Online connections to a TV

Here are four possible ways to receive online shows on your TV.

  1.  If your smart TV can connect directly to the Internet via Wi-Fi, then you may be able to receive online streams direct. However it can be difficult to connect to the relevant website unless you have a keyboard connected to the TV.
  2. Plug a Roku Streaming Stick+  (£60-£70) or Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K, (about £40 or less for earlier models) into your TV's HDMI port and follow on-screen instructions to connect direct to the Internet.
  3. Via Wi-Fi to laptop or tablet: buy a Chromecast  or Roku Express  dongle (about £30 from Currys or Amazon). Connect this to the HDMI socket at the back of your TV then set it up (instructions provided) to connect via Wi-Fi to your laptop, tablet (or smartphone.)
  4. Via a simple wired connection: buy an HDMI  cable (£10-£20 from Amazon  depending on length) and connect from the back of the TV to the HDMI port on your laptop or tablet, if it has one. If it doesn't, buy an HDMI to USB, adaptor or an HDMI to iPad adaptor (£10-£15 from Amazon}. HDMI carries sound as well as the picture.
  1. Set your TV to receive its signal from the HDMI port to which you have connected the cable or dongle. Different makes do this in different ways, but it is usually quite simple.
  2. If connected via HDMI to a laptop (Windows 10) make sure that the HDMI port will send the screen contents to the TV. This may happen automatically. If not, you may have to adjust by right clicking your opening screen. Select "Display Settings" and adjust the first option, "Rearrange Your Displays"
  3. if connected via HDMI to a tablet, make sure you set to output the signal from the USB port.
  4. If connected via Chromecast follow the provided instructions for connecting via Wi-Fi to your tablet or laptop.
If  your TV sound quality is inadequate here are a few options:
  1. Headphones: plug direct into the TV headphone socket or use wireless (Bluetooth). Even relatively cheap headphones starting around £20 may be better than your TV' s speakers. Which? Magazine says its.medium priced Best Buys are AKG N60NC (a bit over £100) or the JBL Live 650BTNC (£90).. It's top of the range Best Buy is the SonyWH-1000XM3s at nearly £250. These can obviously be used with a tablet or laptop. These are all wireless and noise cancelling TechRadar's review of upmarket wireless phones can be viewed here..
  2. Sound bar: many available for different makes of TV.
  3. Separate speakers: connected by Bluetooth or a wire to the headphone socket. (A few connect by USB). They start at £6 to £12., But you will need to pay more to enjoy opera.. Anything above £25 is likely to be far better than your laptop speaker. TechRadar lists some of the best for several hundred pounds.
  4. If you have a hi-fi or other sound system near the TV, you can plug it in using a variety of different cables: including a simple audio cable or optical cable 
Here  is some more detailed advice: