So you have your Firestick and now you want to install Netflix on it. Fortunately, installing Netflix on your Amazon Fire TV stick is quite an easy process. To get the Firestick Netflix app, follow the steps below.
Getting Netflix on Your Firestick
As I showed you in my Firestick Setup YouTube Video, if you want to “stream HD content from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc, then the Fire TV Stick is all you need.” All you have to do is click the search icon on the Firestick’s main screen and type “Netflix.” After that, you should see the app for Netflix and click on the phrase that says “Download.” Once you download the app, click “sign in” and enter your Netflix account details if you have an account. If you don’t have an account, you can create one. For more on installing Netflix, you can review this video tutorial.
What if Netflix Doesn’t Work on the Firestick?
If you discover that your Netflix is freezing, loading, or just isn’t functioning properly on your Firestick, there are solutions. One solution, if your Netflix keeps buffering, is to access the Settings option on your Firestick main menu. After you open Settings, go to Applications and scroll down to “Manage Installed Applications” and select it. Once you do that, you want to then scroll down to “Netflix” and select it and then select “Force Stop” as well as “Clear Cache.”After doing so, hit the home button on your Fire TV remote, reopen Netflix, and your videos should play properly. Once the Firestick Netflix app is open, you’re free to continue to the next section.
If the first solution doesn’t work for you, or you have a different issue with your Netflix, here’s another solution. Go to your Settings→ Applications→ Manage Installed Applications→ Netflix. Once you reach the option for Netflix, select to uninstall Netflix. Once this is done, go back to your main menu to search and reinstall Netflix and then open the app. Once you reopen the app for Netflix, it should be functioning correctly. Note: You will have to resign into your Netflix account after reinstalling it.
Sometimes, the most effective solution to getting your Firestick Netflix app, or any other app to work is a simple reset. A quick solution which may help to get your Netflix app working on your Firestick is powering down the Firestick itself. Try rebooting your Firestick after 30 seconds of having the device shutdown. Once your Firestick restarts, try opening your Netflix app, and it should now run properly.
Alternatives to Netflix
Although Netflix is a popular streaming service, available for an affordable monthly subscription with many movies and TV shows, there are other alternatives to Netflix that also allow you to stream content and, in most cases, for free! Such an alternative includes the well-known Kodi app. Kodi is a media player (that is legal), but you can install add-ons onto it to access movies, TV shows, music, and more. These add-ons can be purchased and installed through the “Add-on” section in the Kodi app. There, you can purchase specific content packages that include sports games, TV shows, and live events, for example.
Using Netflix with the Firestick Remote
The Firestick remote works extremely well with the Firestick Netflix app! Fortunately, we can simply use the Up / Down / Left / Right arrows on the Fire TV remote to navigate around Netflix. The Firestick remote looks like the one in the image below (but the one in the image below has an attachment):
Here is where Netflix differs from apps like Kodi. Contrary to Netflix, users can install third-party add-ons to stream a wide range of content. In some cases, these third-party add-ons may channel content from streaming services like Netflix or Hulu, thus making such content free for the user to view, where they would otherwise have to pay to see it. With the installation of third-party add-ons on the Kodi app, you have access to movies, TV shows, music (which may also be sourced from Pandora or Spotify), and more. Note, with third-party apps comes the heightened potential of viewing pirated content.
Kodi Compared to Firestick Netflix
Although Kodi is a streaming service like Netflix, it utilizes open-source software, allowing users to install add-ons and stream content at their own will. In terms of usability Netflix has a more user-friendly interface and accessing titles is quick and simple. Downloading Kodi also requires a bit of a process, as it is not readily accessible on the Firestick homepage, nor within the search. With help installing Kodi, you can review this video tutorial. With Kodi, it is also advised to get a Virtual Private Network (VPN), so that you can stream your content with ease.
Along with Kodi comes other app alternatives such as Terranium TV. It is important to note that like Netflix, these apps are legal to use, but unlike Netflix, they can be altered by the installation of third-party add-ons to view pirated content for free. No matter if you choose to use Netflix or an alternative to Netflix, we hope this guide provided an understanding of how to navigate Netflix (and other apps) properly on your Firestick.
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