Best Streaming Video Tools Connecting Computer to TV

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Streaming media options have been expanding as Internet speed and wireless network technology improves. Some media players only work with pre-loaded apps, but others allow you to stream content from your computer to your television over the network. Here are the best streaming computer to television options currently on the market. It’s also important to remember with these products, that you must have an internet service provider.

Google Chromecast

The latest streaming media player on the market is the Google Chromecast. This small USB drive connects into the television and allows you to use the computer as a controller for the media. You can also cast your computer screen to the television, so you can share what’s on your Internet tab or a streaming media service not currently supported by the Chromecast.

Currently its number of supported apps is on the small side, as it launched quickly after its announcement.

Slingbox

Slingbox brings the television experience to your connected device, so you don’t have to go through a DVR device to record shows or jump through hoops to get the content to your computer. It “slings” content that it records to your computer or smartphone over your local wireless network.

Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has more features than just playing video games. It’s also a powerful media center that allows you to connect your computer to the television through the Xbox. It allows you to stream your own content from your computer, such as home movies that you’ve made, with a fairly seamless experience thanks to Microsoft.

When you have a Xbox 360 – soon to be xBox One – turned on and connected to your local wireless network, you can access music and videos from your computer on the television. The Xbox 360 controller works as a remote control, so you can pick and choose what content you want to watch.

ASUS WiCast

The ASUS Wicast is designed to work with laptops, although desktop computers are compatible with the technology. It sends over HD video signals through your local wireless network and can output to a television or another monitor.

One of the major uses for the WiCast is projecting content for meetings or classes. The technology centers around latency free transmission in order to avoid any lag problems that could slow down the broadcast. It’s a plug and play device that uses USB power and HDMI for output. It’s the perfect solution when you need projection power and you don’t want to mess with a lot of wires.

No matter which option you choose, you need to know how to select the one that works best for your situation.

Some media players, such as the Xbox 360, support a wide range of formats for output. Some media players are more dependent on apps than others, and you can’t always just download a new app to fill the streaming media gap that you’re facing. Make sure that the players are compatible with the services you want to use, or they have a way to output the information without using an app, such as Google Chromecast.

Most of the streaming media options range from the budget end to mid-range pricing, as there’s so many options out there that it’s a competitive market. Sit back and enjoy getting your computer streaming to your television or vice versa. It’s a great time to be alive in the entertainment world, since you have so many options.