Cheapest way to get Netflix on a dumb TV.

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  1. Supplanter

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    My elderly parents want to get Netflix. Are all of the Android media boxes pretty much the same these days, or is there anything I need to look out for? I'd prefer one with a remote because I doubt they'd want to use a phone app to control it. 1080p output is perfectly cromulent.
     
  2. power

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    bluray player. covers discs and flix. $100 gets you a decent one. Less boxes is more.
     
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    Xiaomi Mi Box would work well.

    The difference between those generic android media boxes is that they run some variant of Android (generally running quite an old version of Android as well and with little chance of getting updates), whereas Xiaomi Mi Box runs Anrdoid TV which is a slightly different OS. Should be able to get a Xiaomi for under $100.

    Nvidia Shield is even better than a Xiaomi Mi Box, but is $150+.
     
  5. Madengineer

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    oops missed the no phone app thing.
     
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    If they are diehard Telstra customers, the Telstra TV may be the go
     
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  7. flu!d

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    Why not just use a Chromecast? They're cheap as shit.
     
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  8. mAJORD

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    2nd hand 'unopened' Telstra tv's are my go to for this. (from telstra bb customers who dont need theirs)

    I pick them up for 50 to 70 bucks usually on ebay/gumtree
     
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    Original chromecast should be $20 used - requires a smart phone for casting, phone doesn't do anything after casting is handed over to the chromecast.
     
  10. flu!d

    flu!d Ubuntu Mate 16.04 LTS

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    Yes, the phone is the remote and vastly easier to use than many of the actual TV remote driven interfaces I've seen on various devices out there.

    Best of all, it's always been supported by Google, none of this "manufacturer dropping Netflix support" rubbish.
     
  11. mAJORD

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    well, the phone is the device really with a chromecast - I think the OP might want to avoid that situation.
     
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    Just saying
     
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    My parents use a Humax DVR with Netflix, the inlaws use an Apple TV 4th gen (not 4K). I also use the ATV4 but also have an AT3 which I take when I go away to plug into other TVs. They are also really cheap 2nd hand. If you have an older game system pretty much all of them do Netflix and have an optional remote.
     
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    My father has Parkinsons so can't easily use a touchscreen.
     
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    Telstra TV 2 is the go to for this.

    Has Stan and Foxtel Now also.

    Has a dedicated Netflix button on the remote.
    If you plug it into a HDMI CEC port on the TV then it will automatically turn on the TV and select the right HDMI channel when you press the Netflix button.
     
  16. WooKiE_MaN

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    • Through gaming console
    • Through Google Chromecast
    • Apple TV
    • computer / laptop
    • Telstra tv boxes etc
    Not many other options?
     
  17. SSJ4

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    If you know someone with an Xbox 360 lying around its a great choice for a media center on a budget. You can get remotes for them too.

    I gave one to my parents and uncle and Auntie to use with their TV's. They have since upgraded to newer smart TV's. But a 360 will give them access to anyting they want between Netflix, stan, youtube or even the free to air TV channel apps so they can watch shows they missed without needing to record them.
     
  18. power

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    just don't get one of the models that sounds like a jet engine.
     
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    Only really an issue when playing games because of the load on the console.

    However they are not silent like modern options regardless.
     
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    ah no, the earlier models the pitch of the fans is quite distracting.
     

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