Netflix has updated its list of recommended smart TVs for 2018. Why should you care what Netflix things of a television set? Well, the idea is to let you know which smart TVs don't just work with Netflix built in, but which ones work well. And, yeah. There are criteria.

What does Netflix care about? In order to get the "Netflix Recommended TV" logo, the TV has to meet five of the following seven criteria:

  • Support instant-on — pretty much like what you have with a smartphone.
  • Have fast-app launch, so the Netflix app will always launch quickly, whether you just booted up the TV, or if you were using other apps first.
  • Have a Netflix button on the remote control.
  • Have a Netflix icon on the main TV menu that's easy to access.
  • Remember what you were doing when you turn off the TV and and go back to that same place the next time it wakes.
  • Have at least 1080p resolution.

That's all important stuff, for sure.

And with that, the 2018 TVs that are first on Netflix's recommended list are:

  • LG 4K UHD TVs with webOS 4.0
  • Sony W800F / WF800 series Android TVs

We'd expect more sets to be named as 2018 progresses. And just because a TV doesn't meet Netflix's seal of approval doesn't necessarily mean it's not a good television — it just might not meet the criteria that Netflix has laid out. (And if you're using Netflix through some sort of set-top box like Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV, it's all moot anyway.)

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