With so much great video content on the web these days — YouTube and inspiring TED Talks, for example — wouldn’t it be great to view it all on your big-screen television when you’re at home?
Rather than squinting to watch videos on the small displays of a laptop, smartphone or tablet, you can sit back, maybe with family or friends, and enjoy content on a significantly bigger, high-resolution screen, such as a 4K or 8K TV. The “K” designation for those TVs means “kilo,” the metric prefix for 1,000. A 4K TV has 3,840 horizontal pixels and 2,160 vertical pixels for about 8.3 million pixels total. An 8K TV has the highest resolution available today, 7,680 horizontal and 4,320 vertical pixels, more than 33 million total.
A bigger, better way to watch
Whether you want to have an AARP’s Movies for Grownups movie night, chat with family and friends while you stream shows together through the free Teleparty app, watch YouTube videos or see everyone more clearly during a Zoom video chat, transferring web content from your Smartphone or computer to the big screen is fairly easy.
The process entails wirelessly connecting to your TV, called casting. You also can use a cable to physically hook the device and your TV together or log into a service through a smart TV. You’ll be pleased to know that these steps also work for home movies and photos you’ve captured on your phone or tablet.
Oftentimes, once we’ve captured photos and videos with our smartphones, we forget about them. They simply take up space in the cloud or on your phone. But what if you could transfer and preserve these memories to the big screen and relive them over and over again?
Casting sends photos, video without cables
One way to transfer web and social media content — or photos and videos stored on your phone — to your TV is to wirelessly “cast” them from another device.
Many smart TVs let you transmit videos from your laptop, smartphone or tablet. The setup depends on your type of TV, but the device you want to cast from must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your smart TV or other device that you’re casting to.
1. Open the YouTube app on your mobile device or computer and find the video you want to watch.
2. Tap the video to play it. You don’t need to expand it to full screen on your device.
3. Look for a small icon in the top right corner of your screen that resembles a TV screen with a Wi-Fi logo in the lower left corner. Click on it.
4. Select the TV to play the video. Your phone or tablet may display Searching for devices, so once it finds a compatible TV, select it.
After a second or two, the video should start playing on your TV screen.
From other players
Depending on your TV, this technology may be called Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) or Miracast. Your TV also may be equipped with a streaming player, such as Apple AirPlay or AirPlay2, Google Chromecast, or Roku.