How to Connect a Laptop to a TV

Connect Laptop to TVWhat is HDMI?

Most of the instructional guides out there focus on how to connect an older computer to a TV – via a DVI, VGA, S-Video or an RCA connection. The problem with this approach is that analog video cables, such as these, break down the picture signal into three different cables — red, blue and green. When you’ve got analog cabling connecting digital sources (such as an LCD or plasma screen with a laptop), the digital video and sound signals have to be converted into analog to travel through the cable, before being re-converted back into digital at the receiving end. This leads to signal degradation and a resulting loss of video and sound quality. Below I will explain how to hook a laptop to a TV, retain the highest video and sound quality possible, and how to access full episodes of your favorite TV shows online – with no monthly subscriptions costs of any kind.

How do I Watch Full Episodes Online?

There are several sites you should know about when watching Internet TV, but for this article, I will only mention my two favorite FREE sites. To see a full list go to Online TV Channels

  • Hulu offers ad-supported streaming video of TV shows and movies from NBC, Fox, ABC, and many other networks and studios. When streaming from a laptop or PC this service is FREE and you get access to their entire library – unlike their Hulu+ offering.
  • Clicker is an Internet Television Guide. They offer a searchable directory of full episodes offered across the Web – from Hulu, NBC, TBS, ABC etc. No longer do you need to switch back and forth between Video Streaming sites – Clicker provides a one-stop shop service for easy usability.

What is HDMI?

HDMI CableSimply put, HDMI is an all-digital connector that can carry high-definition video and several digital audio channels all on the one cable. HDMI delivers the highest video and sound quality available and has been on the market for a while now, so most new DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs feature at least one HDMI port. If you do not have HDMI on your computer you can use an adapter to convert HDMI to DVI. Learn more about this, and many other connection options by watching:  How to Connect Your Laptop to Your Television

 What is HDMI

Does your Laptop have an HDMI Out Port?

To connect your computer to a TV, your computer needs to have an output port that matches one of the input ports on your TV. And I know this is not what you want to hear, but if you do not have an HDMI Out port, you should probably buy a laptop that does. The good news is that laptops have dropped dramatically in price in the last few years, and you can get a great laptop (with an HDMI Out port) for under $350. If you cancel cable today, that laptop (on average), will pay for its self in 3 ½ months. After that, you will be saving up to $100 a month and will have a nice laptop that will last for years to come.

What is HDMI

Is your Internet Connection Fast Enough?

Without a good internet connection, you will not be able to watch TV shows or movies in high-definition. Your object should be to reach a download speed of at least 2Mbps (Faster the Better).  To test the speed of your connection click here (Visualware).

If you find that your internet connection is too slow, try these helpful tips:

  • Connect via wired connection vs a wireless connection. Wireless speeds can vary based on device, transfer speed and interference.
  • Remove all other bandwidth-intensive applications (i.e. video games, file sharing, Skype).

If nothing seems to work contact your Internet Service Provider to find out what it would cost to increase your speed.

With cable costs going up and the economy getting worse, canceling cable is an excellent way to cut costs.  Are you ready to make the leap? If not, why?

As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. Cheers!

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