If you’re looking for a quick way to have targetted entertainment for your busy family, specialized content on websites like Netflix and Hulu Plus are great solutions. After this quick DIY you will be able to connect your HDTV to Netflix, Hulu Plus or Pandora.
Netflix offers unlimited access to an impressive library of movies and television shows for only $8 a month. Hulu Plus offers a similar price but with perhaps less impressive content. Either way, both services are great and a fun, easy way to ensure you’re watching what you want to watch at a given moment. If you’re more of a music person, Pandora Radio is free and can provide you with hours of genre-based music entertainment.
Many people still have not bridged the gap of easily connecting normal computer services to the HDTV. There are several options that you have.
1) Your Computer and HDMI Cables
If you have a laptop computer, you likely have an HDMI out port. If you have a good HDTV, you likely have a place on the back that mentions HDMI. While many ignore this little feature, if you use it you’ll quickly realize that HDTVs are essentially giant computer monitors.
The DIY tip is easy: see if you have HDMI outlets. If so, go buy the cord at the store. Hook your computer up to your tv per specifications of both products. Turn on your HDTV channel. You’re set! You can now browse the internet, look at family pictures, design new art or whatever on your big tv screen.
2) BUY a Bridge Device
RCA and other companies make small devices that come preinstalled with various ‘apps’, including Netflix, Hulu Plus and Pandora. This devices are usually HDMI based as well.
The following video will review other DIY tips to get your HDTV flowing with great entertainment content for you.