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How do I stream content to my TV?

There are many ways to you can play content from your laptop or PC play on your TV.

Below, we’re going to take you through some of the easiest and most straight forward.

An Internet Ready TV

Many of the latest TVs on the market (Such as the Samsung LED series 7, 8 or 9) have wireless technology (DLNA) already built into them, meaning streaming content couldn’t be easier.

You’ll need to attach a dongle to the TV, which will then connect and stay connected, to your home WiFi and technically, you’re set up and ready to go. Next, on your laptop or PC, open Windows Media Player (the latest version in Windows 7 works best) and through “options” select media sharing.

You’ve just allowed the content on your laptop or PC to be played on your TV! Using your TV remote control press the source button and you will see a list of channels available, one of which will be your laptop or PC, it’s then a case of deciding what you want to watch or listen to, sitting back and enjoying!

I have an Xbox or Playstation3, will they help me?

If you have an Xbox or a Playstation3 you can use it to play content from your laptop or PC straight to your TV. The TV can be any specification or age, it just has to be able to connect to the console. As with the dongle and your internet ready TV, you need to tell your laptop/PC to share its media files in windows media player, but once you have, it couldn’t be easier.

When using either the Xbox or the Playstation3, simply browse through the media options, such as music or video, and the files from your laptop/PC will appear below the files held on the console. You just pick the one you want to use and press play.

As the Xbox is made by Microsoft, it’s designed to work with Windows Media Centre, and makes the experience all the easier.

I don’t have a wireless lap/top or PC, but I still want to play files on my TV, can i?

With the right cables and connections you can connect your laptop or PC to your TV even if you don’t have WiFi or a wireless machine. How you connect it will depend on the connection ports available on both your machine and your TV.

The first way is if the TV and laptop/PC both have VGA and audio ports. You will need a separate cable for each connection as the VGA connection will only transmit the picture, and not the sound!

Once you have both cables connected at both ends, your laptop or PC will recognise your TV as a second monitor and switch the screen content to the TV. Then you simply press the source button on your TV remote control and scroll through the channels until your TV shows what you’d
normally expect to see on the laptop or PC.

If your TV and laptop both have HDMI ports, you can connect them using an HDMI cable. It’s the same process as the VGA and Audio cables, but you will only need one cable!

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