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Streaming from cloud to TV?

by FrankU66 / July 29, 2013 8:23 PM PDT

I have an older, non hdtv. I use a Roku to stream. I connect using red, yellow, white jack. There is no HDMI slot on TV. Is it possible to stream content I have in Google's cloud service to my TV? What would be the easiest way of doing this? My skill level is that of a beginner.

Thanks for any tips y'all might provide.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2013 12:54 AM PDT

Given no HDMI port that means the options are limited or going to be overtaxing for many. For now I'm going with no.

You'll want any HD TV with HDMI and that Google ChromeCast device to make this easy.

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Re: Ouch
by FrankU66 / July 30, 2013 2:08 AM PDT
In reply to: Ouch.

No app or Roku Channel?

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I didn't find one. I see you didn't
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2013 2:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: Ouch

There is some old school solutions such as PC to composite video but I didn't bring that up.

In parting it took almost 3 years to find a new home for our last non-HD TV. Turns out it had to be gifted away with a PS2 to a 9 year old child. That appears to be the only way to move this out.

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by x5 / July 30, 2013 4:15 AM PDT

If you have a DVI slot on your old TV you could buy a DVI to HDMI adaptor. That might give you what you are looking for. Cyberguys sells that adaptor.

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HDMI mandates HDCP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 30, 2013 4:20 AM PDT
In reply to: DVI
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Use laptop computer
by njwhite2 / July 30, 2013 5:46 AM PDT

If you have a laptop computer, you can do it. Depending on the laptop's age, it may have S-video out and/or VGA out. You can purchase an adapter to go from either to the RCA or composite inputs on your old TV. They were available as low as $5 on Amazon today. If you have a newer laptop with HDMI out there are adapters for that also, from around $7. I use this method to watch Netflix in my older RV with non-HDMI televisions.

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Streaming from cloud to TV? - New!
by malikinotorious / July 30, 2013 7:42 PM PDT

I would offer the solution of PLEX it works well with Roku. I have it setup and am loving it. Also this option will allow you the option of sharing servers with your friends. Now I may be misunderstanding your intent, but if you have movies stored on your PC rather then the cloud this will allow for viewing your movies via android, PS3 XBOX360 Roku as well as other DLNA compliant devices. Hope this helps you out. If this is only for the Google purchased movies I am not sure how it will help though.

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re: Streaming from cloud to TV? - New!
by FrankU66 / July 31, 2013 4:21 AM PDT


The content is predominantly home movies/vacation shots that I want to share with family -- hence putting it in the cloud. Nothing that is commercially distributed. Would Plex allow me to stream it through the Roku?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 31, 2013 4:43 AM PDT

However I am not a fan for this. My ChromeCast should be here soon and I'll come back with how we solve this another way.
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Does your Roku have a USB port?
by sonic_CNET / August 21, 2013 4:43 AM PDT
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