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Can You Use Samsung TV On Older TV? 3 Easy Steps (2023)

Samsung TV On Older TV

You’re probably tired of paying for streaming services.

So you decided to look into Samsung TV Plus.

But your TV is really old. 

Well, don’t worry. We’ve got several workarounds.

You’d be able to enjoy watching in no time!

Continue reading to find out:

  • How to get Samsung TV Plus even on non-Smart TV sets.
  • 3 things you’ll need to get Samsung TV Plus on your old TV.
  • Reasons why Samsung TV Plus isn’t working and how to fix them.
  • An effective workaround to Samsung TV Plus’ geographical restrictions.
  • And this is just the beginning…

Can I use Samsung TV on older TV?

You can use Samsung TV Plus on an older TV. The workaround is to open Samsung TV Plus on your laptop’s web browser. And then mirror your laptop to your TV. You may use either an HDMI cable or an HDMI to RCA converter to connect. Note that Samsung TV Plus for web browsers is only available in the US.

How to get Samsung TV on older TV: 3 steps

Just a few notes about Samsung TV Plus before we get to the steps. 

Samsung TV Plus has been around since 2016. It’s available on all Samsung Smart TVs manufactured from 2016 up to the present. 

It’s also available in selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets. 

It has hundreds of channels available. The exact number would of which, would depend on your location. 

And yes, it really is absolutely free. 

“If it’s free, how does Samsung make money from this?”

Through ads. So don’t be surprised if your streaming is interrupted by an ad break.

Now the steps we’ll be providing are for older, non-Smart TVs. 

And before proceeding, you’ll need 3 things:

  • HDMI cable.
  • Internet connection. 
  • Laptop with an HDMI port.

“What if my TV isn’t HDMI compatible?”

Then it’s likely your TV’s using an RCA cable

No worries, though.

You’ll simply need to use an HDMI to RCA converter.  

Let’s begin. 

#1: Open Samsung TV Plus on your laptop’s web browser

First, make sure you have stable internet. 

Then do the following steps:

  1. Open your preferred web browser on your laptop. 
  2. Go to the Samsung TV Plus official website. 

You should now be able to watch Samsung TV Plus from your laptop. 

And what’s awesome about Samsung TV Plus?

Not only is it free. You don’t even need to create a Samsung account to start watching. 

Note: As of April 2022, Samsung TV Plus for web browsers is only available in the US. Not from the US? Check out our Bonus section for a workaround. 

#2: Connect your laptop to your TV

Now that you have Samsung TV Plus playing on your laptop…

It’s time to connect to your TV. 

You’ll be basically mirroring your laptop to your TV.

There are 2 methods to do this. This would depend on whether your TV is HDMI-compatible or not.

For HDMI-compatible TVs

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your laptop.
  2. Connect the other end to your TV’s HDMI port.

For Non-HDMI-Compatible TVs

  1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to your laptop.
  2. Connect the other end to your HDMI to RCA Converter.
  3. Plug one end of the RCA cable to your HDMI to RCA Converter.
  4. Plug the other end of the RCA cable to your TV.

Check out this video for a visual guide on how to use an HDMI to RCA Converter:

#3: Go to the correct TV input source

Are you not yet seeing the Samsung TV Plus on your TV screen?

Then you’re likely on the wrong input source. 

On your remote look for the Source button. 

If your device is connected via the TV’s HDMI port, change the source to HDMI. 

If you’re using an RCA cable, toggle from TV to AV. 

And that’s it! You can now enjoy watching Samsung TV Plus on your old TV.

Bonus: Alternative way and workaround

The steps we provided are for non-Smart TV. 

But if you have a Smart TV, even an older one, you’re in luck.

Not only will the previous steps also work for your TV. 

There’s also an even easier way for you to get Samsung TV Plus.

It only involves 2 steps. 

But first, make sure your Smart TV is connected to the internet. 

Here are the steps:

  1. Open a web browser on your Smart TV.
  2. Go to Samsung TV Plus’ official website. 

That’s it. No need for laptops or HDMI cables. 

Workaround for the geographical restriction

We did mention that Samsung TV Plus for web browsers is only available for US users. 

But don’t worry. There’s one workaround you can do. 

Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

“What’s a VPN?”

A VPN is an online service. It provides privacy and protection while you browse the internet. 

Among the many things you can do with a VPN…

Change your IP address to another country.  

An IP address is simply information about where you’re browsing the internet. 

With a VPN, you can get a US-based IP address. This should allow you to access Samsung TV Plus for web browsers.  

Samsung TV doesn’t work on older TV: 2 causes

#1: Faulty connectors

Non-Smart TVs require connectors to get Samsung TV Plus. 

Is your laptop unable to connect to your TV? 

Then it’s possible you have faulty connectors. Your HDMI or RCA cable is likely defective. 

Check if that’s the case by plugging those cables into another device. 

If you’ve verified that the cables are defective, simply replace them.

HDMI and RCA cables are also readily available online for purchase. 

#2: Internet connection problems

Internet Connection Problems

If Samsung TV Plus isn’t working, it’s likely because of internet connection issues. 

Since it’s an online streaming platform, it needs stable internet to work.

Ideally, Samsung recommends a download speed of at least 1.5 Mbps. 

If your connection is unstable, you’ll struggle to stream without interruptions.

To fix this, you may perform a power cycle on your modem and router.

A power cycle is a simple reset. And it works most of the time.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Unplug your modem and router from the outlet.
  2. Wait for about 30 seconds to a minute.
  3. Plug them back in.

Still having connection problems? 

You may have to contact your internet service provider. 

You might be experiencing outages in your area. Or your modem or router may be defective. 

Your provider should be able to assist you with any of those issues. 

You might also want to check out: Samsung TV Not Recognizing HDMI Input: 11 Fixes