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With many orphaned netbooks available in the $100 range, was thinking of buying one to add wireless internet streaming to my HDTV.

Seems to me that it might even be a better solution than TVs sold with integrated WIFI (e.g. horsepower, browsers etc.).

Not sure if netbooks have HDMI, but VGA and 2.1 analog out should do the trick.

Would be interested in comments from anyone doing this.
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Lets laptops be laptops and be sat on your lap. Buy a cheapy, under $100 Blueray player with streaming capability and u can use the remote as God intended. Other options available, all a alot simpler than a laptop/pc, under the Networking, Media Servers & Content Streamers subforum.

Solution: FREE. Explanation: I will have to charge$ you.

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Lets laptops be laptops and be sat on your lap. Buy a cheapy, under $100 Blueray player with streaming capability and u can use the remote as God intended. Other options available, all a alot simpler than a laptop/pc, under the Networking, Media Servers & Content Streamers subforum.

Most excellent advice. You can even go up to about 150 and get a very nice BD player with built-in WiFi (that's what I did). I've never been really impressed with integrated tv's (just one more thing to break on your tv) but everyone's needs are different.
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One thing that you will not get out of most Blu-ray players that you will out of an actual computer is a browser. Some devices are starting to incorporate a browser though.

I'll be honest, I used to (and technically still do) have one of my computers connected to my TV and customized with an IR receiver and all that fun stuff. However I never use it. I almost always use my XBox 360 or PS3.

But as mentioned, there are tons of options out there (Roku, Boxee, etc).

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One thing that you will not get out of most Blu-ray players that you will out of an actual computer is a browser. Some devices are starting to incorporate a browser though.

I'll be honest, I used to (and technically still do) have one of my computers connected to my TV and customized with an IR receiver and all that fun stuff. However I never use it. I almost always use my XBox 360 or PS3.

But as mentioned, there are tons of options out there (Roku, Boxee, etc).

This is true. But it depends on what your needs are. If we want to use the tv to browse (which we rarely do), we just connect our laptop via mini-HDMI to HDMI and use it that way. Works perfectly.
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One thing that you will not get out of most Blu-ray players that you will out of an actual computer is a browser.

I saw a friend do this and I honestly don't see the allure, other than show your friends, Wow, look at me, am eBaying on my big screen!

By keeping my laptop be laptop, I can do 2 things at once.

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I only mentioned it because the OP specifically mentioned browser capabilities as a feature of a Netbook.

I personally agree. I never used my TV to browse the Internet (there's a reason WebTV never really took off). I did, however, play PC games on my TV.

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