Watching movies off USB w/o 'smart' TV

Discussion in 'Home Theater PCs & Equipment' started by Rydawg5143, Jan 28, 2019.

  1. Rydawg5143

    Rydawg5143 [H]ardness Supreme

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    I recently took down my HTPC because we weren't using it and rebuilt a gaming computer for my son. Obviously after not using the HTPC for 6 months, my wife has decided she wants to be able to play stuff off USB. The TV is a lower end LG and while it does have a USB slot, it won't play video files, only music or pictures.

    1)Is there someone I can buy that isn't too pricey to be able to play video files from the USB?
    2) Or would it be better to run a 50 ft HDMI cable from my new PC to the TV and watch that way?
     
  2. Grebuloner

    Grebuloner Gawd

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    1) Room, food, a book allowance and I'm all yours, baby :love:
    2) My dad did this to go across the long family room from his computer to the TV, it was expensive and unsightly (it's a fat ass cable), but it worked.
    3) Get a Chromecast, use either Videostream (easy) or set up Plex (more involved) to stream from your network share, alternatively, an Amazon FireStick with the Kodi app sideloaded.
     
  3. IdiotInCharge

    IdiotInCharge [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Best way is to add the 'smarts'. Chromecast, Firestick, Roku. Best would be an Apple TV 4k or Nvidia Shield, but those are pretty expensive.
     
  4. Brian_B

    Brian_B 2[H]4U

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    I think just about any extermal media player like those IdiotInCharge mentions that has a USB port will play common codec videos from USB, except the AppleTV, which stays locked to iTunes/Apple.

    I'm actually surprised the LG doesn't do it natively. It must be a fairly older one. Maybe check and see if there's been a firmware update for it before you shuck out any cash for something else.

    Also, a note: if you can still find the old SteamLink - they used to go for like $4.00 with free shipping. That would be better than a 50' HDMI cable, that device is essentially a wireless HDMI. Chromecast is the next best thing there.
     
  5. Rifter0876

    Rifter0876 [H]Lite

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    Chromecast has crap codec support, get a shield or a Mibox if you want hardware support for all current codecs.
     
  6. Kelvarr

    Kelvarr [H]ardness Supreme

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    Raspberry Pi, install Kodi. That's how I did it.
     
  7. Skillz

    Skillz [H]ard DCOTY 2017

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    Install Plex Media Server on your main PC.
    Plug USB drive into main PC.
    Buy a Roku and connect it to the TV.
    Install Plex onto the Roku.
     
  8. CAD4466HK

    CAD4466HK [H]ard|Gawd

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    Any cheap $40 BR player will allow you to play video files thru the USB port. My parents do this with an external USB drive.