however, wants to go a step further. The company believes the ace in
the hole in popularizing such a multi-screen scenario rests on DIAL, an emerging open protocol
that’s been quietly developed by Netflix and YouTube.
which stands for “discovery and launch,” enables
second-screen apps on smartphones. The technology can discover DIAL-ready
first-screen devices (i.e. smart TVs) in the same network and launch
apps on them--without requiring a manual launch or pairing process by
Hsieh called DIAL a “killer app” to bring multi-screen usage to a living room.
be clear, DIAL does a lot more than mirroring content displayed on
one’s smartphone or tablet to a large-screen TV. Its virtue is in
filling in the gap between the first and second screens.
to DIAL’s website, the group describes differences in a user experience--with or without DIAL--when you discover a video on your mobile app
and want to play it on your connected TV.
1. Launch the apps menu on your TV with the normal remote control
2. Navigate to the TV app
3. Launch the TV app
4. Navigate to the pairing screen on TV app
5. Launch and navigate to the pairing screen on Mobile app
6. Input 9-digit pin on Mobile app.
7. Tap the Play on TV button on the Mobile app
1. Launch the Mobile app
2. Tap the Play on TV button on the mobile app
sum, with DIAL, the Netflix app on your phone, for example, will
automatically discover that there is a device with a Netflix app
connected to your TV. It fires up that app, making the magical
connection just happen.