With my Sony Xperia Z1, I can use NFC to "pair" it to Sony TVs to broadcast what is being displayed on my phone on the TV screen as well. I would like to do this however I don't have a Sony TV. Is it possible to use an app or set up streaming so I can view my screen on my TV? I have a typical "dumb" tv connected to a Western Digital Live Hub which can access the videos/media stored on my phone without issues (supports DLNA) over my wireless network.

  • Do you just want to feed it MultiMedia content (streaming videos, music, and photos to it)? Then you can look out for UPnP apps like BubbleUPnP. If you're thinking of "mirroring your device's screen content", that will be hard to impossible with a "dumb TV", as it usually requires a HDMI connection.
    – Izzy
    Sep 25, 2013 at 9:25
  • @Izzy unfortunately I mean the latter. I could do this with my Arc as it had a HDMI cable which worked a treat. As the Z1 will wirelessly mirror to Xperia TVs I was wondering if it was possible but I'm thinking not. The Z1 has a DLNA server built-in so I can play media from it but not show videos on the phone and TV at the same time. My ultimate goal is I want to watch the game I'm playing on the TV screen.
    – tombull89
    Sep 25, 2013 at 9:30
  • I vaguely remember having seen some app claiming to do that, but I'm neither 100% sure nor do I remember which it was. Miracast, maybe: Take a look at this GoogleFu
    – Izzy
    Sep 25, 2013 at 10:20
  • Miracast works great on my Nexus 4, it's called "Wireless Display" in Android 4.2 and 4.3. You need a Miracast receiver for your TV - some come with them built-in, some need an external unit. I use a Netgear PTV2000-100NAS "Push2TV" unit.
    – dotVezz
    Sep 25, 2013 at 12:33
  • Sony sell a Miracast device for £79.99. That's high. It appears that my WDTV Live does not support Miracast so I will have to look at cheaper Miracast devices.
    – tombull89
    Sep 25, 2013 at 12:40

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I'll go ahead and post this as an answer. Android 4.2, including Sony's package on the Z1, supports Miracast - a wireless display standard that's sorta becoming a thing now. Miracast is what Sony uses to connect you to their own TV's, so it's not a proprietary Sony thing (surprisingly).

In order to use Miracast, you need either a Smart TV with the feature built in. Or you can use a Miracast Receiver - they range from $50-$80. I personally use this one - it's worked great for me from Android and Windows without any hiccups.

Note that there is real latency between the phone and the TV's displays. You're looking at a 500ms lag at best, so this won't work well (or at all) for games. It's really good for watching videos, and things that don't require much interaction.

  • it appears in a recent firmware update the WDTV now support Micracast. There is some small lag, but not really noticeable.
    – tombull89
    Sep 5, 2014 at 8:46

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