Netflix thinks some TVs are better than others to run its apps and watch the videos it offers.
Indeed, the company has been making recommendations since 2015 with its “Netflix Recommended TV” program.
For 2019, Netflix-selected TVs must include five of Netflix’s own seven criteria, which include:
- Instant On (when a TV turns on instantly and apps are ready to use right away)
- Fast app launch
- A Netflix shortcut button on the remote
- The Netflix app is easy to find from the TV’s main menu
- The TV updates itself and its apps in the background so that the Netflix app shows the latest content
- Displays the Netflix app in high resolution
- The TV comes with the latest version of the Netflix app.
The TV brands that made it on Netflix’s list includes models from Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic. Unfortunately, Netflix doesn’t make it clear which brand or model abides by which criteria.
Interestingly enough, however, Netflix admits that a good Netflix TV is also good for other apps, too. Things like fast app launches are great for other video streaming services you might like, for example.
If you’re looking for a new TV and you’re a Netflix super-fan, you could take a look at which models Netflix recommends. But for what it’s worth, I use a TV that isn’t on this list and I have no issues with the Netflix app or the Netflix experience in general.
Check out the TVs Netflix recommends:
Most of Samsung’s QLED TVs, including the new 8K resolution model. They can cost between $700 and $70,000.
A lot of Samsung’s QLED TV models made the cut, including: