Answered Best Method to Send Content from my PC to NON Smart TV

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  1. MrRobot

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    Hi all,

    Can anybody advise me on what would be the best method to play content from my desktop PC to a NON smart TV, the PC is on my home network and the TV is only 18ft away but has no Ethernet or USB ports but does have 3 HDMI ports.

    Many Thanks :smashin:
     
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    Best for what?

    By most measures -picture quality, capability, cost and so on - an HDMI cable would be the best choice. The main downside is the potential inconvenience associated with a cable, but if the TV and PC are used simultaneously then that can also be an issue.
     
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    I was previously using a Steam Link which has the capability of mirroring your desktop (up to 1080p) over Wifi or Ethernet, the latter being the best option for lag free performance. I have since connected a long hdmi cable run discretely from my pc to my av receiver as this gives me a full 4K resolution and lag free performance.
     
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    Was hoping to avoid a cable but that may be the way i need to go.
     
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    I got a white one which runs discretely around the skirting board. eBay is a good source for finding a decent one with colour to suit your needs.
     
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    There is no best method. It's a compromise between quality and convenience.
    In your position I would concentrate more on convenience and making your non smart TV smart. I would go with Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast. With Amazon Fire TV you can load Kodi to play your own media with the advantage of having Netflix, Prime, Youtube, Spotify etc with a simple UI and remote control.
     
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    Thanks limegreenzx, so would either of these give me the facility to play back movies etc from my PC as i have no interest in Netflix etc
     
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    If you want to simply connect the PC then HDMI cable is the way to go. Presumably the PC has HDMI output? Or at least DVI and audio if it is a bit older?
     
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    I would use Kodi all you have to do is have your movies in a Windows share. Have a look at AFTVnews it's a good site for Fire TV with guides etc. Alternatively Plex is very good, you load the Plex server on your PC and the client on the Fire TV.
    Amazon are about to revamp their Fire TV range so there maybe some big price reductions soon. If you have a smartphone Chromecast is good for Plex to play media from a PC. You can also cast iplayer, Netflix etc.
     
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    Thanks for all your help i think i will take a look at the Firestick :thumbsup:
     
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    @limegreenzx which would you recommend to do the said task a Firestick or Chromecast
     
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    That's a difficult question. The FireTV is the player and controller. Chromecast requires a phone or tablet to controller the player.
    1. Live on your mobile phone? - get Chromecast
    2. Prefer more traditional remote? - Fire TV

    You can also download Kodi and Plex onto your PC to see which client you prefer. Kodi will only run on FireTV.
     
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    I have loaded Plex onto my Xbox One and so far i am impressed so i think i will go for the Firestick, do i need to get the latest version or will the older one be OK for what i am doing.
     
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    AFAIK The 1st gen stick is no longer available. There is only the 2nd gen stick with the Alexa remote
    I don't usually say to wait to buy, but new versions of Fire TV are likely to released in the next month.
     

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