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Suggestions for getting Blue Ray content from PC to HDTV

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I am very inexperianced in this realm and was hoping for suggestions. I hope I posted this in the right forum...

I want to be able to watch BD movies I have stored on the hard drive of my computer on my HDTV. My computer is a few years old and I do not think I can hook it up to my HDTV and maintain the HD content. I thought maybe my best route was to simply burn the movies on disk. If so, do I need any special hardware such as a BD burner for my PC or can I just download software. If this is the best route is there anything special I need to look for when I purchase a BD player?

Thanks for the help.
post #2 of 11
Ignoring the fact that you must not have the original movie disks, burning them back to disk (particularly when it appears you don't have a BD burner) would be an exhaustive hassle.

Do the movies playback properly on your PC? If so, then what connection options does your TV have? Better yet, what model is it? As far as maintaining HD content, I'm going to assume these movies no longer have HDCP enabled so really its just a matter of getting the signal from the PC to the TV. If you have a VGA input on the TV, you're good to go. If not, what connection options do you have on both the TV and the PC?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
I am going to purchase a new TV so I can look for any connection type that I need. My computer does not have HDMI only S video and VGA. So maybe my best route is to look for a TV that has VGA input and go that route. I just thought I would lose a lot of the picture quality that way. Thanks for your help. I'm really new to this and I'm trying to figure out the purchase to make that I will be happy with for a time to come.
post #4 of 11
If your graphics doesn't even have DVI, then a Blu-Ray is a waste of effort IMHO. Just watch DVD's.
post #5 of 11
You could also consider a device like the Popcorn Hour A-110 which if it's on the same network as the PC (could even be in another room), could read the content from your hard drive and play it back via HDMI connection.

You'd also need a BD drive for the PC to get the content on there.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Servicetech571 View Post

If your graphics doesn't even have DVI, then a Blu-Ray is a waste of effort IMHO. Just watch DVD's.

VGA can handle 1080P quite easily - not saying its the best solution, but it will work. I was using VGA to my 720P projector for over a year and the picture quality was no worse than it is now over HDMI.
post #7 of 11
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Originally Posted by brianley View Post

VGA can handle 1080P quite easily - not saying its the best solution, but it will work. I was using VGA to my 720P projector for over a year and the picture quality was no worse than it is now over HDMI.

Most video cards that don't have a DVI connection are either too old or too low end to effectively do 1920 x 1080 @ 60 FPS.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Servicetech571 View Post

Most video cards that don't have a DVI connection are either too old or too low end to effectively do 1920 x 1080 @ 60 FPS.

And not all TVs will allow 1920x1080 through VGA.
post #9 of 11
Thread Starter 
Ok I see TV's that are listed with a PC Input, but I saw posted here that the PC input does not display at the native resolution of the TV. So should I not worry about that and simply get a VGA to HDMI converter such as this:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

You all have been a huge help, thanks again.
post #10 of 11
Actually if you're going to get a new TV, I'd also get a new video card that has HDMI out. From your original post I thought you were looking to hook your current pc into your current TV. If you're getting new, then there's no reason to potentially hamstring the picture quality of your brand new set. Check out Renethx's excellent building a HTPC thread for recommendations - http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post14239742
post #11 of 11
You CAN NOT not convert VGA to HDMI without an expensive active powered adapter.

If your PC is not dual core with PCIe slots and DDR2 memory then it's time to upgrade it by pulling everything from the case and replacing it. There's really no point spending money for a video card in that situation. Look at the thread linked just above already.

Peter
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