The recent trend in TV is to allow HDTVs to hook into your home network either through ethernet or wireless and play content like YouTube and Netflix Instant Access directly to your television set. Unfortunately, one of the best content sites on the web has been left on the side of the road. While Hulu features great content from television shows to movies, their contract with TV and movie production companies restricts access to devices that will show their content on television sets.
But that doesn't mean you can't watch Hulu on your HDTV. It just means you'll have to do a little extra to get it working.
Here are a few tips on how to watch Hulu on your TV:
- Many of the newest HDTVs come with a PC input, which is a VGA port that lets you hook in your desktop or laptop with a VGA cable. This is the easiest way to get things working on your television.
- If both your laptop/desktop and your HDTV support DVI, this is the route to go. It will offer better picture quality, but not all HDTVs offer a DVI input, and since it is relatively new, not all laptops or desktops support it either.
- If your computer supports DVI but your TV doesn't, you can buy a DVI to HDMI adapter.
- If your TV doesn't support a PC input and your laptop doesn't have DVI, you might still get it working through s-video. Many laptops support s-video, but newer televisions are moving away from the standard.
- Still stuck? There are plenty of PC VGA and audio to HDMI converter boxes out there that will do the work for you. These will run around $40.
- If you are willing to pay a bit more out of pocket, you can get a wireless PC to TV converter. It will run you a little over $100.
How about audio?
While the converter boxes will deal with audio for you, most of these solutions are simply for getting the video working. But audio is pretty simple. You simply need an adapter that will plug into your speaker port and split it into the audio component cable. A 3.5mm to RCA cable will do the trick.