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Casting from an iOS 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 films 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 iPhone or iPad

It is generally possible to cast from an iOS-enabled iPhone or iPad mobile device to Apple TV using the latest version of the Safari browser. There are exception to this, where an external distributor has blocked casting of their titles – see: https://help.view.bafta.org/help-articles/not-available-to-cast-restrictions/

For those that titles that will cast, the process is carried over AirPlay using the Safari browser in conjunction with Apple TV. This is done as follows:

  1. Switch your TV AUX or EXT (or equivalent) setting to the corresponding HDMI port where your Apple TV is connected.
  2. On your Apple TV Menu page, go to Settings and click AirPlay and HomeKit.
  3. In AirPlay and HomeKit ensure AirPlay is switched to On.
  4. Return to your Apple TV Menu page.
  5. On your iPhone or iPad, click ‘WATCH’ on the title you want to view.
  6. The video begins to play on your iPhone or iPad. Look for the white screen icon in the bottom of the screen and tap it.

7. A box will pop up with the list of devices you can cast the video to. Tap the one that represents your Apple TV.

8. The video will now cast to your TV.

Screen Mirroring from an iPhone or iPad

If you are unable to cast to Apple TV via Airplay, screen mirroring offers an alternative – if not quite as exact – approach.

The process is near identical for iPhones and iPads, give or take small variations in the numerous model variations of each device.

  1. Switch your TV AUX or EXT (or equivalent) setting to the corresponding HDMI port where your Apple TV is connected.
  2. On your Apple TV Menu page, go to Settings and click AirPlay and HomeKit.
  3. In AirPlay and HomeKit ensure AirPlay is switched to On.
  4. Return to your Apple TV Menu page.
  5. On your iPhone swipe up from the very bottom of the home screen to bring up a range of auxiliary functions (such as the Torch). If using an iPad you should scroll down from the top right corner. You will find the Screen Mirroring function here. Tap it.

6. A box will appear listing your connected Apple TV devices and rooms. Tap the one you want to mirror to. This will then be confirmed on the list of auxiliary functions and your iPhone/iPad display will mirror onto your TV.

  • Go to Settings on your iPhone / iPad and in General select AirPlay and HandOff. Turn Automatically AirPlay to TVs off – either by selecting Never or Ask. This is IMPORTANT, otherwise when your device becomes aware you are trying to send content to an Apple TV it will automatically try to AirPlay them instead of Screen Mirroring and you may run into difficulties with some titles as described above in the Casting from an iPhone or iPad section.
  • In your web browser in your iPhone/iPad now find the title you want to watch in BAFTA View at voting.bafta.org. Click WATCH.
  • The video will play simultaneously on iPhone/iPad and TV. Rotate your iPhone/iPad horizontally for correct aspect ratio. Use the pinch Zoom functions on your iPhone/iPad to expand the view as required (display will vary depending on your TV, and excessive Zooming will result in a loss of picture sharpness). You can also tap the Full Screen option on the player to assist with this – although some iPhone/iPad models may attempt to use Airplay when you do this. If this happens, do not use the Full Screen and rely on pinch-Zooming to adjust your display as you require.