its own library of games. And here’s the unusual wrinkle: Microsoft is acknowledging this.
One of the company’s biggest talking points in the lead-up to the Series X and S has been a feature called Smart Delivery: a service that, should a game be available for both Xboxes new and old, would automatically provide you with the version suited for whatever console you had, and upgrade for free should you decide to move from the Xbox One to the Xbox Series S or X. It’s a very consumer-friendly move — in previous console release cycles, if you had a game on, say, the PlayStation 2, and there was a PlayStation 3 version, you just had to buy it twice if you wanted to see what the newer console could do.
But it’s also a tacit agreement to continue supporting the last generation of Xbox for the foreseeable future. Between Smart Delivery and Xbox Game Pass, if you have an Xbox One, Microsoft’s marketing wants you to know you won’t miss out on any big games. And, if you’re looking to save some cash, well, that’s what the Series S is for.
The Xbox Series S (yes, these names are all ridiculous) is a full $200 cheaper thanks to some shrewd compromises. It promises the same next-generation performance of the Series X — better graphical detail, load speeds, and more realistically rendered light — with a smaller hard drive (512 GB, roughly half of the Series X’s 1TB drive), no disc drive, and resolution locked to 1080p — the standard for High Definition, but not the buzzy 4K Ultra-HD most new TVs have. Think of it as the same machine, but less future-proof — should you get a nicer 4K TV, or slowly amass more than a small collection of games, you’ll soon have to spend more money.
This brings us back to Game Pass, and the most aggressive stratagem it has for enticing new customers. For an extra fee, you can finance an Xbox Series S or Series X as a part of your Game Pass. Dubbed Xbox All Access, the 24-month payment plan provides you with Game Pass Ultimate and a Series S or Series X console, for $24.99 or $34.99 per month, respectively. At this point, the transformation is complete: The Xbox is less a video-game console than a cable provider.
In the video-game industry tug-of-war between console manufacturers — these days, it’s mainly Microsoft versus Sony, since Nintendo proceeds at its own pace, currently to great success with the Nintendo Switch — innovation usually comes from the loser. Last generation, that loser was Microsoft, and as a result it has spent the past few years building a new framework for mainstream video games, one that brings it in line with the transformations that have come to other entertainment industries.
For the most part, it works. It is dazzling to open up Game Pass for the first time and have a massive library of games available to download. It’s unreal to learn that you can also stream those games to an Android phone and play wherever there’s a good enough internet connection. It is nice to not feel any pressure to upgrade from my Xbox One, or to have the option to get the more affordable Series S if my funds are limited.
Yet it gets troubling when I extend my view beyond my own personal convenience.
Despite being the benchmark for entertainment in the internet era, Netflix has yet to prove itself a truly sustainable business, obscuring the successes of its programming with byzantine numbers and meeting revenue goals while also racking up $15 billion in debt as it continues to produce more and more content. The ways it has disrupted the film and television industry are now being felt in mediocre content that’s now judged on its own scale. (Similarly, Spotify has reshaped audience expectations for music and developed a reputation for shortchanging artists.)
It will be some time before we know how the Netflix approach will impact the video-game industry, but the long-term view from other industries is not positive. It trades short-term convenience for the customer for long-term corporate hegemony: Smaller studios are forced to align with bigger companies that host them on their platforms, content is reevaluated by how it drives subscriptions, and the share of profits that go to creators plummets. But to the cash-strapped individual who wants to game, it’s hard to say no to a monthly bill that’s negligible compared to the $70 price tag new games will now carry. (Not to mention the appeal of games as a renewable source of entertainment and community in a lonely pandemic winter).
The Xbox Series X and S are less a new generation of console than they are a new argument for the shape and form of the video-game industry. In this, they are fascinating, if only in how its entire rationale is in reinventing a singular and idiosyncratic medium so that it looks like everything else.
Get Netflix on the Xbox One console using these simple steps
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The Xbox One is more than a gaming machine. Microsoft set out to create one central point for all your entertainment needs. It also embraces streaming apps made available across multiple platforms so you can watch new movies and TV shows on your Xbox. In this guide, we show you how to get Netflix on the Xbox One.
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Editor’s note: This guide applies to the Xbox One, Xbox One S, and the Xbox One X. Instructions for the Xbox 360 are similar but more straightforward. From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, go to Apps, select Netflix, and download.
You do not need an Xbox Live Gold subscription. However, you must be signed in to the Xbox Live network to use Netflix. You’ll also need a decent internet connection: Preferably wired or via a 5GHz wireless access point. Here are the speed requirements provided by Netflix:
- 0.5Mbps – Required
- 1.5Mbps – Recommended
- 3.0Mbps – Recommended – SD quality
- 5.0Mbps – Recommended – HD quality
- 25 Mbps – Recommended – Ultra HD quality
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Install Netflix on Xbox One
Let’s start with getting the Netflix app on your Xbox One. If you already have the app installed on a Windows 10 PC, you’ll see Netflix listed as “owned” on the Xbox Store.
1. From the Home screen, navigate right to the Store.
2. Scroll down, highlight Apps, and press the A button.
3. Alternatively, you can scroll down and select Browse apps.
4. You’ll typically see Netflix listed on the main App page. If not, you can select Show all 50 next to Most popular apps.
5. You can also search for the app by selecting Search apps and pressing the A button. Just start typing “Netflix” on the following screen, and the app will appear.
6. Select the green Install button and press A on the controller. You can launch Netflix from here after the installation process.
7.Sign in to your Netflix account.
If you don’t have an account, you can get a 30-day free trial. The app will ask you to enter a mobile number to create an account in a web browser.
More:How to stream the Xbox One to Windows 10
Add Netflix to your Xbox One Home screen
Microsoft removed the ability to manually pin apps to the Home screen. If you frequently watch Netflix, you’ll see the app listed in the Home screen’s top My games & apps row. But you can “pin” Netflix by adding it to a group that’s accessible from the Home screen. Think of groups as folders so you can stash similar apps together under one name.
1. Select the My games & apps icon on the Home screen and tap the “A” button.
2. Scroll down to Apps on the next page and select Netflix.
3. Tap the controller’s three-line “hamburger” Menu button.
4. Select Add to a group in the popup menu.
5. Select Create new group if you don’t have one already for streaming services.
6.Name your new group.
7. Navigate back to Home.
8. Scroll down to the Add more category. If you don’t see your new group, select See all suggestions.
9. Scroll down to Groups, select your new group, and tap the A button to add it to Home.
That wraps up our guide on how to get Netflix on Xbox One.
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Fixed: Netflix Not Working on Xbox One
Netflix not working is one of the very common issues on Xbox one. So if you’re experiencing this problem, rest assured, you’re not alone. Quite a lot Xbox one users have the same problem with you. More importantly, that’s a easy problem to fix by yourself. Here’re 3 simple but effective methods you can try to fix this problem. You may not have to try them all; just work your way down the list until you get Netflix works fine again on your Xbox one.
Try one at a time:
- Restart your Netflix
- Restart your Xbox One Console and Xbox One
- Reinstall your Netflix
Method 1: Restart your Netflix1) Use the arrow keys to highlight the Netflix app on your Xbox One home screen.
2) Press the menu buttonon your Xbox One controller.
3) If you see Quit, select it. If not, skip this step.
4) Re-launch Netflix in Xbox One to see if it works.
Method 2: Restart your Xbox One Console and Xbox One1) Turn off your Xbox One. 2) Unplug the power cable of your Xbox One console, then press and hold the home button on the console for around 5 seconds to discharge it. 3) Wait for around 1 minute. 4) Plug the power cable back in your Xbox One console. 5) Turn on your Xbox One. 6) Re-launch Netflix in Xbox One to see if it works.
Method 3: Reinstall your Netflix1）On Home, select My games & apps.
2) Select Apps.
3) Highlight Netflix from Apps. Then press the menu button on your controller. 4) Select Manage app.
5) Select Uninstall all.
6) Back to Home of your Xbox One and select Store. Then select Netflix in Apps.
7) Select Install.
8) Run Netflix to see if it works.
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