How To Play A TV Through A Projector

Last Updated December 07,2018

A TV is an essential part of the modern life. It is a source of news, education, and entertainment that allows you to stay up to date with the happenings in the world. The TV viewing experience of a person depends on its screen. Larger screens facilitate a more engaging experience for the users. LCD TVs are not the only way to watch news or sports. Modern projectors produce high-quality images that are comparable to the images output by the TVs. The superior image quality along with the larger display area are encouraging people to replace their TVs with projectors

Projectors can be connected to the TV sets, Set-top Boxes, or be used with streaming devices for watching TV channels. Here are a few popular ways to play a TV through a projector.

Advice: Smart projectors have a lightweight operating system like the Android OS which allows you to access websites using a browser and install applications via the Google Play Store. With a smart projector, you can either visit the websites that stream TV channels or install their applications to watch TV without the need of connecting any additional devices. 

The N7L smart projector is available at Aliexpress and Amazon UK  

JMGO designs and produces a variety of smart projectors and the JMGO N7L is the new flagship model with round-shape design, 1080p native resolution, and 700ANSI lumens brightness.

Connecting To TV Sets

Modern TVs support digital signals and come with an HDMI output port. Users can connect the projector directly to the TV by using an HDMI cable. A few models of TVs, especially the older ones, come with VGA or RCA ports instead of HDMI ports found in the modern projectors. Users who have a TV with VGA or RCA connectors can purchase an VGA to HDMI adapter or RCA to HDMI adapter for connecting their TV to the projector.

Using a Set-top Box 

The Set-top box, also called the cable box, is a device that allows you to access cable, satellite or over-the-air television channels. It is provided by the television service provider and is necessary to access the television channels. Modern Set-top Boxes usually come with an HDMI port so you can use an HDMI cable to connect it to your projector directly. 

Using Streaming Devices 

Nowadays, there are many devices available that enable you to stream TV shows and movies using the Internet. Most channels are available on these devices, and you can watch your favorite shows and movies anytime. The streaming devices can be connected to a projector and allow you to watch your favorite TV channels on a large screen.

Roku Streaming Stick+.  The Streaming Stick+ from Roku is a streaming device that allows you to stream TV channels. It has an HDMI output connector that can be plugged directly into the HDMI input port of a projector. It supports 1080p, 4K UHD and HDR resolutions making it the ideal companion for 4K UHD projectors. It connects to the Internet via your Wi-Fi network and streams TV channels directly to your display device. It supports a wide range of channels including HBO, NBC, and ABC, as well as streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube among others. It comes with a voice remote and is easy to use. An entry-level Roku Express is also available for viewers who are looking for an affordable device that streams at 1080p.

Roku Streaming Stick+

Apple TV. The Apple TV is an elegant device that enables you to watch TV channels using the Internet. It comes with an HDMI output port allowing it to be connected to a projector. You can buy the Apple TV and subscribe to your favorite TV channels for watching movies and shows on a large screen. Its supported channels include ABC, CBS, Disney, ESPN, HBO, Hulu, NBA, NBC, Netflix, and YouTube. It even enables you to play content from your iTunes library making it a great choice if you use Apple’s iTunes. It is a small device that occupies minimum space in your living room and comes with a remote for easy usage. 

Apple TV 4K (32GB, Latest Model)

Amazon FireTV Stick. The Amazon FireTV Stick is another great streaming device, especially for Amazon Prime Members. It has an HDMI connector for plugging it directly into the input HDMI port of a projector. It enables you to access the content available on Amazon’s Prime Video service. It also allows you to watch the supported TV channels that include BBC News, NBC, Discovery GO, Fox Now, NFL, The CW, Hulu, and HBO NOW among others. It supports a resolution of up to 4K UHD allowing you to utilize your 4K projector to its full potential. The FireTV stick connects to your Wi-Fi network for accessing the Internet. It comes with the Alexa Voice Remote that makes it easy to control and use.

Fire TV Stick 4K with all-new Alexa Voice Remote

Google Chromecast Ultra. Google’s Chromecast Ultra is a streaming device that plugs directly into the HDMI port of your projector, enabling you to watch your favorite TV shows and movies in grand style. It connects to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network though it can also be connected using an ethernet adapter. It can be controlled via your smart devices like iPhones, iPads, Android phones and even laptops. Chromecast Ultra supports a wide range of channels, movies, shows, radios and song streaming services. It has 4K UHD and HD capability for streaming high-resolution content. You can even use it for mirroring your device or laptop screen on to the projector. A lower model of Chromecast is also available that supports up to 1080p content.

Google Chromecast Ultra


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