Play Video From Computer to TV

default -- Thu, 03/12/2009 - 11:58

 How can I watch videos on my home theater TV that are downloaded to my computer? I don't want a physical connection between my laptop and TV.

Steven Stone -- Thu, 03/12/2009 - 13:01

  Apple TV supports legally-obtained downloads. It also support U-Tube material for direct streaming.

You have many options for wireless connections via a WiFi network, limited only by how much bandwidth you need and wish to use.
Popcorn Hour is one hardware/software solution for the PC. 

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Baffled (not verified) -- Mon, 04/20/2009 - 11:57

I wired my home with ethernet cat 5e.
I was looking at a new Sony LCD screen today and see that their Z series has an internet /ethernet connection.
Is this necessary for viewing video from computers (we have a central NAS server)

Radu -- Tue, 10/26/2010 - 09:01

I had a 360 connecting to my main to pull videos in the living room and it did pretty good. Now i have a computer thin client using a home theater flavor of linux and I have to say its really nice. Its much flashier than than Apple TV and 2x as fast as the 360.Internet Safety for Kids

Steven Stone -- Mon, 04/20/2009 - 13:23

An Ethernet connection can serve several functions. It could be for Networking or it could be for hooking up an NAS drive or it could be "for future functions - to be named later..."
I  would strongly suggest downloading the user's guide for that particular model to see what the functionality of the Ethernet connection is exactly to avoid disappointment later.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

IANetc (not verified) -- Thu, 04/30/2009 - 10:43

i simply use my xbox, it's plugged into my wireless router by ethernet and i can play videos music and view pictures wirelessly from my laptop, it's very simple to set up if you have vista, or a media centre pc. and as you can now get an xbox from asda for £97 (saw an add in the paper yesterday) it's much cheaper than stupid apple tv..........
alternativly just buy a vga cable and a wireless keyboard and mouse and you've got an apple (or windows) tv with no restrictions.

Steven Stone -- Thu, 04/30/2009 - 11:32

 "it's much cheaper than stupid apple tv........."
No bias here....
Cheapness does not  always equate with goodness....

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

Wishing for more (not verified) -- Sun, 05/31/2009 - 09:59

I just looked at the Popcorn Hour box which seems nice and I will have to do more research. I used to have a TiVo box and the feature that I used quite often was its ability to pull video from my computer over to itself. While not perfect (I think it uses CPU cycles on the host machine) it did what I wanted which was find the shared folder on my network and play the videos that I selected.
I am not really looking for anything super fancy - I doubt I will ever listen to any music on it and I don't need any sort of internet playback or youtube or anything like that. My TiVo had a subscription service which allowed me to subscribe to some really cool programming (Like a Weekly CNET 12 min program) and it downloaded it whenever a new show came out but I have lived without that for a long time and I just figure that it must have been paid for by my $13 bucks a month.
So my question is: What sort of options are out there. I know that a new "ALL IN ONE" solution comes out every week and I see these things getting reviewed but it appears that no one has really gotten it quite right yet as it seems everyone is trying to pack MORE into the box than is necessary.
Basically if I rip a DVD for my kid I want her to be able to pull it up on the menu and press play without having too many issues. Right now it seems this kind of thing is farther away than I had hoped. I think the hardest part is that zeroing in on decent search terms has been perplexing.
"box that plays video on my computer which is hooked up to my tv which has several codecs"
that search term doesn't work too well :)

jaan kanellis (not verified) -- Wed, 08/12/2009 - 15:24

If my computer has the standard s-cable jack and my computer does, why wouldnt my tv show the desktop?  Is it a graphic card issue?

movies (not verified) -- Sat, 03/13/2010 - 13:41

Apple TV is ~$220 right now with 160GB hard drive!

Steven Stone -- Sat, 03/13/2010 - 14:25

That's a good price, but if you're feeling lucky you can get a refurb directly from Apple for $189 plus ship and tax.
Here's the link:
That's what I did. More than a year later the refurb has proven to be as reliable as a new unit.

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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