How To Connect a PC to Your TV

Connect TV to PCThere are several reasons you may want to connect your TV to your PC. It allows you to watch your favorite TV shows for free. You can also watch movies if you have a subscription to Netflix. There is a lot of content online and it is a lot more fun to watch it on the big screen rather than in your office on a small LCD.

Most HDTVs have an PC input option. This allows you to use your television for a monitor. All you need to do is find a place for your desktop. This can be a challenge as most of us do not want a desktop sitting next to our television – it just looks bad. You have a couple of options. My first suggestion is to use an HDMI cable. Most newer PCs have an HDMI output. Their are two advantages for using HDMI to connect your PC and TV. First, HDMI cable lengths run up to 50 feet (and more). This allows you to hid your desktop out of the way. Of course you will need a wireless keyboard and mouse with this option. Second, HDMI carries digital sound as well. So with one HDMI cable you get HD video and digital sound. I still have satellite, but I am seriously considering ditching my service and buying a small PC to deliver TV for free. When you consider your satellite (or cable) bill is around70 a month, buying a $400 desktop pays itself off in about 7 months!

Another option for connecting your PV and television is a laptop or tablet. Most laptops and tablets have HDMI out. This is an easy solution to watch your favorite program for free. Just go to the website, hook up your laptop to your HDTV using HDMI, and you are good to go.

The third solution for connecting your PC and TV is through the use of a Roku Box. This is basically a wireless device that connects to the internet and brings services like Hulu and Netflix to your television. So if you have Netflix streaming service and don’t watch a lot of sports, this may be the option for you. However, to get content using a Roku box you will have to be a member of Netflix streaming and Hulu-Plus which runs close to30 a month for the pair. It’s almost like you replace your cable bill with Netflix and Hulu (remember no sports on Hulu or Netflix).

The bottom line is there are a lot of different options to connect your PC to your TV. There is a lot of content online for free if you are willing to wait a few days for it to become available. PC monitors are getting larger and most HD televisions can be used as computer monitors. Eventually – I expect the TV and PC to become the same thing. But until then you are going to have to connect your PC to your TV to better enjoy watching your favorite TV program for free.


5 Responses to How To Connect a PC to Your TV

  1. Ken says:

    I have an old Dell Deminsion B170 Desk top Computer. How can I connect my computer to my T.V. so I can watch Netflix?



  2. jane says:

    I have a sanyo 42 inch tv and connect my laptop to the tv with an HMDI cable so that I can watch my web broadcasts of my local sports team, it works good except the picture does not fill the tv screen. How do I correct that please
    Thank you

  3. Earle Palmer says:

    I have a Vizio 42 inch LCD TV with HDMI and media and USB connection points. it is not wireless, not is my dell dimension E520 desktop. I am currently using Time Warner cable for high speed internet as well as TV.
    What would I need, assuming I am going to subscribe to Netflix, to be able to connect my PC to the TV?

  4. Jack says:

    I am using my HDTV for my computer monitor, but my monitor doesn’t have speakers. How do I get sound so I can watch TV shows for free?

    • Jason says:

      Your PC has a sound output. You can either connect it directly to your television input or connect it to your sound receiver. I would recommend connecting it directly to your receiver. Most computers use a mini plug, so you will need a mini plug to 2 RCA connector. If you have a sound card you may have a digital or optical option which will deliver better sound to your receiver.

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