Tired of Watching Netflix – Cast your Own

Hopefully, we are all doing our part and are sheltering-in-place as we continue our fight to control the spread of COVID-19. That probably means we are watching a lot of television.

Personally, I am growing tired of watching what my cable provider, Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and other commercial sites have to offer. It’s not that I have run out of things to watch from their offerings. It is just I would like to watch or listen to content that is stored on my computer.

Sure I can watch videos, listen to music, and look at slide shows or groups of photos sitting at my computer. But there is not room for more than a couple of people (for now family members) to crowd around my computer monitor. And my speaker is OK for speech, but not for music.

What I really want to do is watch and listen to the content I have on my computer from the comfort of my family room on my flat screen TV. I even have a sound bar that provides much improved audio than my television.

Luckily, since my PC is running on Windows 10, there is an easy way to do this. For those of you who use Macs, I am sure there is a way that is equally simple that allows you to do the same.

All you need besides you PC to do this is either a smart TV or, as in my case, a smart DVD player. What follows are the steps required to view photo images, listen to recorded music, or watch videos stored on your PC or one of its hard drives on your television.

Step 1   Turn on and Prepare Your Smart Device

This needs to be done before you do anything on your PC. The figure below shows the Home screen on my Samsung DVD player. The arrow points to the mode that is used to mirror what is playing or being displayed on my PC in another room.

DVD Home Screen

Not described here, but I have also set my sound bar to the right source.

Step 2   Set Up Your PC for Streaming

Click on the Start button > Settings.

Select PC Settings

Click Settings > Devices.

Settings Devices

Select Bluetooth > UBP-X700 (my DVD Player’s system name)

UBP-X700 is the system name or ID for my DVD player. This can be found in your DVD’s System Settings screen. Note the figure below was captured while setting up to play audio files. That is why the XBP-X700 video icon is not connected.

Buetooth Devices

Step 3   Select the Media to be Streamed

Using File Explorer, select the files to be streamed. This example is for casting an audio file. At this point it could also be video files. In the figure below, only a single file was selected. Multiple files (songs in this case) could have also been selected.

Right click on the selected file or files and then click on Cast to Device > XBP-X700 as shown below.

Cast to Device

Step 4   Click on the Play/Pause Button

Play Audio

 Step 5    Return to your Easy Chair and Enjoy

A couple final tips:

    • You can select one folder at a time for music. All of the songs in that folder will play and then repeat when the last song has played.

    • For videos and photo images, you can select multiple folders in Step 3, and they will all play.

    • Once the files begin streaming you can Pause etc. from the devices remote – in my case, my DVD’s remote.

    • This last one is strictly for my benefit, and most likely is not applicable in many/most cases. I keep my cable box/DVR on and select the applicable input of my DVD player on my TV to begin the steps.

There you have it. Let me know if you found this post helpful.

Until next time…