How to Watch Netflix Movies and TV Shows on PS4

Like Google Chromecast or Amazon Ruku, Sony’s PlayStation 4 is also capable of playing videos and music files from USB drive, or another device on the same network. What’s more, the PS4 system can also be used as the streaming video hub and featured as native support for video streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube and more. In the following part, we put three simple approaches on how to download and watch Netflix movies and TV shows on Sony’s PlayStation 4.

To enable Netflix on a non-smart TV, you can utilize devices such as Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, HDMI cable, Blu-ray player, or gaming console. These devices allow you to connect your older TV to the internet and stream Netflix videos.

Part 1: How to Watch Netflix Videos on PS4 via Pre-installed App

From the Netflix app on PS4, you can browse rows of movies and TV shows or select "Search" to find more videos. You can also stream movies and TV shows up to 1080p resolution and select "audio and substiles" to turn on subtitles or 5.1 Surround Sound if they are offered by movies or TV shows. And here is the simple guide to get started.

Step 1: On the home screen of PS4 controller, go to "PlayStation Store" from the home screen and select "Apps" -> "Movies/TV" -> "Netflix".

Step 2: After selecting Netflix from the given list of applications, then information page for Netflix will be displayed. Select "Download" to start downloading Netflix app.

Step 3: When the download is complete, continue to navigate to the "TV & Video" from the home screen and look for Netflix application.

Step 4: Select the Netflix application to startup, then select Sign in on the Netflix home screen and enter your Netflix email address and password.

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You can only view the Netflix video in standard definition if your old TV lacks an HDMI port.

Part 2: How to Cast Netflix from Phone to PS4

The Netflix app on mobile device has the ability to sync to select TVs and streaming media players, so you can use the Netflix app on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Android device as a second Screen for your Sony PlayStation Netflix app. Here is the guide on how to cast Netflix videos from iPhone or Android to your PS4 by using Netflix’s second screen feature.

Step 1: Connect your mobile phone or tablet to the same Wi-Fi network as your PS4.

Step 2: Launch Netflix app on both your mobile device and PS4.

Step 3: Sign in to the same Netflix account on both your TV and your mobile phone or tablet.

Step 4: Start a movie or TV show on your Netflix app for mobile device, in the lower right corner of the screen, select the "Cast" icon and select PlayStation 4 from the device list.

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That’s it. It is very easy to cast Netflix video from mobile phone or tablet to PS4. Once connected, you can play Netflix video, fast forward, rewind, or pause the video, as well as select the audio and subtitles.

Part 3: Download Netflix Video and Play it on PS4 Using USB Drive

Netflix is one of the most popular streaming video services rivals Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus. It allows you to watch movies, TV shows and documentaries on multiple devices, and download content to watch it offline on the go. However, Netflix’s download feature has some limitations. For those who are heavy users and enjoy downloading numerous movies and TV shows, you might be curious about an alternative method to download Netflix content without facing quantitative and time restrictions.

Here we gonna recommend you an approach to download and save Netflix videos to computer forever, so you can use USB drive, DLNA or Plex Server to watch the downloaded Netflix movies or TV shows on PS4 without any limitation.

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STEP 1 Download and Install a Netflix Video Downloader

This Netflix Video Downloader enables you to grab videos from Netflix and download videos to MP4 with HD (1080p or 720p) video quality, audio tracks and subtitles kept.

After the installation is complete, startup the Netflix downloader on your computer and sign in with your Netflix account.

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STEP 2 Select the Output Settings

Select the "Setting" icon in the upper-right corner to open the settings window. Here, you can personalize the video format (MP4 or MKV), output quality (High, Medium, or Low), as well as choose multilingual audio tracks and subtitles.


STEP 3 Search Videos

Use the built-in browser's search bar to quickly find the video you want to download by entering the name or keyword. Or browse through the different tabs to find the videos you're interested in.

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STEP 4 Choose Advanced Download Settings

Tap your desired video's thumbnail and the "Download" icon download button becomes available. When you download a movie, after you click the "Download" icon, an advanced settings window will appear for you to customize more specific video quality, audio, and subtitles.

When you want to save Netflix TV shows, click the "Download" icon first to choose the episode to download and then click the "Advanced Download" button to open the advanced settings window.

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STEP 5 Start to Download Netflix Videos to MP4

Click on the "Download" button and the program starts to download Netflix videos. After the download is complete, go to "Library" tab and click the folder icon on the right side of the downloaded video to find the download Netflix videos (.mp4 suffix to the name) from the local directory.


STEP 6 Play Local Netflix Videos on PS4 Using USB Drive, DLNA or Plex Server

Now you have the files and it is time to get them to your PS4.

1. Plug a USB drive into your computer. As PS4 can not read NTFS, the drive needs to be formatted with the exFAT or FAT32 file system. Just right-click on the drive on your computer and select "Format". This will erase all files on the drive, so back up files before starting.

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2. Create "Movies" or "TV shows" folder on the drive and transfer the downloaded Netflix videos to the right folder.

3. Open the "Media Player" app on your PS4 to play the Netflix videos, and you will be prompted to select your USB drive, browse the videos you want to play.

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If you do not want to use USB drive to access the downloaded Netflix videos on your PS4, you can use DLNA or Plex Server to stream videos on PS4.

That’s all. We listed the three workable ways to watch Netflix videos on your PS4. If you have good network condition and do not worry the Netflix plan, you can download Netflix app on PS4 and stream videos directly. If you are PS4 owner, but has the Netflix Basic Plan which lets you stream TV shows and movies from Netflix on only one device, well, you can stream Netflix from you iPhone, iPad, Android phones or tablet to your PS4 by using Netflix 2nd screen feature.


If you want to go around the Netflix download limitations: a user can download a maximum of 100 titles of a single device at any time, or the downloaded titles have a set expiration time, you can try the method we mentions on part 3 to get the unlimited enjoy for Netflix videos on PS4 and other more portable device.

The Netflix and PlayStation make a mega entertainment combo for gaming, videos, music and photos. Let’s enjoy good movies or TV shows of Netflix after some intense gaming.

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