Screen mirroring: how to connect your laptop, phone or tablet to a TV

Once upon a time, home entertainment was all about broadcast television. Increasingly, though, we’re turning to PC-based services. According to the TV Licensing Authority, 29% of UK adults surveyed in 2012 were using catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer and 4oD – and this doesn’t even take into account PC-based services such as Netflix and YouTube.

Yet so-called “smart” TVs, with built-in internet connections, haven’t caught on. This may be because web-based services are typically accessed by typing, scrolling and navigating links, which translates poorly to a traditional remote-control interface. Proprietary systems such as Virgin Media TV On Demand use vastly simplified interfaces for this reason.

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