If you wonder how to watch movies from laptop to tv, in this guide, we’ll show you how to connect your computer, iPhone, iPad, laptop or tablet to your television.
Connecting your computer to your television may seem odd at first. But with the abundance of content that is available to view online today (think YouTube, Netflix, etc.) it is beginning to seem like a better and better idea everyday. This works best with an old PC you have around the house, but it has to be fast enough to play streaming video without crashing. Once you’ve found a suitable laptop or tablet, it’s on to the television.
Not all TVs are alike. If you’ve ever attempted to buy one recently, you know what I mean. There are hundreds of combinations of ports and settings and controls. If you are interested in connecting your phone or computer to your TV, you will want to look for a few things.
- First, the television must have either a VGA or DVI input. These enable you to use your television exactly as a monitor, just many times the size.
- Second, if your TV doesn’t have these, your PC will need either RGB or HDMI outputs and the TV will need those inputs. Many older TVs, as well as newer ones have RGB ports (those are the red, yellow, and white cables). HDMI is available on higher-end computers, so chances are that won’t be a good option.
- Once you determine the connections you need, you simply need to plug it in. Put the computer next to the TV, plug everything in, add a wireless keyboard and mouse, and you’re ready to go! The best choice of keyboard and mouse is a wireless option since you will want to browse from your seat and not be stuck leaning over next to the television.
- Now that everything is ready, turn on your PC and it will boot up. In order to see this on your television, you will need to select the appropriate channel such as VGA or Channel 3 or similar. After you have established the right channel, you can watch your machine boot into the operating system on your TV! How cool!
Now that you’ve connected your two devices, you’re going to want software that is designed to work on TVs. Thankfully there is a lot. Windows has a built in Media Center that allows you to watch over-the-air TV (assuming you have a tuner card) and online content, as well as movies stored on your PC. It is well designed and easily readable from a distance.
The second software option is a browser that is designed for TV use. Kylo is a browser that is made specifically to work on your television. It can browse the net just like any other browser, but is optimized to be larger and work well from a distance. Download it here.
Once you set up your computer and television, it may be possible to entirely cancel your paid TV service. You will find tons of content online for free. Read more about that here.
How To Watch Movies on TV from Laptop
How Connect Laptop to TV
There is a vast amount of internet content, videos, and movies on the web. There are also services like Netflix, which allow users to rent movies, and watch them instantly, via streaming video. Many people would simply love this, if they could only curl up on the couch, and watch them on the big TV screen.
There are several ways to accomplish this. There are set-top boxes, designed just for Netflix. Newer Tivo DVRs will stream Netflix. Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and some new Blu-Ray players have the capability. Not everyone can justify buying an expensive Blu-Ray player or game console, just to watch a movie from the internet.
The set-top boxes for Netflix, are priced under $100. Game consoles, and Blu-Ray players are in the $200 to $400 price range. These are the best options for an HD quality, hi-res picture, and ease of use.
Older tube, and projection TV sets, display only a standard 640 by 480 NTSC signal, however they can still be useful for internet media. Most laptops, and many desktop computers support a dual monitor configuration, with the use of an S-video cable.
S-video differs from composite video, by providing the graphics processor with an “I’m connected” signal from the television. Many graphics processors will automatically configure a dual monitor setup, if the TV is on, and connected via an S-video cable when the connected PC is booted up.
With an S-video to TV connection, anything which can be viewed on the computer, can also be watched on your TV. This cable can also be used with new HDTVs. Although the picture will not be HD quality, it will be larger.
The audio signal will be separate, so an additional audio cable will be necessary. You will need one such as an Ipod to stereo connector, in which one end is a stereo headphone plug, and the other terminates into two RCA, “L” and “R” plugs, (red and white.)
These cables are commonly found in the electronics section, at department stores, or at electronics stores. If your sound card has a line-out jack, use that. If not, the headphone jack will do. Just be sure to adjust the volume to a low level, before connecting it to any expensive home-theater amplifiers.
A monitor, or VGA cable is another great option for new HDTVs. Just make sure the screen refresh rate is no higher than 60 HZ, on your PC, before making the connection. Otherwise, damage to your HDTV, could result. If using a laptop, you need not worry, as laptop graphic units natively run at 60 HZ. Tube type (CRT) monitors are commonly set to run at 85 HZ, to reduce screen flicker. This rate will damage a flat panel, or HDTV.
I hope that I have been helpful. Now make some popcorn, curl up on the couch, and enjoy a movie. You deserve it.