Having a home security camera system like Blink gives you peace of mind knowing you can monitor your home at any time. But viewing the camera feeds on a small smartphone screen can be limiting.
Wouldn’t it be great to have those video streams easily accessible on your big, beautiful television? The good news is that watching your Blink cameras on your TV is possible. This opens up a whole new world of convenient home monitoring. You can check feeds more easily from the comfort of your couch. Get notifications of activity popping up instantly on the big screen. And view recordings in crisp detail.
In this comprehensive guide, we will go over all the options for getting your Blink camera system streaming to your TV. Whether you want a simple wireless setup, a way to access recordings, or robust DVR capabilities, there is a method that will fit your needs. By the end, you’ll understand exactly how to watch Blink security cameras directly through your television for the ultimate home monitoring experience. Let’s dive in!
Use Fire TV to View Live Video
One of the easiest ways to watch your Blink cameras on TV is by using an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Fire TV streaming device. The Blink app is available on Fire TV, allowing you to view live streams from individual Blink cameras and an overview of all connected cameras through the Sync Module live view.
To set this up, first, make sure your Fire TV and Blink system are connected to the same wifi network. Then install the Blink Home Security app through the Amazon Appstore on your Fire TV. Log into the app using your Blink account info. The app will show all of your connected Blink devices. Choose a camera to view the live stream. You can even enable motion detection overlays and two-way talk through the Fire TV app.
The advantage of using a Fire TV device is that you don’t have to control streaming from your phone. The TV app gives full control and viewing right from the big screen. Open the app and choose the camera feed you want to monitor. The video will stream in HD quality. It’s a quick and convenient way to check on your home from the comfort of your living room.
A Google Chromecast device is one of the most popular and affordable ways to watch your Blink cameras on a big screen. Chromecast provides an easy wireless solution for casting the Blink app from your phone to your television.
To get set up:
1. Plug the Chromecast into an open HDMI port on your TV.
2. Make sure it’s connected to the same wifi network as your Blink cameras.
3. Open the Blink mobile app, bring up the live feed of the camera you want to view, and tap the Chromecast button in the bottom right corner. Your video stream will immediately be cast to the TV through the Chromecast.
With Chromecast, you can view single camera feeds full screen for a close-up view or cast the Sync Module live view to see all of your cameras laid out on one display. The video will stream directly from the Blink cloud servers to your TV in crisp HD.
One of the great advantages of Chromecast is that you can control casting entirely from your phone. Switch between cameras, view recordings from the timeline, or tap into two-way talk audio – whatever you bring up in the app will display on the TV. It’s a seamless, wireless way to access your Blink system’s functionality on the big screen.
While the Blink app gives you live streaming, your Blink Video Doorbell also makes it simple to view recordings and alerts on your TV using an HDMI connection.
The Blink Video Doorbell has a Sync Module 2 base station with an HDMI port on the back. Connect the Sync Module to your TV using an HDMI cable. Whenever motion is detected, or the doorbell is rung, you’ll get an instant alert on your TV displaying video from the Doorbell camera. This makes it easy to see who is at the door without grabbing your smartphone.
You can also check out all your latest recordings. Go into the Events tab of the Blink app. Pick a recorded video clip and tap the HDMI button at the bottom right. The recording will immediately play on your connected television. The HDMI output delivers full 1080p quality so you can see all the details.
Having your Doorbell alerts and recordings easily accessible on the TV is great for monitoring deliveries or visitors even when you aren’t actively monitoring through the smartphone app. Leave the Sync Module connected, and you’ll always know when motion is detected or the doorbell rings, thanks to the live TV notifications.
Use Alexa Display Devices
Amazon’s Echo Show and other Alexa display devices provide another handy way to pull up your Blink camera streams. You can view live feeds from Blink on the Echo Show’s screen with just your voice.
Connect your Blink system to the Alexa app. Then say, “Alexa, show me [camera name]” to pull up the live view on your Echo Show. Alexa will display the video stream hands-free, so you don’t need to fumble over your smartphone or open an app.
You can also view a live feed from your Blink cameras on a Fire tablet or Amazon Fire TV Cube by asking Alexa to show the camera. For example, “Alexa, show Back Door Camera on Fire TV.” Alexa will display the stream on your chosen device.
Alexa can even pull up recorded clips from your Blink system. Say, “Alexa, show me the last motion from [camera name].” Alexa will find that camera’s most recent motion recording and play it back on your Echo Show or Fire TV.
Having Alexa integrate with your Blink cameras makes it easy and convenient to check on your home. You can access live and recorded videos just by using your voice. It’s a great hands-free way to monitor your home security system.
Use a USB NVR Device
For more robust recording storage and streaming to TV, a standalone USB NVR device is worth considering. These devices, like the Blink Sync Module 2 NVR, connect to your Blink cameras, providing enhanced recording management and an HDMI output for TV viewing.
The Sync Module 2 NVR plugs into an external USB flash drive or hard drive to store camera recordings locally rather than in the cloud. An HDMI port on the NVR module allows you to connect directly to a TV.
Using the module’s HDMI output gives you full access to your library of recordings right on the big screen. You can quickly scroll through video history, playback clips, or view live camera streams. Having all your recordings stored locally on the USB drive keeps them secure and provides reliable access through the TV connection.
Setting up the NVR module with your Blink system gives you more control over recording settings. And directly viewing stored videos on your TV is much more convenient than downloading clips to your phone. The NVR solution combines robust recording management with the ability to monitor your cameras through your home television.
Having the ability to view your Blink security cameras on your TV provides a greater level of convenience and monitoring capability. With options like Fire TV, Chromecast, Alexa displays, and NVR modules, you can set up your camera streams on the big screen. Your Blink system has so much more potential for home surveillance when you take advantage of TV display viewing. So pick the method that suits your needs and get your Blink cameras streaming to your television for simple and effective home monitoring.