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Old 02-06-2015, 03:58 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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At my old apartment I would run a HDMI cable from my computer to my big HDTV to watch stuff. Is there some sort of wireless gizmo I can do the same thing with?

I thought maybe Chromecast would work but it looks like that is just for connecting your TV directly to the internet to watch Netflix and stuff. I'm content to pull up Nextfilx on my computer and send it to my TV, plus I have ripped movies on my hard drive I like to watch and often want to watch something on Youtube on my big tv.
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Old 02-06-2015, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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If you had a Mac you could do it with an Apple TV. I think Chromecat (Google) is working on that feature, as is Roku and others. The Apple TV has worked for several years.
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Old 02-12-2015, 11:03 PM
 
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so long as you have a wifi router, any dlna capable device works that way. apple airplay is based on dlna but it has the extra feature of mirroring output. I use xbmcbuntu among my acer revo htpc and my cell-fone and tablet.

I think most wifi enabled tv's have dlna.
I think samsung calls it allshare, sony calls it any+, apple calls it airplay, ... you mite need to dig in your tv's menu to find it.

edit: I just remembered I plugged in a usb drive to my old dumb tv to show a picture slideshow. I assume that would work with movies too ?

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Old 02-17-2015, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Thanks guys. I've found a couple on Amazon. One is about $200 that looks pretty decent.

Amazon.com: Nyrius ARIES Prime Digital Wireless HDMI Transmitter & Receiver System for HD 1080p 3D Video Streaming, Laptops, PC, Cablebox, Satellite, Blu-ray, DVD, PS3, Xbox (NPCS549): Electronics
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Suburban wasteland of NC
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I'm actually using a used xBox 360 with a $20 remote from Amazon to do this. I originally set it up because I have a TV card in my desktop that streams the TV signal over Windows Media Center (WMC). All I have to do is sync WMC on the xBox with the desktop and viola, the xBox is functioning as a DVR with as much storage as I want and no monthly DVR rental fee.

WMC will also share out movies, pictures, etc though, all I have to do is drop the files into the folder on the desktop that the xBox is set to pull from. HDMI from the xBox into the living room TV and the xBox makes quite a nice set top box, especially since MS quit requiring you to pay for xBox Live in order to watch Netflix.
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Old 02-21-2015, 06:29 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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chromecast mite be an option.
clockworkmod has an app that will stream non-youtube/non-google play movie purchased videos that are saved on your fone/tablet.

so-called wifi smart-tv's/video-streaming-device mite be more practical than hdmi cables.
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