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What kind of cord do I need to connect my laptop so Netflix Movies can play on our T.V.?

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Hey Candice, this all depends on the kind of laptop and T.V. you have. You may have a VGA, DVI, or HDMI port on your laptop. (Hint: if you do not know what they look like, just use google images and see which matches your laptop and T.V.). Once you figure that out you should be aware that VGA and DVI ONLY plays video (NO Audio). However, HDMI plays BOTH video and audio. So if you have VGA or DVI then go get one of those cables PLUS you need to get an audio cable. The ends of these audio jacks are the same as your headphone jacks. This audio jack will go to your 'Audio In' on your T.V. and to your headphone jack on your laptop. If you have HDMI then you can pretty much just plug and play (change input on your tv of course). (Advice: Get a decent lengthy HDMI cable because if it is too tight then the end piece can snap off and it can get stuck in your laptop or T.V...I'm not kidding!) The complicated part: So what if your laptop has VGA or DVI but your tv is brand new and only has HDMI or vice versa. you would need to get a VGA (or DVI) to HDMI adapter. Keep in mind that this still won't give you audio. Please do not get ripped off and come back spending $60 or more for these. These cables are very cheap (DIRT CHEAP - check ebay). Another advice There are different kinds of HDMI cables. If your T.V. isn't 1080p then don't get a 1080p cable! I hope I covered all of it. Hope this helps Candice. If not please give me your feedback, thanks. Good luck.
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Hi Candice,

First, without the model of your TV *and* laptop, no one will be able to give more than general information. It is much better to provide too much info than not enough - to get questions answered quickly here. With that said..

The short answer is that you need a cable that will connect to your note book (most likely either Video [yellow], S-Video, VGA, DVI, Display Port or HDMI) and the TV (most likely RF, Video, S-Video, PC / VGA, HDMI or RGB) Only the HDMI cable will provide sound with video. The others will require either an audio connection from the laptop (probably via a 3.5mm stereo headphone output jack) to the TV (most likely standard "RCA" jacks [red & white] - or settling for the laptop speakers or external amplified speakers plugged into the headphone jack.

If you are unable to locate a cable that has the connector supported by the laptop with a connector offered on the TV, it is likely because it is not possible to connect the two (HDMI to video, etc.) with only a cable. Additional hardware (probably expensive if available) will be needed to up or down convert & split audio to make it compatible.

Take a photo of the jacks offered by your laptop and those on your TV to a respected TV / Audio store / department for additional assistance. Some Radio Shack store employees are very good - and some are just plain horrible. Save your receipts in case it doesn't work to your liking.

Keep in mind that a $50 Roku box will stream Netflix (and a whole lot more) to most TV's "right out of the box" - or by buying $10 HDMI cable online to connect an HDTV. Don't spend 20, 30 or more dollars on an HDMI cable unless you want to pay too much!

I hope this helps and good luck!

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