Samsung Smart TV + Streaming French News = Quandry
December 6, 2013 6:06 PM Subscribe
Hello. Ever since the cable company discontinued French news programming in our area, my mother has been desperate to stream a French news program (20 heures
) to the Samsung UN32EH5300 Smart TV
I recently purchased for my dad.
posted by xiaolongbao to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I need to figure this out to strategize the best course for my holiday gift-giving.
She's very hard of hearing, so using her netbook speakers, even with headphones, doesn't work for her. I have considered external speakers as a last resort, but she has expressed that she would like to see the picture on the TV to get closer to what she used to have with the cable channel.
I got her a Chromecast, but unfortunately her Win XP netbook, as well as my Dad's Win 7 netbook have pretty poor specs and aren't good enough to stream the Chromecast. The video is extremely laggy and choppy, and the image quality is poor even with my thorough troubleshooting using the Chromecast guide. I believe that part of the issue lies in their connection speed, but am solving that by upgrading their internet package from DSL to cable through XFINITY. I know their hardware just won't cut it though, because they can load the video on their machines if they buffer it, but the transfer to the TV using the Chromecast is poor.
So, I would like to know if it's possible to watch the news through the built-in browser. Since I'm not at my family home, I haven't been successful in my attempts to get my octogenarian parents to test this out. I could take a trip home and check/train them, but on the off chance someone has this TV (or similar) and can tell me if they can play the video on the above site (or flash content in general), that would be really helpful. If it is possible, can anyone recommend a decent wireless keyboard and mouse compatible with the set? I'll scour Amazon reviews anyway...but would like a direct rec if possible.
My other option is to purchase a new computer, probably a desktop, for the purposes of streaming Chromecast. I'm thinking Mac Mini, but other creative suggestions to this issue would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance for your answers!