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View Poll Results: Do you watch videos or games (computer content) on your TV? Check all that apply.
I dont do this, and dont have an interest to. 34 33.66%
I dont do this, but I'd love to if it was easy enough. 30 29.70%
I do this already, but it's time consuming and a pain in the arse. 5 4.95%
I do this already, I'm a full on geek.. and it's second nature to me. 9 8.91%
I don't watch 'computer content' on my TV, but I'll sit in front of my monitor for hours to watch the stuff. 20 19.80%
I burn video files to CD/DVD to watch on my TV. 22 21.78%
I watch 'computer content' on my TV through a dedicated PC, running Windows Media Center or something similar. 3 2.97%
I watch 'computer content' on my TV by running a long cable from my computer to my TV. It's a mess, but it works! 2 1.98%
I own a 'Windows Media Center Extender'. 0 0%
I own a 'Sling Box'. 0 0%
I watch 'computer content' stored on my home network from other places over the Internet. 2 1.98%
I watch 'computer content' on portable devices such as an iPod (video), Portable Media Center, etc. 7 6.93%
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Old 01-06-2006, 08:59 AM   #1
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Do you watch stuff from your computer on your TV?

One of my good friends in the IT business asked me if I'd ask this question here. He's curious to see how many people are interested in this, or already do it, as he has an idea for a product and wants to see if it's worth his time. Of course, Interference tends to have a wide range of people.. from the very saavy to the average joe, so it's a great place to ask this sort of question.

I'd really appreciate if you could take 1 minute to answer the poll. Thanks!

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Also... feel free to reply to this thread and mention how you do this and what you do? Ideas/comments you have that would make doing this easier? or problems that you have with doing it?
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I don´t watch computer content on TV but sit in front of my monitor for hours.

Good luck to all the entrepreneurs amongst us!

Instead of constructing something which helps to connect monitors to TVs, I´d rather see future profit in online distribution of (existing terrestrial or Sat) TV programs.
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I don't watch any computer content on TV but I'd definitely want to know more.
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Old 01-06-2006, 11:29 AM   #5
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I watch stuff on my monitor cos I don't know how to watch stuff from my computer on my TV...
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i don't watch hardly anything besides tv shows on my tv cause it's only a 13 inch screen. I watch dvds and stuff through my computer (17" external 1280x1024 LCD )

i don't really have a great interest on watching "computer stuff" on my tv even if i had a nice tv screen because most of the time when i'm watching something (except for dvds) i'm doing something on the computer at the same time (IM, email etc)
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Old 01-06-2006, 02:22 PM   #7
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I would definitely hook up to my tv if it were as simple as connecting a few wires.

I watch a lot of tv online...my fastest computer is a laptop and I connect it to a really nice monitor to watch it.

I wouldn't go to all the trouble to hook up to my tv unless it was literally as simple as plugging something in. Computers are fast enough and monitors are nice enough now that its not necessary.
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I wouldn't do it unless I could somehow hook the computer up to our big screen in another room. The TV in here is smaller than my monitor.
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Old 01-06-2006, 05:36 PM   #9
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Hello, my name is Carek and I admit I am computer challenged.
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I'm a promotions producer, so lots of stuff that start on my computer end up on TV.

But I've been paying attention to technology, and, for the most part, it's mostly a pain in the ass for most people. However, 2006 is already gearing up to be the year of the "media center." Intel's new "Viiv" technology is heavily geared towards computer/TV integration, and the tentative specs for the upcoming Playstation 3 is looking like a media center in itself.

Now whether or not the public embraces any of this technology, I believe, will have to do with how "natural" it feels. People don't like sitting on a hard chair in front of a computer monitor for long periods of time. They will also grow tired of looking at a tiny iPod / PSP screen too, so I think any technology will have to build into the ease and comfort of watching plain-old television.

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I'm online for hours most days, but find that I have little patience now for the more passive watching -- tv, videos, movies. Plus I've never much cared for most video games.

I feel like such a grouch!
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Old 01-07-2006, 02:20 AM   #12
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I have music videos on my computer that I watch on TV sometimes via my video IPod.

I also have a tv out port on my laptop that allows me to play my old school video game emulators on my TVs.
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I'm with Carek on this one.

I only just discovered by accident (put the wrong CD in the DVD player) that some stuff I downloaded, which I only thought played on the PC, actually played on the TV!
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I chose the option stating that I'll sit in front of my monitor and watch content. I have rigged up a dedicated computer system -> TV in the past. However, unless yours is a plasma or DLP, its kind of pointless to watch computer content on a standard TV. I get a much better picture on my flatscreen monitor.

I'd also be interested in what your friend has up his sleeve.
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Old 01-07-2006, 03:25 PM   #15
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I guess I don't really understand what is meant by "computer content on TV".

I don't really "watch" anything on the computer, besides little video clips from U2 concerts or whatever.

I use a laptop so I'd prefer working on the computer rather than a TV b/c the laptop's LCD is much easier on the eyes than my 13" CRT TV.

On the computer I do homework, internet browsing, e-mail, web design, school projects, and listen to music.

On my TV I watch DVDs, VHS tapes and TV shows.

I don't play any computer games and I don't watch TV shows or movies on my computer (I suppose I should, since my laptop screen is 15" and my TV is 13", but I don't think my DVD drive works).

I guess for me the two factors are 1) I don't really do anything on the computer I could simply "watch" on TV and 2) even if I did, the size and technology of my laptop screen is better than that of my TV and 3) I like to work on my laptop while I'm watching TV shows!
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