So I know this is a fairly basic question, but i've been so entrenched in HTPC and Media Players for so long, that I haven't paid nearly as much attention as I should to TV's themselves. My sister is currently in the stone age in her house, so she's looking for an upgrade.
Her current setup:
- Old Sony 27" CRT (no HDMI, no VGA)
- 4-year oldLaptop (WIndows Vista, No HDMI)
- External Hard drive (contains all the movies & music on it)
What she wants:
- A 40-42" television
- Play Music and Videos on the TV
At first my immediate suggestion was to get her to buy a computer or laptop with HDMI, and then when she wants to watch any movies or listen to music on it, she'd connect directly with HDMI. However, given that my sister has no money, I'm trying to see if we can bypass the laptop/HTPC since she really would be using it for such basic needs.
Would it work to use her existing 4year old laptop, share the hard drive (was DLNA available in WMP in Vista?), and then buy an app-enabled TV from LG or Samsung that could then play the videos natively?
Or should i quit overthinking this and just have her buy the TV and a Roku or AppleTV?