How to Display the Internet on TV

By Brent Watkins

With a high-speed Internet connection you can view movies and television programs streamed from the Internet to your computer. Maybe you want to experience other web sites on a larger monitor, and your big-screen TV is the perfect solution. The challenge is how to connect your Internet-enabled computer to your television. While Internet-enabled TV devices do exist, you probably want to use your existing computer and TV to view Internet content. These steps will show you how.

Things You'll Need

  • Television
  • Computer
  • High-speed Internet connection

Step 1

Determine the inputs available on your television. You will need a television that accepts more than a cable input. All High Definition (HD) and many standard definition (SD) TVs include video input jacks that allow you to plug in other video devices such as DVD players and camcorders. Check to see which kind of input jack your television accepts. Common input types among SD TVs are RCA or S-Video. More expensive SD TVs may include component inputs that look like RCA jacks, but are color coded red, green and blue. A component video connection requires three RCA cables. HD TVs can offer a host of input options, including analog inputs such as RCA and S-Video and component. Because HD TVs are digital, they may also include the newer digital input known as HDMI. Many HD TVs will allow you to plug in your computer using a standard VGA computer monitor cable.

Step 2

Assess the output options of your computer. Whether your television has one or all of the input options listed in the previous step, your computer video output choices will be more limited. All laptops normally have some form of video output. Older models will include analog video choices, usually either RCA or S-Video. Newer laptops include HDMI video output ports. Older desktop computer models might not have any video output option other than for a single VGA connection to your video monitor. Newer desktops may offer additional video output options. You will need a television whose input options match the output on your computer. While modules can be bought to convert one type of output to another, they can be costly. If your desktop computer does not offer any video outputs other than for your computer monitor, you can buy an additional video display adapter to plug into an expansion slot on your computer. Simply choose an adapter that offers the same output required by your television input.

Step 3

Once you have matched the output from your computer to the input of television, you need to purchase a connection cable to connect them. Make sure you use the cable appropriate for the connection jacks you are using.

Step 4

When your television is connected to your computer, adjust your computer’s video display for the optimum resolution of your television. For SD televisions, you option is usually a resolution of 800 x 600. Resolutions for HD models will vary depending on the connection type you use.