How to Convert Internet to TV


You don't have to strain your eyes on the computer screen to watch the latest LOLcats video. With some of the newer TV models, it's possible to convert your Internet to TV so you can watch on the big screen. Depending on your PC and TV model, watching the hottest Internet videos on your TV is no more than a cable length away.

Things You'll Need

  • TV with video inputs
  • Computer with video outputs
  • Connection cable between TV and computer (depends on connectors)
  • Internet connection
  • Locate your laptop or PC close to the TV where you want to be able to view the Internet. Be sure there is a power source nearby to power your computer.

  • Determine what type of inputs you have on your TV. Older TVs will use an RCA video input; newer models will use a DVI (Digital Video Interface) or HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface). These newer models usually also feature a combination of inputs, including S-Video, USB and coaxial cable.

  • Determine what type of output you have on your PC. The only video-out featured on most PCs is the VGA cable--where the monitor is attached. However, if you have a newer PC with a powerful graphics card, it might also feature RCA outputs or HDMI. Many Macs come with a standard DVI interface.

  • Purchase the appropriate cable to connect your PC to the TV. If you have a DVI out on your computer and a DVI input on your TV, you will need a DVI-to-DVI cable. You can also purchase devices that will convert the signal. For example, you could find an adapter that will convert a DVI cable to an HDMI input.

  • Connect your computer to the TV with the cable.

  • Power on your computer.

  • Switch the input on your TV to the line where the computer is now attached.

  • Check the TV screen. You should see the output from your computer.

  • Open up a web browser to test your Internet connectivity.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are only connecting your PC to the TV with an RCA video connection, the TV will not carry any sound from the computer. You will have to use your computer speakers, or you could run a cable from the speaker outlet on your computer to the audio input jacks on your TV.

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