Netflix launches next week, joining a streaming fray that already includes Stan, Presto and Quickflix. They all support browser streaming, but what if you want to watch TV or movies on a different screen?
That's where secondary device support comes in, and it's a slightly different picture for each of the four current streaming services. There also near countless special interest streaming services with their own clients and device support, but we've concentrated on the mainstream offerings here.
Device support: iPad/iPhone (iOS 7+), Selected Android Tablets (Asus: Memo Pad 8 ME180A, Transformer TF300T, Transformer TF700T, Benq/Kogan: Agora 4G+, Gigabyte: Tegra Note 7, Hisense: Sero 8 E2281SS, Lenovo: Lenovo A5500-F Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8, LG: G Pad 8.3 V500, Google: Nexus 7, Nexus 9, Nexus 10, Pendo: Pendo Pad 7 7DTB25, Pendo Pad 10 PNDPP44QC10, Samsung: Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Tab 3 (except P5200 series), Galaxy Tab 4, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1, Galaxy Tab S, Toshiba: Excite AT10-A), Android Phones (Asus: Zenfone 5, Huawei: Huawei Ascend Y530, Huawei Ascend Y550, Huawei Ascend Mate 7 MT7-TL10, Huawei Ascend P7-L10, Huawei G6-L22, Huawei G730-U27, LG: F70, G3, L70 (D320), LG nexus 4, Motorola: Moto G (2nd Gen), Google: Nexus 5, Nexus 6, OnePlus: One, Samsung: Galaxy Ace 3, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Mega 6.3, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5, Sony: Xperia E1 - 4.4.2 only, Xperia Z1 - 4.4.2 only, Xperia Z2 - 4.4.2 only, ZTE: Blade Vec), Chromecast, Apple TV via Airplay. Streaming limitations: 6 registered devices, 3 simultaneous streams.
Device support: Smart TV (Samsung, Panasonic, LG, Sony), PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS, "Most" Android, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire, Chromecast, TiVo, Humax PVR, Kobo, Streaming limitations: None specified
Device support: iPad/iPhone (iOS 7+), Selected Android phones (Telstra: Dave ZTE T83, Samsung: Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S4 with 4G, Galaxy S5, HTC: Desire 610, One Mini 2, One (M8), Sony: Xperia Z2, Xperia Z3, Xperia C3, Xperia Z3 Compact, LG: G3), Android phones (Nexus: Google Nexus 7 Android 4.1 to 4.4.x & L 4.4 - L Google Nexus 10 Android 4.1 to 4.4.x & L, Samsung: Galaxy Note 8.0" Android 4.1.1 to 4.4.x & L Galaxy Note 10.1" Android 4.0.4 to 4.4.x & L (only GT-N8010 and the 2014 Edition SM-P600 supported), Galaxy Tab 2 7.0" Android 4.0.4 to 4.4.x & L, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1" Android 4.0.4 to 4.4.x & L, Galaxy Tab 3 8" Android 4.2.2 to 4.4.x & L, Galaxy Tab S (8.4), Chromecast Streaming limitations: 4 devices per account, 2 simultaneous streams. Streaming to a Chromecast uses 2 stream permissions (1 device+1 chromecast)
Device support: Known: Fetch TV, Xbox One Probable: Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Wii U, Wii, Apple TV, iPad, iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Chromecast, Smart TV
Netflix has been notably coy about its plans for Australian streaming in terms of precisely which clients we'll see when the service launches next week, aside from specifically noting Fetch TV and early access to the client app for Xbox One owners.
Streaming limitations: Varies by plan; single stream, dual stream or four streams simultaneously, no previous limitation on number of eligible devices.
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