Originally Posted by Slides
I just purchased a Panasonic LCD TV with HDMI input and would like to watch internet streaming video (hulu.com etc.) on the LCD TV. Problem is that my computer is some distance away from TV, and I would have to buy a fairly long DVI to HDMI cable and not sure how I would get the sound.
The other option is that I could build a fairly basic 2nd PC (an HTPC-lite) and buy a router for internet connection and connect to my LCD TV. What could be my other options without spending too much money? XBOX360 doesn't have an internet browser right?
Or maybe I should just somehow move my computer desk next to my TV stand.
Personally I would go with the 2nd PC (dedicated HTPC) approach. I don't think HDMI and audio distance is your biggest problem.
You will need a keyboard/mouse/remote control solution that works while you are on the couch, and you likely have different needs at your desk.
Also the video & sound configurations are likely different between your desktop and your TV so you will need to manage the multiple screens and speakers. There are lots of options and each pose problems.
- You can duplicate the image on both displays, however they will need to output the same resolution. And if you disconnect or turn one of them off the video card may stop sending the duplicated signal to it, requiring you to be at the other display (on) to turn the alternate (off) display back on.
- Alternately you could extend your desktop across the two monitors, however if a window opens on the wrong display you will have to move it to the correct display without being able to see it.
I suggest reading through the threads, there are many people building budget HTPCs, some have bill-of-materials well under $500. I personally spent around $1000 on my initail HTPC; however at the time this was a fairly higher end system and included one of the first HDCP video cards. Today the options are better and much cheaper.