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laptop to smart tv streaming

Discussion in 'The Swarm Lounge' started by gtpi, Aug 1, 2014.

  1. gtpi

    gtpi Helluva Engineer

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    cnet had an article on hdmi cables. signal wise cnet expert said that a $5 cable will work as well as a $50 cable difference being quality of components.

    i took this to mean a longer life expectancy comes with the higher priced cable.
     
  2. jeffgt14

    jeffgt14 We Suck

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    And I bet two $5 cables will last longer than one $50 cable.
     
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  3. gtpi

    gtpi Helluva Engineer

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    depends on the country of origin. i have experience with the poor quality standards in china.
     
  4. gtpi

    gtpi Helluva Engineer

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    update.....

    i ordered the following from monoprice


    - 6102 20ft 22AWG CL2 High Speed HDMI® Cable With Ethernet - Black 1 $24.14

    - 8079 USB 2.0 to HDMI® Display Adapter w/ Audio (1920 x 1080) 1 $43.55

    hooked it up and was able to stream/surf within minutes of installing the drivers.

    went to espn.go and streamed a basketball game that was previously recorded. worked fine after i added sound. i had the speakers to my laptop turned off so i had no sound initially. easily fixed.

    lots of stuff to learn and figure out but i am happy with where i am at. will be exchanging the cable i bought for another one as it was way more than i really needed. the cable i got was huge. roughly 7/16 in diameter. i just did not feel good about having such a huge cable plugged into my delicate new toy and i figured out a way to use 12 ft of cable instead of 20.

    so hopefully by this time next year i will be weaned off cable tv.

    tanks for your help guys. much appreciated!
     
  5. daBuzz

    daBuzz Helluva Engineer

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    Just as an FYI, Dustman but Apple TV has a WatchESPN app on it now so there's no need to stream it from your iPad or iPhone anymore. It is indeed handy for other things but WatchESPN has a native app. For that matter, I believe YouTube does as well.
     
  6. Dustman

    Dustman Helluva Engineer

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    Yes to all of that, but Air Play is a great option as well. for example if I'm browsing GTswarm on my phone and I want to watch @Longestday film review on the big screen I use Air Play. Quick and easy. But yes if I'm watching a game I will use the native watchespn app. There's also a free app called remote that turns your iPhone or iPad into an appletv remote with a virtual keyboard which helps with YouTube viewing but I still find Air Play easier to navigate. Lol - no I'm not trying to sell apple products. It's just where I landed.
     

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