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Netflix box? Why not just use S Video?


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I am looking to get a laptop and was wondering how to stream movies from Netflix on my tv. They advertise a box that can do all this and also other things like PS3. Why would you need the box couldn't you just hook up an S Video cable and stream the movies straight from your Netflix watch instantly account?
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Really no reason, except convenience. What if you want to use your notebook to IM someone during a slow part of a movie? Or someone else wants to use it, while you want to watch a movie?

Also, an S-video connection won't get you the best experience on an HDTV. While Netflix isn't "true" HDTV it can deliver a better than DVD experience when connected via HDMI, or other HD output.

Edited by admin, 10 June 2010 - 11:32 PM.

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Really no reason, except convenience. What if you want to use your notebook to IM someone during a slow part of a movie? Or someone else wants to use it, while you want to watch a movie?

Also, an S-video connection won't get you the best experience on an HDTV. While Netflix isn't "true" HDTV it can deliver a better than DVD experience when connected via HDMI, or other HD output.



So an HDMI hook up would be better than an S Video hookup? Do laptops come with HDMI hookups on them?


Im not really concerned about using the computer while watching tv anyways as far as that part goes.
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Yes, HDMI is superior (HD video and sound), S-video is not (only picture and not HD). A minority of modern laptops will have HDMI, but they are not hard to find.
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