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04-12-2008, 08:49 AM
My new DVD player (non computer) is hooked up to my TV set. It has a USB port on the front for USB devices.
I am dying to watch the new season of BSG from my laptop (I do not have cable)
Is life as simple as taking a USB cable from my laptop to my TV's DVD player and watching the website streaming casts onto my TV set?
I would hook it up to find out for myself, but I'm hesitant to fry/frack up otherwise fine and expensive stuff...
04-13-2008, 07:14 PM
Uagent, i dont think you'll fry anything by plugging in a USB cable and trying, the odds are it'll need some configuring before you can get it to work, what the sales guys said at Best Buy abot the USB port, it was mainly for DVD upgrades... i never thought to ask about playing movies from a laptop.
04-13-2008, 08:14 PM
Not that simple, Unc.
If you wanted to watch the web streams on your TV, you'd need to hook up the TV to the PC with an appropriate video cable. Many laptops have S-VHS output, and some HDTVs have DVI inputs (or you an get a DVI<->HDMI converter)..
The DVD player may be able to play mpeg or avi files on a USB device (thumb drive) but it's main use is probably for firmware upgrades. It definitely won't function as a gateway for audio/video to the TV.
04-13-2008, 08:36 PM
The DVD manual merely said the port is for USB devices. The iPod works, but naturally a laptop is a little more different.
I caved and actually watched my first ever TV cast on my laptop and was really surprised at the quality and even transmission. I always feared it would look like something off of YouTube, but the SciFi downlaods of the Season 4 episodes showed perfect!
And for the first time ever - I'm up to date with BSG in a real-time frame. :D
04-13-2008, 08:55 PM
yeah, the quality you get off of the "downloads" or streams is pretty good. Not up to HD, but at least tv quality, sometimes near HD.
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