With technology it is possible to watch generalist television on your electronic device every day, thanks to a dedicated application or a web browser we can use the internet to take a look at the RAI or Mediaset channels from anywhere in Italy without an antenna on the roof .
Among the most used applications for watching TV there is certainly RaiPlay , a video streaming platform distributed by RAI with which you can watch 14 public service television channels for free. Today we will try to understand how to watch RaiPlay on your home TV . If you need more information on how to make the most of this platform, we recommend that you also read our guides on how to download from RaiPlay and how to review RAI programs .
How to watch RaiPlay on your home TV
The versatility of the platform distributed by RAI allows you to use it in different ways, in fact, you can use the dedicated application for smart TVs or install it on third- party devices even if you don’t have a latest generation television with an internet connection. Let’s see all the possible cases for starting RaiPlay from the TV .
How to watch RaiPlay on Smart TV
If you have a Smart TV , i.e. a television with an integrated operating system and a network card that allows you to connect it to the internet, then installing RaiPlay is really very quick.
First of all, check that your TV is connected to the Internet, via Ethernet cable or Wi-Fi . To do this, access Settings and press OK on the Network menu . If you are not connected, press Connect and enter the password to access the home network or hotspot.
Now that you are connected you can launch the main menu of the smart TV and whether you are using a Samsung , LG , S harp , Android or other television, just search for the RaiPlay application in the virtual store . LG ‘s store , for example, is called the LG Content Store . Once you have found the application, press OK on the remote control to install it and once the download and installation are complete you will be able to open RaiPlay . Enter your login details and select Live to watch the channel you want.
How to watch RaiPlay on non-Smart TVs
A different matter however, if you don’t have a smart TV , in fact, you would have to use an external device to access the RAI home platform. Let’s see what the best solutions are and how to watch RaiPlay on non-smart TVs .
If you have purchased an Amazon Fire TV device , no matter whether it is first or latest generation or whether it is in Full HD or 4K , then you could watch both RAI Play and RAI Replay using the operating system of this device.
The Amazon HDMI dongle , once connected to your TV and powered, allows you to access tons of applications just like on a smart TV. Connect the Fire TV’s HDMI and press the Source button on the remote control to choose the corresponding dedicated TV input. At the top right you will find the magnifying glass icon , click on it with the OK button on the remote control and search for RaiPlay . Start the download and installation and then open the application.
Also in this case, enter your login details and you will be able to access the generalist channels live or RAI Replay for reruns .
Along the lines of Amazon’s Fire TV, Apple has also created Apple TV , a dedicated box for installing third-party applications and guaranteeing the viewing of streaming content for those who do not necessarily have an iPhone, an iPad or a smart TV. Whether you have purchased the HD version or you have invested the budget in the 4K one , you can install RaiPlay on both and watch Mare Fuori , Sanremo and the many programs of this broadcaster.
Connect the Apple TV box to your non-smart TV and turn it on. Inside the main menu, press on the App Store item . Search for the RaiPlay application and install it by pressing Ok on the Get icon . As soon as the installation is complete, start RaiPlay and enter your account data to exploit its full potential.
Among the cheapest devices purchased to watch RAI Replay fiction and other channels there is certainly Chromecast , an HDMI device very similar to Fire TV and Apple TV which allows you to start not only RaiPlay, but also many other apps from the Android Store .
However, a clarification must be made on the Chromecast models compatible with RaiPlay, in fact, if you have the first generation or the second generation , you do not have a real operating system available on the device, but you will have to connect it to the television and send the cast via your PC or smartphone. While if you have purchased a latest generation Chromecast you can use it just like a smart TV once connected to the HDMI input .
So, if you have an older Chromecast, access RAI Play from your smartphone and send the cast to the TV, while if you own a new model you can use Google TV directly from it, both in the Full HD and 4K variants .
Android TV Box
On online stores you can also purchase an Android box for 10 euros , i.e. a product on which the Android operating system is installed and with which you can download and use the most common applications, including RaiPlay.
Once you have connected your Android box to the TV via HDMI cable, access the main menu and start the setup. The operating system will ask you to set up the internet connection and download the first applications if it is completely devoid of it. Usually RaiPlay , Mediaset Infinity , Netflix and Rakuten TV are already installed applications; but if you don’t see the RAI platform, then click on Play Store and search inside the Android home virtual store: RaiPlay .
Once the download and installation are complete, launch the App and enter your profile data; in this way you will be able to watch RaiPlay in streaming from your non-smart TV.
TV box decoder
On the market you can also buy satellite or digital terrestrial decoders that allow you to start a proprietary operating system and access the Internet and all the related applications. In order to check whether your external decoder is compatible with this technology, you should check that it has the HbbTV 2.0.1 protocol , which is essential for installing RaiPlay and many other apps. Among the most popular devices that have this technology is DAZN TV Box , but you can opt for other less dated solutions.
Also in this case the operation is very similar to the devices examined previously: connect it to the television, access the operating system, download the RaiPlay application and start it. If you were wondering how to watch RaiPlay from a TV decoder box, it will seem very easy once started.
While it’s not the best performing solution, you could still watch RaiPlay and RAI Replay with a Roku device . To the casual eye, the Roku operating system is very similar to the Android one , but with various limitations, especially for the most famous applications.
However, if you have already purchased a Roku product in the past , then you can install the RaiPlay application without problems. But how to watch RAI Replay with a Roku stick ? Connect the device to the free HDMI input behind your TV and once powered, access the main screen to configure it. Open the Roku Store and download RaiPlay . Once the installation is complete, start the App and log in with your credentials with which you registered with RaiPlay.
If you really don’t want to rely on a third-party device, but you have a PC and an HDMI cable available , then you can use your web browser (such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Edge, etc.), especially if RaiPlay doesn’t work on smart TVs.
Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your computer and the other to the HDMI port on your TV. Set the Source with the remote control and everything you see on the PC display will be reproduced on the screen. At this point open your web browser and access RaiPlay . At the top right, click on Login , enter your credentials and then select Live , in the sidebar on the left.
If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port you can use one of these older connections: DVI , VGA , S-Video , RCA/Composite .