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Set up streaming video, with cable internet, for a novice.

Want my cable internet and land line but want streaming video for TV.
Need simple to understand guidance and directions. I'm very new to this.

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Re: streaming video

In reply to: Set up streaming video, with cable internet, for a novice.

That mostly depends on the TV you have and what video you want to stream and for a lesser extent on in what country you are, if you have in house WiFi from your ISP and on the connections available on your laptop/PC/Mac.
So please tell more.

Post was last edited on January 14, 2019 8:36 AM PST

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Reply more info

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USA Wisconsin. Have WIFI. TV is an Insignia. Not the latest but loads of connections. Has been suggested, daughter/son in law to buy another CPU dedicated to streaming. TV in one room CPU etc. in another/office studio.

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You don’t necessarily need a new CPU

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Let’s just call it a ‘PC’ for clarity.

My retired parents, also WI/USA, ended up with a similar setup. Me running an HDMI cable and ethernet cable from a PC in the adjacent office. I added a wireless keyboard and mouse to extend the PC trappings, including all streaming services.
Only another HDTV in their home eventually got a streamer box (old one- WDTV Live).

I like the Roku for reasons Bob mentioned. Sick of running wires all over people’s homes LOL

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For me this was my novice setup.

In reply to: Set up streaming video, with cable internet, for a novice.

At first I used the Roku box (they have cheap sticks too) and now I went with the Toshiba Amazon Fire TV for reasons. I don't consider these to be above novice level to setup and the results are great on cable internet.

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Cheap sticks? are you talking memory/RAM. ROKU came in a conversation with my daughter. Also HULU. Amazon Fire? Has been suggested to get a separate CPU just for streaming. Current CPU is in a separate room. House has WIFI.

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Sorry.

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But in this discussion about TVs I am referring to Roku and Amazon devices. Either the stick or box. The Roku has its edge in that you don't need an Amazon account unless you want Amazon Prime content. The Amazon unit has it's edge with a great (to most) interface and integration with Amazon plus I have installed browsers on mine for access to YouTube videos.

My Amazon Fire Stick was under 30USD.

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No need to...

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Sorry not necessary. As I wrote this is all new to me. Should I have a dedicated CPU? and what's with CNET asking for updated settings/notifications?
Thanks for you prompt replies and information.

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As to CNET settings.

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