How to watch PC content on TV?
December 16, 2022
In addition to a digital channel tuner and built-in speakers, today’s computer monitors share the same hardware features as TVs. Therefore, it is common in any situation where our main TV is not expected, or because we have a PC screen at home, we can use it as a TV, even as a smart TV.
Check the configuration
To make this happen, we just need to make sure the check is the right size (24 inches or larger) and that the HDMI port allows connection to a DTV set-top box or Android TV set-top box but since HDMI can only carry video, we want to make sure these devices have additional audio and video products that allow them to connect to an audio system that supports 3.5mm or RCA patch cables.
What to do if your monitor only has a VGA port?
In this case, what to do is to get an HDMI to VGA adapter that transmits the video signal through a VGA output and the audio through a 3.5 mm jack cable compatible port. If your TV has an HDMI connection:
- On a computer with HDMI, an HDMI cable is required.
- On Micro HDMI connection, a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable is required.
- In PC VGA connection, a VGA to HDMI cable is required.
- USB Type C cable requires USB C to HDMI adapter.
Converting a monitor to a TV
Connecting with cable
There are several ways to connect the PC to the TV with cable. The advantage of these methods is that they are usually the fastest and easiest and the cheapest, but it is much more dependent as we will have to have a computer nearby or a laptop, but we will also have to have space to support it next to the TV.
In addition, we must take something into account: some operators or streaming platforms do not allow us to see all the content from the TV version or from the app and the only way we must send the content to the TV is by cable. This is the case of Movistar: being away from home we can only watch soccer through the computer, but not from the app for Smart TV or from the Chromecast. In this case, you would have to connect the laptop via cable to the TV if you wanted to watch a game on the big screen. For this very reason, or in case you ever need it, we’ll tell you everything you’ll need to get to watch your computer screen on the TV.
With HDMI cable
The HDMI cable has become a standard since about 2012 of manufacture. It is the most common wired connection, and Windows 10 makes it easy for us to connect the PC to the TV. The way to proceed starts with turning on the computer and the TV; once both are turned on, we should take an HDMI cable and connect it to the computer output and the TV input, regardless of the order in which we make the connection in each of them. Moreover, once you connect it in the right way, you would not even have to touch any kind of button on the computer. Of course, from the remote control of your TV you will have to go to the menu with the different outputs (Input) and click on the HDMI option that will be enabled.