You would think that Netflix would want their service to be available on every single device possible but they maintain tight control over just which devices are supported — likely due to wanting to ensure user experiences are up to scratch. A couple of glaring omissions we have seen were the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max.
Both of these devices can play YouTube until the cows come home but until now have been unable to play Netflix. Starting today Netflix is available on both the Nest Hub and the Nest Hub Max. It’s not just Netflix though; Australian icons Foxtel and Stan are also coming directly to your Home Hub gear.
Service availability is rolling out and to link you Netflix service to your Nest Hub all you have to do is head into your Google Home app and link your account just as you would for music services (hint: it’s in the Google Assistant settings under video services).
Once you have the service linked all you need to do to start a show is to tell/ask Google Assistant to do so. If you do not know exactly what you want to watch you can also ask your Assistant to open Netflix to scroll through recommended content and start watching with a simple tap.
“Hey Google, play Queer Eye”
“Hey Google, open Netflix”
Assistant can also be used to pause, play or skip forwards if your hands are busy — or if you are just lazy like me. The Netflix control also supports the quick gestures available on the Nest Hub Max.
Casting to these Nest devices will also work from the Netflix app on your phone, making it easy to get going or just switch from one device to another.