Smartphone screens today are getting bigger and better, making watching videos and playing games more enjoyable than ever. Tablet screens aren't lacking, either. But nothing can top watching a movie on your 60-inch HDTV.
Fortunately, there are easy ways to connect your smartphone or tablet to your TV, so you can stream movies or share photos during your gatherings on the biggest screen you own—all without physically transferring any files.
Here are some options for connecting your devices—and a few accessories and apps sure to improve your viewing experiences.
Connect via streaming media device and app
Some smart accessories help you stream content from your smartphone or tablet to your TV. The NETGEAR® Push2TV Wireless Display Adapter, for instance, displays whatever's on your supported smartphone, tablet or laptop onto your compatible HDTV in up to 1080p resolution.
Push2TV uses Wi-Fi to wirelessly transmit the content. Browse the Internet, play your favorite online videos and enjoy a slideshow on your TV. It's small too, making it easy to store near your TV or take with you.
With Google Chromecast™, you can stream content from HBO GO®, Netflix, YouTube™, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play™, Chrome™ and more. It plugs into your TV's HDMI port and connects to your Wi-Fi network. You control all the action from your compatible smartphone, tablet or PC.
Connect via HDMI
Many smartphones and tablets can use an HDMI cable, such as the Motorola HDMI Cable or the MHL to HDMI Adapter, to hook up to an HDMI-ready TV. Simply plug one end of the cable into your device and the other end into your TV. Once connected, what appears on your phone will also appear on the TV, so you can look at pictures and video, surf the web, use apps or play games. Be sure to select the HDMI cable that's compatible with your device.
Connect via accessory that turns your smartphone into a TV
So now you know how to get media from your smartphone or tablet onto your TV screen, but what if you want to watch broadcast television on your mobile devices? Enter Slingbox® 500, which does just that. Using your home wireless network and connecting your Slingbox to your set-top box or DVR, you can watch TV on your mobile devices just as if you were at home.
Connect via app
Several popular streaming-video subscription services have complementary apps that work between your mobile devices and your television-no cable required. Some allow you to watch a video on your smartphone, stop it and then resume watching where you left off on your compatible Internet TV, or vice versa.