Photos on TV anyone?

As mentioned before, I work in an area called “Digital Home” where we try to see to what extent Adobe can play a role in the wired home of the future.
Photos and especially digital photos play an important enabling role in this environment. I strongly believe that once people have seen their favorite photos on a large-screen TV set from the comfort of their couch, it will be hard to go back to the den and have everybody grouped around a 19″ computer monitor to review photos.

I’m curious if readers of blogs.adobe.com already have systems in place that allow them to view photos on a TV set. And if you are in the lucky position, what do you like and dislike about your setup?

Are you using:

Personally I have experiemented with a number of devices connected to a Samsung 56″ DLP. A Gateway FMC-901X Mediacenter PC (now discontiuned), a Mac mini (unfortunately have to use mouse/keyboard to interact), an original TiVo Series 2 PVR with the Home Media Option (which got disconnected, because it did not do HD recordings) and a Linksys WMA11B media adapter. I also hooked up Canon and Nikon digital cameras directly to the TV set.

While all of the solutions about have nice features, I would not consider any of them the ultimate solution.

So, do you have the ultimate solution?

8 Responses to Photos on TV anyone?

  1. Oren Teich says:

    I feel like I’ve tried just about everything out there on the market, from a Tivo to a linksys as well. What I’ve finally settled on is an Xbox! I had it mod’d, and now run XBMC on it all the time. It’s a FANTASTIC solution, playing both music and photos, great slide shows, and a great IR based interface.

  2. Mike Potter says:

    I’d love to hear from someone who has tried this with the new iPods, or the iPod photo. The other day I wanted to bring some photos over to my dad’s house to show off (trip to San Francisco), and couldn’t think of a way to do that easily. I was thinking that an iPod would be the best way to do it: all photos synching to it, easy to make a slideshow. I would think that some type of portable device is probably best, since I don’t always have people coming to my house to show off my photos.

    Mike

  3. Thanks for the comment, Oren. I’ve heard of XBMC, but still have not seen one in action. Perhaps I need to get that xbox of mine modded as well …

    Mike, as far as I know you can display your iPod Photo pictures on a TV set. You will need the extra AV cable to do that; see this page in the Apple store – http://tinyurl.com/al74w (it’s RCA, not SVHS, which means that you’re not going to have the best experience).

    But then there’s also this cute little Nyko gadget: http://tinyurl.com/cogwm 🙂

  4. We’re seeing televisions move away from the traditional role of “TV” as our grandparents knew it. Like you allude to in your article, people want to use their television as a display. My computer and office area is rather personal. It is set up for me, not necessarily 6 people gathered around to look at my photos.

    I’ve heard great things about XBMC but my latest interest is in MythTV. The hang up there is finding a video card/tuner that will work well.

    There is no doubt that we’re beginning to see a rollout of computers as a part of the entertainment center. The savvy users are figuring it out by themselves, but most of the public is waiting for that magic box that slides right in without the hassle of dealing with a separate computer.

  5. Nigel Pond says:

    Roku Photobridge:

    http://www.rokulabs.com

  6. I’ve used my Canon EOS-20D connected directly to a 42″ PDP, as well as the iPod Photo. Truthfully, I do not get any enjoyment out of either…although the 20D + PDP would be great for doing some portrait work.

    Photo viewing on a TV is not important to me…Flickr services my constituency really well 🙂

  7. Jon Emerson says:

    I have a friend at Microsoft and his family has a centralized Windows MediaCenter PC with a Linksys Wireless Media Center Extender hooked up to each television. We used it to view their vacation photos and it worked pretty well. His wife also uses it to listen to music when she’s downstairs. What I liked the most about it is that there wasn’t a big PC hooked up to the TV in the living room. Instead, there was just a sleek 2″ high component that hooked up to the network wirelessly. The only big problem was the lag time, which just made flipping quickly through photos kind of slow. I’m very tempted to get one for myself!

  8. Matthew Garin says:

    We hook up a Creative Zen to display photo slideshows and videos from our television. It’s simple, easy-to-use and can connect to anyone’s television.