Can I watch TV on a Projector?

There’s only so many different films out there you can watch, and games out there that you can play. Whilst a projector is great for both movie night and gaming, some people like to use it for more than just this. Some people get rid of their television completely, and instead choose to use a projector to watch television too.

And with the increase in popularity of TV series after Netflix has become so popular, there’s no reason why you wouldn’t want to watch these shows on your projector. But is it simple for you to watch TV on a projector, or is it a little more difficult than that? Well, let’s find out.

Can I watch TV on a Projector?

The correct answer is that yes, you definitely can watch TV on a projector! It’s very easy to set your projector up to watch both films and television, and you shouldn’t have any problems doing this. All you need to do is connect your digital box to your projector and you’re good to go.

The easiest way for you to watch television shows on your projector will be by using the apps on the projector itself. Many projectors nowadays are running on an operating system like Android, which means it’s very easy to download apps.

Most of them will be able to connect to your wifi easily, so you shouldn’t have any problem watching Netflix or Amazon Prime. This is the easiest way for you to watch TV series on your projector.

Bear in mind that you’ll need a daylight projector if you want to watch TV in the light – many projectors aren’t light enough to be used throughout the day.

What about terrestrial TV channels?


The only issue with watching TV on a projector comes when you’re trying to watch the regular channels that are streaming live. If you’re a sport fan, then this is going to be a great way to watch football or boxing. Whilst it’s no problem watching Netflix and using other similar apps, it can be an issue linking a TV up to your projector.

This is because most people try to link their TV to the projector using a HDMI cable. It is not possible for you to connect a TV to a projector with a HDMI cable. Why? Well, the HDMI port on your television is only designed for input, not output.

This means that you can only display things from other devices on your TV, not the other way round. So, whilst you can link your laptop and have display on your TV, you can’t have your TV screen output onto your projector in the same way.

So, how can we get television onto our projector? Well, the simple way to do this is for you to connect your digital box or cable box to your projector directly. You projector has the same input ports that your television will have, and this is how you can watch TV on your projector.

In the past, we may have used RGA cables to do this. but nowadays, we use HDMI cables, which are good for transmitting both audio and video over to another device.

What are the downsides to watching TV on a projector?

Watching TV on your projector can prove to be a great experience. But, there is one thing to consider when you’re going to watch television on your projector – your viewing time.

Your projector has a bulb in it which is how it manages to project bright images onto the screen. Each of these bulbs has a lifespan. In most cases, they are thousands and thousands of hours.

Typically, a bulb might last you ten years or more. But if you choose to watch all of your television on your projector, then it’s going to run out a lot soon. And replacement bulbs aren’t as cheap as they are for our house lighting!

So, make sure that you bear in mind that you might need to replace your bulb sooner if you choose to watch all of your television on a projector.


So in conclusion, yes it’s definitely possible for you to watch television on your projector. Whilst it might not always be the best thing to do in terms of the bulb life of your projector, it can prove to be a much better way to watch TV if you’re looking for a really good experience. It’s perfect to watch new Netflix series on, and you can easily get apps on most projectors too.

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Hey, I'm Jon. I'm an engineer by trade, so it makes sense that I'm obsessed with anything technology related! On the weekends, you can find me playing around with my computers or fixing something around the house. Feel free to leave a comment if you want to get in touch.

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