There’s a lot of good video available for free on the Web if you have broadband Internet access, and it’s not that difficult to connect a PC to your television. If your computer graphics adapter is like most, it has a DVI connector. You can get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to your TV, and some TVs even have a DVI connector so a DVI to DVI cable might work. But the hardware is the easiest part. How do you navigate to all the video?
Apparently, VuNow has a solution. I have not tested the product, but apparently this palm-sized box attaches to your home network (either by a wired or wireless connection). You can connect the hi-definition version of the product to your TV using an HDMI connection. It then finds video files available on the Internet from a wide range of sites, including YouTube: no separate computer required. It is also DLNA compatible, so you should be able to access media files stored on other computers on your network. It has USB ports, so you can access files on thumb drives or USB hard drives. (It does not act as a video recorder, however.) According to the company, they intend to add support for the CinemaNow movie rental service soon. And all of this is wrapped up with a user interface that is designed to make it easier to search for videos on the Web.
Amazon is selling the high-definition VuNow VN1000HD
for $149. There’s no subscription fee; if you can access the video for free with your computer, you should be able to watch it for free on your TV using the VuNow box. It is much smaller and costs a lot less than a media center computer, and while it can’t do as much, it should make it easier to watch HD Internet video on your TV.