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Topic # 239444 17-Jul-2018 23:50
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I have trouble reading small text on our TV and it is very frustrating. My vision with glasses is as good as it can be but I still can't quite make out lists like YouTube subscriptions and many Kodi program lists. Our layout cannot be changed and a bigger TV is also not an option at this time. I have tried everything I can think of but I can find no practical solution for this. Our Sony TV has a zoom function but it is worthless, as is the zoom on Kodi. Android supposedly has a built-in screen magnifier, but I have not been able to get that to work with any of my devices, including the Nvidia Shield, which is the main one used with the TV.

 

I have tried everything I can think of but have not found a solution. What I really need is some way to send the HDMI signal from the TV to my viewing position on the couch, where I have a notebook and tablet within reach. I have a splitter but I need a way to transmit the signal and make it viewable on one of my devices. I don't know if this is possible, or what kind of gadget I might need if it is. I don't need audio and the quality doesn't have to be high, just something that can echo the TV picture on another device so I can read the damned screen. Is there any way to do this?

 

 





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  Reply # 2058074 18-Jul-2018 04:16
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What is the screen resolution of the TV? If it’s HD, would a 4K UHD TV achieve what you want in terms of readability?

 

In terms of wireless transmission of the TV signal to your sitting position, we use one of these

 

https://www.amazon.com/IOGEAR-Wireless-Digital-Channel-GW3DHDKIT/dp/B00630WKGI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531843569&sr=8-1&keywords=Iogear

 

to get a Sky HD signal from our Sky box to our TV in a situation where it is physically impossible to run an HDMI cable. It works exceptionally well. The set-up has HDMI pass-through so you can see the picture on your TV and have it duplicated at the RX end.

 

At the RX end you would need to have the USB-powered small receiver box plugged into your notebook via an HDMI cable.

 

This is a somewhat expensive and maybe slightly cumbersome solution in your situation but may do what you are looking for.


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  Reply # 2058089 18-Jul-2018 08:01
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What is the maximum resolution your TV will do?
Is the screen resolution in kodi set to the maximum screen resolution on your TV?
Likewise the screen res of your other devices.

If you have a full HD TV 1920x 1080 pixels and you had Kodi set to a screen resolution of 1280 x 720 it may be downscaling the image somewhat, and possibly making characters a little less crisp than they should be. Ditto the other bits of hardware you have. I assume they are all connected via HDMI?




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  Reply # 2058095 18-Jul-2018 08:26
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Screen mirror to a handheld device?

 

There are apps that do that if your TV is capable.

 

For example I installed a screen mirror app on my Samsung Galaxy Ace, thinking it would show what I played on the phone on the TV.  Actually turned out to do the opposite - shows the TV screen on the phone.





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  Reply # 2058119 18-Jul-2018 09:12
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Just checking, if it's purely the size that's an issue? If it's the rendering, do you have the TV set to 1:1 pixel mapping with the various sharpening and other image degradation options disabled or minimised?



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  Reply # 2058144 18-Jul-2018 09:41
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Thanks for the quick replies. The TV is an older Sony Bravia, pre-Android but it has a reasonably sharp image. The problem is purely to do with my old eyes. Others can see okay. My vision is okay for most things with glasses, but I have some cataract development so it is slightly less sharp than it used to be. The stuff I can't read is just below the threshold of my vision. Sometimes I can barely make out some of it but usually not. It is very frustrating. I doubt 4K would help this. The text just needs to be a bit bigger. TV and Shield both 1080p. 

 

@MikeAqua: Do you have any examples of screen mirror devices? That is exactly what I need. I used to use Anydesk to mirror from my notebook to my media PC and that worked brilliantly. I just need to go in the opposite direction. 

 

@eracode: Thanks for the link. I will check it out. If nothing else, it might give me some ideas.

 

 





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  Reply # 2058148 18-Jul-2018 09:44
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The screen mirror idea of @MikeAqua sounds perfect.


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  Reply # 2058256 18-Jul-2018 10:41
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Doesn't Kodi have lots of different skins? Maybe there's one that offers large text.

 

Also have you had a read through https://forum.kodi.tv/showthread.php?tid=263958 which has people discussing different options for Kodi.


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  Reply # 2058257 18-Jul-2018 10:42
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Rikkitic:

 

@MikeAqua: Do you have any examples of screen mirror devices? That is exactly what I need. I used to use Anydesk to mirror from my notebook to my media PC and that worked brilliantly. I just need to go in the opposite direction. 

 

 

It's built into our Samsung Smart TV.  I don't think it will work with your Sony.  If your Sony TV is smart - perhaps there is an extension app for it.





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