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Wireless HDMI

Being snowbound has me searching for a wireless HDMI unit to allow me to stream Internet movies and TV shows from my PC to my TV. Anyone experienced with these devices? Most people seem to stream from their phones or laptops to their TVs. I don't want to use my phone and I don't want to buy a laptop that will essentially be used just for streaming. Price, ease of set up and good picture quality(Duh)are important.

As always, thank you for your advice.

created by OnePlainPerson on Jan 05, 2014 at 11:00:36 am     Comments: 15

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What about Chromecast? The price is right, the picture quality is great, and it's easy peasy to set up.

posted by gamegrrl on Jan 05, 2014 at 11:35:01 am     #  

Love Apple TV! We use it constantly. If you have movies on your computer, you only need to convert them to m4v/ mp4 format, if they're not already in that format. (Handbrake is a great free program that does this), then stick everything in iTunes. We use Apple TV with our soundbar (optical output), and through it, we have full access to thousands of hours of music on our hard drives as well as a ton of movies, all saved, plus, access to Hulu, netflix, HBO go, tons of other stuff too.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 05, 2014 at 11:51:26 am     #   1 person liked this

I have a ROKU player. Works fantastic. In the remote controller, there is a headphone jack so you can listen to the TV or Radio (400+ "channels") while you're around the house. And similar to ahmahler's comment, if you convert the movie to m4v/mp4 format - you can watch them via a portable hard drive or thumb drive.

www.roku.com

posted by mennell on Jan 05, 2014 at 12:38:44 pm     #   2 people liked this

Can't live without the Apple TV!

posted by dell_diva on Jan 05, 2014 at 12:47:13 pm     #  

Here's a link where you can peruse some reviews from Sound and Vision magazine (formerly Home Theater magazine):

http://www.soundandvision.com/search/node/wireless%20hdmi

posted by Foodie on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:03:14 pm     #  

Roku, AppleTV, Chromecast are all great and support Plex.

http://plex.tv

Basically the idea is that if you have a home PC that stores your LEGALLY (or, you know, not) acquired movies, TV shows, photos, etc, Plex will handle everything else in terms of getting it to your TV, computer, phone, or tablet. There is some trickiness involved in terms of getting Plex to work with the apple TV, but it's now native on Chromecast and Roku. It's completely indispensable in our household.

posted by endcycle on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:03:47 pm     #  

mennell posted at 11:38:44 AM on Jan 05, 2014:

I have a ROKU player. Works fantastic. In the remote controller, there is a headphone jack so you can listen to the TV or Radio (400+ "channels") while you're around the house. And similar to ahmahler's comment, if you convert the movie to m4v/mp4 format - you can watch them via a portable hard drive or thumb drive.

www.roku.com

Look into Plex- you can keep your movies on your PC and stream to the Roku from there with it. Very cool software.

posted by endcycle on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:04:51 pm     #  

Apple TV = Cult of Steve Jobs. Great way to get locked into proprietary crap and forced to dance with Apple.

Roku at least the last I looked lets people get their hands on the API and create their own private channels.

posted by anonymouscoward on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:11:09 pm     #   4 people liked this

Meh, cult. If I spend $1-500 of a consumer item, I want a certain amount of satisfaction and confidence that it will work. Apple, in my experience, has a better batting average than the competition, and makes for a more enjoyable experience.

posted by ahmahler on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:33:14 pm     #   1 person liked this

anonymouscoward posted at 12:11:09 PM on Jan 05, 2014:

Apple TV = Cult of Steve Jobs. Great way to get locked into proprietary crap and forced to dance with Apple.

Roku at least the last I looked lets people get their hands on the API and create their own private channels.

There are a lot of ways you can make your own PRIVATE or PUBLIC channel for ROKU. Some for FREE. If you want to spend some $$, you can get hosting plans, distribute your own content, distribute public domain movies/music, etc.

http://www.instanttvchannel.com/
http://rokuchannelmaker.com/
http://rokuchannelbuilder.com/Home.aspx

posted by mennell on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:33:42 pm     #  

If you have a laptop, see if it has a VGA (15 pin color coded blue) output. Then see if your TV has a VGA input. Cable them together and anything you can do on the computer, you can do on the TV. I have my laptop hooked to my 50" TV with wireless keyboard and mouse, and sit on my couch looking at my 50" computor

posted by OldTimer on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:41:00 pm     #  

Another vote for ROKU. Easy to install and set up, and rarely has any issues. Quality is excellent, and there are tons of channels to choose from (some free, some subscription).

posted by historymike on Jan 05, 2014 at 01:43:30 pm     #  

another vote for chromecast: https://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/devices/chromecast/
only $30 on amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Google-Chromecast-Streaming-Media-Player/dp/B00DR0PDNE

we also swear by our roku

posted by upso on Jan 05, 2014 at 04:17:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

Does your tv have DLNA sharing? Maybe it's only in higher end models, but that allows for easy streaming of photos and videos.

posted by mixman on Jan 05, 2014 at 04:38:13 pm     #  

Roku looks interesting but are you limited to their channels? Granted there are 100's but what if I find something that isn't on their list? And am I limited to a certain movie format?

posted by OnePlainPerson on Jan 05, 2014 at 06:23:59 pm     #