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Old 09-09-2019, 01:47 PM   #1
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Help...I am dumb as a rock about streaming


DirecTV is messing with me regarding NFL Sunday Ticket. There are two local channels that are fussing with somebody about $$ or contracts or something....and are not available now: Local Fox and CBS...they show the SF 49er games I crave.

Don't want to watch anything via a computer. It must be in my recliner with a adult beverage handy. No cable TV in our rural area. How can I stream the 49'ers to our 46 inch Samsung, about 5 y/o and not sure if it is a smart TV or not.

TIA
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Old 09-09-2019, 03:37 PM   #2
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With a VGA cable from the computer to the TV usually. It makes the TV a monitor. You may have to do a manual switch at f4, but it works. Streaming also works on Netflix, Amazon and a host of other media. You just need an account and pay monthly

If both your TV and computer have HDMI ports, you can do it with an HDMI cable.
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Old 09-09-2019, 05:05 PM   #3
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If you get a Chromecast and connect it to your TV set, you can stream from your computer to the TV set using a Chrome browser easily.


https://www.nfl.com/ways-to-watch

BTW, what's the model number of your Samsung TV set? That's how you can determine if it's a smart TV.

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Don't want to watch anything via a computer. It must be in my recliner with a adult beverage handy.
That's why my computer is in the living room and the recliner, connected to my TV.

It's your best option. Like the previous posters mentioned.

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Old 09-10-2019, 01:16 AM   #5
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most laptops made in the last 10 years have hdmi out. easiest thing you can do is hook a laptop up to a tv.

streaming devices have limits and if the company goes out of business or drops support the device can become useless.
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Local Fox and CBS...they show the SF 49er games I crave.



TIA

How far away are the transmitters for those stations? You might be able to pull a good off the air signal with nothing more than a coat hanger and a 300 to 75 ohm converter. You will have to rescan your TV to find the channels.
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How far away are the transmitters for those stations? You might be able to pull a good off the air signal with nothing more than a coat hanger and a 300 to 75 ohm converter. You will have to rescan your TV to find the channels.
Most have gone digital, so you'll need a converter if the TV doesn't support it. Most digital settled on UHF instead of VHF, so the antenna is different. (they are super cheap though. ($20-40) The old large antennas on towers that everyone used to have will get UHF, so if you still have one, you're in luck.

(most of VHF was sold off in the last few auctions to cell phone companies in the US and Canada.)

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5 year old TV almost has to be a digital turner.



UHF is far easier to pull in than VHF and I am pulling in one station from 47 miles away with a 10" loop of copper wire attached to 300 to 75 ohm converter.
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We are in a valley and our home is heavily wooded. 26 miles to transmitter. DirecTV sent us a Local Channel Connector which is a black 1x1 panel with cables and connections. They told me before they sent it... it would not work in our situation.

Right now, I found a workaround. DirecTV will show the 49er game on their split 4 screen setup. If I click on the blue frame to select....it goes to the " not available in your area" message. So, I leave it alone....I sit far back and pull out my close focus binocs. It fill out perfect, no other game intrude. Problem is...no sound. But I can live with that.

I will ask local knowledgeable people about the suggestions you have made.

Thank you....
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Lol on the binocs.

Hopefully DirecTV resolves the local channel dispute soon.
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5 year old TV almost has to be a digital turner.



UHF is far easier to pull in than VHF and I am pulling in one station from 47 miles away with a 10" loop of copper wire attached to 300 to 75 ohm converter.
Depends on when it was actually made, not when it was sold.

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We are in a valley and our home is heavily wooded. 26 miles to transmitter. DirecTV sent us a Local Channel Connector which is a black 1x1 panel with cables and connections. They told me before they sent it... it would not work in our situation.

Right now, I found a workaround. DirecTV will show the 49er game on their split 4 screen setup. If I click on the blue frame to select....it goes to the " not available in your area" message. So, I leave it alone....I sit far back and pull out my close focus binocs. It fill out perfect, no other game intrude. Problem is...no sound. But I can live with that.

I will ask local knowledgeable people about the suggestions you have made.

Thank you....
Even so, you may so be able to pick it up. We pick up stuff from buffalo with basic antennas. (about 70-90 miles away.)

Cheers!
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Don't want to watch anything via a computer. It must be in my recliner with a adult beverage handy. How can I stream the 49'ers to our 46 inch Samsung, about 5 y/o and not sure if it is a smart TV or not.

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That's why my computer is in the living room and the recliner, connected to my TV.

It's your best option. Like the previous posters mentioned.

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My recliner is about 10' behind me. my main display is a 4k 50" smart tv.

my other 2, are 4K 43's...

I often watch live events via youtube, and movies and such in my recliner... and my sound system has a remote so I can control the volume from my recliner. while enjoying an adult beverage ofcourse.

This idea that you must have a desk, and one - two tiny monitors, with an uncomfy chair is so 2005.
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