downloading movies onto TV?

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by heycal, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    I might sound like a bit of a luddite here, but can someone tell me how and if I can download movies on my TV?

    I have netflix, which allows me to order both DVDs thru the mail and also download movies to watch instantly. But I've never downloaded any, because I don't want to watch a whole movie on a laptop.

    But can I somehow have them show up on my 32" inch TV? It's a modern set, and the laptop is modernish is well. So can I hook up some cable (or go wireless?!) between the two and watch these movies on my TV?
     
    #1
  2. norbac

    norbac Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    8,490
    Get an HDMI cable which allows you to view what is being streamed on the laptop on the big screen. Need to get one myself, actually.
     
    #2
  3. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    I've got one already running from my DVD player. Use that one, or use a different one? And what exactly do I do with it? Plug it into the laptop, plug the other end into the TV, change the "source" option on my TV's remote, and hope it shows up?
     
    #3
  4. norbac

    norbac Legend

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2008
    Messages:
    8,490
    Yup, that's pretty much how it works from what I remember.
     
    #4
  5. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    Does it actually work okay? Picture quality, buffering nonsense, etc? Also, how would one control volume and pause and rewind and all that jazz? Off the laptop?
     
    #5
  6. krz

    krz Professional

    Joined:
    May 23, 2007
    Messages:
    889
    Location:
    Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made
    Everything is controlled from the laptop. I use a wireless keyboard/touch pad combo so, I can leave my laptop on my entertainment center, very convenient. Volume can be controlled by your TV remote or by adjusting your laptop sound as HDMI also carries audio, unlike back when most people were still using s-video or dvi. I also find being able to rewind and find exactly where you want to be a lot easier streaming from a computer too since, you can use your mouse to select the exact time you want to skip to.

    Picture quality/buffering is based on your internet connection and what site you're streaming from.

    You get very good quality from a site like Hulu/NetFlix assuming you have a fast enough connection, quality drops off when you start streaming from some of the less reputable sites(novamov, movreel, gorillavid etc) but, it's usually still pretty good and typically you're only streaming from there when you're looking to watch stuff you probably shouldn't be watching.


























    side note: pr0n on the big screen is also amazing.
     
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2013
    #6
  7. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    ^^^
    All good to know, thx!

    But wireless, huh? How do I get in on that racket?
     
    #7
  8. Dags

    Dags Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    922
    The easiest way is with a device such as Apple TV (other devices are available). For services such as Netflix, you won't even need your laptop (necessity of laptop may vary with service and device).
     
    #8
  9. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida
    The Apple TV will allow anything you can play on a laptop to be streamed to your TV. You can also watch NetFlix with a Roku box and many of the gaming consoles and blue ray DVD players offer the same functionality.
     
    #9
  10. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    If I can use an hdmi cable, what does this Roku thing offer? Wireless or direct download or something?
     
    #10
  11. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida
    If you have a newer TV, all you do is plugin your Roku with an HDMI cable to your TV. Then you setup the Roku device to use your wireless network. The longest part is typing in the wireless password with the tiny remote.
     
    #11
  12. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    You need to do this every time, or just the first time?

    If I do get one of these gadgets, is Roku the one to get? Mostly interested in watching movies from netflix.
     
    #12
  13. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida
    You just type in your password once just like you would do connecting a laptop or your smart phone to your wireless network.

    Roku gets Amazon Plus which Apple TV does not get yet. So it has a little bit more in terms of programming you can download. Both have Netflix and are simple to setup and use.
     
    #13
  14. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    Thanks. another thing I'm not clear on is why people have more than one service. Doesn't netflix have enough movies for the average person? Are people also paying to join other places (amazon, hulu, whatever) just to increase their selection or something?

    Also, I notice there are several different roku's, ranging from 49 bucks on up. I'm interested in a good picture and sound quality (and internet connnection), plus the the ability to fast foward, rewind, pause, and stop movies. Nothing more fancy that, and no gaming. Which one would folks recommend?
     
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2013
    #14
  15. krz

    krz Professional

    Joined:
    May 23, 2007
    Messages:
    889
    Location:
    Concrete Jungle Where Dreams are Made
    Pretty much. NetFlix is great for movies and watching whole seasons of a tv series. But, they don't get new episodes like Hulu does so you can keep current on your shows.
     
    #15
  16. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    Ah, got it. Thanks.

    Any recommendations for a specific roku device?
     
    #16
  17. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida

    I'd just go with their high end solution. It is a few bucks more but hopefully the extra cost per year (assuming it does not break) is pretty low.

    As for the different services offered through it, that just depends on what content you like to watch. The 3 major services right now seem to be NetFlix, Hulu Plus and Amazon.

    Do a quick Google search and I think you'll start to feel like you have an idea of what each can do. Then you can purchase NetFlix only or maybe add another service or three. I have several friends who canceled cable and just use local HD channels with a Roku box or Apple device and they are happy with the monthly price reduction plus entertainment.
     
    #17
  18. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    Thanks. I will check it out.
     
    #18
  19. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    Got a roku box today. Looking good so far!

    Also, any chance I can get my laptop computer to display on my television wirelessly for every day use (email, internet, word docs, etc)? I think I can do it with an HDMI cable, but that will require a long one to reach me, and of course, wires are annoying.
     
    #19
  20. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida
    Welcome to the club. If you have an Apple laptop with Apple TV, you can just click on 1 button and then your Mac screen appears on your TV. I've never seen much need to connect my computer to my TV but I'm sure others will be able to help.
     
    #20
  21. VaththalKuzhambu

    VaththalKuzhambu Rookie

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2010
    Messages:
    141
    Get a SmartTV. All come with Netflix/Hulu built-in and some even have Wireless internet built-in.

    Also, your Netflix account can be used (concurrently for different movies) on up to 6 devices.
     
    #21
  22. heycal

    heycal Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    3,451
    I do not have an apple TV or a Mac.

    I quickly learned why people need more than one service. For example, Netflix has no movies by Martin Scorsese for downloading! What the...?

    Guess the next TV will be a "smart one". Never even heard the term until last week.
     
    #22
  23. mikeler

    mikeler G.O.A.T.

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2008
    Messages:
    19,659
    Location:
    Central Florida
    heycal,

    I'll be ordering a new smart TV soon, since my mammoth original HDTV (circa 2001) won't fit in my next place. I forgot to answer your question about each service but it is so individual, everyone just needs to check it out for themselves.
     
    #23
  24. Dags

    Dags Professional

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2008
    Messages:
    922
    As far as I know, this is something that you can't yet do with a Roku box.
     
    #24

Share This Page