You know very well that you love Netflix, and Netflix knows that you love Netflix, so it makes sense that the giant of streaming Have one or two things to say about the television set you use to watch it. To help new buyers have the best Netflix experience (according to Netflix, of course), a program called “Netflix Recommended” was launched in 2015, which is precisely the recommended Smart TVs for Netflix. Consider it as an EnergyStar label, used to distinguish TVs optimized for Netflix with “fast” transmission and the ability to play Netflix as you wish.
It's a good idea, yes: everyone wants a better transmission experience. But what is all this about? According to Netflix, each recommended television must meet at least five of seven criteria:
- Instant activation (The TV starts and provides access to applications like Netflix immediately).
- The latest version of Netflix (The TV must have the latest version and support new features, such as video previews).
- Quick activation of the application (The Netflix application should start “quickly” either after turning on the TV or when switching to it from another application).
- Netflix button (There has to be a Netflix button on the remote control, which, when pressed, can turn on the TV and take you directly to the Netflix application).
- Netflix cone (The Netflix application should be easy to find when accessing the applications on your TV).
- Always ready: The TV keeps the Netflix application open in the background, even when it is in sleep mode, and updates it periodically so that the next time you start the session in the application you can show the updated home screen immediately, regardless of the Speed of your Internet connection.
- Netflix high resolution interface (The Netflix application must be presented with at least a resolution of 1080p, which makes the images as clear as possible)
Officially, none of these criteria is mandatory, but in the publication of his blog for the new 2018 TVs, Netflix points out that all recommended devices have an exclusively dedicated button for Netflix, and that:
When you see the “Netflix Recommended TV” logo, it means that the device has passed rigorous tests to ensure excellent performance and easy access to Netflix and other services. This means that the TV:
- It starts instantly and reaches Netflix (or other Internet television services) in just a few seconds.
- It allows users to move quickly and easily between applications.
- It comes with the latest version of Netflix.
- You can support newer and more immersive Netflix browsing experiences, such as video previews.
This leads us to suspect that the only optional criteria are the last two (TV Resume and a high resolution interface). However, the company fails to tell consumers which of the seven criteria the recommended televisions have, letting us guess if they only have five, six or seven.
It is worth noting that the fact that a television does not have the badge Netflix Recommended TV It does not mean that it does not offer a solid transmission experience. A spokesman for the company told Digital Trends that “Netflix Recommended TV is available to any manufacturer that offers a new TV with a certified Netflix implementation, ”but not all manufacturers have chosen to participate in the process for Netflix to rate them.
The following are the 2019 televisions that have passed the cut so far. As you can see, it is a fairly exclusive club:
2019 TVs recommended by Netflix:
- Samsung Q60R / Q70R / Q80R / Q90R / Q900R series, RU8000, Serif and The Frame devices
- Sony BRAVIA X85G (XG85) / X90G (XG90) and A9G Series (AG9)
- Panasonic VIERA Series GX700 / GX800 / GX900
Is your TV a model recommended by Netflix? These are the ones that qualified in 2018:
- LG 4K UHD TVs with webOS 4.0: W8, E8, C8, SK9500, SK9000, SK8070, SK8000, UK7700, UK6570, UK6500, UK6300, UK6270, UK6200
- Sony Android TVs, W800F / WF800 Series
The Netflix blog is the place to go to get all the details about the televisions that qualified in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Now that you know the deal, you can watch Netflix's recommendations when you buy your new TV. For more information, check out the following video:
* Article updated by Daniel Matus on June 23, 2019.