Do you need a laptop at all? The new Google Chromecast "adapter plugs
your TV to stream YouTube, Netflix and BBC iPlayer" says
I think the N.American price is either $32 or $38.
You need a laptop which has HDMI port,
Usually HD video/audio card. Then you can real time stream TV scenes or
any other HD multi media program like You tube thru one cable, the HDMI
cable. Even new ones won't cost much now. IfIs your TV 1080P compatible?
You set up the video card for dual display primary one being laptop and
let TV clone the laptop display. Card feature has that allows
flexibility to configure that. What's to watch on TV any way? For me
only news and sports event, that's about it.
As was mentioned before, the *simplest* solution would be to purchase
a Roku. Cost: approx. $100.
The *cheapest* solution would be to purchase a Chromecast. Cost:
You can also connect a laptop to your television, as you mentioned.
That's more expensive and takes a bit more dicking around to get it up
and running. The link provided upthread on how to set it up has useful
information. If you choose to do this, look for a laptop running
Windows 7 (unless you're familiar with Win 8, there's a learning curve
there that would just make it harder for you to use it). Select a
laptop that has an HDMI output. The guy who is going on upthread about
composite cable is wrong about the quality issue, and going with
composite cable would only create more work and aggro for you. Keep it
simple, stick to HDMI, the single-cable solution. Then purchase an
HDMI cable, find a place to set your laptop, connect it to the tv with
the cable and get work setting it up per the link upthread.
I use all three approaches. I use my laptop to play video files I own
that are in formats that Chromecast and Roku can't handle. However,
when all I want to do is stream content from the Internet onto my
television, I use the Roku. The Roku is designed to make the process
pretty darned simple. Seriously, if I were you I'd buy a Roku and try
that before going with a laptop setup, *unless* there is specific
content online you want that you know can't be accessed via Roku.
Here's a video on setting up and activating a Roku.
And here's a video on connecting a laptop to a tv via HDMI:
On Sunday, April 6, 2014 9:30:45 PM UTC-4, Higgs Boson wrote:
ograms on TV. (I gave up cable; too expensive and too few channels that in
terest me. I tried OTA with an internal antenna & got a lot of stations, bu
t what crap!
Does it need to have the equivalent of the TV? Or...?
No, I would not try to use an old laptop. Laptops lag behind desktops in c
omputing power. Plus they don't accept as many cards as laptops. I'd look
for a regular pc. It doesn't have to be brand new but reasonably recent.
Also look for one with hdmi or dvi output. Hdmi with sound is best. A pr
operly configured hdmi connection to a decent tv will also let you view "pr
otected" content. Get a wireless keyboard/trackpad combo and then you can
put the computer somewhere out of sight.
On Tuesday, April 8, 2014 5:52:31 PM UTC-4, email@example.com wrote:
t programs on TV. (I gave up cable; too expensive and too few channels tha
t interest me. I tried OTA with an internal antenna & got a lot of stations
, but what crap!
b. Does it need to have the equivalent of the TV? Or...?
in computing power. Plus they don't accept as many cards as laptops. I'd
look for a regular pc. It doesn't have to be brand new but reasonably rece
nt. Also look for one with hdmi or dvi output. Hdmi with sound is best.
A properly configured hdmi connection to a decent tv will also let you view
"protected" content. Get a wireless keyboard/trackpad combo and then you
can put the computer somewhere out of sight.
You start trying to run hidef through it and you'll see it's not up to the
As others have suggested the op is probably better off with something curre
nt for streaming like chromecast or a half decent blu-ray player than an ol
On Wed, 9 Apr 2014 21:08:01 -0700 (PDT), Higgs Boson
Why not a low profile desktop that is only for the TV? These days you
can probably find one with XP on it virtually for free.
They sell a USB dongle that get into your WiFi network and if your TV
doesn't have VGA input, get that converter I posted yesterday.
It is not cheaper than a free XP machine and I bet you can find one
these days pretty easy.
The problem with any of these Roku, Chromecast, Amazon dongles is they
are proprietary and not nearly as versatile as just having a PC there.
Once you get used to having a PC and everything it will do, you will
wonder why you never did it before.
Commercial customers are throwing them away all the time and they have
created such a "Y2K" sort of hype that I bet you can find one sitting
on the curb. My wife is the IT person at the HOA she manages and she
has had quite a few residents who say they are afraid to even turn
their XP system on.
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