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How to Watch Netflix on a Roku

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Introduction

Bringing the massive library of your favorite and new exclusive Netflix content to your big-screen TV couldn't be easier with your Roku. This guide will get you up and enjoying your favorite shows and movies in no time.
Netflix and Roku Logos.
Netflix is a paid-for service, and you will need to purchase an account before being able to watch.
NetflixNetflix
To manage your Netflix Subscription, you can do so from the Netflix Homepage.

1 Ensure Netflix is Installed

In most cases, you'll have the Netflix Channel already installed on your Roku, and you won't have to do anything.
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Look in the list of Channels on the right, if you see a Netflix tile, the Netflix app is installed and ready to use on your Roku.
    Netflix Tile
If Netflix is already installed, you can skip the rest of this step.
NetflixRokuIf the Netflix Channel is Missing
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Streaming Channels on the left.
    Netflix Home screen menu with Streaming Channels highlighted.
  3. Select Search Channels.
    Streaming Channels menu with Search Channels highlighted.
  4. Type in Netflix.
    Channel search with Netflix typed in and highlighted.
  5. Select Netflix from the list.
    Netflix Channel highlighted.
  6. Select Add channel.
    Netflix Channel page with Add Channel highlighted.
  7. A message opens letting you know the channel has been added to the end of your Home screen. Select OK.
    Channel added dialog with OK highlighted.

2 Launch the Netflix App for the First Time

The first time you launch Netflix on your Roku, you'll be asked for some basic login information.

If you've used Netflix previously on your Roku, you can skip this step.
  1. Launch Netflix on your Roku.
    1. Press the Home button on your remote.
      Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
    2. Select the Netflix Channel on the right.
      Netflix Tile
  2. Select Sign In.
    Netflix Welcome screen with Sign in highlighted.
  3. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter your email address then select Next.
    Netflix Sign-in with email address and Next highlighted.
  4. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter your Netflix Password, and select Next.
    Netflix password prompt with password and Next highlighted.

3 Use Netflix on Roku

There are many options when it comes to viewing Netflix' massive amount of content. This will help you understand the basics of using Netflix on your Roku.

Open Netflix

You can always access Netflix from your Roku Home screen.

Launch Netflix on your Roku.
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select the Netflix Channel on the right.
    Netflix Tile

Finding Content

Netflix tries to recommend shows it thinks you'll enjoy, based on things you've previously watched. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can always access search, your list, or other categories on the far left.

Netflix Menu
Profiles
At the very top are the Profiles you've setup to track each person's individual watch habits, as well as a special Kids profile that has access to only kid-safe programming.
Search
Lets you search for specific shows and movies by name.
Home
Your Netflix Home screen with recommendations, series you've been watching, etc.
Latest
Shows the latest things added to Netflix that you may be interested in.
TV Shows
TV shows available on Netflix, customized based on your watch history.
Movies
Movies Netflix feels you may enjoy based on your watch history, what's popular, and what's new.
My List
Programs and movies you've specifically marked that you want to watch.
Spotlight
A new movie or show Netflix feels is important.
Settings
Change settings for your Netflix service such as changing your email address or password.
Exit Netflix
A way to close the Netflix channel on your Roku (similar to simply pushing the Home button.

Controlling Content

Once you have a movie or TV show playing, you can use your Roku remote to control the playback.

Main Buttons of the Roku Remote
Power
PowerTurns your whole Roku on or off.
Back
BackJumps back one screen.
Home
HomeExit Netflix and return to the Roku's Home screen.
Up, Down, Left, Right
Arrow ButtonsNavigate menus up, down, left, and right.
OK Button
OK ButtonSelect what you have highlighted on the screen.
Return
ReturnJumps back one menu level.
Sleep
SleepSets the Roku to go to sleep and turn off after a time (not available on every Roku model).
* Options
OptionsAccess special options for the item you have highlighted on the screen.
Rewind
RewindRewind the show you're watching.
Play/Pause
Play PausePlay or pause the show you're watching.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forward the show you're watching.

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Bringing the massive library of your favorite and new exclusive Netflix content to your big-screen TV couldn't be easier with your Roku. This guide will get you up and enjoying your favorite shows and movies in no time.
Netflix and Roku Logos.
Netflix is a paid-for service, and you will need to purchase an account before being able to watch.
NetflixNetflix
To manage your Netflix Subscription, you can do so from the Netflix Homepage.
In most cases, you'll have the Netflix Channel already installed on your Roku, and you won't have to do anything.
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Look in the list of Channels on the right, if you see a Netflix tile, the Netflix app is installed and ready to use on your Roku.
    Netflix Tile
If Netflix is already installed, you can skip the rest of this step.
NetflixRokuIf the Netflix Channel is Missing
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Streaming Channels on the left.
    Netflix Home screen menu with Streaming Channels highlighted.
  3. Select Search Channels.
    Streaming Channels menu with Search Channels highlighted.
  4. Type in Netflix.
    Channel search with Netflix typed in and highlighted.
  5. Select Netflix from the list.
    Netflix Channel highlighted.
  6. Select Add channel.
    Netflix Channel page with Add Channel highlighted.
  7. A message opens letting you know the channel has been added to the end of your Home screen. Select OK.
    Channel added dialog with OK highlighted.

The first time you launch Netflix on your Roku, you'll be asked for some basic login information.

If you've used Netflix previously on your Roku, you can skip this step.
  1. Launch Netflix on your Roku.
    1. Press the Home button on your remote.
      Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
    2. Select the Netflix Channel on the right.
      Netflix Tile
  2. Select Sign In.
    Netflix Welcome screen with Sign in highlighted.
  3. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter your email address then select Next.
    Netflix Sign-in with email address and Next highlighted.
  4. Using the on-screen keyboard, enter your Netflix Password, and select Next.
    Netflix password prompt with password and Next highlighted.

There are many options when it comes to viewing Netflix' massive amount of content. This will help you understand the basics of using Netflix on your Roku.

Open Netflix

You can always access Netflix from your Roku Home screen.

Launch Netflix on your Roku.
  1. Press the Home button on your remote.
    Roku remote with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select the Netflix Channel on the right.
    Netflix Tile

Finding Content

Netflix tries to recommend shows it thinks you'll enjoy, based on things you've previously watched. If you don't see what you're looking for, you can always access search, your list, or other categories on the far left.

Netflix Menu
Profiles
At the very top are the Profiles you've setup to track each person's individual watch habits, as well as a special Kids profile that has access to only kid-safe programming.
Search
Lets you search for specific shows and movies by name.
Home
Your Netflix Home screen with recommendations, series you've been watching, etc.
Latest
Shows the latest things added to Netflix that you may be interested in.
TV Shows
TV shows available on Netflix, customized based on your watch history.
Movies
Movies Netflix feels you may enjoy based on your watch history, what's popular, and what's new.
My List
Programs and movies you've specifically marked that you want to watch.
Spotlight
A new movie or show Netflix feels is important.
Settings
Change settings for your Netflix service such as changing your email address or password.
Exit Netflix
A way to close the Netflix channel on your Roku (similar to simply pushing the Home button.

Controlling Content

Once you have a movie or TV show playing, you can use your Roku remote to control the playback.

Main Buttons of the Roku Remote
Power
PowerTurns your whole Roku on or off.
Back
BackJumps back one screen.
Home
HomeExit Netflix and return to the Roku's Home screen.
Up, Down, Left, Right
Arrow ButtonsNavigate menus up, down, left, and right.
OK Button
OK ButtonSelect what you have highlighted on the screen.
Return
ReturnJumps back one menu level.
Sleep
SleepSets the Roku to go to sleep and turn off after a time (not available on every Roku model).
* Options
OptionsAccess special options for the item you have highlighted on the screen.
Rewind
RewindRewind the show you're watching.
Play/Pause
Play PausePlay or pause the show you're watching.
Fast Forward
Fast ForwardFast forward the show you're watching.