Jerry has a laptop and he wants to know if he can connect his Apple TV to it so he can watch movies. Scott says that if the laptop is a Mac, then AirPlay with the AppleTV will make it easy. If it's a Windows laptop, then Miracast is what Windows supports. Both the laptop and TV have to support it, though.
Karen is a teacher and she has a lot of Smart Board lessons that she needs to port over to the next generation of smart boards called "Promethean Boards." Leo says that these are interactive white boards that are in essence a Windows screen that you can write on. Karen could just use Google Chromecast and a projector to project onto the wall. But moving the smart board lessons to the Promethean format is a challenge. Many of these are proprietary that lock her into their ecosystem. They may have plugins, though.
Albert bought a Linksys Velop Mesh Wi-Fi router, but it doesn't work with his Chromecast when trying to cast something from his Chrome browser on the desktop. His mobile devices do work, however. His Chromecast can get it on the network, but he can't see it from his desktop browser. Leo doesn't think there's a particular problem with the Velop and the Chromecast. If the computer and the Chromecast are on the same network, he should be able to cast to it.
Brett wants to know how he can get Amazon Instant Video to work with Chromecast. Leo says it depends on if Amazon's app supports it, and they've been rather anti-competitive. He may be able to cast it over through the Chromecast Mirroring feature. It won't be as good, but it would be an alternative.
This week's gadget is the Vizio M Series 50" Ultra HDR TV with Dolby Vision. Somes with SmartCast, which is Google Chromecast built in. Also comes with a 6" Android tablet as it's ultimate remote and Chromecast interface. Four HDMI ports to connect Cable/Satellite boxes, Bluray/DVD players, Gaming Consoles and Computers. You can even use the virtual keyboard on the tablet to name the inputs. Be aware though this is what VIZIO calls a Tuner-Free Display. Since most households today stream or watch live TV from cable and satellite boxes which don't require a tuner, you probably won't care.
Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.
David wants a good browser for his smart TV. Leo says don't! They're all terrible. Leo suggests going with DNLA or MiraCast, or even Chromecast and then cast the PC browser to his TV.
Stana cut the cord and is going to watch TV by streaming online from now on. There's a few cable channels she wants, though. What's her best option? Leo says she could get some channels over the air by putting up an antenna if she's in the right location. Some channels offer services through stand alone apps, but she'll have to pay for them. HBO, for instance, has HBO Now, which she can subscribe to on the Apple TV and Roku. If she's already a cable subscriber, then she can use HBO Go, which enables her to watch it on cable and online. It's a bit confusing.
Chad got a new Samsung TV, but he's discovered that he can't stream YouTube with it from his desktop. Leo says that DIAL and DNLA is supported by Samsung. What may be happening is that the YouTube app on his Samsung TV may be in conflict with his mobile phone.
Tony wants to connect his mobile phone to his TV inside his semi truck. How can he connect it? Leo says that before the Note V, he could get an MHL adapter to connect via HDMI. But Samsung dropped that feature with the Note V, and he'd need a smartphone that supports it. The Galaxy S7, by contrast, does. Samsung does sell an MHL to HDMI adapter which should work for it.