How Do I Stream Netflix Audio On A Smart TV To My AV Receiver

I recently went from an 11 year old Marantz AV Processor
and 5 channel amp. to an Anthem 5.1 AV Receiver.

My LG smart TV has optical out, but no HDMI out.
I am currently using the optical out from the TV
to the Anthem for streaming.

With these limitations, is there a way to stream video
and audio from my TV through my AV receiver with
a HDMI cable? I am using eARC.







I can see no purpose served. Besides this is more of an AV question. Netflix IS NOT HiFi.

Use your optical out of your TV to a DAC optical in. If you don't have one you can buy a cheap one for 100 bucks or cheaper. The DAC stereo outs connect to your Anthem. This will give you Netflix audio through your speakers(.2 channel)

I do it and it sounds great. Of course one of these forum trolls will probably disagree with me...but try it. I think you'll like it.


Oh that:s gonna get you HDMI. Not.

I know down converting from, not up converting to HDMI because there is no reason to.

Since your smart TV only has optical audio output, that's what you'll have to use if you want to use your smart TV app for streaming video. Unfortunately this does mean you will be limited to the audio codecs that will go out over optical, which is probably 5.1 discrete LPCM, or Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Plus. If that is what gets delivered to your TV by the streaming services. Dolby Atmos will not go out over the optical connection.

If you want Dolby Atmos, you will need to get a separate streaming box and use that instead of your TV's built in apps.

You simply need to get Netflix from another source with HDMI out. Since long ago, I have had a PC in my home theater, and used it to Stream anything. Now Smart TV's have it sitting idle. They are small, quiet fanless, HDMI out. I use a small chicklet sized wireless control with keyboard and trackpad, mouse buttons .. My Sony Blu-Ray Player is a Smart one, it can stream Netflix .... via HDMI to/thru your AV receiver.

@nekoaudio I don't do Atmos. Like

you said optical has limitations, but

that's what I'll have to use. No way am

I adding a computer to the system.

Trying to keep things simple.


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I am not anxious. Just figured that you would be better served at AVS Forum et al.  I have Netflix on my TVs, cable box and a Roku with HDMI out.  No HDMI to the AVR except for the BluRay, no reason to.

What are you trying to do and why?





For netflix I use a Roku streaming device to feed my AV receiver and send the output from the receiver to the TV. The "smart TV" becomes just a monitor.

With eARC you should be able to send the audio portion of your streaming content from your TV to your AVR via HDMI cable.  I'm not sure why you would want to send the video?

I'm not familiar with Anthem, but I would think any modern AVR would have an HDMI eARC input and settings to use it.  I had the same problem with an old Denon AVR.  The solution was to change the HDMI Control function.  The default setting was "OFF".  When changed to "ON" on the AVR I got audio.  Also, the LG TV remote would operate the volume on the AVR and automatically switch between the TV speakers and the surround speakers.  You probably have a similar setting if you Anthem AVR has an eARC HDMI input.

Hope this helps.

Click on the “audio and subtitles” menu at the top of the screen. In this menu, click on audio, and change from stereo to surround sound 5.1. Another option, if your AV receiver has the setting, is to switch it to surround sound. On most devices, this should automatically modify the setting within the Netflix app krunker

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