This article describes all the methods you can use to stream and mirror Mac to TV. It outlines each solution’s most prominent features, so you can choose the best option for your needs without getting lost in trial and error. You will also find step-by-step guides on how to stream from Mac to TV for each solution featured in the article.
Third-party streaming apps are very versatile. Most of them allow you to connect to various Smart TVs regardless of the brand or built-in protocols they come with. Below you will find an overview of the best solutions you can try.
JustStream is a prominent application when it comes to how to stream video from Mac to TV. The tool is packed with various useful features like real-time conversion, as well as supports practically any popular media file type. JustStream also guarantees an uninterrupted experience with the help of its playlist feature. You can compile playlists consisting of numerous files, regardless of their size. It can load both external and embedded audio, and the same goes for subtitle files.
JustStream comes with full native M1 and M2 support and works with all popular TV brands including Samsung, Roku, LG, and Sony, plus Apple TV, Chromecast, and other DLNA-certified devices. You can test the app for free and upgrade to Pro for $9.99.
Click on the "+" symbol to find the video or movie you’d like to stream.
Click on the signal icon and choose which device to stream to.
Note: JustStream only permits 20 minutes of free streaming from your Mac to your TV, before you need to upgrade to Pro.
Elmedia Player is another way to stream local videos from Mac to TV. The app comes with advanced streaming options, giving you full control over the process. For example, you can change your video resolution as you go or create playlists. Elmedia’s subtitle support is also on point. Using Elmedia, you can adjust your subtitles, add external ones, or even search on OpenSubtitles.
The app also does great in terms of file compatibility. While AirPlay only works for several specific video formats, Elmedia can play a very wide range. And any file types that your TV does not recognize will be transcoded in real time. The player conveniently supports both AirPlay and DLNA. To unlock Elmedia’s full streaming capabilities, unlock the PRO version at $19.95.
Follow these easy steps to stream local videos from macOS devices to your smart TV:
Note: The free Elmedia Player app grants you 5 minutes of streaming to assess the app. Once you do, you can purchase the PRO version to unlock unlimited streaming.
AirBeamTV is an app which allows both mirroring and streaming to TV from Mac. It is compatible with a wide range of TV brands - from Samsung, Philips, Sony, and Panasonic, to Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and more. AirBeamTV is not a one-size-fits-all solution, meaning you need to download a separate version of the app for each particular TV manufacturer. There is also an app bundle you can purchase, which contains a total of 9 apps. AirBeamTV offers a free trial, as well as a paid full-fledged option.
The MirrorMeister app supports both streaming and mirroring. With this app, you can enjoy your movies, apps, photos, presentations and music on your TV screen. MirrorMeister also works with online videos from websites like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, and Dailymotion. Furthermore, it is compatible with iPhone and iPad, so you can easily mirror and stream from your iOS devices.
The app doesn’t require any adapters or additional cables. Note that while streaming, you will be notified that your screen is being recorded. This is the way the MirrorMeister operates, but the data is only temporarily stored in memory and then promptly removed. To unlock all the app’s features, you need to pay a subscription fee after the free trial.
Another tool on the list is a screen mirroring app called LetsView. It is capable of mirroring Macs to TVs and other external screens, as well as lets you share screen of your phone to PC, TV and projector. Using LetsView, you can display everything to your TV. Furthermore, LetsView comes with recording and screenshot tools.
AirPlay is Apple’s proprietary protocol which serves for wireless communication between different devices. It allows streaming of video and audio files, photos, or mirroring of entire screens. AirPlay works with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, as well as other AirPlay-enabled devices. For example, different manufacturers have been licensed by Apple to use AirPlay in their products.
AirPlay was initially introduced in 2010. In 2017, it was updated and the newer AirPlay 2 was created. It’s an enhanced version of the protocol, which offers improvements.
Sometimes you may face AirPlay not working issue. In that case you can try some of the following steps:
An alternative way to stream content from your Mac to your TV is by using a cable. It’s a good solution when you don’t have the best internet connection, for example.
Notes: To stream to a device other than your TV, tap on the AirPlay symbol again and choose another device.
If your device automatically streams a video to your TV, tap on the AirPlay symbol and choose your iPhone.
Above are the best ways to stream Mac to TV. If you want to mirror your Mac to your TV wirelessly, use JustStream or any of the other apps on the list. If you don't have a reliable internet connection, you can connect Mac to TV with an HDMI cable. All methods are useful, so choose the one you need and start streaming.