VLC media player is not officially available for LG Smart TVs running on WebOS. However, you can use screen mirroring features like Google Cast or AirPlay to display VLC on your LG TV. To do this, connect your smartphone and LG Smart TV to the same Wi-Fi network and operate VLC from your smartphone. This method lets you enjoy VLC’s capabilities on your LG Smart TV.
LG Smart TVs Compatibility
LG Smart TVs support various apps and streaming platforms, including VLC through screen mirroring. To add VLC, ensure your LG TV is compatible with screen mirroring features like Cast or Airplay. The process involves wirelessly using your smartphone to connect the VLC app to your LG Smart TV. Your TV’s operating system will play a significant role in your LG TV’s compatibility with VLC, so check for available updates for an enhanced experience.
Preparing Your LG Smart TV
Before adding VLC on your LG Smart TV, ensure your TV is connected to the internet. Navigate to the LG Content Store from the Home menu options at the bottom. To access the store, press the Home button on your remote control. Now, you can search for the VLC app in the LG Content Store.
Installing VLC on Your Computer
To add VLC on your LG Smart TV, ensure you have VLC installed on your computer. You can download it from the official website for your relevant operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux) by visiting VLC’s download page. Follow the on-screen instructions for a smooth installation process.
Once installed, open VLC on your computer and ensure it is connected to the same network as your LG Smart TV. Having both devices on the same network is essential for seamlessly streaming and projecting your VLC content onto your Smart TV screen. Remember to regularly update VLC to ensure optimum performance and compatibility with your LG Smart TV.
Downloading VLC for a WebOS Device
Locating the LG Content Store
To add VLC on your LG Smart TV, begin by accessing the LG Content Store on your device. Depending on your TV model, you can find it on the home screen or within your apps list.
Searching VLC in the Store
Once you have opened the LG Content Store, use the search feature to look for “VLC” or “VLC Media Player.” Keep in mind that the availability of VLC for WebOS may be limited as it is not officially supported at the moment.
Following the Download Instructions
If you find VLC in the store, follow the on-screen instructions to download and install the app on your LG Smart TV. Ensure you have a stable internet connection and enough storage space on your device for a smoother installation process.
Remember that VLC on WebOS is not officially supported, so you might encounter limitations or issues during its usage. In this case, consider exploring alternative media players available within the LG Content Store.
Streaming Content from Computer to LG Smart TV
Configuring VLC Stream
To stream content from your computer to your LG Smart TV using VLC, first open VLC on your computer. Go to “Media” in the menu bar and click “Stream.” Add your desired media file(s) by clicking “Add.” After you’ve selected the media, press “Stream” again to open the “Stream Output” window.
Connecting Smart TV and VLC
In the “Stream Output” window, switch to the “Destination Setup” tab and select “HTTP” from the drop-down menu. Enter your Smart TV’s IP address in the “Address” field (you can find this in your Smart TV’s network settings). Choose an available port (e.g., 8080) and set a file path for the streaming output. Press “Next” and adjust the transcoding options if needed. Finally, click “Stream” to stream your media to your LG Smart TV.
On your LG Smart TV, open the built-in web browser, and enter the provided IP address and port in the following format:
http://<IP_address>:<Port>/<File_path>. Press enter, and your media should now stream on your LG Smart TV.
Troubleshooting Common Issues
Updating Software Version
It is essential to keep your LG Smart TV and VLC app updated for smooth performance. To check for TV updates, go to Settings > General > About this TV > Check for updates. For the VLC app, visit the app store on your TV and ensure you have the latest version installed. Keeping both up to date can resolve many app compatibility and performance issues.
In case you are having trouble streaming media files from VLC to your LG Smart TV, ensure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If necessary, restart your Wi-Fi router and reconnect the devices. Furthermore, placing your TV close to the router or using a wired Ethernet connection is recommended to ensure a stable and strong connection.
Reinstalling VLC App
If you are still experiencing problems, consider reinstalling the VLC app on your LG Smart TV. To do so, navigate to the app store on your TV, find the VLC app, and uninstall it. After uninstallation, restart your TV, visit the app store again, and reinstall the VLC app. This process can help eliminate any potential software glitches or bugs that might be causing issues.
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