Catherine from Delaware writes “Is it difficult to hook up something like Hulu via computer to TV. I am a novice at 80 and was wondering if I could do it?”
Hi, Catherine. Thanks for the great question.
For those who don’t know, Hulu is one of many great video on demand services including Netflix, and Amazon Video.
Probably the easiest way to do this is to connect your computer to your TV. If you search our website’s archives, you’ll find lots of good articles on this, but this is the short version: if your computer has an HDMI output and you have a high-def TV, simply hook an HDMI cable from your computer to your TV and enjoy. If you have a laptop, make sure that your laptop is set so that the computer doesn’t go to sleep when you close the lid. That way you can have your laptop closed so that you don’t have your video running on two screens.
If your computer doesn’t have an HDMI output, there are some other ways.
First off… and I’m just guessing here… but I’m thinking that you probably don’t have a Playstation 3 or Xbox 360, but you can also use apps on both of these systems to stream all of these services through the gaming console onto your TV. If you don’t have one of these and want to go this route, you can expect price drops on both of these systems since the introduction of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One.
There are also stand-alone boxes that you can use to stream these services to your TV, such as Google TV and Roku.
You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to about $150 for one of these devices, depending on how many bells and whistles you want. For example, some of the Roku boxes allow you to play one or the other versions of Angry Birds, and the Roku 3 has a headphone jack in the remote so that you can watch your TV shows without disturbing others.
I hope that this helps!
~ Randal Schaffer