Netflix reveals 2017’s ‘Recommended TVs’

Netflix has revealed details of the TV sets selected under its Netflix Recommended TV programme for 2017.

Writing in the company blog, Brady Gunderson, Director of Product Management and David Holland, Director of Business Development say the service is continuously innovating to make sure using Internet TV is as easy and great as possible. “Improving the experience on the Smart TVs our members watch Netflix on is a big part of this process, and with our Netflix Recommended TV programme, we are able to shine a light on the TVs leading this wave,” they say. “This year, a handful of devices have innovated further – offering better usability, faster performance, and new features that make getting to Netflix and other Internet TV services as easy as getting to live TV.”

The first Netflix Recommended TVs of 2017:

  • 2017 LG 4K UHD TVs with WebOS 3.5
  • 2017 Samsung 7, 8, 9, and Q-series Smart TVs
  • 2017 Sony Android TVs

These devices passed a rigorous evaluation process based on factors Netflix members say are important. New criteria for this year’s Netflix Recommended TV designations include:

  • You can power on your TV and start using Netflix or other internet TV apps in just a few seconds.
  • You can switch between apps or switch from apps to live TV and back again almost instantly.

Also, the Netflix interface appears in hi-resolution making graphics and text clearer, sharper, and brighter, making for a higher quality, more immersive experience.

“As with previous years, Netflix Recommended TV continues to evaluate whether Netflix is easily accessible from wherever you are within your 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. We also verify whether the device comes with the latest version of Netflix and includes our newest features,” they advise.

“These TVs will be in all countries where Netflix is available, though specific model availability varies by region. More information is available on our Netflix Recommended TV website. We’re thrilled with how fast and dead simple these TVs make Internet TV and hope you like the difference as well,” they conclude.

“It goes without saying that we are incredibly proud that our 2017 TVs are once again being recognised as Netflix Recommended TVs,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “Because of such recognition, we will continue to find ways to give smart TV owners faster, easier access to 4K HDR content and a more enjoyable viewing experience from our TVs.”

“LG has been an industry leader in delivering excellent Netflix access and performance on their Smart TVs,” said Scott Mirer, vice president, Device Partner Ecosystem at Netflix. “The Netflix Recommended TVs in LG’s 2017 line-up continue that leadership, and provide our members with an even better Netflix experience.”
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