Ditch Cable and Satellite for Free Internet TV
Posted 25 July 2009 - 07:31 PM
Posted 27 July 2009 - 08:54 AM
I connect my computer monitor with the VGA cable, and bought a 25' DVI to HDMI cable which I run under my house to my 50" HDTV. When I want to watch any computer video on my TV, I merely clone the TV screen to the computer for a 1080i display. Streaming video works perfectly and the quality from my computer is equal in quality to that streamed directly from my Dish DVR.
I use a 25' optical cable to connect my computer to my AVR to receive Dolby Digital sound. The sound syncs perfectly with the video and allows my to listen to Pandora music on 5.1 sound system while browsing the internet. My music is all stored on my computer and the quality of music is equal or superior to the Sirius music I play from Dish.
My system is limited by my optical connection that will not carry the quality of sound offered by an HDMI cable, which carries the newer more advanced Dolby sound quality.
If you have a notebook or desktop computer with an HDMI output and an AVR with an HDMI input a single HDMI cable to the AVR and a 2nd HDMI cable from the AVR to the HDTV with muted sound is the best solution.
Posted 18 September 2009 - 05:20 PM
Posted 19 September 2009 - 01:57 PM
Posted 28 September 2009 - 10:38 AM
Unless I can get my dose of "Hannah Montana" and "Jonas", no can do.
Posted 06 October 2009 - 03:22 AM
Posted 22 November 2009 - 05:08 AM
You can't buy a stand-alone VCR anymore. Manufacturers now bundle a VCR with a DVD player and you have to buy the combination. I already have two DVD players. I don't need a third. What I need is some VCRs to replace the DTVPal DVR units that have proven to be junk.
I acquired two DTVPal DVRs directly from Dish in January 2009. Both were defective right out of the box. They constantly rebooted or froze so completely you had to pull the plug to get them working again. I finally got return merchandise authorizations to ship both of them back. I sent back one. Its replacement would not receive Channel 3. After I got the next unit in late June, I sent the other one back. I did not receive its replacement until late August. This unit died completely in early November, less than 10 weeks after I received it. The unit I received in June is now (early November) very, very sick. It again spontaneously reboots, and has now developed Alzheimer's disease. It forgets what I want to record, or records it at inappropriate times. I expect it will totally fail soon.
The DTVPal DVR is by far the worst piece of consumer electronics I have ever bought. Fortunately, DISH his stopped selling it. They have transferred their inventory to Sears, and Sears offers an extended warranty for an extra charge.
Don't buy this product.