How Do I View Pictures on My PC on TV?

By Brenton Shields

Digital cameras have all but replaced film cameras in the general public. Thanks to the convenience of being able to see images right away, either through the camera's LCD screen or on your computer, digital cameras are nearly everywhere. The pictures you take with a digital camera can be easily edited in your computer, printed out at home to pass out to family, or even emailed to loved ones in the blink of an eye. Believe it or not, there are also ways to display those images you have stored on your computer on your television set.

DVD Players

Many DVD players are not simply one-dimensional, and in fact can play all sorts of things, including MP3s and CDs, and can even display pictures off of data discs. Using a standard CD-R or CD-RW burner, simply save the images you want to display to a CD. Now just place the CD into the DVD player's disc drive, and, provided the DVD player properly hooked up to the TV, you'll be able to view the images on the screen. All DVD players are different, but some will play them as a slide show or let you pick and choose from a thumbnail gallery, and in many have both capabilities.

USB Flash Drives

Many modern televisions are not just televisions; they're in fact complete media centers capable of doing all sorts of things, including displaying images off a flash drive. Flash drives can be purchased rather inexpensively and can often contain thousands of images. Simply fill up the drive and place it into the TV's USB slot, which can be found among the other inputs (like audio and video inputs). You'll then be prompted to with a menu allowing you to scroll through the images on the drive. Note, however, that not all TVs have this feature, and is reserved for higher-end Plasma, LCD and LED models. While many manufacturers supply this feature with their TVs, Samsung in particular puts multiple USB ports on nearly all of its newer models.

PC-to-TV Streaming

If you don't have a DVD player or your TV doesn't have a USB port, there's another tried-and-true method of displaying your digital pictures on it. It's simply a matter of connecting the computer to the TV using either an HDMI, DVI or S-Video cable. Newer TVs often have HDMI and DVI inputs, as do newer computers. These types of inputs offer the best quality picture, and HDMI can even transfer sound if you're thinking of streaming a video. For older computers and TVs, the cheaper S-Video doesn't offer as good of a picture quality, but works just fine. Simply connect your computer's video output to the TV's corresponding video input, which should be clearly labeled in your owners manual's, and you should be prompted by your computer to output its display to the TV. Select that option, and your TV should suddenly become your computer monitor. Now simply open up your favorite picture viewing program to display your images.