A Payson mainstay, Blockbuster Video, is closing its doors after many years of service … and it’s a trend that is happening throughout the United States.
Blockbuster has felt the effects of new technology advances — most notably, the accessibility of movies and television online. Services like Netflix and Hulu have revolutionized the way we watch movies. We can get almost anything without ever leaving the comfort of our homes.
These services have been easily accessible on our desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets. But what about watching shows on the big screen, in the comfort of our living room? New advances give us a variety of ways to bring the Internet (and all of its bells and whistles) to our television sets.
Option No. 1 — Connect your desktop or laptop to your TV.
There are several ways to connect a desktop or laptop to your television (assuming it is of the digital variety). One of the best ways to do this is by connecting with an HDMI cable. This may include swapping out your old video card for a newer version with HDMI output, and it also means that you have to run a cable from your machine to your television.
The connection from computer to TV can also be made with a DVI or VGA cable, although you’ll have to run another cable for sound. You can purchase all of these cables (DVI, VGA, HDMI, and audio) in just about any length to fit your needs.
And once you make the connection, you’ll have complete access to everything your computer can do (such as surfing the Internet, downloading videos, recording live TV, and more). Your computer essentially becomes a multi-tasking media center that is expandable and customizable.
Option No. 2 — Use a hardware Streaming Player.
If you can’t hook up your computer to your TV, consider using a system designed to bring the Internet directly to your television set. Devices like Roku and Boxee allow you to stream online content directly to your living room. These small boxes connect to the Internet and allow you to stream data to your TV. Other devices, such as Google TV, Nintendo Wii or Xbox offer additional capabilities.
In most cases, these devices have Wi-Fi enabled so that they can be used in any room of your house.
There are a million and one things you can do with today’s technology — and you can have any system you can dream up. But there is a learning curve to getting things set up correctly.
Give the Computer Guys USA a call at (928) 468-0000 for a complete Internet TV setup. We’ll recommend which system you should use, set it up for you, and teach you how to use it to its full potential.
It’s time to close your doors to the old way of doing things. Hop on the technology train with a TV that is connected to an endless pool of entertainment. This is going to be fun!
Daniel Taft is the senior network administrator and member/owner of Computer Problem Specialists, LLC and CEO of “The Computer Guys USA, Inc” with a degree in applied computer science. His career spans more than 20 years.