Podcast Video | Posted by Phil Leigh on February 19, 2009
Our guest today is a man named Scott who connected his laptop computer to a 46-inch flat-panel TV. He wanted unlimited Internet Video on the new television. Scott has a MBA and works in the financial services industry as a non-technical executive.The video convincingly demonstrates several key points.
First, navigating to any Internet Video on Scott’s TV is no more complicated than navigating on a computer.
Second, the laptop is hardly noticeable among the devices connected to the TV. Scott keeps it closed-up and has the DVD tray facing to eject outward so that there is no need for a separate DVD console player.
Third, with his integral wireless mouse and keyboard, Scott gets a comfortable lean-back viewing experience of Internet Video 15 – 20 feet distant from the TV screen.
Scott’s principal reason for connecting the laptop to the TV was to optimize his prior investment in the TV and surround-sound audio system. He also recognizes that there will almost certainly be substantial growth in the amount of video that will become available on the Net. He feels that a $400 – $500 investment in a dedicated laptop to thereby enable unrestricted Internet access on his TV is a good value. Scott considers that the availability of HDMI sockets on the laptop as crucial to the economic justification since it provides High Definition video and audio.
Scott has two HDMI inputs into his TV. One is from the cable set-top box and the other is from the laptop computer. Thus, merely with a one-button selection of “source” on his TV remote he can choose to watch either (1) cable TV video or (2) Internet Video.
This is Third Generation Television.
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