I have cancelled cable because too expensive and too few (about 10) channels out of about 500 that interest me.
At first I tried an indoor antenna, but the stations it received were the pits.
Then I tried to mimic an HDMI connection from my computer (doesn't have HDMI)to TV, but ended up with about $100 worth of cables required for a suggested iffy VGA result in a different room from computer, so didn't get them.
Now looking at low-end laptop/tablet/whatever that does have a direct HDMI connection with my HDMI capable TV.
Was told that HDMI-capable laptops only came in about 4 years ago. T/F?
If true, I might be able to score a used laptop/tablet that will do the job.
Figured some people can always afford the latest and greatest, so might be selling their laptop/tablet/whatever.
Anybody tried used laptop/tablet with HDMI capability to watch TV?
Your input appreciated.
I hooked up Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 laptop to home theater system.
It has HDMI and HD audio(digital 5.1 channel). My wife stream many
soap operas, TV show, movie, etc. from our old country web sites.
Works just fine. If your internet cable can sustain >5mbps steady
you can watch video or whatever without any problem. Our cable
hook up for Internet is 50/3. You just hook up the HDMI cabel from
laptop to TV and activate dual monitor set up making laptop primary,
TV set cloning what is displayed on laptop, it is done. So HDMI plus
you better look for one with good video card which will give more than
HD compatible resolution. Higher the better.
Why bother with all of that if you have a decent video card in your
PC? Just use the 15 pin connector and it will give you all the TV can
reproduce and certainly all they are sending on a stream from Netflix,
Amazon or Hulu.
It also does not take much PC to keep up with these streams. Just
about anything that will run XP will do. I have been carrying a laptop
on vacation for years to bypass all of those "rent a movies" in hotels
and their WiFi seems to work fine.
The only problem is when they have a LodgeNet TV that does not enable
any ports other than the RF.
Of course it is censorship. Right now they are selling it as
protecting millionaire content providers from pirates but it is
hardware that depends on encrypted tags and they can make those tags
respond to anything they want.
A less benevolent government might decide anything they did not
approve, was pirated material.
The first implementation I saw was a Comcast cable box that detected
an HDMI splitter and shut it down with a nasty message that splitting
the signal was not allowed.
Fortunately it did not care if you used the HDMI and the A/V out at
the same time.
On Tuesday, February 25, 2014 5:10:02 PM UTC-5, email@example.com wrote:
It's no more censorship than McAffee or Microsoft requiring you
to have a license key to use their product and thereby limiting
how many copies you can install. Is that censorhsip? If a company
puts $100mil into making a movie, it seems
perfectly reasonable that they can use HDMI or whatever technology
they please, to limit your ability to copy, store, replay it, etc.
to protect what they own. And if you don't like it, then you
don't have to buy and/or watch it.
Yes, they could also call the tanks out into the streets. But if
it gets to that it would seem to me that they'd be more interested
in controlling the content of the CBS evening news as it's created,
by having an actual censor sitting there,
not using HDMI on it so you couldn't copy it, store it, etc.
On Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:56:08 AM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
No, but neither is anyone forcing you to view HDMI protected
content if you don't choose to do so. What about cable boxes?
Nothing in them to control what you have the right to view, what
you've paid for, etc?
The minute the govt tries to use HDMI to limit freedom
of the press, it would be front page news. And it would do no
good. A govt that wants that kind of control has to control the
NEWS and if you're going to do that, you'd do it at the source,
not after the fact with HDMI.
I see it as a legitimate way to limit people from copying
vidoes that cost $100mil to make and distributing them everywhere,
The simplest and cheapest approach to try first is Google Chromecast.
It's a $35 android device about the size of a flash drive. Plug it
into the HDMI port of your television, power it up, and link to it
with your pc. At that point you can 'cast' pretty much anything you
can play in your web browser to your television, including most
streaming content such as from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc.
Google has just opened it up for developers to create apps that will
enable users to stream videos stored on their home network to their
televisions. Once those apps are in place, you'll be able to play most
videos and music you have in your personal digital collection.
For the price, it's worth trying out to see if it will fit your needs.
If it doesn't work out, you're only out $35.
Another easy-to-use option for streaming digital content to the
television is Roku. That runs about $90-$100, but again - integrates
with your home wifi network, easy to use for online content.
If you are primarily interested in viewing digital video files from
your personal collection, then a laptop would be the first and
simplest choice. But for streaming internet content, the Chromecast
and the Roku are simpler and much cheaper.
OTOH, perhaps the most expensive and complex approach is running a
media app on a PC and watching recorded shows/movies via any device that
does WiFi and/or any TV that you have hooked up to a little black box
Only shortcoming with WiFi is that it can't support 720 and above. 480
is fine... more exceeds the bandwidth.
A big advantage to me is the ability to skip commercials conveniently. I
have not seen an entire commercial in over 5 years.
Can you do it without transcoding?
If so, what WiFi standard? N?
I just got an 802.11ac WAP and can stream to my laptop no problem, but
I'm still trying to get my Samsung P600 (which claims to do AC) to play
1080i without stuttering.
I'm using a Dell Inspiron N5050 with Win7 and an HDMI connector. I have
connected the laptop to the HDMI of the TV with a 15 ft cable with great
success. Have now added Chromecast to eliminate the cable. I see N5050
on ebay for $250-$350
Just buy a Roku player for $50. It will outperform the laptop
(especially an old underpowered one) for streaming. Add Hulu+ for
$8/month and join Amazon Prime and you'll have all the TV/movies/music
you can digest.
The TV needs a HDMI in for hi-def. Your wireless network should have a
router with "802.11 N" capabilities for fastest transfer, 802.11 "G" will
work, but "N" is preferred.
They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety,
deserve neither liberty nor safety. - Ben Franklin
I haven't tried Roku. This is what I use:
It does Youtube and Hulu, but what I use it for is for playing movies
directly off my hard drive.
Anyone compared the two?
On Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:50:43 AM UTC-8, Metspitzer wrote:
****GETTING LOST IN THIS IS WHAT I REALLY NEED: To get live programs on TV like I used to with cable.****
I can still play media etc. on my TV via DVD player, so that's not the problem.
Appreciate all the help.
I use a set of "rabbit ears" that costs about $10.99 in Best
Buy. I live near Indianapolis so I get about 25 stations, many in HD.
The only station I miss is CNBC for the financial news. From what I have
seen, none of the "services" offer "live news" (like it sounds like you
want). Try the rabbit ears and see how that goes!
On Sunday, February 23, 2014 9:54:38 PM UTC-5, Bill wrote:
I was wondering that too, ie what exactly it is that the OP wants
to receive. But presumably he's figured out that whatever it is, he
can watch it on a PC now and he just wants to extend that to his
TV. And he did say he used an indoor antenna, but the stations that
it received were the pits. I took that to mean the content, not the
signal quality, but who knows.
You're correct; it WAS the content. Beyond description! and women sit the
re all day in curlers and WATCH this stuff? (Snarky sexist stereotyping...
About extending PC reception to TV: If that's the only way I can go, it me
ans not watching LIVE. Like I just caught Jon Stewart's show of last night
on PC today. Means I have to sit in front of PC.
However, the people on this thread who recommended the little "computer" th
at plugs right into the TV's HDMI, are right up my alley, because that gadg
et -- what was the name again? -- would enable receiving programs LIVE.
Bottom line: I want to receive LIVE programming on my TV w/o cables runnin
g from PC one room to TV in another. All the cables and other shit would a
dd up to quite a bit, so I will explore the options suggested that (a) plug
into TV or (b) can direct TV in same room.
EVERYBODY HAS BEEN SUPER COOL ABOUT HELPING!
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