Unfortunately, the answer is unclear as to whether this is possible. There is no specific information related to this topic on the official NordicTrack website. However, you can find community forums on websites like Reddit full of people looking for help on downloading their favorite apps, like Netflix, to their smart screens.
Streaming television is a popular pastime for many people when using their exercise bike or treadmill. It is possible to watch Netflix on NordicTrack, but there are some challenges in accessing it directly from the exercise machine.
Netflix can be viewed on NordicTrack through a connected TV, tablet or smartphone, but not through the iFit tablet that comes with the NordicTrack system. Netflix does not work on the iFit because the Android operating system is not directly accessible through the user interface.
Even though you can’t watch Netflix directly on the NordicTrack bike or treadmill, that doesn’t mean you can’t watch Netflix while using your NordicTrack. Read on to learn more about how to watch Netflix on your NordicTrack system.
Can you watch YouTube on NordicTrack treadmill?
Yes. NordicTrack uses a software on its LCD screen called iFit. It offers hundreds of treadmill workout programs that users can tune-in to exercise. They can also access the web and get access to YouTube thanks to the NordicTrack treadmill machine.
How do I get Started with NordicTrack?
To get started, first you will have to connect with NordicTrack proprietary software iFit and then get into the admin panel. The iFit software offers a $15 subscription per month to access all online fitness courses and coaching.
Can you watch Netflix on a treadmill?
But with a treadmill, watching Netflix is not always easy. Most of the time your home theater is not in the same room as your treadmill machine. In some cases, you are simply not in mood to bring your laptop near to your treadmill. One reason is that treadmill noise can become a hurdle in watching your favorite shows.
Netflix Won’t Work on the NordicTrack iFit Tablet
If you got a NordicTrack bike or treadmill with the expectation that you’ll be able to watch Netflix and other streaming services on it, you’re going to be a little disappointed. While users initially bypassed the iFit program to access the Android operating system directly, allowing them to access streaming services, this function was phased out through iFit updates.
There are a few different reasons why Netflix doesn’t work on the iFit tablet:
- Running memory: The tablet used to run the iFit program is specifically designed for the iFit system. This means that it doesn’t have a lot of extra running memory to run resource-intensive programs like Netflix and Hulu, so even when users could access these programs they would often freeze or malfunction.
- Design constraints: Like it or not, the iFit tablet is bespoke hardware that might have an Android operating system, but it’s built around the iFit software. This means NordicTrack actively makes it more difficult for users to access non-iFit programs to encourage people to use the system as intended.
- Not official Android hardware: Even though iFit has an Android operating system, it doesn’t have access to the Google Play Store like other Android devices. Since Privilege Mode was removed, users are no longer able to download Netflix or other streaming services onto their NordicTrack systems.
At the end of the day, you’re not going to be able to use Netflix on your NordicTrack tablet because of software restrictions. But that doesn’t mean you can’t watch Netflix while using your NordicTrack. There are a few other methods you can use to tune in without using the NordicTrack monitor.
Can Netflix Be Downloaded onto the iFit?
There used to be ways for users to bypass the iFit programming to download Android-compatible apps like Netflix on the NordicTrack. However, the company has since gated users out of this function with an update. The reason they gave for this decision was concern about third-party applications and software being connected to the machine.
Since NordicTrack also pushes its subscription-service iFit programming through the attached monitor on their equipment, they also don’t have any incentive to allow users to access alternative media services.
While some users were unhappy with this change to NordicTrack’s system, NordicTrack has responded that attempts to hack the iFit monitor on their equipment could result in their warranties being voided on their machines.
How to Watch Netflix While Using a NordicTrack
Even though you can’t watch Netflix directly on your NordicTrack, there are two other ways you can watch it:
- Attach a secondary tablet or smartphone: This requires having a smartphone and tablet and a third-party holder that you install on or near your NordicTrack equipment. However, this allows you to use the iFit program and watch Netflix at the same time.
Watch Netflix on a mounted TV monitor: Another way for you to watch Netflix while using a NordicTrack bike or treadmill is to mount a TV on the wall above your machine. By connecting the TV to streaming services through software like Roku or Amazon Fire, you can watch Netflix while you use the Nordictrack.
Since many people already have either a tablet in their home or a TV, watching Netflix on the Nordictrack is just a matter of finding the right placement for your NordicTrack equipment in the home where you can watch Netflix on a TV that is already placed in the room. You can also buy a tablet/phone holder for your machine.
Should You Watch Netflix on a TV or Tablet While Using NordicTrack?
If you have a choice, watching Netflix on a TV screen probably provides the best picture quality. If you connect a tablet or smartphone to your NordicTrack, expect the vibrations from the device to be transmitted to the monitor you are watching. For some people, this can cause motion sickness.
If you don’t want to watch your Netflix favorites amid vibrations, you should invest in a tablet mount with a tripod. This will allow you to watch Netflix while you work out and have the same benefits as a mounted TV, but at a much cheaper price than investing in a new TV monitor.