How to Stream Netflix Movies and TV Shows on VLC

If you have a vast collection of video files that you want to play, VLC Media Player is the best option. And if you are looking for a program to stream and play online videos, VLC is the best for you yet again! If you want to play the YouTube videos outside of the browser, you just need to copy the link of the video you want and go to VLC > Media > Open Location from Clipboard and press okay. Then you can start playing and downloading YouTube videos to your local drive. Probably, you are wondering if there is a way to get around Netflix's restrictions and do the same thing. What is so depressing is that you can not do the same thing with Netflix video, as you did with YouTube videos.

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Since the same method does not work on Netflix, we have figured out another feasible approach to help you download and stream Netflix movies and TV shows on VLC Media Player. This approach is to download Netflix videos to MP4 with the dedicated Netflix Video Downloader, and then open VLC to play the downloaded Netflix videos from your local drive.

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Tutorial: Download Netflix Video with SameMovie

STEP 1 Download and install Netflix Video Downloader

Download Netflix Video Downloader on Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, then click on the exe file to install it.

After the installation is complete, you can launch Netflix Video Downloader.

main interface

STEP 2 Customize the Download settings

Click on the "Setting" button on the upper right corner of the interface, on the prompt, you can customize the download quality to High, Medium or Low, and change the output folder.


STEP 3 Search the Netflix movies or TV shows you want to download

Simply type the movie or TV show you want to download in the search bar, or copy the Netflix video link from the browser and paste the link. Then press the "Enter" key to load all the related videos.

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STEP 4 Choose advanced download settings

SameMovie supports grabbing and downloading movies and TV shows from Netflix. For Netflix TV shows, you can click the download button button to choose the download quality (1080p, 720p, and 480p), audios, and subtitles languages.

For Netflix movies, you can click the advanced setting button button to open the "Advanced Download" window to select the download quality, audio tracks, and subtitles.

advanced settings

STEP 5 Start downloading Netflix videos to PC

Click on the "Download" icon, the program will start downloading the title and save it to the output folder you have chosen in the previous step.

After the downloading is complete, you can click on the "Library" tab on the top to check the well-downloaded videos on local drive.


STEP 6 Play the downloaded Netflix videos with VLC Media Player

You can right-click the well-downloaded video file and choose VLC on the drop-list of "Open With" to play the Netflix video. Or you can launch VLC media player and click on "Media" -> "Open File", and then click on the "Add" button and choose the downloaded Netflix video to stream.

Further Reading: 5 VLC Hidden Features You Might Want to Know

1. Convert Audio or Video Files to Any Format

With the built-in converter, VLC Media Player allows you to convert video and audio files to various file formats. Though VLC is not very professional to handle the heavy conversion jogs, it is still useful for your basic video conversion needs.

2. Play or Download Online Video Files

There are several popular free YouTube video downloaders, including Noteburner YouTube Video Downloader, 4K Video Downloader, Freemake Video Downloader, etc., but you may not yet know that VLC is also capable of downloading videos from YouTube and other more online sites.

3. Record a Specific Part of Current Playing Video on VLC

You can record a part of the current playing video on VLC. With the help of the VLC recording button, you can record any portion of the running video of any duration in just two mouse clicks.

4. Record Your Desktop and Webcam

VLC possesses a superior screen recorder inside that can record the screen activities from your desktop and webcam. Even though VLC does not offer advanced features like other dedicated recorders, it is very easy and convenient for you to share what’s on your screen anytime.

5. Take a Snapshot for Your Video

Watching a movie on your computer or a video, you downloaded from the online sites and wish you could capture a particular frame as a still image for may purposes: cover image, reaction memes, film analysis, snapshots for social media? VLC media player has a way to do so. Use shortcut Shift+S on windows and Linux, whereas OS X users can go ahead with CMD+ALT+S command. The still image will be immediately saved to the respective folder of your video clip.

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