Creators of this technology initially assumed that people spend most of their time holding their gadgets, even when they are watching TV. So they came up with the idea wherein people can stream their videos or show their photos on the TV screen by using a wireless connection. Apple is one of the top pioneers of this tech. Since 2010, users of iPhones, iPads and other Mac devices can stream content to Mac HDTV and speakers or display the device screen real time on the TV screen. Recently, they have linked with third-party service providers so that other non-iOS devices will also be compatible.
If you plan to throw a house party or a girls’ night at home, showing them the exciting photos from your recent trip will be much simpler. There’s no need to cramp together to view the minute mobile screen. If you have awesome movies stored in your phone, you can also stream it to appear on the much larger screen of your TV. Apple also has the AirPlay Mirroring technology that syncs what’s on your iPhone screen directly to the TV monitor. It is great for client presentations, office reporting, or for class teaching. It supports all iPhone touch movements such as zooming in or out and screen rotation.
In 2013, Google launched Chromecast, which allows users to stream content via WiFi from their devices through the use of mobile and web apps. It relies on online connection for streaming, instead of direct mobile to TV transfer. This doesn’t lessen its functionality though, and for an affordable price of $35, wireless video streaming has become more reachable for the masses. Chromecast is sold in the form of a stick or dongle that can be plugged into a USB port. Its main advantage is its compatibility with all Google movie, music and web stores. It is now supporting more and more apps like NetFlix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, and YouTube. By using Google Chrome, you can link any website to Chromecast so it can be mirrored to the large screen.
The method for enabling wireless streaming of digital media is growing. Aside from Apple TV and Chromecast, devices like Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and other Smart TVs can support this technology. You can also stream from an Android device to these devices with the use of apps like Twonky Beam and iMediaShare.