10
May
08

Computer TV

As Lyndsay mentioned in a recent post of hers, we have successfully connected our Macbook laptop to our high-definition LCD television. It all started when we found out that our Skyangel satellite service was changing dramatically. So we had to figure out something different.

We had been subscribers to Skyangel’s “faith and family” programming since about 2003. At that time it featured mostly preaching shows, kiddie shows and some music channels. Needless to say the music channels are the ones that received the most viewing (particularly by me). And there was the PAX station which showed episodes of Doc (Billy Ray Cyrus as a doctor…who woulda thunk it?) and Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. There were also plenty of reruns of Diagnosis Murder with Dick Van Dyke. Over the years Skyangel got better by adding Fox News Channel, Hallmark Channel (can you say Walker: Texas Ranger?), and the beloved, at least at my house, HGTV.

Well some genius at Skyangel decided to change the format of Skyangel from satellite to IPTV which means that the signal would come via a cable internet connection. The programming also signficantly changed, most notably the removal of HGTV altogether, and the price of service went up. So we decided to ditch Skyangel and try something different: online television content.

Since we had our portable Macbook and services like Hulu and Fancast were coming into their own I decided to purchase the necessary cables and give online content a shot. We have been so pleased with the results. We can watch all kinds of old shows and new shows and some movies on our television. Granted sometimes the playback can be choppy at certain times such as evening when there are probably lots of people using the same service. But for the most part it has improved over time. And did I mention that services like Hulu, Fancast and the online content provided by networks is free?

So here are some photos showing the cables and the process I used to get online content to our television.

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2 Responses to “Computer TV”


  1. May 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    I don’t know if you know about it or not, but Dish Network has an "HD Only" package which has some pretty great channels. Basically its everything they carry in HD. It’s $30, and I realize that free is hard to beat.
    Oh, and they just issued a press release saying they are adding 22 more hd channels today, so the website won’t be accurate for a couple of days.
    You can find out more at satelliteguys.us… a great little site about all things tv.
     
     
     
     
     

  2. May 12, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    Awesome, thanks, Heath.


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