Watching on your TV
Watching on your TV
As well as watching a video download on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, there are many ways to watch a video download on your television, depending on what equipment you have.
The simplest way is to send the picture from your computer to your smart TV, but possibly the 'most familiar' way might be to record the video onto a DVD. Instructions for both are below.
Watching on a ‘smart’ TV
Plug a Google Chromecast (a £30 device you can buy from Google, here) into your TV, and use the latest version of Google Chrome to display your computer screen on your TV.
Click the three vertical dots in the top right corner of Google Chrome, then click ‘Cast’ and select your TV from the list.
Put the video from your computer onto a recordable DVD (this is called ‘burning’ it to DVD), and then put the DVD into your DVD player to watch, as you would any other DVD, but without the need to wait for it to arrive by post.
Make sure you burn the disc as ‘video’ so it can be played in a DVD player. If you mistakenly burn it as ‘data’ then it likely won't fit on the disc, and even if it does it is unlikely your DVD player will play it.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do successfully burn your video DVD (follow 'method 1' for video DVDs).
You can buy recordable DVDs (also known as ‘DVD-R’) from Amazon or many supermarkets.
Memory card or USB memory stick
Save the video file to a memory card or USB memory stick, then insert the card or stick into the media slot on your television or DVD/Blu-ray player (most modern TVs and some players have at least one on the back).
For video files over 4GB in size, there's an extra step to follow. You may find that it won't copy to your memory card/stick because the file is apparently too large, even if there should be enough space. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to reformat your memory card using 'NTFS' format so that it will accept larger files.
Save the video to your iTunes library, and stream it over your wifi to your Apple TV.
Alternatively, from an iPhone or iPad on the same wifi network as your Apple TV, swipe up from the bottom of the screen, swipe to the left, and then tap your device name at the bottom to choose to ‘beam’ it to your Apple TV.
Other devices, like games consoles
Generally, you can transfer the file on to the device and then watch it from there. But each device is different, so please read the manufacturer's instructions.