I have been researching TVs for PC connectivity on and off for a few weeks, but am not getting too far. The want is to be able to watch movies/recorded TV in AVI/MPEG/whatever formats from a PC (NAS or dedicated media PC - undecided) as well as watch regular terrestrial/Sat TV, DVDs etc.
The TV will be in the lounge, the PC/NAS will be in the comms cupboard in the hallway. It's a new home and I've fully wired it with 1km of Cat6 and Sky-compatible RG6 coax, GIB isn't on yet, so some changes are still do-able if need be.
So besides Full HD, 1080p, built-in freeview, several HDMI inputs and possibly a USB port for cameras, what am I looking for, to connect say a 50" LCD TV in one room over our LAN/HAN to our Media PC in the hall cupboard?
I have seen DNLA compatible TVs that seem to use a single ethernet port on the rear, which would be useful. Does anyone know of any NZ available DLNA TVs? I've seen 1 or 2 from Sony and Samsung I think, but imagine they're pretty new (and expensive).
What's the deal with DMR/DMP - is this anything to do with it, or likely to confuse me (!!)
Some TVs have a 15-pin connector presumably for SVGA but this is where my knowledge lets me down - what kinds of signals can be sent down UTP cable? I "just" want to connect a TV to a PC and watch movies. If I had to go a low-tech route and bring-up an XP desktop on the TV, so be it...but then I need KVM extenders..(I have posted about those before) ideally a direct, wired TV/PC connection would be the go.
Budget for the TV is around $2-2.5k but the last time I bought a TV, it had teak-effect sides so let me know what you know ;-)
I fully appreciate your thoughts, have at it :-)