How to Stream to TV
Streaming from PC to LCD TV
A new HDTV in the living room is always a sight to behold especially when watching high definition content. The experience only gets more satisfying with every upgrade which is larger by several inches. Colors and shades are more vibrant and there’s an added sense of realism when watching HD content of local channels and HD Cable.
Reception can be a problem with local channels and then there are times when even cable services can let you down. There are days when you can surf over three hundred channels and nothing’s on. Thank the heavens for that PC in the bedroom or in the home office where you can watch more satisfying flicks from high-definition video sharing sites and video downloads and sometimes wish you knew how to stream from computer to TV. The good thing about PC monitors, they have no problems with high-definition, high resolution content. They can even exceed the resolutions of the videos themselves. Today’s video cards can even enrich high-definition video. Watching from the PC especially a new one with blazing video and surround sound speakers is great with just one catch…
It’s the teeny-tiny fifteen to twenty-one inch monitor which is small by today’s LCD standards as well as the tinny standard speakers that came with the system unless you bought a separate speaker set. Watching new movies or shows on the PC is not as satisfying as watching new movies or shows on a 32 to 56 inch HDTV. Good news is that most LCD TVs have the technology to be connected to a network or PC. But taking the PC or laptop to the TV can be inconvenient so we really need to know how to stream from computer to TV.
There are two ways of how to stream from computer to TV. The first is via direct connection. This means connecting a PC video port directly to the TV. If the PC video card has an extra VGA, DVI (Digital Video Interface) or HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port, then a direct connection from PC to TV can be accomplished via extra-length cables.
The advantage of direct connection is that it’s the easiest method for PC-TV streaming. The TV can be detected by the PC as an extra monitor and can be set with minimum configuration. The disadvantage of this method is the requirement for extra length cable, risk of incompatible resolutions resulting in visual artifacts and a certain lack of control because the shows have to be selected on the PC before it can be watched on the TV. Unless the PC has a remote control, controlling the show would be very inconvenient if the PC is located a few rooms away.
The second method of how to stream to tv is by using a media interface between the computer and TV. This can be done by connecting the interface wired (ethernet) or wirelessly (wifi) to the computer. This method allows a greater degree of control in viewing content from the PC. The PC will simply act as content storage or as a content server depending on the interface purchased. The media interface gives the viewer greater control via a PlayStation-like interface like the Windows Media Center where everything can be controlled in the comfort of the couch. The disadvantage of this method would be the price of the media interface as well as instances of network lag for those using wifi.
Examples of media streaming devices are:
· Microsoft Xbox 360 – not just for gaming, the Xbox can act as a media streaming device. Those who already own an Xbox don’t need to worry about how to stream from computer to TV. All that’s needed is some additional software.· Netgear EVA8000 – can wirelessly stream content from PCs to TVs. Perfect for streaming content from a PC in the upstairs bedroom.· Apple AppleTV – Apple’s offering to the media streaming niche. It can play content from PCs running iTunes.