Innovation20 May 2020
Whether you are watching the latest episodes of Dead to Me, Outer Banks, Hollywood or films like Extraction or 6 Underground - it’s not enough to have access to the best shows, you want to make sure that your picks are quick and easy to watch, and delivered at the highest quality.
At Netflix, we are obsessed with providing the best entertainment experience to our members. And as part of that commitment, every year we put out our recommendations for the smart TVs that offer better performance, easier menu navigation, and new features that improve the experience for Netflix, and for streaming in general. This year, we’re excited to recommend select models from Panasonic, Samsung and Sony that will provide a top notch experience.
The “Netflix Recommended TV” logo represents TVs that have passed our rigorous testing to ensure great performance and easy access to Netflix. For example, Netflix Recommended TVs support the latest version of the Netflix app to ensure that members get the full experience and all the latest features.
In order to receive the designation, the TV must meet 5 out of 7 criteria (listed here).
For the first time, we have added new criteria that determines if a TV provides a superior experience for interactive content. Interactive shows and movies unlock a whole new level of engagement - giving our members the ability to participate and choose the direction of the story they are watching. And when it comes to making a choice and seeing what happens next - speed is everything. Our evaluation ensures that, for example, when you choose to defeat the reverend and make it to your wedding on time from our latest interactive special Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend, you can see the results of your choices immediately and enjoy the big day.
Here are the initial designations of 2020 Netflix Recommended TVs:
Panasonic HX750/HX800/HX810/HX820/HX830/HX850/HX880/HX900/HX940/HX970 series
Samsung QLED 8K / QLED 4K / Lifestyle TVs
Q950TS | Q900TS | Q800T | Q90T | Q80T | Q70T | The Frame | The Serif
Sony BRAVIA X80H(XH80) / XH81 / X95H(XH95) / Z8H(ZH8) / Z9H series and A8H(A8) / A9S(A9) series
For more information on specific models, you can go to our Netflix Recommended TV website. Timing of availability for Netflix Recommended TVs will vary by country, and not all models will be available in all regions. We test all TVs that carry Netflix and will continue to report new designations throughout the year as new devices and device updates become available.
--Brady Gunderson, Product Management