December 5, 2019

PowerPoint Presentations on a Television Screen

PowerPoint presentations can be displayed in many different ways: on PCs, laptops, mobile devices, projectors and not least television screens. Presenting on TV is mostly suitable for informal occasions, but it can also work in a business context.

We set out below four ways of presenting via a TV:

Option 1: Connect your laptop to your TV

  • Connect your laptop to your TV with an HDMI cable.
  • Select the correct HDMI input using the remote control.
  • Once both devices are up and running, your screen view should automatically appear on the TV.
  • The presentation can be controlled as usual via the laptop.

Option 2: Record Video

  • First save your PowerPoint presentation as a video – you don’t have to control the presentation manually, but it will not be possible to alter the presentation once started. This function is available from PowerPoint 2010 under File – Save and Send – Create Video.
  • Copy the created video file to a USB storage device or DVD, depending on your TV.
  • You can now insert the storage device and play the video of your presentation on your TV.

Option 3: Connect Your Smartphone (Android) and TV

  • You’ll need the PowerPoint and Google Home apps as well as a Chromecast stick for this.
  • Plug the Chromecast stick into the HDMI port of your TV and select the appropriate channel.
  • Download your presentation to your smartphone and open the Google Home app.
  • From the menu, select Screen/Audio Streaming – Stream To – Chromecast.
  • Now you can switch back to the PowerPoint app and start the presentation.

Option 4: Apple TV

  • Apple TV allows you to use WiFi connections or local networks to stream media to your TV.
  • Again, the PowerPoint presentation must be saved as a video. Make sure that the file format of the video is supported by Apple TV (MP4 is usually the best).
  • Alternatively, you can upload your video via iTunes.

If it’s at all possible, we recommend using two screens for your presentation: this allows you to display helpful comments and data on a screen that only you can see. This is not, however, possible with options 2 and 4, because your presentation is saved as a video.

As you can see, there are several different ways to play presentations on a TV: this means that if you find yourself in a situation with a lack of equipment, you have a great alternative to the usual projector.

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