We’re a little bit spoiled when it comes to cord cutting, and we’ve seen plenty of cable boxes and TVs that work with Netflix, YouTube and Amazon Prime, but they’re pretty pricey.
Here’s how to get a Netflix subscription, for $30 a month, on the go, with the best cable boxes.
Install an Amazon Prime membership.
For $40, you can watch any of the Amazon shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video or with the Amazon app.
Amazon also offers a subscription to Prime Now, which costs $35 a month.
Get a Roku 4.
If you don’t have a Roku, you’ll need to add an Amazon streaming box (like the Roku 4) to your home network to watch the shows.
The Roku 4 has built-in Wi-Fi for the same reasons that you would a cable box, but you’ll also need to connect the Roku app to the internet, and it will charge you through your smartphone or tablet.
Add a cable router.
To make it even easier to access Netflix, Roku and Amazon, you should install an Amazon-branded cable router like the Roku 3, 4 or 5.
If your home Wi-fi network isn’t fast enough to stream content from Netflix, you could connect a Roku to a home WiFi network and then install a Roku app.
You can also connect the cable router directly to your TV’s HDMI port, or you can use a HDMI-to-USB cable.
Setup your Netflix account.
If Netflix is on your router, you’re good to go.
If it’s not, you need to set up your Netflix subscription to your Roku or Amazon account.
Select the box in the top menu bar, then tap the “subscriptions” icon in the upper right corner.
Select your Roku account and then select the “Netflix” section.
Next, enter your cable or satellite service details.
You may need to enter a physical cable or Satellite TV subscriber number if your home’s Wi-FI is slow enough to get content.
Select “subscribe” and then “subtitles.”
Once you’ve selected a title, tap the arrow next to “subtitle.”
If you’re subscribed to Netflix and want to watch a different title, you may need your Roku app and the Roku channel to switch to a different subscription.
Select it, then follow the prompts to watch.
Watch Netflix in your living room.
You’re going to want to set your TV up for Netflix.
If the Netflix app is blocked in your router’s settings, you won’t be able to access the app in the TV.
To fix that, you will need to open the Roku Home app and select the Settings icon.
You will need the TV’s Wi.
Fi network, as well as the Netflix subscription.
Enter your Netflix subscriber number and click “subscription” to watch, or select “subscribed content.”
Once your TV is connected, Netflix should start playing automatically in the background.
If not, try going into the Roku menu on your home TV and selecting “settings.”
If Netflix hasn’t started automatically, you might need to go to the Roku Channel tab in the settings menu and tap “play queue.”
If that doesn’t work, check the “auto” box next to the app.
If everything is working, Netflix is now playing automatically.
If there are no issues, Netflix has started playing.
Netflix will show up on the Roku screen, and you can select the show and watch options in the menu bar.
If a new title appears in your queue, you probably need to select it.
You’ll need a Roku device to stream it.
Netflix can also stream through the Roku’s built- in Wi-Vid or Chromecast app, or a Chromecast adapter.
Netflix is currently available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick.
Amazon’s streaming service is currently unavailable in the US.
If Amazon has an updated version of its Chromecast app for the Roku, Netflix will play automatically.