Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 

Surfing on TV


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-04-2013, 17:26
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185

I suspect that a lot of people these days
have their 37 " TV plugged into their computor and surf on the TV
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 05-04-2013, 17:27
Emma_Waughman
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Norfolk
Posts: 2,070
Another excuse to be lazy
Emma_Waughman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 18:28
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
There must still be a lot out there surfing via a computor monitor on a desk
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 20:04
Chris Frost
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cheshire
Posts: 4,616
I suspect that a lot of people these days have their 37 " TV plugged into their computor and surf on the TV
I have exactly that right now. The problem though is text size vs viewing distance.

The TV is 1080p. Even with Windows set to extra large fonts the text is too small to read comfortably at anything approaching regular living room viewing distances. Dropping the resolution to 1280x720 helps, and standard or large fonts works for me okay. But it's still not as comfortable as browsing off a laptop.
Chris Frost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 20:12
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
im watching with firefox
if you hit view top left, you get a drop down list,
hit zoom, that will make letters and fonts a lot bigger,
you should be able to solve that problem

also hit tools ... top left
then options
change the font to comic sans ms
and the font size to 20
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 21:38
David (2)
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: North Wiltshire
Posts: 16,056
Pc-tv is the way to go with wireless keyboard with built in track pad for control.

Some prefer or make do with in built apps and browsing on smart tvs (capability will vary from brand to brand).
David (2) is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 21:47
alan1302
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: West Yorks
Posts: 5,744
Another excuse to be lazy
Lazy in what way?
alan1302 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 22:54
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
Iv'e got a wireless mouse, the internet is up there on my 37" TV ... no probs, this beats those old computor monitors any day !
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-04-2013, 23:00
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
I was looking at some pics taken off the net and so many of them..... maybe 80 percent are in the portrait mode...
often celebs full figure etc.
You are of course viewing these photos in landscape mode on your TV ..... so a lot of the screen is wasted.

Maybe TVs of the future will have motors that will move the TV into the portrait mode at the press of a button.... just like you can do with a tablet.... and the computor would automatically adjust.
For viewing about 80 percent of my photos... the portrait mode would be far far better.
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 09:57
Chris Frost
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cheshire
Posts: 4,616
Lol. Yeah, like that's gonna happen
Chris Frost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 15:32
Tuna
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Posts: 12
I think more people have laptops or tablets on their laps for surfing, and have the TV on in the background. A telly is a terrible device for reading, and once you've discovered how easy it is to zip around with touch, you wont want to go back to wireless mice and horrors like that.

More and more TV programmes are going to be coming out that make use of a 'second screen', so you watch the programme on the big screen, and use your tablet to chat along with others watching the same programme, read more information about the subject, vote and other interactive things.
Tuna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 17:35
Chris Frost
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Cheshire
Posts: 4,616
There was something in one of the newspapers a couple of weeks ago how kids now watch TV. In houses with a PC or tablet it was suggested almost half of those kids watched more TV on line than on a conventional TV. There's the future, right there.
Chris Frost is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 17:49
call100
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,414
There's nothing worse than surfing on a TV. It's OK for maybe googling a quick fact or two but that's about it IMO. The Tablet on the coffee table is for that in our house and is so much more convenient and a hell of a lot faster.
Any serious internet work is a no go on a TV. Much easier to do it the other way around and have TV on your PC.....
call100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 17:57
tealady
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: colchester
Posts: 10,433
Maybe TVs of the future will have motors that will move the TV into the portrait mode at the press of a button.... just like you can do with a tablet.... and the computor would automatically adjust.
For viewing about 80 percent of my photos... the portrait mode would be far far better.
I guess that would depend on how the image was created. Some sort of projection based device would be easily adaptable.
tealady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 18:17
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
Next time you are going through pics on your hard drive and watching them on your TV in landscape mode, think how much better those pics would be in portrait mode.... if your TV could be turned around .... 45 degrees......the pics would fill your screen instead of being very limited in the landscape mode.
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 19:35
grahamlthompson
Forum Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Redditch Worcs
Posts: 15,627
Next time you are going through pics on your hard drive and watching them on your TV in landscape mode, think how much better those pics would be in portrait mode.... if your TV could be turned around .... 45 degrees......the pics would fill your screen instead of being very limited in the landscape mode.
45 degrees
grahamlthompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 20:12
TheBigM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: moon
Posts: 12,674
There's nothing worse than surfing on a TV. It's OK for maybe googling a quick fact or two but that's about it IMO. The Tablet on the coffee table is for that in our house and is so much more convenient and a hell of a lot faster.
Any serious internet work is a no go on a TV. Much easier to do it the other way around and have TV on your PC.....
People here aren't talking about using some browser app built into your smart TV, just talking about using your TV as a monitor effectively.

Two ways I'd do this - either Internet Explorer on the Xbox, controlled by an iPad with the SmartGlass app or an iPad using airplay mirroring with an Apple TV connected to the TV.
TheBigM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2013, 20:51
David (2)
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: North Wiltshire
Posts: 16,056
I don't want to control the tv via a touch screen phone or tablet or even use phone or tablet for exclusive use of the web, these are not proper computers more like toys. My HTC phone has a dreadfull (by my standard) touch screen + Android OS is a pile of poo compared to Windows7.
David (2) is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 00:14
call100
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,414
People here aren't talking about using some browser app built into your smart TV, just talking about using your TV as a monitor effectively.

Two ways I'd do this - either Internet Explorer on the Xbox, controlled by an iPad with the SmartGlass app or an iPad using airplay mirroring with an Apple TV connected to the TV.
OK, My bad..........Using large 1080p TV's to view the web is still a no go IMO. but each to their own...It's always going to be a personal preference.
The TV in the lounge is fine for watching our movies, either streamed or stored. However, for internet browsing and work the study pc can't be beaten. To be honest, the TV is for relaxing away from the PC and only used for TV, Films and the occasional PS3 game...
That said, I often watch movies on my pc monitor if the TV is in use for a chick flick.....
call100 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 19:08
xxtimbo
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 6,185
I envisage a black stand that will sit on your present
tv platform.... .
A press of a button on the remote control and your TV will rise up the stand, perhaps 22 " then swivel into portrait mode..... ideal for viewing photos from the net or from your hard drive.
xxtimbo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-04-2013, 19:37
call100
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 5,414
Or you can have a nice 27" monitor that turns effortlessly to portrait mode.........now!!
call100 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 03:00.