How to Stream Videos From a PC to a TV
Media streaming apps are becoming one of the most common ways to view the latest television shows and movies. While it may be convenient to watch content on your phone or laptop, you'll eventually want to take advantage of your HDTV to make binge-watching even better. If you don't have a smart TV, gaming device or other streaming device connected to your TV, fear not. There is a very simple way to stream video from your PC to your TV.
Step 1: Connect your PC to your TV with the HDMI cable.
If you're already using an HDMI cable for your cable box or DVR, you can unplug it from that device and plug it into your PC. Otherwise, plug one end of your HDMI cable into the PC and the other into the TV. Where the HDMI port is on the back of televisions will vary, but you'll probably see it near the other input/output slots.
Step 2: Set your TV to HDMI input.
Press the input button on your television remote and set it to HDMI. If you have more than one HDMI port, make sure you note which one you used when plugging your cable into the TV set.
Step 3: Extend your screen.
Once plugged in and set to the correct input, click the Start menu on your PC and open the Control Panel. From there, click the option "Adjust Screen Resolution" under the "Appearance and Personalization" category, where you can choose to extend the screen to multiple displays. You should then see your PC screen pop up on your TV.
Step 4: Adjust screen resolution.
You'll likely see that the picture on your television does not completely fill up your TV. You can remedy this by adjusting the screen resolution. The setting of 1184x666 pixels should fix the problem on most TVs. You can adjust the resolution setting further until it fits your liking.
Step 5: Open your browser.
Open a new window in your web browser. Click and drag the window, either left or right, until you see it move onto your television screen. Click the full screen icon to expand the window to fit your TV screen.
Step 6: Open your media.
Go to a media streaming website, such as Hulu or Netflix, or find the video on your hard drive. Click play, and enjoy.