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How to Play Netflix Videos on Apple TV

Apple TV is a digital media player, designed by Apple Inc., for users to play multiple media contents on TV. In other words, the device could turn your TV into a smart TV that you can enjoy media contents from different channels, such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, and more.

Play Netflix Videos on Apple TV

Netflix, as the largest streaming services provider, provides services almost on every platform and device. When you have an Apple TV and Netflix subscription at the same time, it would be great if you can watch Netflix movies and TV shows on your Apple TV. Today, we are going to share two easy and straightforward methods to you to enjoy Netflix videos on all generations of Apple TV.


Solution 1: Play Netflix videos on Apple TV with Netflix App

Before you enjoy the Netflix videos, you need to check the generation of your Apple TV. If you have the first generation of Apple TV, solution 1 is not applicable since Netflix App only available for Apple TV 2 or later.

For Apple TV 2 or 3 owners, you can select ‘Netflix’ from the main menu of Apple TV. Then, you just need to log in with your Netflix account and select the screen as usual. Now, you can enjoy Netflix movies and TV shows.

The way to enjoy Netflix videos for the owner of the fourth generation or later Apple TV is installing the ‘Netflix’ App from the ‘App Store’ at first. Then, launch Netflix App and log in with your account, and start to enjoy the videos.

When you enjoy videos from Netflix, a stable network is a must. The reason is that the Netflix app does not allow you to download the videos for offline watching. Is there a way to download Netflix videos for offline play?

Yes, definitely! With Netflix Video Downloader, you can download videos from Netflix in the MP4 format. Then, you can sync those downloaded videos to your Apple TV for offline play. The Solution 2 we are going to introduce below also works for the first generation of Apple TV.


Solution 2: Download Netflix videos and play them on Apple TV

Part 1. Download Netflix videos via Netflix Video Downloader

Netflix Video Downloader is a professional tool, featured with a clear and concise interface, easy for users accurately and fast downloads of various Netflix videos. Furthermore, the Netflix Video Downloader supports downloading videos in HD solution (up to 1080p) and keep all subtitles and audio tracks of the original movies and TV shows.

The following detailed tutorial will show you how to download videos from Netflix through Netflix Video Downloader step by step.

Step 1Install and Launch Netflix Video Downloader

Click the ‘Download’ button (shown above) to download Netflix Video Downloader and install to your laptop or PC. Then, launch the program.

Step 2Set Output Video Quality

Netflix Video Downloader supports getting video in HD quality, and you can click the Setting button on the upper right corner to set the output quality as High or choose Medium or Low according to the storage space of your devices. Plus, the setting of customizing the output path is also in this window.

Set Output Quality

Step 3Search Preference Videos or Paste Netflix Video URL to Downloader

You can type any keywords or the URL of the movies or TV shows that you want to download, and then press the “Enter” button to search the target. The downloader will display all related videos.

Copy and Paste Netflix Video URL

Step 4Download Movies or TV Shows

Find the movies or TV shows that you want to download and directly click the download icon of each title to start downloading.

Downloading Netflix Videos

Step 5Check Downloaded History

After downloading, you can check the downloaded history in Library, which will show all videos you downloaded recently.

View history

Till now, you have downloaded the videos you need and saved as mp4 files on your local disk.

Part 2. Play the downloaded Netflix videos on Apple TV

For first-generation Apple TV:

As we know, the Netflix App is not available for the first generation of Apple TV. As a result of this, you need to sync the downloaded Netflix videos to your Apple TV through iTunes. Then, you can enjoy the Netflix videos on your Apple TV.

For Apple TV 2 or later:

The Apple TV 2 or later version has the function ‘Airplay’ that allows users to play videos on Apple TV from other Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Thus, you can sync them to your Apple devices and play the videos on Apple TV via Airplay. Besides, you can also sync the downloaded videos to your Apple TV, but it is not recommended as the storage of Apple TV 2 or later versions is quite limited.

With both solutions, you can enjoy Netflix videos on any Apple TV. Meanwhile, the downloaded Netflix videos can not only be able to play on Apple devices. You can also transfer and play them on any device supporting play MP4 files.

Note: The free trial version of Netflix Video Downloader enables us to download videos in low video quality. You can download original quality videos (up to HD 1080p) by purchasing the full version.

Video Tutorial: How to Download Netflix Video as MP4 Files