Last night, I bought a mid range Windows 7 laptop. Nothing too aggressive (due to current limited dollars). Just a little 15.5" HP G60 / 4 Gig RAM with 320 Gig HD unit, wireless "G", Web Cam - that also has an HDMI port. Since I only have 14 days to "test it out" for return to store exchange, my son & I fired up its Web Cam and HDMI port features this afternoon.
Vision a laptop connected to an HDMI cable, which is connected to a large screen LG 37" 1080p HD-TV. After pressing the laptop's Function + F4 keys a few times and refining its "projector" screen resolution, the image on our 37" HD TV was amazing. And, it sound was coming from our TV set as well (instead of laptop's mini-speakers). If wondering, my new HP Laptop considers the connected HDMI device as an attached "projector". Regardless, the image our our 37" HG TV is amazing. While playing a hi-res sample video, the image on the TV was a cross between 720p and 1080p quality. Pretty amazing for a hand-held laptop running on batteries, using a mid quality HDMI video port using shared RAM. This PC to large screen TV connection feature even impressed my wife (which is often hard to do).
Instead of renting movie DVDs at our local store, she's asked our son to "down load" a few FREE online movies and give them a try. If this works as good as our test, we won't need to rent anymore "old release" DVDs from our local corner store again. Money saved (from watching free online videos) will pay for our new Laptop. Especialy during our new laptop's 3-4 year lifecycle span.
If you ar thinking of going "new technology" Windows 7 PC/Laptop to HDMI to large screen TV viewing feature, do give it a try. My family is impressed with this new technology....
Last night, I down loaded a free "online" 2 hour length Sci-Fi movie. This movie only took only 13 minutes to download via wireless "G" connection. When played on my new HP G60 laptop to LG 37" HD-TV via HDMI connection, its screen quality was acceptable. Not Blu Ray or full 1080P resolution quality but acceptable screen quality for the average home user. I plan to try a few other downloaded movies as well. It still amazes me that I can see a 2 hour Star Trek movie without renting or buying it... Or, without even leaving my living room. Talk about cost savings. Especially in the long run....
BTW: Was told that if I watch PCs to HDMI cable to HD-TV connection and want better screen image quality, I should have a PC system that has dedicated (descrete) video card memory. For example, 512 Meg Ram on the PC's video card (instead of using shared RAM). Thus, creating much sharper screen quality image. Lesson learned for my next laptop purchase.
Hi Spike99. Are you going to give us some clues as to where we can download free (legal) movies?? :D
I found a good "free" movie site you may want to try youself.
Surf: stagevu.com/videos Only need to install its DivX Movie Player if you plan to view their movies across the net. Otherwise, simply "download" the desired movie, then play it off your hard disk.
Use this web site's "Search Video" feature and look for a specific movie name. For example "Orphan 2009". Using "G" wireless connectivity, it only took 2 hours to download this specific movie. I simply downloaded it, had a snack and went for a walk. When I got back, this .AVI file was fully downloaded. Then, I connected my new laptop ( which is a HP DV7 17.3" "DV7-3128CA" laptop ) to my 37" HD-TV using its HDMI port and played this downloaded movie. I'd say its viewing quality is between VHS tape to 720p quality format. If downloaded movie had better quality at source (like some of the Olympic 1080p videos on YouTube), its large screen viewing quality would be much better.
If you want to see a good "free" movie that has a surprising twist to it, do download and watch "orphan 2009". Well worth watching - especially since its free (at this stagevu.com/videos site).
A few moments ago, I typed in "John Wayne" and clicked its search button. To my surprise, this site's "search" engine even searches on actor names as well. Cool stuff.
Hope this helps in your Free Movice viewing desires...