What’s the best inexpensive way to connect web content to TV?

cboyer May 28, 2010
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I would like to be able to watch on my TV Netflix, personal videos and videos found at various sites on the web. I don’t already have any of the boxes that could do this. I do have a Windows machine, a router and an HDTV. What is the least expensive way to connect the content I want to watch to my TV?

  1. Anonymous
    May 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

    With your ingredients, all you need left is a "VGA Adapter to TV S-Video RCA Out Cable for PC Video" available from Amazon for 4.95 bucks (http://www.amazon.com/VGA-Adapter-S-Video-Cable-Video/dp/B000Y7T5UU/ref=pd_bxgy_e_img_c). Or you can buy similar cable from your friendly neighborhood electronic store.

    Even if your Windows machine and TV has different ports, you can find virtually any compatible cables nowadays.

    • Aibek
      May 30, 2010 at 10:54 am

      I would strongly suggest using HDMI cable to get the max. quality or you may end up with a really poor picture on your TV. While lower quality videos may look fine on the laptop screen this definitely wouldn't be the case on High Def TV.

      • Jack Cola
        May 30, 2010 at 11:31 am

        And if your laptop doesn't have an HDMI output, a VGA cable would do just fine. I use that to connect my laptop to my TV. The desktop screen and viewing website's are not that great, but the odd movie off the internet works perfectly.

  2. Jack Cola
    May 29, 2010 at 2:59 am

    If you are wanting to watch things from the internet on your TV, why don't you by a basic computer or laptop and connect it to your TV through a VGA or HDMI cable? Basically you turn your TV into your monitor and you can watch YouTube, and other internet related material.

    • Aibek
      May 30, 2010 at 10:52 am

      I second Jack, you just need an HDMI cable and that's it.

  3. Steve Campbell
    May 29, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I would suggest purchasing a TV tuner card for your computer. Either that or a video card capable of outputting a coaxial or RCA connection to your TV. This would allow you to play videos on your PC and use your HDTV as the monitor.

    • Aibek
      May 30, 2010 at 10:52 am


      The TV Tunes card would be necessary to get/access TV Channels using internet connection. However, cboyer merely wants to access web content (i.e. Youtube, Hulu videos) online and stream them to the HDTV.


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