Some months ago, my laptop refused to let my HDMI cable work its magic on my big screen. No matter how much I tried, I just could not get it to work. Of course, I was left with looking into alternatives to mirror the content I wanted on my television.
I learned that you could install media server software on your computer and mirror your monitor to your Wii U connected TV over WiFi. Unfortunately, I did not want to do this. I did come across another method I could watch my videos via Wii U and this guide will show you how I did it.
What you will need :
- A computer
- The mp4 video file (TV show, movie, whatever)
- A decent Internet speed
- A Wii U (obviously)
How To Watch Movies, TV Shows and Videos on the Wii U
- Put the mp4 video file on your computer. If it is not an mp4 file, you can use a program such as Hamster Free Video Converter to convert the file type to mp4.
- Sign up for an account at RapidVideo.com (it’s free).
- Select “upload new videos“, followed by “add files“. Choose the mp4 file and upload.
- Get the link and turn on your TV + Wii U (Wii U should be connected to WiFi).
- On the Wii U, open the Internet Browser and type in the rapidvideo.com link to the video.
On the Wii U’s Gamepad, you should be able to zoom into the video and watch it in full screen. It isn’t perfect because it gives a little trouble at times when attempting to play videos in full screen (or you’re forced to deal with watching the video’s progress bar), but keep trying for the perfect full screen view and you will most definitely get it.
This method if perfect for those who have the video content they want to watch on the big screen. PlayOn and Plex Media Server are alternative options for people who want to mirror their computer to their TV through the Wii U using the media server route.