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    Default What do you guys use HDMI for?

    Before I buy my HDMI cable for playbook can you guys tell me what do you guys use HDMI for? To watch movies on big screen, play games on big screen or is there any other?

    I'm also trying to decide how long the cable I should purchase.

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    Games,movies,search the Web all from my chair using my bb9930 as a remote, very nice feature.
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    Movies and internet, mostly Your cable? make sure it reaches the couch
    I needed a 10 footer and it works fine.
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    Streaming movies. I also use it for presentations. The hdmi eliminates the need for a lot of different hook ups that other offices might have. I use the video camera at my grandchildren events and than they can watch themselves on a big screen. I have a 3' cable attached to my tv and a 6' that I keep with me with other things I need for on the go.
    Last edited by Hgouck; 04-28-2012 at 07:03 AM.
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    Hi Stark

    I use HDMI for:
    • watching movies (mainly in hotel rooms - note: some hotels have locked their tv menus, so you can't access the 2nd HDMI port) - you need to save the movie in a high resolution to get a good picture on a big screen (eg the settings I generally use for ripping are: h264, 1280x720, Video BitRate: 2000Kbps, Audio BitRate: 256Kbps, FrameRate: 29.97)
    • presentations (usually PowerPoint, some PDFs and Word Docs) - usually using somebody else's Projector (eg office/clients) - the advantages of using the PlayBook for these presentations is that i) I don't have to lug around a laptop (I am disabled and have problems carting around a heavy laptop), & ii) I don't have to give the potential client the presentation files


    Cable types/length/recommendation:


    Cable length problem:
    • Don't know if there is an HDMI restriction on maximum length - have had a problem with one permanently-ceiling-mounted projector that already had a long HDMI cable plugged into it. Couldn't get it to work with my PlayBook, other people couldn't get it to work with their laptops. It worked fine on VGA mode with a laptop, as well as when the tech support guy stood on the table and plugged an HDMI laptop cable straight into it....


    Hope this helps
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    25 ft. HDMI from a TV to an area near my desk where I can plug either my PC or Playbook into. Slide shows of grandkids, old TV shows, etc. PC outperforms the Playbook.
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    Movies, games, and some web browsing. On a 50 inch screen the web looks amazing. Only use a 3 foot cable for the simple fact that I have a BB phone and can use the bridged remote feature from my couch. Sometimes its a PITA using remote, but it gets the job done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homer1475 View Post
    Movies, games, and some web browsing. On a 50 inch screen the web looks amazing. Only use a 3 foot cable for the simple fact that I have a BB phone and can use the bridged remote feature from my couch. Sometimes its a PITA using remote, but it gets the job done.
    Something like modern combat would be a pita using remote too
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    Watching movies, browsing, even reading books watching live streams
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    With DVI Adapter, connect to 27" digital monitor next to easy chair.
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    It's great for connecting to the tv for movies. Try HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more!, I picked up a 15ft cord for about 7$. Not a bad cord for the price.
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    do all games work over bridge?
    or only a select few?
    what games do you HDMI out and play via remote?
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    netflix

    oh wait.................
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fubaz View Post
    netflix

    oh wait.................
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    I use the HDMI for all my retro gaming! Using the emulators, I can use the PB as the controller and look at the big screen to play Super Nintendo, or Playstation ect.
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    Nothing... My HDMI out doesn't work.
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    Then go and make your HDMI work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byul View Post
    Then go and make your HDMI work.
    Thanks for your helpful and constructive post. There's a problem with the actual playbook hardware and this being my 3rd playbook with problems, I refused to allow them to hold $500 from me for yet another few weeks while I waited for my 4th replacement. I have tried to search for solutions plenty of times and I even have a thread here.
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    I purchased the 15ft cables for use with the PB. Don't have to worry that way about reaching the couch!
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