We all love viewing photos, watching movies, and streaming content from our smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices. But wouldn’t it be great if we could view all of that content from our televisions? Well, now you can! With one of these five methods, you will be able to seamlessly throw music and movies from your little screen to your big screen.
For people using iOS, AirPlay is the way to go. This nifty little device created by Apple allows users to to wirelessly stream audio, video, and image data from their device (for the purpose of this article, assume we’re talking about phones, tablets, phablets, laptops, and anything else not tethered to the wall with a power cord) to the television using your home Wi-Fi network. AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device to your HDTV and speakers via Apple TV. Or mirror exactly what’s on your display to the big screen. Vacation photos, blockbusters, the latest games — AirPlay and Apple TV put it all on your TV.
With Chromecast, you can easily enjoy your favorite online entertainment on your HDTV—movies, TV shows, music, and more from Netflix, YouTube, Google Play, and Chrome. No more huddling around small screens and tiny speakers. Chromecast automatically updates to work with a growing number of apps. Chromecast works with devices you already own, including Android tablets and smartphones, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Mac and Chrome for Windows. Browse for what to watch, control playback, and adjust volume using your device. You won’t have to learn anything new.
DLNA is a broad standard for sharing media over a network. DLNA product allows consumers to easily connect and enjoy photos, video and music across devices, regardless of manufacturer. Unlike Chromecast and AirPlay which only do A/V feeds, DLNA can push audio, visual, and data around easily using a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection. DLNA Certified devices take the guesswork out of selecting products that work together. They facilitate better, easier sharing of digital video, photos and music throughout the home. So not only can you push pictures and music from your phone to your TV or stereo, you can also send a file from your laptop to your home’s network printer without plugging in.
MHL technology enables smartphones to output high-definition video and audio to HD displays through a single, thin cable that also charges your phone. Take all of your movies, games and mobile media with you and never sacrifice definition. The MHL specification is an HD video and digital audio interface for connecting mobile phones and portable devices to HDTVs and other home entertainment products. It utilizes established connectors and features a single cable with a 5-pin interface, supports 1080p HD video and digital audio and simultaneously provides power to the mobile device. It also enables the TV remote to control the mobile phone and access its contents.
Wi-Fi Certified Miracast is a groundbreaking solution for seamlessly displaying video between devices, without cables or a network connection. Users can do things like view pictures from a smartphone on a big screen television, share a laptop screen with the conference room projector in real-time, and watch live programs from a home cable box on a tablet. Miracast connections are formed using Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Wi-Fi Direct™, so access to a Wi-Fi® network is not needed – the ability to connect is inside Miracast-certified devices.