The streaming video company has named three new models as the first Netflix-recommended TVs of the year: the 2017 range of LG 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5; the 2017 Samsung 7, 8, 9 and Q-series smart TVs; and 2017 Sony Android TVs.
Netflix said it had added a number of criteria in making its choices – namely the abilty to power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds; and the ability to switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.
In addition, Netflix judges TVs on whether its interface appears in high resolution and whether Netflix is easily accessible from wherever the user is within the TV menu, including having a Netflix button on the remote that can turn on the TV and go directly into Netflix within a few seconds. The company also verifies whether the device comes with the latest version of Netflix and includes its newest features.
Netflix first introduced its ‘recommended TVs’ programme in 2015 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.