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Casting from an Android mobile device to your Smart TV

Casting from a mobile device

Casting from a mobile device to your Smart TV is also possible, although the results can be variable as the processing capabilities of most mobile devices are not as robust as a laptop and also because of the way that some titles have been hosted may not be optimised for – or in a few cases restricted from – mobile use. Wherever possible and if you have a choice of devices, BAFTA currently recommends casting via a laptop as the optimal casting experience.  

Casting from an Android phone or tablet

We have found casting from a phone or tablet running Android 9.0 or upwards software via the Chrome browser to a Chromecast device to offer the best and most consistent mobile experience (with the exception of certain titles hosted by external distributors that block casting to Chromecast and Vimeo-hosted titles, see below). On either type of device, access BAFTA View using the Chrome browser , select your chosen title and then:

  1. Switch your TV AUX or EXT (or equivalent) setting to the corresponding HDMI port where your Chromecast is connected.
  2. Once the Chromecast homepage appears on your TV screen, click ‘WATCH’ on the title on your Android mobile device.
  3. The video will begin playing on your device. Look for a white screen icon in the bottom right corner of the control panel. Click on the screen icon.

4. A box will pop up on your laptop screen listing the available devices you can cast to. Click on the one that relates to your Chromecast device.

5. The white screen icon will now turn blue and the video will begin casting to your TV.

Casting Vimeo-hosted videos from an Android phone or tablet

As indicated above, there is an exception when casting Vimeo-hosted titles from Android phones/tablets via Chrome browser to Chromecast. Vimeo does not currently support casting from the Chrome browser. If you are viewing a Vimeo title and an Android phone/tablet and Chromecast are your only available devices to beam it to your TV, you can download the third party app Web Video Caster to your phone/tablet.

Web Video Caster acts as a browser, which scans the video before allowing you to play and cast it to your Chromecast device. Once installed, follow these steps:

  1. Switch your TV AUX or EXT (or equivalent) setting to the corresponding HDMI port where your Chromecast  is connected.
  2. Once the Chromecast homepage displays on your TV, open the Web Video Caster app on your phone/tablet.
  3. In the ‘Browse’ address bar, type voting.bafta.org .
  4. Once logged in to voting.bafta.org, go into BAFTA View to select the title you require and tap WATCH.
  5. A black Play button will appear on a yellow circle at the top of your screen. Tap this.
  6. A list of the available file versions of the title will appear. Tap the one that is listed in your preferred resolution (ie. 1920×1080). If it appears, also select the box ‘Route video through phone’.
  7. The video will begin casting to your TV via Chromecast. If it does not, return to the Play button on yellow circle and select one of the other file versions.