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Question: PC to LCD TV-Streaming Video

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Home Theater' started by wydglide, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. wydglide New Member

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    wanting to stream Net Flicks to LCD TV

    And but know nothing about the bigger screen TV's, I'm looking at a round a 47" LCD TV and was wanting to use it at times for a PC monitor also.

    does anybody know if I'm going to have to buy a Massive Video Card to push the big 47" LCD OR does the TV's have decoders built into them, that would allow the signal to come in clear for streaming video!

    Thanks
    Glide
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    47" is too big for a PC monitor at 1080p. dont just get a big screen because its bigger, actually pay attention to the image quality at the distance you'll be sitting.


    as to the second question... hell my phone can output 1080p. desktop and media playback use, any video card can handle. screen size does NOT matter, only resolution.
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    Like Mussles says it really depends on viewing distance, all modern cards decode video to offload from the CPU so you should be fine in that regard.

    EDIT: Most modern screens are 1080p, the bigger the screen the less pixel ratio, the more the screen has to stretch the image.
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    Were Not buying it to use AS a PC monitor, it's for regular TV.

    BUT I would like to know I can see my desktop also or stream video if I wanna & really not looking for hi-def but a descant viewing experience would be nice.....that's kinda what I was saying/asking


    SO what would I need to do to run my PC through a LCD TV that needs to be 47" OR bigger or it would be too far away (note: I do know some a wired/wireless and set up for Net Flicks.......etc) but I wanna see my desk top also!

    Thanks for your reply's Gents, positive Feedback is appreciated!
    Glide

    PS: I guess I should add I'm a Disabled Person & as much as I love computers it's getting hard to sit in front of one & just see NO reason to spend a CRAP load of cash to buy a Quality Laptop, as I can build Desptops for 1/4 the price that will blow a LT out of the water....what can I say I'm frugal :D
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    if you want to connect a PC to a HDTV all you need is a HDMI cable. seriously. it works exactly like a monitor.


    viewing experience would be better than a lot of regular TV viewing.


    that said, i personally think a 47" is pointless. its too big for 1080p, so everything stretches.
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    for a notebook you can run a HDMI cable straight to the television or wireless. you wouldn't need a expensive notebook.



    for a desktop you will need a video card with a HDMI port on it.
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    to expand on that, all modern video cards can use DVI to HDMI adaptors to work on HDMI anyway - its just that sometimes you need a specific adaptor to get audio as well.
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    one more thing

    Smart TV is one of the latest trends which refers to the integration of internet into 2011 televisions, like Smart Phones you have access to applications like Netflix, Blockbuster, Pandora, Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

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    they call those 'connected' TV's here in Au. really vague name i hear all the time on TV/radio. basically means they built a divx player and integrated a few apps (much like in mobile phones) for media playback.
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    Thanks for the reply's....again , but I never said anything about 1080p, and if you don't mind can you expand on why a 47" TV is pointless.....honestly I'm not being a smart azz, but your reply's are just a tad vague!...LOL

    and I know better, but for SOME odd reason I never even thought about HDMI, well yea I can I'm going through some serious Medical problems and just trying to get the best bang for my buck!




    bumble Bee: I had posted about a Smart TV.....but still don't know even if you got HDMI if your video card IS a factor or not, I'm going to go to one of the box stores like best buy or hhgregs some time this week, as Ive never really kept up with anything TV in several years other than LED's have better black's & LCD's last longer....or that's what I read.


    just trying to get some of the low down as to WHAT to look for before buying and what better place to learn than from other Geeks:toast:
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    47" TVs are not pointless. They are only pointless if you are sitting close. The further away you are, the bigger the screen you need. You have to consider distance. How far away from the screen will you be?

    And he said 1080p because the large majority of the 47" TVs out there are 1080p. The others are 720p.
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    well as far as distance....that's something I can't answer as of yet, I am buying a new prefabbed home next Month (long story)....but have not settled on floor plan yet and I am on a budget....but Hey....anything is going to beat this CRT TV I have now I bought back in 2001;)

    which is why I'm asking questions.......so how far away would a 47" be best viewed?
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    The problem with HDTV's is that the number of dots per inch is lower, so text you'd usually be able to see well will be blocky, blurry, or similarly illegible. If you're going to play games on it, or watch netflix, that's great, but you should sit back from a 47in about 12 feet or more and have another standard monitor attached for the purposes of navigating anything you really need to do. Honestly, if netflix is you're biggest reason to connect your pc, just get a blu-ray player that has a network connection and is capable of using netflix IMO.
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    net flicks was only an example..or starting point if you will...

    look folks I am attempting to learn here... if ya wanna help that would be GREAT, but I come here asking for help not a thrashing, simply due to the fact that I'm trying to learn
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    you need a video card with an HDMI port on it

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    you take the HDMI cable and plug one end into the video card and the other into your television.

    [​IMG]

    with a 47" television you want to sit 6-8 ft. if you plan on watching 3D content then you should sit at 6ft.
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    Nobody is thrashing you. Talking about cons, yes. Thrashing you, no.

    They are saying there are better options for computer usage. HDTVs tend to be bad for surfing from the typical viewing distance you would use for movie watching, as the text tends to be small, so there will be compromises going on.

    For computer usage, being close to regular monitor is better. For movie usage, the TV is better.

    As for Netflix watching, if it's a high priority, the PS3 offers the best picture and sound out of all of them.
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    LOL....not being rude BB but Iam a Computer Tech of some 15 years so I know what HDMI is, just was not thinking about it, as I work with Computers Not TV's....hehehe
    Thanks man!

    no it's not high priority at all, my PC it more important then movies, and thanks for your reply,

    but I think that walking into a store is going to be a WAY better option for buying a big screen, my wife had looked up some distance tables for LCD/LED tv's and according to what several of them said it would take a 60" TV for around 12 feet away .....to me this sounds more like the manufacturers are just trying to sell more expensive TV's that people really do not need!

    anyways ill know more this week when I can go in and dedicate myself to learning more about this type of TV.

    again Thanks for the reply & God Bless!
    Glide
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    This thread turned confusing fast. HDMI would be convenient as it carries both video and audio digitally and is ubiquitous on modern HDTVs. VGA, DVI, and HDMI are all capable of the resolution of 1920x1080, however not all TVs support display of this resolution over all connections. 1080p over HDMI will surely work on any new HDTV.

    As for which video card would be needed to drive the TV, any NVIDIA/AMD card of the past few hardware-generations should do, assuming the other components of your computer are up for whatever content you'll be playing. Choose a modern video card with connections that match your TV, HDMI is convenient. All modern NVIDIA/AMD(formerly ATi) cards are capable of at least two displays at such resolution.

    Recent cards:
    AMD: HD 5xxx, HD 6xxx.
    NVIDIA: GT 4xx, GT(S/X) 4xx, GT 5xx, GTX 5xx.
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    Thanks BB!

    Excellent post ;)
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    you're welcome. Vizio is now the largest television manufacturer in North America with over 21.7% market share because for years they would use LG panels in their televisions and sell them at a lower cost.

    check out what Vizio is working on

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    That's Sweet! I would be scared to ask what they would be asking for one.

    what I want to know is ...what movie was that playing!......hehehe I'm kinda busted up from from where I wrecked my Harley, so I watch a lot of movies at times.
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    the 50" and 58" models will be out in October. no pricing yet. I don't think it will be expensive. the best time to buy a television is Dec/Jan when the prices are slashed.
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    I never buy anything until it go's on sale or the price is cut, as I said before I been in this game a long time........I just don't know Jack about TV's, but all things change I recon, I have to admit Ive been Slax about keeping up with some of the newer technology the last few years mainly with TV's & Due to a new GF! ohh yeah,Go Glide:D

    Were going Learning today, I told her if I got to learn this SO do you, I rag h3ll out of her all the time joking around, shes a good sport about it and has as much fun as I do, Besides a need a voice of reason to stop me from choking out sales-people, what can I say I been a biker for over 40 years it just comes Naturally! ;)

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