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Posted by:

john
12 Dec 2013

Since this all comes down to picture quality. How would someone find out which of the choices would be best? It's the old saying I guess, choice can kill you, or in this case your wallet. Best regards, john.

Posted by:

Annie
12 Dec 2013

Hey, Bob -- is there anything out there for us dinosaurs with old TVs? I think mine are all analog and one has a digital converter box with rabbit ears. Really lousy reception. Since I don't have cable, throwing onto that screen what I have on my iPhone would be awesome. Impossible?

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Adrian Cargill
12 Dec 2013

I love my Veebeam. Connecter sits in the transmitter until needed. When it is needed, it easily plugs into laptop usb port. Pick the right input on the TV and away you go. Picture is great HD(I usually watch EPL soccer games and there is no pixilating) and does everything as advertized. The only slight drawback is a 1 sec delay from PC to TV, but I turn the laptop screen away so that it cannot be seen and problem solved.

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Bruce
12 Dec 2013

My Tv is connected to a PC by VGA cable (Dsub), I stream content to it via my lan, dead easy!

Posted by:

K
12 Dec 2013

For a year now I have been enjoying a Philips DVD/Blue-ray/streamed media player I got from Walmart for less than $50.

It does not support PC to TV, but instead it uses my WiFi router to connect to Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube.

Posted by:

RandiO
12 Dec 2013

I hope I am not way off-base by stating that there may be some severe security implications with some of these wireless means of TV>PC connectivity solutions.

Although quite a nascent technology, named HDbaseT (http://www.hdbaset.org/technology)has been released that requires a wired network connection. The newer Integra (part of Onkyo) brand of receivers are some of the early adopters of this technology.

Digital Living Network Alliance® (DLNA >> http://www.dlna.org/‎) may also potentially offer alternative solutions for those who are seeking a wired/networked bridge between their entertainments system and their computing equipment.

Additionally, the HDMI2.0 specification (http://www.hdmi.org/) was released on September 4, 2013. This newer standard may also need to be evaluated prior purchase of any currently available hardware. Especially, if a user is seeking the best possible video quality (Ultra High Definition; aka 4K (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution)) for the long term w/o the upcoming obsolescence issues, when it becomes the de facto standard for movies and the associated hardware to render 4K.

EDITOR'S NOTE: What are the "severe security implications" you mention?

Posted by:

RandiO
12 Dec 2013

@Bruce,
If you are connecting your PC's display VGA output (via a graphics card) directly to your TV, this is not technically called streaming but I am also confused for the need for a LAN in such connectivity; unless, you have some additional hardware in the loop and the VGA cable is an output from such hardware (on the TV side).
Longer VGA cables have a tendency to be associated with quality degradation in such an analog PC video output.

Posted by:

robert
12 Dec 2013

I use a long HDMI cable that goes along the wall and is primarily out of sight. It works the best and is the cheapest. The others may have problems (see reviews on Amazon).

Posted by:

Bob H
13 Dec 2013

I am interested in sending my TV to my PC but all the searches I make on the web only show the other direction (PC to TV) Will any of the devices mentioned in this article do that? Is there any device I can use to send the program I am watching on my TV to my PC using WiFi?

Posted by:

Bob
20 Dec 2013

I did a lot of research and read countless reviews from actual users on Amazon. There aren't really many choices out there. Some devices are not HD, some have considerable lag, connection problems, lousy picture quality, must be set up line-of-sight to the TV or can only be used to stream Netflix, Youtube etc.
I have a Ceton InfiniTV4 receiver in my computer and use a CableCard ($4/mo) instead of a settop box. I use Windows Media Center to watch TV, movies, Netflix etc.
I finally bought the Nyrius Aries Pro wireless transmitter & receiver. This system simply streams the video signal from my computer in the office to my 52" Samsung LCD HD TV 30 feet away in the living room. The bathroom is in between. The transmitter plugs into an HDMI output of my graphics card (Nvidia GTX 680) and to a USB port for power. The receiver plugs into one of the TV's HDMI inputs and also to a USB power supply (included). The receiver can connect with up to 4 transmitters, selection is via a small remote control.
After pairing, the TV says 1920x1080. Picture and sound quality are excellent, the same as with an HDMI cable. There is no discernible lag. Closing the office door does not impact quality. I control the computer with my Samsung Galaxy S4 (iPhone 4 before that) via Wi-Fi using the Mobile Mouse app. For Media Center I use the Ceton MyMediaCenter app. I can do just about everything from the living room that I can do sitting in front of the computer: TV, iTunes movies, YouTube, surf the internet, music, email... Couldn't be happier.

Posted by:

Sompopo
21 Dec 2013

Roku is not DLNA compliant and cannot stream from PC to TV without third party software.

Posted by:

Ray
23 Dec 2013

I currently have an HDMI cable from the PC to the Pioneer Plasma which works pretty well.
I recently purchased a Sony Bluray player with "Super Wifi" whatever that is for the kitchen TV. I can stream anything from my PC except 1080P. The bandwidth is not good enough and the picture stutters.

Posted by:

Lydia
23 Dec 2013

I've used Roku for a couple of years, now, and the Plex channel on Roku connects with your PC (your PC acts as a server) and streams content from your PC. Plex has now added its own channels, with content from YouTube, The Daily Show, TED,WB, and others. There is a browser app that allows you to add things you find to your queue, which is pulled up in the Plex app so you can watch it on your TV.

Posted by:

Brian
27 Dec 2013

I tried Chromecast a couple of days ago, and it wreaked havoc on my wireless network.

Chromecast appealed to me, as supposedly it works on Macs and PCs, and I have both. However, in one location, it mentions Mac OS 10.7, another 10.4-10.5-10.6. I have 10.6.8. It also noted the apps that would work as being Netflix and Hulu+, among others, while what I had read pre-purchase said free Hulu, which was my primary interest, as I have the others. I wondered if this was a bait-and-switch.

The setup requires a new wireless network of sorts, which starts out Chromecast####. Then, it "requests" access to your wireless network, i.e. its password. That, in and of itself, made me nervous.

The Chromecast app wouldn't add to my version of Chrome. I noticed that my version of Chrome was outdated, but would not update. I downloaded the newer version, then had to drag Chrome from my Applications folder and drag the new one in (doing just the latter wouldn't work, as I'd get an "in use" message).

Casting free Hulu worked for a few seconds at a time, then stopped. Also, the audio was out of sync with what was on screen. Worse, though, was that, after later restart, I kept getting messages every few seconds about my local host name being in use and a new one being assigned! Further, my wireless connection went kaput, one machine and then all of the others. How do you fix something without network access? Restarting the router did nothing, either. It was a nightmare.

Enter "tech support," my 24 y/o son. He fixed the network, but after the day of havoc with Chromecast, I won't go there again. If my experience is typical, I'd look elsewhere for a wireless solution.

Posted by:

steven ariss, jr.
11 Mar 2014

Hello Mr. Bob Rankin
My predicament is the following:
I would like to watch the most current episodes of "the Voice" which are available on the NBC website but not on iTunes
I have Apple TV. is it possible, and if so, how?

EDITOR'S NOTE: Not sure... This may help, https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3006521?tstart=0

Posted by:

Marcella
29 Jul 2014

Is there a wall-mountable solution to the PC wireless monitor?

Posted by:

Randy Jordan
10 Sep 2014

Hello Bob Rankin,

I have my office computer/n router/modem upstairs, and a seven year old Samsung tv in our downstairs den. We dropped all expensive cable tv and kept our high speed turbo internet (30mgbt download) only with Time Warner. I'm considering buying an 802.11 ac router to send the computer channels (Netflix and Hulu-Plus) to the old tv downstairs. What do I need to make this work? I really want a new smart tv, but they are costly of course. Thanks for your help.

EDITOR'S NOTE: I would recommend installing a Roku box on your downstairs TV.

Posted by:

Sean B
29 Dec 2014

Is there any way to stream from my PC to a media player in a remote destination? For example, my mother lives in South Carolina and I live in Ohio - If I have a home video I want to stream to her TV (and assuming she has a media player connected to her TV), is there any way to connect to her network remotely and steam straight to her TV (live or otherwise)?

Obviously this could be done the 'hard' way - I could post to youtube and have her watch through youtube channel, or I could use remote login service - but is there a more elegant solution?

EDITOR'S NOTE: It appears that VLC Media Player will do that. See http://www.wikihow.com/Use-VLC-Media-Player-to-Stream-Multimedia-to-Another-Computer

Posted by:

Maggie
29 Dec 2014

Would any of these devices allow me to watch currently-showing TV programs? I do have Roku boxes on all my TVs, so Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu are not an issue. However, I'd like to "cut the cable", and still want access to some programs, like early morning local/US news (i.e., like CBS/NBC), and channels like The History Channel.

Posted by:

Smitty
30 Dec 2014

I enjoy my Roku box for Netflix, but also sometimes connect my laptop to the TV via HDMI cable so I can go to the CBS website and see those NCIS episodes I missed. We've also got an antenna on the roof, so a PC with an ATSC tuner card lets us watch broadcast TV on the computer.

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