NEW YORK - For many broadband users, there's a simple way to convert the small-screen Internet experience to a big-screen show on their television sets.
Here's all they need to do: Connect a cable from a computer connection called a VGA port, normally used to connect laptops to monitors, to a similar jack on most modern digital TVs. Connect a stereo audio cable from the PC's headphone jack to the TV's sound input jack (or traditional RCA audio jacks). Then set the TV input to "PC," and the small image on the computer monitor becomes a huge image on the TV screen.
That's just one of several configurations keyed to inputs and outputs on computers and TVs that promote group viewing of broadband material, and all are quite simple to execute.
Connecting a PC to a modern a big-screen TV lets the whole family view features like NFL Network's Game Extra - free live broadcasts of Thursday and Saturday pro football games in November and December over Verizon broadband. The games are available over a high-speed Internet connection for Verizon broadband customers who also have FiOS TV or DIRECTV service through Verizon. Customers with a laptop can take advantage of any broadband connection and plug into a big-screen TV for a unique game-viewing experience.
The big-screen conversion also can be a perfect party-maker when hit programs like first-run movies and other special material are made available on Verizon broadband services. Families planning vacations, participating in online trivia contests or playing online video games also will love watching together on a home TV instead of a computer screen.
Modern television sets offer a number of options - including using the VGA cable - for making a computer-to-television connection. (Visit http://newscenter2.verizon.com/kit/nfl/photos.html for pictures of various connectors.) The options are:
- A DVI output, a digital connection that offers enhanced picture fidelity, is an option for many modern laptops. DVI jacks feature a series of small holes in two horizontal rows that link directly to the TV's matching DVI jack. (There are several varieties of DVI cable, so users should bring their PC and TV manuals to the electronics store for help in choosing the appropriate cable.) The sound travels separately, usually from the laptop or computer's stereo mini-jack to the TV's RCA plugs. Connection cables often combine both the DVI plug and a stereo jack. Some TVs with a DVI connection also may have digital audio connectors that require a digital audio cable - a combination that offers superior picture and audio quality. TVs that have an HDMI input rather than a DVI input require a cable with a DVI jack on one end to connect to the computer and an HDMI jack on the other end to connect to the TV.
- Some PCs have an "S-Video" output, and most TVs have a matching input. S-Video connections require a second cable for the audio connection.
- The most familiar connection is the VGA cable commonly used to connect computers to monitors. VGA outputs are available on most computers and usually have blue plastic pin insulators; most modern TVs have inputs that fit. These links will also require a separate audio connection using either mini-jack to mini-jack or mini-jack to RCA plug connections.
An important note: The input button on a TV's remote control should be used to select the "PC" or other input that recognizes the computer as a source. More information on how to select the input is available in the owners' manuals for most TVs.
There may also be monitor display settings on the computer and on the TV that will need to be adjusted, depending on the resolution settings that the computer video card is set to output, as well as adjustments to tell the computer to display its images on an external monitor. Refer to the owner's manual for the computer or the "help" feature.
For more information, visit http://www.firstscience.tv/how-it-works/how-it-works/watch-on-your-tv.html or similar sites.
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