I’ve downloaded some movies and would really like to play them on my TV. I used to have an SVGA input on my old TV and I had a long cable that I used to connect my TV. My new TV has an HDMI input and I’m wondering what the best way to connect to two is.
There are many different formats that can be used to get video from one place to another. My old TV used to take Scart, and I have a Scart-to-composite converter, connected to a Dell laptop that had composite out. I’ve since upgraded to streaming video using VLC over my WiFi connection to my Dreambox which is connected to my TV; but that set up is a bit too complex for more people.
There is an interesting bit of kit that can work really well for you. The Cables Unlimited Wireless USB to Display Adapter offers a number of different options, one of which is HDMI and is currently on sale from Buy.com for around $100 (including free shipping). Here’s how it works. The adapter comes with a Wifi dongle you plug into your laptop. There’s a corresponding unit that plugs into your TV or monitor using VGA, DVI or HDMI. The two units talk to each other wirelessly, so that’s all there is to it. It then allows you to watching pictures or stream video directly off your PC onto your display adapter of choice. It’s a pretty sophisticated solution that looks really simple to set up and can give you amazing results, without having cables training all over the house.