Can I Watch Netflix Without a Browser?

Netflix has to be run with a browser on non-Windows 8 computers.
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You do not need a Web browser to view Netflix as long as you're on a Windows 8 computer or another Netflix-supported device. Netflix has designed apps to operate on devices that either do not have a Web browser or have Web browsers that can't provide an optimal viewing experience.

1 Computer Apps

The only non-browser viewing option Netflix offers for traditional computers is the Windows 8 app. That app runs on all Windows 8 devices, including tablets and computers. The Windows 8 app uses the new UI and doesn't run under desktop mode. Macs and computers running other versions of Windows must access Netflix through a Web browser. Linux users running Ubuntu can use a third-party app (see link in Resources).

2 Game Console, Smart TV, Streaming Players and Smart Blu-ray Player Apps

You do not need a Web browser to stream Netflix content on supported game consoles, Smart TVs, streaming players and Smart Blu-ray players. Netflix can run via an app on the Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Wii and Wii U consoles. Most major brand Smart TV and Smart Blu-ray players have a compatible Netflix streaming app. Additionally, streaming players like Apple TV and Roku have non-browser-based Netflix apps.

3 Smartphone and Tablet Apps

Netflix has apps for smartphone and tablet operating systems that don't need to run through a Web browser. Netflix supports iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices. The Netflix app is also available on Kindle and Nook tablet devices.

Dan Stone started writing professionally in 2006, specializing in education, technology and music. He is a web developer for a communications company and previously worked in television. Stone received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and a Master of Arts in communication studies from Northern Illinois University.