Now and again the mrs and I want to catch up on something we've missed on TV, and can generally do so through the wonders of the interweb and on-demand services. Occasionally we'll watch some not-quite-legit rips of programs that haven’t aired on regular channels yet (usually streamed on a website, not a downloaded file). Either way, it means the two of us sitting round the PC to watch, which is annoying as we have a nice big plasma TV and comfy sofas which would be much more preferable.
So, what’s the best way of viewing such net-sourced TV on the big screen? I have ascertained that although my model of TV can be wi-fi enabled via an expensive adapter, I'll be limited to a handful of apps such as skype, youtube a few games and some online video streaming enterprises. There’s no option for a web browser to surf the web directly from the TV. As far as I can see, my options are:
A USB video adapter Our PC is a HP Touchsmart so doesn't have the standard video out connections, so a USB version would be required to use the TV as a duplicate or second screen. I could then get a 15m HDMI cable and plug this into the back of the TV, and I would possibly also have to run a 15m audio cable as the HDMI output on the USB adapter has come via a DVI connection, so I believe doesn't have an audio signal? And will there be issues with such a long run of cable?
The other option appears to be an Android mini-PC TV box which, if I understand correctly, will just sit behind the TV and hook up to the house wi-fi, and allow me to download a browser app such as Chrome and find the show I'm after on the web, and view it straight through the TV.
There may also be a third option transmitting a signal through the house wiring, but I'm even less up-to-speed on that.
Has anyone got any experience of similar set-ups, or got any other bright ideas?