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Streaming to TV from Computer via HDMI output


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#1 OFFLINE   KCCardsfan

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 01:35 PM

I would like feedback from users who have laptop computers and are streaming 'HD quality' content using HDMI out to their TV.
What I'm thinking of doing is streaming from Netflix and MLB.com. I am in the market for a new laptop and noticed many now have HDMI out. I've also looked into a ROKU box and have read good positive feedback, at present the ROKU streams @ 720P which is fine with me.
So if anyone is currently streaming content from their laptop using HDMI please let me know your experience with it.

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#2 OFFLINE   LarryFlowers

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:09 PM

You can use the HDMI output to deliver content to an external monitor. You won't be streaming anything though. You are simply delivering the picture that would be on your laptops screen to a external monitor. If it works on your computer, you can see it on the screen.

I would like feedback from users who have laptop computers and are streaming 'HD quality' content using HDMI out to their TV.
What I'm thinking of doing is streaming from Netflix and MLB.com. I am in the market for a new laptop and noticed many now have HDMI out. I've also looked into a ROKU box and have read good positive feedback, at present the ROKU streams @ 720P which is fine with me.
So if anyone is currently streaming content from their laptop using HDMI please let me know your experience with it.


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#3 OFFLINE   rudeney

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:21 PM

Some HDTV's have a VGA input on them. If not, if your computer has a DVI output, you can get a DVI-to-HDMI adapter (about $4 at monoprice.com). Either way, you'll be using the TV as a big monitor. It works great.

#4 OFFLINE   KCCardsfan

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Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:22 PM

You can use the HDMI output to deliver content to an external monitor. You won't be streaming anything though. You are simply delivering the picture that would be on your laptops screen to a external monitor. If it works on your computer, you can see it on the screen.


OK, now that I've been corrected on the way I worded this (always someone out there to do this), is anybody 'watching' content on their TV from a laptop via HDMI?

Edited by KCCardsfan, 15 August 2009 - 02:39 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2009 - 02:25 PM

Some HDTV's have a VGA input on them. If not, if your computer has a DVI output, you can get a DVI-to-HDMI adapter (about $4 at monoprice.com). Either way, you'll be using the TV as a big monitor. It works great.


Thanks. Currently using the VGA from my old laptop, and yes it just looks like a big monitor. I'd like to know users feedback on HDMI and if the 'HD quality' is actually HD quality.

Edited by KCCardsfan, 15 August 2009 - 02:36 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2009 - 05:25 PM

Subject to the capability of your video card, yes it will be HD.

Thanks. Currently using the VGA from my old laptop, and yes it just looks like a big monitor. I'd like to know users feedback on HDMI and if the 'HD quality' is actually HD quality.


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Posted 15 August 2009 - 09:14 PM

OK, now that I've been corrected on the way I worded this (always someone out there to do this), is anybody 'watching' content on their TV from a laptop via HDMI?


Sure. I have an HP DV9000-series with a Blu-Ray player and HDMI output. I often play Blu-Rays with it on people's HDTVs that don't own (and usually have never seen) a Blu-Ray player. Works great, looks fantastic. Essentially the TV is just a huge monitor for the computer. I have a long HDMI cable and a female-to-female coupler, so I can sit on the couch and use the TV's screen as a monitor too.

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Posted 16 August 2009 - 06:44 PM

I would like feedback from users who have laptop computers and are streaming 'HD quality' content using HDMI out to their TV.
What I'm thinking of doing is streaming from Netflix and MLB.com. I am in the market for a new laptop and noticed many now have HDMI out. I've also looked into a ROKU box and have read good positive feedback, at present the ROKU streams @ 720P which is fine with me.
So if anyone is currently streaming content from their laptop using HDMI please let me know your experience with it.

I've seen posts at AVSforum that not all laptops output audio over the HDMI connection, so you'll have to test that.

As others have noted, hooking your TV up to your laptop via HDMI really only gives you a second "monitor" and assuming there are no restrictions in your streaming software, you will be able to drag your streaming player from your laptop screen to the TV and watch
it full-screen there.




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