I have an iPhone and an old (2012) Samsung smart TV. Is there anyway I can play videos (specifically facebook videos) from my phone to my TV without having to buy any connecting hardware? I also have Sky Q if that’s relevant. I don’t want to do anything live, so I don’t mind a lag between screens. It’s just a lot of the toddler groups my daughter used to go to are now on facebook live and it’s a better experience for her on a bigger screen.
I’ve tried to research myself but I’m sick of downloading and deleting app after app.
Although it’s not helpful because you specifically said you don’t want to buy any hardware but an Apple TV is probably your best bet, you can pick them up relatively cheap on ebay because you don’t need the latest one if you you’re just going to use it for Airplay(Screen Mirroring)
Ah yes, definitely should of pointed this out! My bad. Yes, from iOS and iPad OS it can be restrictive with developers being able to block mirroring, BT Sports makes you pay more for the mirroring. Sky Sports stops you altogether also. Netflix like mentioned blocks it etc.
You can however stream whatever you want from a MacBook if you have one.
I’m pretty sure you can also get apps for Windows and Android that let you use Airplay but not 100% on that
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Because my older Apple TV doesn’t have it. Good to know it’s on the new ones, though.
My first thought was also that the TV might be able to do it natively. But I see that they say it’s a 2012 TV, and eight years ago is a dinosaur in smart TV terms. What might be worth checking is what firmware the TV is running and whether it can be updated.
I can’t be 100% sure because it may just be I never noticed at first, but one of my Sony TVs shows up as a casting option from my (Android) phone now when I’m sure it didn’t do when I first bought it (bought a Chromecast for casting purposes).
There’s a small possibility the Facebook app on the phone might support direct cast to the TV. Whilst I don’t use Facebook so can’t test, my 2014 Samsung TV shows up as a direct cast target in my Synology DS Video app.