It all depends on what inputs the TV has. Some TVs actually have a VGA input, so you could just plug it into your computer. Otherwise, it would depend on what outputs your computer has. Some computers have a composite output. If so, you can just plug that into your TV. Otherwise, you’d need something to convert whatever output the computer has to one of the inputs that the TV has. I believe there are VGA to composite converters, for example.
If not, it probably has a DVI output, which is the same thing as a HDMI output minus the sound. In that case, you’ll have to get a DVI/HDMI adapter and a 1/8" audio to RCA audio cable. I’d recommend www.monoprice.com for both of these.
You’re right, YouTube is all over the map, but you can tell the better/general quality videos online as well. Are you saying that as long as it’s (whether Hulu, centerice, or any other service) 480, it will look like regular no-frills SD channels via the cablebox – not fantastic quality, but not sub-par and unwatchable?
I am. Fortunately, YouTube is going to be rolling out 1080p soon.
But your post reminds me I left out part of it. When your TV receives a 480p signal, it does the upconverting* itself. The computer won’t be sending the 480p signal–it will upconvert before it sends it to the TV.
In my experience, computers generally do a better job, so that is a bit of bonus. But with the higher compression usually used online, it may not be noticeable.
*What it sounds like. Converting the signal from the lower 480p resolution to the 720p or 1080p of your HDTV screen.
Just wondering, is there an advantage to using HDMI vs VGA? I’ve used VGA for the past several years and the picture looks fantastic, especially when I play blu-ray files on my media player. Am I still getting 1080p resolution assuming my TV offers 1080p? (which it does)