These days, smart TVs are very popular, allowing users to connect to the internet and access the latest media on streaming services. Platforms like Netflix, Disney and Amazon Prime are used by millions of people, offering on-demand content which can be enjoyed in high definition. Streaming has changed the game for media companies, offering new ways to release films and TV shows and giving consumers more choice over what they watch and when.
You can easily connect your TV to the internet if it’s a smart TV. However, if you have an older model, it can be more difficult. You’ll need the right devices, cables and know-how to set it up. In this guide, we’ll explain everything that’s required to connect your TV so you can enjoy your favourite media through streaming.
Connecting to a Laptop
If you have a smart TV, connecting to the internet is as simple as connecting to your home WiFi network or inserting an ethernet cable. For older TVs, you’ll need to connect to a device that has internet access. The simplest way is using a streaming device, but you can also connect to your laptop or desktop computer if you prefer.
This is a good option if you don’t have a streaming device available or if you prefer to do things from your computer. Check whether or not your TV and laptop have HDMI ports first. If not, you’ll have to use a VGA cable, which stands for Video Graphics Array. These were one of the standard ways to connect audio visual equipment, although they’ve since been phased out by HDMI for higher resolution images.
Once you’ve connected the cables to both ends, change the video source on your TV. You can then select the TV as an external monitor from your laptop or desktop computer. It’s possible to show the image on both screens at once, or just use the TV if you prefer. Then, all you have to do is visit your favourite streaming platform on your device and choose something to play. As long as your device is connected to the internet, you can access any site you like.
Streaming devices have fast become one of the most popular ways to connect a TV to the internet. You can find a wide range of different products available, including firesticks, roku, apple TV and more. There are also cheaper, android devices, which serve the exact same purpose. These devices can all be connected easily to your TV, using either an HDMI or VGA cable.
To connect your device, simply plug it in to the power using the supplied adapter. Then, you need to connect to your TV using the appropriate cable. Most devices will only support HDMI, so make sure your TV is compatible before purchasing. In some cases, you may be able to use a specific adapter, though this will only be needed for much older TVs.
As with connecting to a laptop, you’ll need to select the source in order to connect to the streaming device. Most streaming devices will support a wide range of different streaming platforms and applications, though you’ll have to check this before you buy. Make sure you have access to your favourite platform, and then connect to the WiFi and log into your account to set it up on your TV.
Casting From a Smartphone
Even if you don’t have a laptop or streaming device, you should still be able to connect to your TV using just your phone. Smartphone casting lets you share your smartphone screen with the TV, allowing you to play videos and display pictures. If your TV has Bluetooth, you can do this very easily. However you can use a USB connection if not.