Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Help & How-To Weekend Project: Stream Video From Your PC To Your TV

I had a request for further information on how to stream from your
laptop to your TV and compiled this for you. I hope it helps, enjoy!

Here is a list of good resources:

This site reviews many options for streaming just about anything. It
is highly recommended.

"Want to watch PC videos on your television? Do it in six easy
steps—with help from your friendly neighborhood gaming console."

"For easy connectivity, IOGEAR offers users its wireless solution via
the GUW2015VKIT Wireless USB to VGA Adapter kit.


The IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Adaptor kit consists of an USB adapter
and a VGA adapter. The setting up of these devices is pretty simple.
Users just need to connect the USB adapter to the PC and the VGA
adapter to the VGA display besides a simple installation of the driver
software attached to allow users full and seamless enjoyment of laptop
or computer content on a remote monitor. Users can play computer
games, watch video clips from YouTube or browse the Mydigitallife
postings up to 30 feet away from the screen.

The kit allows high-definition video streaming up to 720 pixels from a
desktop or computer and supports resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200
pixels) or WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050 pixel). Other features of this kit
include certified Wireless USB 1.0 compliant and WiMedia 1.0 MAC and
1.1 PHY compliant.

The IOGEAR Wireless USB to VGA Adaptor kit requires Microsoft Windows
XP or Microsoft Windows Vista and does not connect with Wi-Fi or
. This pocket size gadget is small and can be easily carried along
while traveling or on the go. With $210, the device will certainly
bring a lot of enjoyment and fun to game enthusiasts and couch
potatoes. "

"There are other devices that can be modified that you probably don't
care too much if the warrantee is void or not. If you have an original
Xbox lying around, or can find one for cheap, it can also be converted
into a rather powerful media player using a program called XBMC. If
you have the technical know-how, or know someone who does, you can
easily convert an original Xbox into a media center that can play
virtually any media file in existence for well under $100. Even if you
don't have the technical skill, modified Xboxes can often be found
being sold in places like Ebay.

There may be a streaming option that won't cost you a dime, however.
If you have an Xbox 360 or a PlayStation 3, you have built-in
streaming support, as long as your gaming device is connected to your
LAN. All you need to do is go into the sharing section of Windows
Media Player 11 and add the gaming console to the shared list. You may
have to change your firewall settings, but you should be connected.
Currently, the 360 is a more versatile player, as long as you download
an optional free pack from the Live Marketplace, but there is a way to
turn either device, along with virtually any other internet connected
device, into a media powerhouse.

Another free and primarily software-based solution is TVersity, a free
program that will convert video in real time into a format that your
device should handle and allows your device to connect to it. It
requires a decent computer, as converting video in real time is a
difficult process, but it will allow you to stream video to an Xbox
360, PS3, Wii, various DVRs and even handheld devices like the PSP or
the iPhone. Setting TVersity up takes some trial and error and the
stream's quality can be dependent on how powerful your computer is,
but it is a free and relatively easy way to stream media to your TV."

I hope this helps you learn more about streaming your PC to your TV, have fun!


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