Is there a way to watch content on my laptop by connecting to the PVR? I notice there is a USB port on the PVR, but I can't find info on how it is used.
Thanks in advance
Unfortunately the USB port on the PVR is not actually active, therefore you would not be able to connect your Laptop to it. We would suggest connecting the laptop through a gaming console like Xbox or Playstation, or if your TV has an S Video port you might be able to connect that way. Hope this helps and please let us know if you need anything else.
I thought this may be the case. I have an older laptop that has only DSUB video output. The USB port on my TV only accepts Pic, (.jpg .gif , etc.). It's really not that important for me to get an Xbox or PS to do this.
I'll probably get a new laptop in the next year or so.
It just seems silly that the ports are not useful - like getting a car that has power window buttons and you have to use a crank to roll them down.
But even cars that had crank windows, the wiring was still put in place, and place for the switches was there, just not being used
I must be showing my age. Not many cars without P/W, P/B, and P/DL now.
So... must be a PVR out there that has the ports functional, eh?
Many ports are are there for 'future-use', some providers use them, some don't.
Cable terminals can be used as the internet modems for example, but Shaw doesn't do it this way - which isn't a bad thing
I see. So I'll wait for a new TV. I know there are many out there that are USB compatible. My Sony is, only it is older and will only display pictures. It's a great unit and I have no real incentive to get another yet. It might break soon
I have never heard of though, using USB to go between a video source and a TV, only video playback from USB drives and such.
For HD, I've seen 1394 (rare now - they only were only popular for a short period of time), component and HDMI/DVI, there are a few others, but not USB
I wasn't really thinking about HD, just getting the signal thru the PVR to show on the TV. Like videos shot on my smartphone, downloaded movies, videos shot on my camcorder(tape).
I guess $$ is the answer again. I guy never gets a break, ya know?
If HD is not a concern just get the necessary adapter to connect the video out form your laptop to whatever input you have on your TV. No need to go through the PVR.
I was able to connect my Macbook directly to my TV. I bought a DVI to HDMI connector (not very expensive ), then connected the laptop to the TV via HDMI cable for video and a simpler audio cable from the headphone out jack to the audio in of the TV (the DVI on the laptop does not carry audio). I could then use the TV as a second display or to mirror the laptop display. Works very well.
Perfect! Exactly the solution I was looking for. Thanks so much.
Hope it works out for you. One real advantage I found was that the macbook can play so many different videeo and audio formats.
My wife has recently taken the laptop for her office so I have another , less convenient solution. My Sony TV has a USB port and will play photo, video and audio through that port. I can put files on a USB stick or external hard drive and play them through the TV with no additional cables. The interface for accessing the files on the TV is butt ugly but it works for jpegs and the vast majority of video and audio formats.
great! I also have a Sony TV only the USB is set up for only still pictures (.jpeg, etc.). It does have a VGA port that I can connect my laptop and view as I would on a monitor.
This is not the answer I was looking for, but it will accomplish the task I wanted to get done.
Thanks for making me look into my TV specs - it's a better unit than I thought. (yup, it's old)
Some laptops have a video input, capture card... If yours does that could work,
Otherwise, there is no easy way.
Slingbox is a good solution too, but not free
OK. I'll have to check out Slingbox. I won't give up!
If your laptop support's multi screen and has a port for video out (such as VGA or s-video), connect that to your TV's input, switch your TV display to that port. Make sure your laptop is configure to mirror display to the 2nd screen.
Alas, my ancient laptop (circa 2009) has no such connectors.
It works so well on Win7 that I have no incentive to buy a new one, until now!
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