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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 0 Comments Short URL


Alphonso Soosay, an accomplished musician and sound recording specialist has been in the industry for more than 30 years. In this blog Alphonso shares all his experiences and knowledge in the recording and home theatre industry. Alphonso Soosay's Blog

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