How to legally watch ANYTHING Internet related on your big screen HD TV.
I’m reading this article and laughing my butt off. Content providers spending millions to block certain content from reaching certain “internet ready” TVs. Here’s a news flash, EVERY modern TV is already internet ready. I watch “everything” legally via the internet on my big screen and I don’t pay for a service or a special TV to do it. It’s very very simple and 100% legal. Here’s how to do it for anyone interested.
A big screen TV is nothing more than a bigger glorified wide screen computer monitor. All of these HD or HD ready TV’s come with an VGA input which is the same input and wire that connects from your computer to your computer monitor. So here’s what you do:
POOR MAN route:
A) If you live in a small studio or apartment simply buy a long VGA cable ($20) that is long enough to go from your computer to where your TV is located and a VGA splitter ($8) at radio shack. This is all you will need. (If the TV is in another room than your computer, read “ALTERNATE” below.)
B) Disconnect the VGA cable from your computer monitor and plug it into the “single” end of the VGA splitter.
C) Take the VGA cable that was formally connected to your computer monitor and plug it into one of the two remaining inputs on the splitter.
D) Take the longer VGA cable that you purchased and plug one end into the last remaining input of the splitter and the other end into the VGA input into the back of your Big Screen TV.
E) Presto. You now have an internet ready TV. Just change your input on your TV with the remote to the right setting (DVI/VGA) and anything that shows up on your computer monitor will now also show on your TV. You can adjust the properties of both TV and computer monitor separately in your control panel/Display/Settings tab in Windows, just as you would if adjusting for your computer monitor singularly. The only downside to this technique is that you can not work on the computer while simultaneously watching something on your TV, as the signal coming from your computer to both computer monitor and TV is the exact same signal.
F) If you really want to get fancy. Buy a logi-tech wireless keyboard and remote and you can control your computer from your couch, which also controls the signal going to the TV. You may find you never use your computer monitor again, because you can just work on the computer from the couch and stare at a 50′ monitor which is your TV, regardless if working on the computer or watching internet related content. So for example, I watch netflix streaming, DVD, Youtube, Hulu ABC.com, NBC.com, CBS.com, Fox.com NFL rewind or any other xxx.com “legal” content from the computer to the TV, and there is no blockage. I also watch streaming movies from Amazon.com that takes under a minute to purchase and watch once you have an account. They cost anywhere from .99 to $4 for either a 24 hour or 48 hour viewing period. I like Amazon.com selection because they have more new releases than Netflix.
ALTERNATE A) – If your TV is not in the same room as your computer.
If this is the case it more expensive because you’ll need to buy another computer console. (DO NOT BUY wireless transmitters that claim they can broadcast the signal from computer to the TV in another room. Even the good ones are $200 and they don’t have the range. Picture quality and sound will suffer )
A) By a small desktop computer like an ASER ASPIRE ($350, just the console…not the monitor or keyboard or mouse) and a VGA cord and plug the computer directly into the big screen TV with the VGA cord. Then buy logi-tech wireless mouse/keyboard to control the computer from the couch. Use your TV remote to switch your input from whatever it’s on to (DVIVGA) input and your big screen TV IS your computer monitor. (READ step E) ABOVE for how to adjust properties of your TV in windows.
B) Plug the internet into your computer. If there are no internet connections in the room, you have to also purchase wireless internet router and wireless cards for the TV room computer (if it’s a computer that can not capture wireless signal). Plug the router into the computer in the other room, which captures the internet signal from that computer where your internet is and sends it to the computer by the TV, which broadcasts both the computer and a separate internet signal to your TV. (READ step F) ABOVE to learn what can be legally watched via internet, which is nearly anything.
What’s good about this method, as opposed to POOR MAN ROUTE above is that since you are using two separate computers you can work on the computer in the other room, and watch separate internet content on the TV simultaneously, just as you would operate two home based computers sharing one internet signal separately and simultaneously.