You will gather from my question that I'm no computer/technology expert!
I'm a BT Broadband customer with superfast broadband. Currently I watch BT Sport on my monitor connected to my desktop PC. However I wondered if it was possible to watch BT Sport on my Samsung Smart TV. My set up is via Freesat since I cannot get a good TV signal via an aerial in my locality so can't use Freeview and a BT TV set top box.
The idea I had was that either I might be able to hook up my laptop to the TV and get BT Sport on the laptop and then connect a suitable cable from this to the TV against a background where my TV has HDMI ports but my laptop doesn't. I can buy some sort of cable say from my laptop VGA port to the TV's HDMI port using a suitable adaptor. Alternatively I can buy a Tablet with an HDMI port which I can then connect directly to the TV.
If none of this will work because of differing operating systems then I'll have to give up of course. However I wondered if anyone had any ideas?
Alternatively I can buy a Tablet with an HDMI port which I can then connect directly to the TV
This is the option I use with my cheap Hudl tablet and can recommend it not only for BT Sport but for any other catch up services and internet TV services you wish to use.
Something I am qualified to comment on…
I’ve tried various things with a view to losing my BT TV Essential package which gives me the BT Sport channels in SD through copper multicast on my Youview box (12 month period expires this month) – essentially paying £5 per month for TV access to BT Sport which rankles only slightly. None have quite given me the level of quality & convenience that I am looking for (and ability to record!) so I will be sticking with the Youview box, provided it has good Champions League options in SD and these aren’t reserved for Infinity customers (which I can’t get):
- Hudl (original 2013 version) plugged directly into TV using mini-USB to HDMI cable – passable in emergencies but a “judder” every 15-20 seconds and not great picture quality. Has improved since about a year ago when an issue with the app meant it only took up about two thirds of the screen.
- Chromecast – definitely the best “non-box” solution as the BT Sport app is completely optimised for use with it. As umpire says you do need the Android tablet or smartphone to control it. Once its up and running picture quality is excellent, although still ever so slightly “streamy” as opposed to the multicast “same as broadcast TV” picture you’d get through the Youview box.
- PC connected directly to TV by HDMI – I just bought an Alienware Alpha gaming PC (for £560! A once every 7-8 year purchase) to replace my PS3 and tried (for curiosity) running the BT Sport app through Chrome browser/Silverlight – good picture quality (equivalent to Chromecast), effectively just the same as watching on the PC though.
- Amazon Fire TV stick – although its not advertised in the Amazon ”walled garden” and appstore, you ARE able to side-load the BT sport app to the stick – I managed this the past weekend (again just out of curiosity) but its quite a technical workaround. Once the app is sideloaded you need something to act as a mouse for the app, which basically behaves as if it’s a tablet (unlike the superior Chromecast version which is optimised) I have found a free Android app “WuKong” which does this, but its not too user friendly (and again you need the Android phone!) Picture quality is OK, not as good as Chromecast or PC but better than Hudl.
(for avoidance of doubt I already owned the Chromecast, Hudl, Fire TV stick and Android phone so these weren’t additional purchases whereas you will need to weigh up the cost of these)
Woodford – you haven’t mentioned what mobile you have. Depending on this I believe your best option may be to go down the Chromecast /Android phone option (at a cost of £30 + £70-80) OR alternatively just go with the TV Starter package from BT that Umpire mentioned. Looks like this is “free” for 12 months with a £35 activation fee as aan existing BT Broadband customer. Plus this box will have full Yourview on demand functionality... not sure how Freesat compares
Hope this helps!