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YouTube TV: How to Watch YouTube on Your TV

Watching videos and films on YouTube instead of on TV is now commonplace for many Internet users. The video platform is mostly used via smartphones, tablets, notebooks and desktop computers. Unfortunately, the comfort of a TV evening on the sofa is lost. In this article, we're going to show you four different ways you can bring YouTube and your TV together so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

You may have come across this article while searching for YouTube TV streaming service, YouTube TV. This new service is currently only available in select cities in the U.S.A. It is still completely unclear whether and when YouTube TV will be offered in German-speaking countries.

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Part 1: Watch YouTube on Smart TV

The easiest way to watch YouTube videos on your TV is via the YouTube app for smart TVs. If you have a “smart” television like Samsung's Smart TV, the YouTube app is usually already preinstalled. If this is not the case, the app can be downloaded to the smart TV via the WiFi connection.

Older TVs produced before 2012 may still have the Flash version of the YouTube app installed. This was discontinued at the end of 2017. If the YouTube app no ​​longer works on your old television, it is advisable to download the new HTML5 version of the app if your television supports it. If not, you can take a look at the other methods of watching YouTube on TV in this article.


Part 2: Use YouTube via digital receiver or TV box

Do you have a TV in your living room that cannot be connected to the internet? You also have the option of bringing YouTube to your TV using either a TV box or a digital receiver of the latest generation. For example, Google's Android TV service is offered by various manufacturers as an external TV box. Hama sells one of the cheapest Android TV boxes for around € 70. An alternative, provided you receive your television program via satellite, is the latest generation of satellite receivers, which often have the same capabilities as a TV box.


Part 3: stream YouTube from smartphone to TV

If you own a smartphone, you can use it to stream YouTube to your television. This variant has the advantage that you can use your smartphone as a remote control and do not have to purchase expensive additional devices.

You can only pair your smartphone with your television if it is internet-enabled. First, make sure that both devices are on the same network and connected to the Internet. If you now open the official YouTube app on your smartphone, you can select “Watch on TV” in the settings. Note that with some TVs, the smartphone must first be connected to the television. The option for this can usually be found in the settings of the television.

Your television is not internet-enabled? Then Google's Chromecast could be for you. The small device is connected to your television via HDMI and coupled to your smartphone, iPhone or tablet via WiFi and enables streaming of YouTube videos and other content. The price is around 40 €.


Part 4: Watch YouTube on TV using a notebook or PC

A simple and, above all, free way to watch YouTube on your television is to connect your notebook or desktop PC to your television using an HDMI cable. In this case, you use your television as a PC monitor. Simply connect your television and computer using an HDMI cable and select the HDMI port as the source in the settings of the TV set by plugging in the cable. On your computer, select the "Duplicate screen" function under Windows. You can either duplicate your screen or use only your TV screen for the display. You may have to adjust the screen resolution of your PC to that of your TV, otherwise the entire image area will not be visible.

As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy YouTube on your TV. The technically most elegant solution are smart TVs and TV boxes, as well as the option of coupling your smartphone with your TV. Bargain hunters simply connect your computer to your television via HDMI.

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