Watch Online TV on Big LCD Screen

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Watching television and movies on big screen is a real joy. Online TV is getting better and better every day. It is easy to watch internet channels on the big High-Definition screen. Quality of video and audio signals is very good.
There are many free online channels. Some of online channels require subscription for watching.
In this instructable I will show how to watch online TV and movies on 42 -inch LCD TV.
First, I installed wireless router. That way, I can place my laptop close to LCD TV and have internet on it without running messy CAT5 cable.

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Step 1:

Then I connect one end of HDMI cable to output HDMI connector of my laptop.HDMI cable connects video and audio signals from laptop to the LCD TV. Therefore, we need only one cable for connecting both: audio and video.
It is also possible to connect your computer to TV with DVI cable. This way we have also high quality HD video on the screen since DVI cable connects digital video signal. DVI cable connects video signal only, so we will need additional cable to connect audio signal.We can use cable with mini audio jacks (3.5 mm or 2.5 mm) or cable with standard RCA connectors for connecting audio signal from your computer to TV.
In addition, there are two more options of connecting computer to the TV. This way we connect ANALOG video signal with VGA or S-video cable. Of course, these cables connect analog video signal only so we will need additional cable to connect audio. We can use cable with mini audio jacks (3.5 mm or 2.5 mm) or cable with standard RCA connectors for connecting audio signal from your computer to TV.

Step 2:

Finally, I connect the other end of HDMI cable to input connector of LCD TV.
Turn on laptop and LCD TV. Find your favorite online TV show or movie and enjoy!

It is also possible to connect laptop to Kindle e-book reader and use Kindle e-book reader as display instead of big LCD TV. Kindle e-book readers (including Kindle Paperwhite and Kindle Oasis USA ) have display with e-ink technology which has terrible slow refresh rate. (Kindle Fire is a tablet and it does not have display with e-ink technology). That means it is not possible to watch any movie or streaming video on Kindle e-book reader because of this slow refresh rate. However it is possible to read some files from your laptop. So, why would you read your files from laptop on Kindle e-book reader when is much easier to display them on laptop itself at first place. This method can be used for reading in bright sunshine when it is almost impossible to read anything from LCD display (caused with bright outdoors conditions and high reflections) and it is much more pleasant to read them from Kindle’s display with e-ink technology. In order to display some files from laptop to Kindle e-book reader it is necessary to unlock Kindle e-book reader and install some additional software. Kindle e-book reader can be connected to laptop with USB cable. Click here to read some reviews about Kobo Forma ereader.

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    8 Discussions


    3 years ago

    is there any application to receive local tv channel with computer?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    I watch all the Nasa launches on my 42" Plasma this way, Really great.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    Satellite Direct TV Online is a scam, don't believe me? just google it, this is a bad instructable. Spam at the most.

    1 reply

    he did not mention Satelite Direct TV at all if you been burned from getting tv online well that is really your own problem, but for people who do not know how to use a laptop on tv this is easy for them to follow i been using the internet for TV , Movies since my second video card 18 years ago.

    so Claudiordgz Rule of thumb of the internet if its not free its probley a scam!, because if you know how to google it seems you have some idea of that then you would know and find that everything can is free.

    but if you enjoy the content of what you have downloaded i think the right thing to do is buy it.
    So stop Trolling, Claudiordgz

    Thanks SolderingIron for taking the time to write this instructable.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    wow nice what about google tv help with that anyone i have a flat screen any help i need a program

    In this instructable I am using D-Link DIR-825 wireless router and Toshiba 1080p 42-inch LCD TV.
    I watched several HD movies from my laptop on the big screen and quality of video and audio is excellent.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    This is awesome. It's amazing to watch internet TV on big screen.