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Netflix comes to Google's Nest Hub devices

From the department of 'wait, this wasn't already a thing?'
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This photo shows a new Google Nest Hub Max on display during the Google I/O conference at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California on May 7, 2019. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Staring today, Netflix is available to stream to Google’s Nest Hub and its Nest Hub Max, enabling you to catch up on your favorite shows wherever you’ve connected those devices. As with any Nest setup, you simply need to connect your account inside the Google Home or Assistant app. To celebrate, Google is boasting about the discounts its offering right now to get people to buy one of these devices for your kitchen or hallway.

If you’re not a paid-up member of the Nest ecosystem, you may have thought that Netflix was already on the platform. After all, Nest Hub devices have Google Cast built-in, and it can already stream other video services, including Hulu, CBS All Access and Disney+.

This is, according to articles at AndroidPolice and AndroidGuys, because Netflix (and Amazon) has been historically reticent to certify the devices for viewing. That may be because Netflix deemed the picture quality not to be up to much, or just a general belief that people wouldn’t want to watch TV and movies on a 7-or-10-inch display designed to be installed anywhere in your home. 

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