Connecting Your Mobile Device to Your TV

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Nowadays a cable box or a game system aren't the only things you can connect to your HDTV - you can also hook up and receive content from phones and other types of mobile devices. Find out how to connect mobile devices to your HDTV with help from a professional personal electronics journalist in this free video clip.

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Ever wonder why all your awesome content has to live on your mobile device? Why can't your TV get in on all the Angry Birds action? Actually, with a few easy steps, it can. Let's take a look at how your mobile device can become the star of your home entertainment system. I'm John Rettinger, and this is Tech Savvy. Why be limited by your phone or tablet's shrunken display? Connecting your mobile device to your television set gives you a great way to enjoy and show off all the important media you carry with you everyday anyway. I mean, what if you just have to show your cute puppy video to all you friends? Many smart phones and tablets are already capable of feeding high definition displays with apps designed for video, like Netflix or YouTube. But some devices also enable you to show off images exactly of what's on your smart phone or tablet, right on your HDTV. Whatever you see on your phone or tablet display, you see the same thing on your television. That means all your pictures and videos can take center stage in your home entertainment system. Don't forget about all those apps too. They can also make their way to your flat screen. The simplest way to connect your mobile device to your television is by using an accessory that we here on Tech Savvy try to avoid. The dreaded cable. Tablets and smart phones don't have a full-sized HDMI cord, so the purchase of a special cable or adapter is often necessary. With the cable in place, you'll need to select the input signal on your television for the correct port, but beyond that, the connections automatic. But, wire are so 2011. Two great wireless options are DLNA technology, or Apple's Airplay. Owners of these capable devices will have bragging rights for some time to come. Connecting your iPad or iPhone wirelessly does require purchasing Apple TV, and using the Airplay feature on your mobile device. Check that your Apple TV is connected to the same wireless network as your hand-held device, enable Airplay on both, and the connection's completely automatic. But, the highlight feature is being able to wirelessly send all your personal pictures and videos right to your television, alongside with the apps and the rest of your full iTunes library. So, when a 3.5 inch screen isn't going to do your latest dance move justice, now you can lay it down on the big screen at family gatherings. The other option for wireless connectivity to your television is DLNA technology. The DLNA feature needs to be available on both the hand-held device and the TV. Unlike Apple TV which is a separate device, DLNA is a direct connection, which makes the setup very easy. All you need to do is enable it on your wireless device and your TV. Whether it's wired or wireless, now all your mobile apps and your personal media files can get all the HDTV showcase they deserve, and you can run it all wirelessly from the comfort of your couch. Thanks for checking us out, we'll be back soon with another episode of Tech Savvy, right her on eHow Tech.

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