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What do I need to stream movies or music to my T.V.?

Started 1298489148.38 in Electronics Talk | Last reply 1298501014.407 by Frannie

I want to either stream from Netflix or Amazon. I have a HD tv, Comcast cable, Comcast DVR, a router, no Internet connection close to the t.v., want to do it via wireless. What is the cheapest way to go, but have a quality picture? I do not currently have a blue-ray player. Is it worth the effort and expense?

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autumnsuns­et1298497647.342420 PostsRegistered 10/6/2004

Husband just bought a new blu-ray player a Samsung he got the one wi-fi ready everything built in we have a wireless router Cisco very easy to hook up and we joined Blockbuster on demand watched two movies already no problems at all movies are beautiful for us paying $170 for a blu-ray player so we could watch movies over the TV was worth it.

If you get a blu-ray player just make sure everything is built in Husband bought a blu-ray player for $118 from Wal-mart got it home all he saw on the box was wi-if ready after he opened the box it said he needed a lan adapter not included they cost $60 dollars or higher he took that blu-ray player back to Wal-mart bought one at Best Buy for $170 all he had to do was plug it in and Samsung picked up the router. No problems at all and the movies are amazing the color.

gardenman1298498208.51317989 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey

The cheapest way to go is to buy a stand-alone box like the Roku. You can get them from $70 and up. Just check to be sure the player you're looking at supports the streams you're looking to use. Different ones support different streaming apps. If you have a Wii, you can use that to stream from Netflix. Wii's are wi-fi already and give you a nice video game in addition to the wireless streaming.

If I was buying something right now, I'd probably buy a Blu-ray player with Internet apps built-in that was also DLNA complaint. The Sony BDP-S570 does everything you could ask it to do, but it's costing around $200 these days. I'd be more inclined to buy the Sony BDP-S370 ($150) and run a cat-5 cable to it.

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VCamp27481298498350.457870 PostsRegistered 4/20/2006

I checked in here because I thought I might want to do this, too. Now I have a tech headache. Sometimes I miss the olden days of tv.

gardenman1298498722.19717989 PostsRegistered 6/30/2005Southern New Jersey
On 2/23/2011 VCamp2748 said:

I checked in here because I thought I might want to do this, too. Now I have a tech headache. Sometimes I miss the olden days of tv.

It's not that hard. For most of these devices you simply plug an HDMI cable from the device to your HDTV and then plug in the device. It should find your network (on a wired network you'd have to plug in the cat-5 cable too) and then you'd enter your security code to let it access your network and you'd be good to go. It's not all that complicated.

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Idacat1298500005.8434707 PostsRegistered 7/26/2005Idaho !!!!

I use a Sony Vaio notebook with HDMI out and have had a home wireless network for years.

Haven't bought one specific thing, just made sure my last computer purchase had HDMI out. This has been the standard for a couple of years now.

I have open HDMI ports on the TV but it is just as easy to unplug the BluRay player (bought before there were apps) plug that cable into the notebook.

Frannie1298501014.4072220 PostsRegistered 9/27/2006

We bought a Sony Blu-ray player last summer with Wi-Fi built in. It was very easy to connect to the router following the on-screen instructions. Just make sure whatever you buy has built in wireless - not just wireless "ready."

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