View photos on your TV
See all the ways you can view your digital images on your television screen
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Bring your pictures to the big screen! It's so easy to watch your digital photos on your TV that you'll find yourself wanting to curl up on your couch to enjoy and share all your pictures. Discover different ways to watch your digital photos on your television, including various methods for connecting your laptop directly to your TV.
Why view photos on a TV?
A photo slideshow is always a fun time—but you can avoid crowding around a small screen by viewing your photos on a television!
Give your photos a life of their own! Create a photo slideshow to play on your TV for a variety of occasions and purposes:
- Engagement parties
- Birthday parties
- Anniversary parties
- View your vacation photos with a large group
- Background at a dinner party or house warming
Ways to get your photos onto your TV
Preserve, edit, and share photos, video, and multimedia presentations using an HP DVD or Blue-ray writer.
- Make a photo DVD "movie" with software. With photo-editing software like iDVD for Macs or Microsoft Photo Story 3 for Windows, you can create a photo DVD "movie"—complete with music and special effects—to enjoy on your TV via your DVD player. Learn more about making a photo slideshow.
- Make a photo DVD using an external DVD writer. You can preserve, edit, and share video, photos, and multimedia presentations using an HP DVD or Blue-ray writer. Find HP DVD media now.
- Insert an SD memory card into an HDTV. Select TVs allow you to insert a memory card via a built-in SD card slot.
- Connect your digital camera directly to your TV. If your camera has A/V output jacks, you can simply hook them to the inputs of your TV (or VCR or AV receiver). You can then play the photos back using the "playback" setting on your camera. (Exact steps depend on which camera and TV you have. Consult your user manuals for details.)
- Connect your laptop directly to your TV. To connect your laptop to your TV, all you need is the right cable. Check both components for the connection methods shown below. If your TV and laptop don't share a connection, adapters are available to help them work together.
If using a laptop: Select a connection method
There are a variety of ways to connect your laptop to your television and view your images on a much bigger screen!
Most flat screen LCD TVs feature HDMI connections for high-quality image viewing.
Here are several connections methods to consider if you plan on viewing photos on your TV via your laptop (with picture quality ranging from highest to lowest).
- HDMI: All HDTVs will offer an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection. However, your laptop might not, so you may need an adapter to convert the HDMI cable to DVI (a more typical computer connection).
- DVI: Digital Video Interface or DVI is a common connection, so your computer and an HDTV should have it. (A standard-definition TV likely won't support a DVI connection.)
- S-Video: Most standard-definition TVs (and laptops) will have an S-Video port, and therefore support this connection method. An S-Video cable is fairly inexpensive and provides moderate picture quality. HDMI or DVI cables are better options for hooking up to an HDTV.
- Composite: Sometimes referred to as RCA connections, composite connections have red, yellow, and white cables. This option is inexpensive, but also offers the lowest picture quality. Also, because your laptop won't have composite connections, you will need a composite-to-S-Video converter for attaching this cable to your laptop's S-Video port.
After you've selected a connection
With the ability to view photos clearly on a large screen, you'll be able to share and celebrate your memories with all your friends and family!
Make sure you connect the cable to the TV before turning on the computer, because sometimes it may fail to recognize the external display.
Once your cable is connected, select the correct input on your TV—just as you would if you were using your DVD or Blu-ray player. If the picture appears distorted, you can change the screen aspect ratio and resolution with the Display Settings in the Control Panel of a PC laptop. Mac laptops automatically adjust these picture settings.
Lastly, enjoy your images! With the ability to view photos clearly on a large screen, you'll be able to share and celebrate your memories with all your friends and family!
Save and share your photos
Visit the HP Home & Home Office store to find everything you need to save and share your photos.