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Windows 7: Am I able to stream from my PC to TV, and how????? please help!!!Hi,Hi

12 Sep 2011   #1

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Am I able to stream from my PC to TV, and how????? please help!!!Hi,Hi

Hi,

I'm hoping to be able to stream certain a certain program(s) to my HDTV. This cable provider we just switched to does not offer international channels (in this case Italy's RAI international). Is it possible to hook a PC up to a TV for the sole purpose of streaming that channel? I know there are several sites that let me stream that channel. What hardware would I need? Do I need to worry about graphics card limitations? Internet connectivity won't be an issue. Would I need a remote control or a certain software package for this? Will TV have to have certain adapters to act as the monitor? Are there any software packages that act as a DVR?

As you see by me questions I'm not well versed in this area. I will appreciate any help in this process.


The TV in question is a Panasonic Viera, 36" I believe. The side connections are HDMI, RCA Vid/Aud and the has HDMI, component in and Video in.

I would appreciate being schooled in this as I'm clueless in this area.

Thank you very much ,
GRB70

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12 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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12 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Thank you for responding!!

Isn't there any other way, the method seems quite expensive, since I'd have no use for the Xbox? The links you provided are very helpful to me, thanks. I was just hoping not to have to take such an expensive route.

Thanks again,

GRB70
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13 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

You're very welcome.

There are various extenders on the market other than Xbox and a search on Google should help you.
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14 Sep 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

If your PC and TV are fairly close, you could simply run HDMI from your PC to your TV and just use the TV as a second monitor. You will need a videocard in your PC that supports HDMI out or a DVI to HDMI converter but, this would be the cheapest, simplest route. If you need any clarification or further advice, post back and I'm sure someone can assist further.
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14 Sep 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Is it DLNA certified?

How to set it up for a Viera TV:
How To Use DLNA And External HDD On Your Viera TV - YouTube


I have mine setup similar to my LG Plasma, but just connect the TV to the router and let it stream what I want from the PC.
It works quite well, and you shouldn't need to invest in anything (other than maybe a router if you do not have one) for it to work.
That is of course provided the TV has these options and capabilities.


I do not record anything, so do not know much about that part.
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14 Sep 2011   #7

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Some of the HDTVs have a VGA input for PC input. My Sony Wega 32" LCD has one.

By your system's description, it looks like you have a desktop. If your TV has this PC input and an option to select PC input using TV remote along with AV, HDMI channels. then all you have to do is buy a male to male VGA cable atleast 5 meters in length, and hookup both your desktop and TV. You will now use your TV as a monitor. Only caviet in this is that you will not get sound with this setup. You have to add additional cables from your headphone socket to the Audio In RCA jacks on your TV. I am not sure about TV playing Audio in PC input mode. May be you can connect to a Home theatre system for sound.

If your PC has HDMI port, then all you need is one HDMI cable to stream HD content (both picture and sound) to your TV.

Third option is that you can buy a TV streaming PCI card and insert in on your mother board and connect to the TV through RCA jacks for AV connections. This way you may not play HD content.

The best bet is to buy a TV PCI card with HDMI port. This will simplify the connections to a single HDMI cable.
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14 Sep 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Excellent!!!!!

I'm so happy to hear the alternatives. Since RAI international, isn't streamed in HD (that I know off) that's not really an issue. I don't mind investing for a router and such, I'd even invest in an Xbox 360, if it wasn't going to just be used for this.

thank you all so much, really

GRB70
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19 Sep 2011   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

@puttsy

Can the way you mentioned for me to accomplish what I wanted be done though Media Center and what you can do through it? Or is that a whole different set-up entirely?

thanks,
grb70
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19 Sep 2011   #10

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GRB70 View Post
@puttsy

Can the way you mentioned for me to accomplish what I wanted be done though Media Center and what you can do through it? Or is that a whole different set-up entirely?

thanks,
grb70
It's sort of a yes and no. Ok, so you have media center running on your computer right now and you're doing everything you want to do in front of your small, computer monitor, right?

What simply running an HDMI cable to your TV will do is, either add extra screen space so you can drag media center over to your TV (Or whatever program you are watching your media in) and allow it to play on the TV. My method IS NOT "streaming" in the sense many of us on here refer to it. You are basically only using your TV as a monitor and speakers. Nothing else. It's not a totally different setup but, it is also not as "point-and-shoot" as something like an xbox as a media center extender. Or, it will allow you to "clone" your PC monitor and get the exact same content in both places. Again, not really "streaming" in this sense but...

If you're interested in using a set top box as an extender but don't want to buy an Xbox 360, there are, i think, some cheaper media center extender STB's available. I don't use them and, in fact, have never even used a media center extender at all so, I won't comment anymore and give false information.

You could go with an alternative like xbmc or other 'hack-your-own' STB's but, again, I don't have much experience in these. I've got an xbmc but that's about the extent. I just use the multi-monitor approach to play media from my PC on my TV.

Other guys with STB experience or a better way, please take it from here!
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