How To Make The PC - TV Connection

Watch BitTorrent movies, videos, and TV shows on your TV. Find the type of video connections your PC and TV have below, then click through for more information:

VGA (Video Graphics Array)

VGA Connection

Many flat-panel TVs have a VGA (video graphics array) input. Your computer has a VGA output port. This connector is where you attach your PC monitor. A VGA cable costs approximately $15 - $30. Please note that this connection will provide video output only but NO audio output. For details on how to make the audio connection, please click How-To above.

You Need:

Vgaport VgacableVga Connection

Making The Connection:

Attach the VGA cable to your computer’s VGA output port (the same one to which you connect your monitor). Connect the other end to your TV.

You need a separate connector for audio. Generally a stereo 1/8” mini-plug to RCA stereo cable will work for this purpose. Connect the mini-plug to the computer audio out jack and the red and white RCA plugs to the corresponding inputs on the TV.

Your PC should automatically configure the display on your TV. If you encounter problems or need more information, consult the manual for your computer’s video card or your computer manufacturer.

S-Video

S-Video Connection

S-Video connections are available on most recent TVs and computers. This is a video only connection. You will still need a separate audio connection (see the S-Video How-To).

You Need:

Svport SvcableSv Connection

Making The Connection:

If your PC has an S-Video output, connect one end of the S-Video cable to it and the other end to the S-Video input on your TV.

You need a separate connector for audio. Generally a stereo 1/8” mini-plug to RCA stereo cable will work for this purpose. Connect the mini-plug to the computer audio out jack and the red and white RCA plugs to the corresponding inputs on the TV.

Your PC should automatically configure the display on your TV. If you encounter problems or need more information, consult the manual for your computer’s video card or your computer manufacturer.

Composite Video

Composite Video Connection

Most older TVs have composite video inputs and many computers have composite video outputs. The cables cost well under $20.

You Need:

Cvp CvcCv Connection

Making The Connection:

A Composite Video cable has three RCA plugs on either end: video, stereo audio left, stereo audio right.

Most computers that have a Composite Video output port do not have the corresponding RCA audio outputs, therefore you may need a separate connector for audio. Generally a stereo 1/8” mini-plug to RCA stereo cable will work for this purpose. Connect the mini-plug to the computer audio out jack and the red and white RCA plugs to the corresponding inputs on the TV.

Your PC should automatically configure the display on your TV. If you encounter problems or need more information, consult the manual for your computer’s video card or your computer manufacturer.

Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

DVI Connection

Many newer computers, especially those that come equipped with Windows XP Media Center Edition, have a Digital Visual Interface (DVI). Some HDTVs come with DVI as well. Cables cost $30 - $80+.

You Need:

Dviport DvicableDvi Connection

Making The Connection:

Connect the DVI cable to the output port of your PC and the other end to the DVI input on your TV.

You will need a separate connector for audio. Generally a stereo 1/8” mini-plug to RCA stereo cable will work for this purpose. Connect the mini-plug to the computer audio out jack and the red and white RCA plugs to the corresponding inputs on the TV.

Your PC should automatically configure the display on your TV. If you encounter problems or need more information, consult the manual for your computer’s video card or your computer manufacturer.

Digital Media Receiver

Digital Media Receiver

Set-top digital media receivers such as the NETGEAR Digital Entertainer HD (EVA8000) stream movies, videos, music, Internet radio, and photos from your home PCs and storage devices to your HDTV without the need for media server software running on your computer. The Digital Entertainer HD automatically finds all the digital media files on your home network and organizes them into an easily accessible library.

Windows Media Center PC

Windows XP Media Center PCs are designed to interface with TV and to operate by remote control. You can download and watch BitTorrent movies and video from the comfort of your favorite chair or sofa.

Digital Media Adapters, Media Center Extenders (MCX)

Digital Media Adapters and wireless Media Center Extenders (MCX) are set-top devices that allow you to view BitTorrent movies and videos from any TV that may be in a different room than your main Windows Media Center PC.

Xbox 360

Xbox 360

You can use your Xbox 360 as a Windows Media Center Extender.

Required components:

  • An Xbox 360 with Xbox 360 Wireless Media Adapter
  • A PC running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005
  • A wired or wireless (preferably 802.11a) home network

For detailed instructions, go to the Microsoft website.