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Connecting Your Home Theatre to the Web

internet based tvAs more and more audio, video and other digital contents are made available to the greater public, even more are getting interested in identifying ways to have their home theatres connected to the web. Considering this option, would definitely give the viewer more freedom as well as more selections to choose from, thus a more satisfying home theatre experience.

But how do you connect your home theatre system to the web? There are a number of ways to do just that.

First, you can have a pc directly connected to your home theatre to your home theater system. Connect your HDTV to your VGA (PC monitor) input connection. You can also purchase a USB-to-HMDI or VGA-to-HDMI converter that will also allow your PC to be connected to an HDTV. You may also connect the audio source from your PC to your home theater system, check to see if your PC has an audio output connection that can be connected to your TV or to your home theater receiver. Doing this may also require an adapter plug.

If your TV allows a direct connection of both video and audio sources from your PC to your home theatre system, then you can use your PC’s internet access to check your web browser and even store images and other content on your TV as well as enjoy audio files either through your TV speakers or home theatre speakers.

There is likewise an increasing number of computers that are designed with an HDMI output connection already built-in. An HDMI-equipped PC does not require an adapter to connect to your HDTV.

The disadvantage of having such a setup, however, is that you need to have all three– the PC, TV, and also home theater system– in the same room and close to each other. With this setup, you would also need to depend on the capabilities of your computer’s video card to transfer good-quality content to your HDTV. This does not happen most of the time, nonetheless, most specifically when images will be projected through a larger screen.

A second option would be to connect a standalone network media player or media streamer to your home theatre. With this, you can take advantage of your home network connection. Like if you have a wired or a wireless router, a network media player or streamer will connect to your router via Ethernet or a Wi-Fi.

With this type of setup, your computer does not have to be placed close to the home theatre system not even the television yet you can still access the files that you would like to play on your home theatre display device. With such setup, however, your selections for content that could be played will be dependent on the model of the network media player that you will be using to connect to the web as there are certain brands/models that restricts the online content provider that you may have access to.

Still another option to connect your TV to the web is by using a blu-ray disc player with network functionality.  With this capability users are permitted access to online content that may be associated with the Blu-ray disc that they are playing. This will likewise provide access to other content from other internet content providers, such as Netflix, Blockbuster, Flickr, and so on.

A fourth option would be to access web contents through a cable or satellite service. It is important to remember, however, that as cable companies do not normally provide access to sites offering competitors’ content, you would have to check out available services online for available content for you to enjoy.

As a fifth option, you can use a home theatre receiver with internet connectivity to enjoy web-based contents.

The last option to access the internet through your home theatre is to purchase an internet-capable TV.  With this, you would have to turn on a single device and then enjoy the web-based contents directly from your TV.

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Posted on September 27, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 0 Comments Short URL

Google Your TV

google your tvWhat’s fascinating about technology is the fact that it just won’t stop to get better. Perfection is what it is all about—from beginning to end. That an end to a creation is not actually finite as when it has been used or tested, it will later usher in a new creation.

Just to illustrate–before the internet was made available to the majority of the computer-literate users, many feared that this discovery may alter the way they communicate and do day to day living. As connection to and within the web would always require bits of information about the user like an IP address to be sent over a gateway that has the ability to reveal the physical location of the user, most would be concerned about their privacies being limited by the web. This, of course, caused more developments in the area of virtual communication technology geared to address such concerns.

As more and more people get used to the technology and experienced the benefits that machines like the computer can do, even children as well as older people became even more interested to unlearn what they already knew about how to do things.

Now, people even in remote places would find ways just to get connected to the web in different ways. Even the workplace that has long been confined to the physical realm can now be reached in just a few clicks. From morning ‘til dawn, people gets to use technology, particularly the web, thus making the world a global village.

Mr. Google can now be a friend even to the technologically-challenged. Especially now that those who love to make their homes as their special place to relax and recondition themselves after a tough day at work, in the school, or with the children and other day to day responsibilities.

Today, the web is the whole world’s gateway to all sorts of information—audio, video and text. As such, more and more people are finding the web an alternative source of content for their home theatres. If you are one of those who’d rather have content delivered to your TV rather than through a separate media player or direct from the TV channels, you need to consider both the benefits as well as advantages connecting the internet to your home theatre through your home network.

First the advantages.

This setup would definitely give you better access to a variety of content that you have either store on a pc or streamed from the internet and sent to a network media player/media streamer, network-enabled Blu-ray player, home theatre receiver, or TV for viewing or listening on your home theatre system.

Moreover, having your home theatre linked to your home network will give you the comfort of accessing any available content at any time you want to.

But what about the disadvantages?

Note that since contents that you intend to play to your home theatre display device are either directly streamed of downloaded and saved to your hard disk or a usb, the audio and video quality may not be as good as those that had been stored on physical media sources, such as CDs and also Blu-ray Discs. Thus, there would be instances when content are highly compressed that they may look pixelated on a bigger display screen.

If you are streaming audio and video content directly from the net to your home theatre display screen, then a high-speed broadband connection may be necessary. Plus the fact that you would need to wait for the content to be fully streamed (which actually takes a lot of time, especially if you would be streaming high density files direct from the internet).

You also need to consider the fact that various internet-ready players are compatible to specific type of content.
More importantly, you have to realize that not all internet content is free. Note that you will also find sources that will charge certain content to be paid before downloading for personal use.

Considering all these, it’s now up to you to decide when, what or whether to google your TV or not.

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Posted on September 27, 2013 by Alphonso Soosay 0 Comments Short URL