Contemporary entertainment-seekers love video streaming services because they’re convenient. Streaming services let you watch on-demand movies and shows whenever you want. Equally as important, they let you watch those movies and shows wherever you want. In fact, it’s easy to forget just how many options you have, as these services are available for a ridiculous number of platforms, including video game consoles.
The average Netflix customer probably watches Love Is Blind via a web browser, a media streaming device like an Amazon Fire Stick, or an app built directly into their TV. That works fine in most cases. However, if you really want to get the most out of your (increasingly expensive) subscription services, you should know every option available for streaming content. Plus, with Netflix creating video game adaptations, such as the Castlevania and Cuphead cartoons, it just feels right to watch those programs using a PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S.
Ready to stream Netflix to your video game console? This guide walks you through the process.
How to Stream Netflix to the PlayStation 5
Sign in to your PlayStation Network account.
Navigate to Media > Video and Music Apps to search for the Netflix app.
Download the Netflix app to your PlayStation 5.
Launch the app from the Media section.
Log in to your Netflix account.
Enjoy your favorite programs!
Optionally, press the circle button, open Settings by clicking the gear icon, and sign out when you’re done with your session.
Netflix on the PlayStation 5 supports subtitles, HDR, and Ultra HD resolutions if your internet connection can handle it. The PlayStation app also lets you use other devices, such as an Android or iOS phone, as a second screen.
How to Stream Netflix to the Xbox Series X/S
Sign in to Xbox Live.
Launch the Store, and search for Netflix in the Apps section.
Download Netflix to your Xbox Series X or Xbox Series S.
Log in to your Netflix account.
Enjoy your favorite shows and movies!
Optionally, select Settings from the Netflix home screen, and sign out to end your viewing session.
On Xbox Series X/S, Netflix supports subtitles, Dolby Vision, HDR, and Ultra HD resolutions with a high-quality connection. You can also swap between profiles for adults and kids.
What Else Can You Stream to the PS5 and Xbox?
Out of our 16 top-rated video streaming services, 11 offer apps for PlayStation and Xbox. This includes older-generation hardware, as well as the current PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. Those services are Amazon Prime Video, Crunchyroll, CuriosityStream, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Netflix, Peacock, Plex, Tubi, and YouTube TV. That covers everything from live TV, to mainstream hits, to anime subs. If you’re already a paying subscriber, all you need to do is download the app, log in, and start watching as soon as you’re done playing Elden Ring.
Smaller, more niche subscription services, such as BroadwayHD and KweliTV, typically don’t have the resources to release and maintain PlayStation and Xbox apps, but you can find top name services on the two major consoles more often than not.
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What About Streaming to the Nintendo Switch?
Despite its massive popularity, the Nintendo Switch hasn’t seen much support from video streaming services. That’s particularly odd considering the failed Wii U had every streaming brand you’d expect.
Still, you can enjoy some subscription services on the console/handheld hybrid, and more services are slowly arriving on the platform. On the Nintendo Switch, you can watch Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu, YouTube (but not YouTube TV), and Pokemon TV.
We focused on streaming Netflix to video game consoles here, but we’ve reviewed dozens of other video streaming services, too. Each review details a service’s console app offerings, as well as other useful information. If you’re curious, check out our extensive video streaming coverage.
For more on streaming, check out five reasons why you might want to ditch your video subscription and keep cable. In addition, you should read how streaming has ushered in a new trash TV golden age. And if you don’t know what you want to watch, video streaming guides offer a helping hand.
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