Streaming workouts from your home, hotel room, or office break room is the newest way to consume fitness. Some of the most popular excuses for missing workouts are lack of motivation, lack of time, lack of money, and – let’s face it – lack of convenience. The great thing about Get Healthy U TV is that it’s the answer to all of these!
Viewing the workouts on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop is pretty self-explanatory. All you need is a decent internet connection. But getting the workouts onto your big screen TV at home requires a little more know-how. Many of you have asked for assistance on how to stream us on your TVs so I put together a few tutorials on how to use some of the most popular connection options including an Apple TV, Chromecast, and HDMI cables.
How to Connect Apple AirPlay
To stream GHUTV videos with your Apple TV device, you can use Apple AirPlay. Equipment needed for Apple AirPlay includes:
- TV with HDMI ports
- HDMI cable
- Apple TV (generation 2, 3, or 4)
- An Apple device (tablet, laptop, iPhone etc.)
First connect your Apple TV to your television with an HDMI cable. Then, on your Apple device, select the AirPlay icon on the menu bar. Under “Connect to AirPlay Display,” choose your Apple TV. The AirPlay icon will turn blue, and your desktop or screen will be displayed on your television. Start your video, and click on full screen mode to make the video larger on your TV. Now you’re ready to work out!
When you are finished and no longer want to use the AirPlay display, select the AirPlay icon again and click on “Disconnect AirPlay Display.” Or, you can press the menu button on your Apple TV remote. If you encounter any problems with AirPlay, you can visit Apple’s Support page for troubleshooting tips.
How to Connect Google Chromecast
Use only Chrome as your browser when “casting” with Chromecast. Also it is recommended that you are on the most current updates for Chrome and Google Home.
GHUTV does support casting using Android devices and the past two versions of Chromecast. The casting icons for users who have a Chromecast device will show up in the Brightcove Player once the video is started.In order to mitigate any caching issues between your mobile device and your Chromecast, we highly recommend that you perform your video casting via your Android mobile (or Android tablet) following the steps below.
NOTE: If you are not seeing the casting icon within the video player, please clear your history within Chrome, and launch gethealthyutv.com again.
FROM YOUR ANDROID MOBILE PHONE (or Android Tablet):STEP 1
When on gethealthyutv.com via Chrome:
- Select the Video
- Open “full screen” mode (icon at the far right in the player)
- Select the casting icon (to the left of the fullscreen icon)
- Select your chrome cast TV
- Watch casting
At this point we recommend managing the play and pause via the remote app associated with Chromecast (Google Home). If you do not have Google Home installed on your mobile device, please install.STEP 2
- To end casting of the video, we recommend you use the Google Home app. When you launch the Google Home app your Chromecast Device should list the video you are watching at the very top associated with the “device” name you gave to your Chromecast.
- To pause/play the video, use the pause/play button within Google Home.
- Select the “blue” square to the right of the play/pause button when you are finished with the video AND before you attempt to select another video on Gethealthyutv.com. This will clear the video from the casting cache/queue within Chromecast (we have found not doing this can cause videos from not casting properly from Android mobile devices through to Chromecast).
Then you can go back into GHUTV and select your next video. Repeat Step 1 to cast the selected video.
IF YOU HAVE AN IPHONE OR IPAD, FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS:
Download the Video and TV Cast Browser for Chromecast app from the iOS App Store.
Open the app and enter or paste the URL to your video in the browser’s address bar.
Wait some seconds until the video link is recognized and shown at the bottom below the browser. (You might need to start playing the video to get it recognized.)
Select “Tap Here to Cast” to send the video to your Chromecast.
How to Connect with HDMI
If you don’t have a smartphone or tablet but still want to stream your videos, a good option to use is an HDMI connection. This simply hooks up your computer to your TV. Equipment needed to stream with an HDMI connection includes:
- TV with HDMI ports
- HDMI cable
- A laptop with HDMI ports
- NOTE: Apple laptops (and some Microsoft laptops) do not have HDMI ports. The have what are called mini display ports. Check your device first, and see if you need to purchase a mini display port to HDMI adapter cable.
When you have all your necessary equipment, plug one end of your HDMI cable into your television’s HDMI port (it will be on the back of your TV). Plug the other end into your laptop’s HDMI port, or your mini display port to HDMI adapter cable. Once your TV and laptop are connected, change your TV input settings to your HDMI channel (usually named HDMI1 or HDMI2). Now you’re ready to get moving!
Most of the equipment listed here, including HDMI and adapter cables, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast, can be purchased at any big box store or tech retailer like Best Buy. Hint: you can use these same techniques to stream other services like Netflix and Amazon Prime to your TV!
I look forward to working out with you at home!