TCL TV install Netflix app

zillah

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Dear Experts

My TCL TV U50E5691FDS doesn't have Netflix'S app and I whenever I connect to TCL App store to download Netflix it says network error although internet connection is working fine

https://imgur.com/a/QyFyP2M

I tried to follow instructions in the link below :

https://nitinjaiman.wordpress.com/2017/08/16/how-to-run-netflix-on-tcl-android-tv/

And download apk app to USB but when I connected USB to TV it didn't detect apk!!!!

Thx
 

delaro

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It uses Linux based Opera TV which only uses HTML5 apps so no Netflix or Kodi which would allow you to run Netflix.
https://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/sound-image/tcl-u55e5691fds-4k-television-review-396037


https://www.tclusa.com/top-tv-apps
It's funny that TCL agrees Netflix is the #1 app in the world and they failed to include it by picking an OS that won't carry it. Which is probably why they sold ROKU based units as well.

So here are 2 options.

1. Play Netflix on your phone and stream it to the TV using the ‘nScreen app in IOS "Easy to do". The TV supports DLNA so you can stream to it with just about anything using any method you want.
3. Buy a Roku and move on, unfortunately, that is a very nice TV that is crippled by a poorly supported closed access version of Linux.

I was expecting it to be the same as my Sisters U50E6800FS which is Android-based. I should have dug deeper into a review.
 

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Don't those run on Android 6.0? If so you need to treat it like any android device.

locate and turn on "install from outside sources"
Uses a file manager "Es File Explorer"to browse the Flash drive and click the file to install.
 

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Don't those run on Android 6.0? If so you need to treat it like any android device.
I am confused as I can't see google play store and I can't locate "install from outside sources",,,,I don't know if I am missing that option
 

zillah

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Thanks mate for your help

The first YouTube suggested using an option called "Shop for Demo" and I don't have that , I have only "Shop" no Demo

Second and Last YouTube assuming that I should have mobile with Android OS , and unfortunately I am using iPhone

Regards
 

delaro

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Try using a PC, Laptop, Chromebook or another Android device, you will need to know what version of Android your TV is running if it's 4.1 and below you will need to sideload an older version by the methods above.

1. Using the other device, open up your web browser and go to the Google Play Store
2. Search for the app that you want using the search bar at the top of the page then click on the app to open the information page.
3. If you don’t have this app installed on your current device you’ll see a green button that says Install, Click on this.
4. You will be prompted to log into your Google account, Login as usual.
5. Now you’ll see a window with a drop-down menu where you can see the names of all of your Android devices. Select your smart TV from the drop-down menu and click Install
6. You’ll see a notification that the app will be installed on your smart TV, click on OK.
7. Now power cycle your smart TV and make sure that it’s connected to the internet, after a minute or two the software will be installed on your device and it should be launchable.


If you can't get that to work then look at buying a ROKU express which has Netflix, Hulu, and Prime by default. These are relatively inexpensive and in most cases faster than low to moderate priced smart TV's. Loading apps outside of the limited store TCL has risks bricking the TV which can be complicated to fix.
 

delaro

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It uses Linux based Opera TV which only uses HTML5 apps so no Netflix or Kodi which would allow you to run Netflix.
https://www.avhub.com.au/product-reviews/sound-image/tcl-u55e5691fds-4k-television-review-396037


https://www.tclusa.com/top-tv-apps
It's funny that TCL agrees Netflix is the #1 app in the world and they failed to include it by picking an OS that won't carry it. Which is probably why they sold ROKU based units as well.

So here are 2 options.

1. Play Netflix on your phone and stream it to the TV using the ‘nScreen app in IOS "Easy to do". The TV supports DLNA so you can stream to it with just about anything using any method you want.
3. Buy a Roku and move on, unfortunately, that is a very nice TV that is crippled by a poorly supported closed access version of Linux.

I was expecting it to be the same as my Sisters U50E6800FS which is Android-based. I should have dug deeper into a review.
 
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