Quibi is the latest premium streaming service that wants your eyeballs to watch its content. It’s now available in the US, Canada, and other countries with over 50 scripted, unscripted, and daily shows. One of the big bullet points about the service is that it’s only available on mobile devices. Specifically, the only Quibi apps you can get are for Android and iOS. However, many people have been asking, “Can I watch Quibi on my TV?”
Read more: List of Quibi shows
It’s a question that’s very understandable to ask. After all, many people watch streaming services in their living room or bedroom on their smart TVs. However, the people behind Quibi are focusing solely on the mobile market, although executives have said they could consider other options if the audience demands it.
Having said that, is there any way to watch Quibi on TV?
Can Quibi shows be streamed directly on TVs?
There are no dedicated Quibi apps for smart TVs yet from Samsung, Vizio, or LG. Nor are there any apps for the streaming sticks, set-top boxes,, and smart TVs that support platforms like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV.
Read More: Our Quibi review
We did try a couple of theoretical workarounds. You can run Quibi on Chromebooks that support running Android apps from the Google Play Store. The video only runs on the app’s portrait mode, however. We decided to connect a Chromebook with Quibi installed on a big screen TV with an HDMI cable. As you can see in the image above, we got the app to show up on the TV with this method.
The bad news, however, is that when we actually tried to run Quibi videos, we got a black screen with no audio. We tried this method on a few different Chromebooks, but with the same result. So that method is out.
Another method we tried was to use the Google Home app’s Cast My Screen feature. Again, it showed the Quibi app on the TV, but once we started playing videos we got a message staying “Sorry, screen mirroring is disabled.”
It’s possible other third party screen mirroring apps might be successful. It’s also possible that you could record Quibi videos on your smartphone screen and then show them on your TV later. We have not these methods out yet.
Airplay and Chromecast support
The good news is that Quibi finally added Chromecast support to its iOS and Android apps. If you own a Chromecast dongle that’s attached to your TV, or if your smart TV has Chromecast support built inside, you can launch the Quibi apps and cast all of its programs to your TV.
iOS device owners can also cast the Quibi app to Airplay-based smart TVs. Again, all you have to do is launch the iOS Quibi app and cast all programs to your Airplay supported TV. Neither solution is as good as having a native smart TV app, but it’s better than nothing.
Roku and Amazon Fire Tv support coming?
A recent report from Variety claims that Quibi is in talks to add dedicated Roku and Amazon Fire TV apps. If these talks are successful, it will be much easier to watch Quibi on TVs in the future. We will update this post if any new developments are reported.