Popping-in?

We designed our studio; it's filled with light and music. There are multiple meeting rooms, a well stocked kitchen, and an indoor garden (with fishpond). Pop-in for tea and stay to use a spare desk for as long as you need.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

Public transport

We’re next to Greenwich train and DLR station. We have a door right on the concourse but it’s different to our postal address.

From Greenwich rail platform

This video shows the route to take from the train that will arrive at Greenwich rail station from London Bridge.

From Greenwich DLR station

This video shows the route to take from the DLR that will arrive at Greenwich DLR station from Bank.

By car

If you have to come by car, we have a couple of parking spaces in front of our studio. Call ahead to make sure they’re free, and use our postcode (SE10 9QF) to guide you in.

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We’d love to hear from you. Use whichever medium works best for you.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Cog is a Certified B Corporation

New project enquiry

It's exciting to chat about potential new projects. We don't have a ‘sales’ team or a form to fill in. Call us or give us a little detail via email and we'll get straight back to you.

enquiry@cogdesign.com

Website support

If you're a client then you'll be best served by calling us or contacting us via Basecamp, otherwise you can use this dedicated email that reaches all of the digital team.

digital@cogdesign.com

Finance questions

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accounts@cogdesign.com

Just want a chat?

Sometimes enquiries don't fall neatly under a heading, do they?

hello@cogdesign.com

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A round-up of recommendations and reviews, sent on the first Friday of each month, topped-off with a commissioned image from a talented new illustrator. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Live-streaming: watching on TV

Live-streaming: watching on TV

A lot of your audience will want to view your live content through their TV. What are the options?

According to Ofcom, during lockdown UK households have been watching more TV and on-demand streaming content than ever. Perhaps that’s not a big surprise.

Although content is being watched in all sorts of ways, especially by younger audiences, televisions are still the preferred device to watch things on.

So if you’re live-streaming a performance, it’s likely that a fair percentage of your audience will want to watch it on their telly.

We’ve put together a list of the ways that can happen. Hopefully it’ll be a useful resource that you can share and we can keep adding to. We’d welcome your suggestions for ways to do that.

1. HDMI cable

If your devices have the capability, use an HDMI cable to connect a laptop to your TV.

You can buy an HDMI cable online or from electronics shops and most supermarkets. You might already have one lying around the house in that box of cables and wires you have tucked away somewhere.

In order to use an HDMI cable you’ll need to make sure that your computer and your television have HDMI ports.

The HDMI slot is the centre socket in this image.

If either device doesn’t have an HDMI port, you might be able to buy an adaptor that fits your set-up.

HDMI cables have different shaped ends and will only fit one way round.

The ‘M’ in HDMI stands for ‘Multimedia’. This means that a single cable carries the sound and picture.

2. Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is a device that enables you to ‘beam’ to your TV from certain apps and Google’s web browser.

You need to plug the Chromecast device into your TV’s HDMI port, but once you’ve done that you can connect your computer (or your tablet or phone) to the TV without using another cable.

Since many newer laptop models and almost all tablets don’t come with a built-in HDMI port this option saves you the faff of finding the right adaptor.

Google Chromecast units come in two colours and can be bought for £30.

3. Apple’s AirPlay

If you use an Apple computer or tablet you might be able to use AirPlay to connect to your TV.

AirPlay is available on more recent Apple devices. To find out if you have it on yours look for the AirPlay icon.

The AirPlay icon.

AirPlay will connect to some Smart TVs and all Apple TVs.

Depending on the livestream you’re watching you might be able to ‘cast’ the video straight to your TV.

Alternatively, if you’re watching something in a browser you can also use AirPlay to set up screen-mirroring.

4. Using a web browser on your Smart TV or streaming device

Smart TVs are internet enabled and many have built-in browsers for the web (or the option to download one). The most popular are:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Samsung Internet Browser
  • Puffin TV Browser

If your TV doesn’t have this capability, all is not lost. If you’ve got an Amazon FireTVstick (or any of the numerous similar devices) then it’ll have web browsing software pre-installed.

We’ve had good results from using the built-in Firefox app (allowing you to cast or share browsers between your devices and your TV), or Amazon have their own browser called Silk which works well as a standalone web browser.

The cast icon.

5. Use apps to cast

If you have a Smart TV it will have the option to ‘cast’ built in. Look out for an icon like the one above. You’ll be able to play videos on your devices, via the large streaming companies (YouTube, Vimeo and others) directly onto your TV, or through service such as Roku or AmazonFireTV stick.


These are a few ways that will allow you to watch a live-streamed performance on your TV. If you’ve found any other great ways to view websites on your TV let us know and we’ll add them here.

If you want to find out more about how we can help arts organisations live-stream performances check out CogPlayer or email support@cogplayer.com to chat to our team.