Update, May 26, 2020 – There is now finally support for watching Quibi on your TV. The iOS version of the app has been updated to cast videos to Airplay-based televisions. An update for the Android app that will support casting to Chromecast TVs is coming in June.
Quibi is the latest premium streaming service that wants your eyeballs to watch its content. It’s now available in the U.S., 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?”
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, in addition to their smartphones and tablets. 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?
Check it out: Here’s our full Quibi review
Can Quibi shows be streamed on TVs?
We did try a couple of theoretical workarounds. We discovered that 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, 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, but we have yet to try those out. It’s also possible that you could record Quibi videos on your smartphone screen and then show them on your TV later, but again we have yet to try these methods out.