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Using laptop Broadband TV w/o my Dish Network Reciever?

by tegaderm / April 25, 2008 6:08 AM PDT

hello members!
i would like to view Broadband tv from my laptop on my TV. My TV is PC/TV compatable. however, do still need the reciever form my Dish Network? i want to get rid of it d/t increase price. also, one tv/pc supports HDMI/VGA/DVI/S-Video (Viewsonic). TV #2 supports RGB Video Output & RS-232 Connector.
what cables do i need for each TV? Do i Require the Dish Reciever for the Broadband?
i'm so confused.
i appreciate your help

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Re: receivers
by Kees Bakker / April 25, 2008 6:27 AM PDT

Well, you surely need something to receive the broadcasted signal.

That's either a dish (to receive satellite) or a DVB-T (terrestial digital signal) antenna. Or your local cable company. Or possibly your ADSL-connection offers digital TV. We don't know, but you can check what's available where you live. For HD (high definition) there might be less options than for SD (standard definition).

What do your friends, colleagues and family have? That's a good sign.

I'm confused about you mentioning your laptop here. What is it's role? Any receiver or antenna can be coupled directly to a TV.


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by tegaderm / April 25, 2008 8:20 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: receivers

hello Kees,
thx for the info. my broadband connection is via my laptop(AT&T Broadband TV)wil be then slaved to TV.

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It's nice to save money, but...
by ahtoi / April 26, 2008 3:03 AM PDT

I think you should be clear on what AT&T can provide you before you cancel your dishnetwork. As for connections to the TV or monitor, it's a different issue. So one thing at a time.

I don't know much about at&t broadband but are you getting all you want from at&t on your laptop now..and satisfied with it?

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by tegaderm / April 26, 2008 5:43 AM PDT

thx for the response. AT&T does not offer the service in my area. so, that solves my problem. however, would still like to know what cables i need for each tv to slave laptop to my 2 TV's?
have a good one

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Re: cables.
by Kees Bakker / April 26, 2008 5:51 AM PDT
In reply to: broadband

That depends on both the laptop outbound video connections and the TV inbound video connections. So please tell all about that.


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by ahtoi / April 26, 2008 9:33 AM PDT
In reply to: broadband

Hdmi, vga, rgb, and dvi are certainly the right connections on the TV side. Now all you have to do is match that to your laptop.

Another way (more expensively) would be doing it wirelessly. A few box comes to mind (Apple tv, slingbox, DSM330 by I/O gear..I think).

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by tegaderm / April 26, 2008 12:49 PM PDT
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thx Kees & Ahtoi,
i have two wireless laptops. both support HDMI,S-video/RGA.
i bought at the suggestion of a sales rep @ Comp USA a DSM-510(D-LINK)
however, he must have misunderstood me, from what gather this type DSM is for games,video,photo's only. of course, i opebed it and is non-returnable. no use for it now!!!!
AT&T offers U-Verse enabling one to record tv shows,etc, but it's not available here. that would work for me. i could get rid of the Dish. the Dish has many useless channels(i'm on lower end package) and shows the same shows over and over.
Ahtoi, i'll check your wireless suggestions, that's what i need. i found one for $295.00 called "InternetVue 2100" by Add logix, but out of my budget at this time, maybe later.
does anyone have any knowledge of MSN TV?
thx for the f/u ressponse guys. much appreciated.

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AS far as I know, MSN-TV is...
by ahtoi / April 26, 2008 5:50 PM PDT
In reply to: Broadband

more about using your tv set to surf the net (no computer required).

Verizon's FiOS is like U-Verse tv. Check to see if that's available in your area yet.


To tell you the truth, I personally don't think they are that much cheaper than other services (cable/satellite).

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by tegaderm / April 27, 2008 12:44 AM PDT

will do. thx. you'r probably right about that

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