It's possible to watch YouTube videos on a TV by using a set-top box or a game console that runs the YouTube application. They can also connect a laptop or tablet to the TV set and watch YouTube through a Web browser.
Many different set-top boxes and TV dongles can run the YouTube application. Popular options include the Google Chromecast dongle and Apple TV set-top box. The Roku box does not support the YouTube application, but users can still access videos hosted on YouTube through applications such as MyVideoBuzz or PlayOn.
Game consoles that can stream YouTube videos include the Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Wii and Wii U. Nintendo and PlayStation offer the YouTube application for free, but Xbox requires users to subscribe to the Xbox Live Gold service to access the application.
Users who do not have access to a set-top box, TV dongle or game console can still watch YouTube videos on a TV set. To connect a laptop or a tablet to a TV, use the following steps.
- Connect an HDMI adapter to the device
- Plug in an HDMI cable
- Configure the display
Computers that do not have HDMI ports can still connect to TV sets. Users can simply plug an HDMI adapter into the DVI port.
Connect an HDMI cable to the computer's HDMI port or the HDMI adapter. Plug it into an HDMI port on the TV.
If the computer does not automatically mirror the display on the TV, configure the display settings. PC users can do this by right clicking the desktop, selecting "Screen Resolution" and adjusting the settings. Mac users can change display settings in the "Displays" section of "System Preferences."
After the computer is connected, users can open any browser to access YouTube.