👉 Important update

Our Daily.co TV service is ending October 31, 2020. All billing has been suspended.

Our Daily.co team is now focused on our API, to help developers build new video calling apps. Please read the blog post to learn more! Thank you, to all our TV customers.


"Always-on" is a video portal between TVs. It's easy to set up with our Daily.co TV hardware.  

  • 1.0: How always-on works, with Daily.co TV

  • 2.0: Use the TV to join a meeting other than the portal 

  • 3.0: Tell the TV to rejoin the portal  

1.0: How always-on works, with Daily.co TV 

  1. Plug in the device. (Make sure the TV is on the right HDMI.)

  2. After booting and a countdown, the TV auto-loads the portal. 

Don't do anything. Don't type or click, during the countdown: 

  • After it boots, the TV shows the countdown, loading message below. This is a heads-up that the TV is joining the always-on portal. 

  • The loading screen also is a chance to tell the TV to skip joining your portal, and join another meeting instead.

  • If you do not want your TV to be able to join another call, email us. We can hide the TV screen code that lets users put the TV into a non-portal meeting link.

Just plug in your box. It boots, and your TV then shows a countdown.

Don't type or click! Your TV will auto-join the portal, after the countdown.

2.0: Use your always-on device for other video calls 

You can use your always-on system for other video calls. 

A.  Do you have another Daily.co link ready to join? 

  • Click the meeting link you'd like to join on your computer or phone 

  • Select the "Control a Daily.co TV" option, and enter the screen code that's up on your TV. You're telling the TV to leave the always-on, and go to the new link. See section 1 in this help article for detailed steps. 

  • When you're done, and want the TV to go back to the always-on, see 4.0 below. 

B. Do you not have another Daily.co link ready to join? The TV can create a link for you:

  • See Section 2 on this help article.  Basically: 

  • In a browser, go to tv.daily.co 

  • Enter the TV code, which is shown in the lower right corner of your TV screen. Your code is a 6-letter string shown in in the Control this TV box. 

  • In your browser, then click Start a new call. Again, see section 2 here

  • To leave the call, and go back to the always-on, see 4.0 below. 

3.0 Screen sharing with your TV 

You have two options — first, you can screen share in your always-on meeting room. That means everyone in the always-on will see the screen share. Learn how to screen share here, https://help.daily.co/en/articles/1055384-wireless-screen-audio-presentations-to-your-daily-co-tv

Option 2:  you also can wirelessly present to the TV, but not have everyone in the always-on see it. 

  • What you'll do is simply join another call and screen share there. When you're done, the TV will automatically rejoin the portal for you. See section 2.0 above, B. 

4.0: Put your TV back in the portal

Let's say you've used your portal for another call. To have the TV rejoin your always-on portal, you need to open our TV controller in a web browser — like Chrome — on your computer or mobile phone.

What is the TV controller? I do not have it open.

  • Go to https://tv.daily.co on your computer or phone 

  • Enter the TV screen code shown in the bottom. See section 2 screen shots

  • Click Leave call 

  • DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE. Don't type. Don't click. Once you click leave call, the TV will show a countdown and auto-rejoin it's portal. 

I have the TV controller page open. 

  • If you already have the TV controller open, from when you joined your previous call.lick Leave call.

  • DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE. Don't type. Don't click. Once you click leave call, the TV will show a countdown and auto-rejoin it's portal. 

Click leave call, in your web controller 

Remember: you can stop your a Daily.co TV that is configured as an always-on portal from being used for other video calls. Just email us.

Email help@daily.co anytime. Chat with us M–F, 9am–5pm PST.

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