Android TV boxes have become very popular media centers and are a great way to stream media to a TV.
There are many streaming services available with Netflix being one of the top providers.
Android TV boxes and Netflix work very well together with some exceptions, mainly with HD content.
Some Android Boxes will not be able to play Netflix 1080p or HD streams since there are restrictions to protect the content.
This means while many units work with Netflix they will only play standard definition video.
There are units that will play 1080p and even 4K videos but they must meet certain restrictions.
This means most budget low-cost Android TV Boxes will only play standard video resolution with Netflix even if the hardware supports HD.
Netflix HD 4K Android TV Box Requirements
- The box must Not be Rooted. If a box has been rooted it will need to be reversed.
- Must meet Level 1 Widevine to ensure movies and TV show cannot be copied.
There is three levels of Widevine security L1, L2, and L3. A TV box will need to be Level 1 to stream HD content from Netflix.
WiFi Speed Requirements
A box should also have good WiFi to stream content. While most boxes will have no problems it is good to beware of the bandwidth needed to get good feeds with no buffering.
Netflix has the following speed Recommendations.
3.0 Megabits per second – SD quality
5.0 Megabits per second – HD quality
25 Megabits per second – Ultra HD quality
Netflix currently has three plans available Basic, Standard, and Premium.
Basic plan – SD Quality
Standard plan – HD Quality
Premium plan – 4K Quality
If you want to watch videos in HD or the new 4K the right plan will be needed. Check here for the plan options.
So What is the Best Android TV Box for Netflix?
There are many boxes available with different price ranges and hardware.
A unit should meet the basic requirements above to get the best results.
Below we list some of our favorite options.
In full disclosure some of the boxes below have been sent to us from companies to review which we have done with our own honest opinion and results.
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
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Our Picks for Best 4K HD Android TV Boxes for Netflix
- Nvidia Shield
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Amazon Fire TV
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOW
The Nvidia Shield is the most well known Android TV box with some of the best hardware available.
It has a NVIDIA Tegra X1 processor, 3GB Ram, 802.11ac WiFi, and USB 3.0.
It can also play the new 4K video resolution at 60fps.
Two version can be bought with different internal hard drive storage, 16GB and 500GB.
Since streaming from Netflix does not require much internal storage the 16GB version will work as well as the 500GB version.
Besides Netflix it can also stream from other popular services such as Amazon, YouTube, Hulu and many others.
There is a lot to like about the Nvidia Shield with it also coming down in price since its initial release.
Fire TV Stick 4K with Alexa Voice Remote, streaming media player
The Amazon Fire TV Stick is a good beginner unit for those looking for a low cost way to stream Netflix.
It is a small stick that plugs into the HDMI port on a TV and after a short setup is ready to stream.
The Fire Stick has most the features of the box but with slower hardware.
While not as fast as the Fire TV box it works very well and is used by many to stream content.
Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and Alexa Voice Remote (Pendant Design) | Streaming Media Player
The Amazon Fire TV is another popular box to stream Netflix.
It supports 4K Ultra HD with a 1.5 GHz Quad-core CPU and 2GB of RAM.
It also comes with 802.11ac dual band WiFi that makes it a good unit to stream over WiFi.
Since it is made by Amazon the build quality is very good along with great support.
Alexa virtual assistant is also built in along with many other features.