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Looking for a Large-TV that can play AVI/MP4/MKV files via USB

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Hi, I am Looking for a Large-TV that can play 'AVI/MP4/MKV files via USB. anyone recommend any? Read More
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3m, 1w agoPosted 3 months, 1 week ago
Hi, I am Looking for a Large-TV that can play 'AVI/MP4/MKV files via USB. anyone recommend any?
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AndyRoyd
AndyRoyd (amazon box)
So am i correct in thinking i buy this box, add it to my TV via HDMI... then download movies online and add them to this box via USB penstick and use the remote to access the media?
That would be one way of doing it, or you could use the box to directly download the content, and/or access various streaming services, whilst checking your email, whilst playing a few games, whilst replying to this thread, optionally using your smartphone as a remote, all displayed on any TV with HDMI input. But only three left in stock at time of post.

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#1
Better off with an external box as the tv will probably not play the latest codecs within a few months eg. H265
#2
Most Smart TVs play all these. My 4 yr old Sony plays all my latest MKV files without issues. But, as per the first post even if you find a tv you like which doesn't support your files, external boxes will and are cheap enough. I wouldn't narrow down your search just to have this feature
#3
As above most teles will play all them formats.
All I use now is mkv as its the norm for films. Got mysrlf a wd 4tb with around 500 films on, only thing I had to buy was a longer usb 3.0 cable as the start one was to small.
#4
Any TV you like + Chromecast 2 + mid range 10" Android tablet. Both future proof and much more versatile.

Edited By: SUMMONER on Mar 11, 2017 08:13
#5
Toon_army
As above most teles will play all them formats.
All I use now is mkv as its the norm for films. Got mysrlf a wd 4tb with around 500 films on, only thing I had to buy was a longer usb 3.0 cable as the start one was to small.
Does the 4TB drive work with the TV? I always though tvs couldn't access a file system larger than 2TB. Or they certainly can't read all of it.
#6
MIDURIX
Toon_army
As above most teles will play all them formats.
All I use now is mkv as its the norm for films. Got mysrlf a wd 4tb with around 500 films on, only thing I had to buy was a longer usb 3.0 cable as the start one was to small.
Does the 4TB drive work with the TV? I always though tvs couldn't access a file system larger than 2TB. Or they certainly can't read all of it.

Yeah mate works fine, the standard cable was to short as I mentioned so used the one from my Galaxy s6 but that wasn't working, then tried a longer USB 3.0 and works fine.
I've slowly increased my hard drivers over the years, so now got this 4tb WD portable and a 2tb full of mkvs.
My teles a Samsung around 2 and s bit years old, 55h6400 I'm sute the model number is.
I'm using the ARC HDMi port on my tele so my av receiver gets 5.1 when playing the films from the HDD
#7
japes
Most Smart TVs play all these. My 4 yr old Sony plays all my latest MKV files without issues. But, as per the first post even if you find a tv you like which doesn't support your files, external boxes will and are cheap enough. I wouldn't narrow down your search just to have this feature
I'd be surprised if your four year old TV can play the latest mkv files encoded with hevc h265. Seems to be becoming the standard now. Even my 1 year old android box struggles to play them smoothly.
#8
SUMMONER
Any TV you like + Chromecast 2 + mid range 10" Android tablet. Both future proof and much more versatile.


Yep lots of ways to do it without tying yourself down to one TV, myself much the same as above Chomecast + Plex on my lappy , have yet to find something plex wont play.
#9
I bought tiny player from ebay for £20 Plays everything as TV is fussy on format.. Android box with kodi media centre is another option for about £35...Example Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/291454412174

Edited By: wayners on Mar 11, 2017 09:28: typo
#10
chocci
japes
Most Smart TVs play all these. My 4 yr old Sony plays all my latest MKV files without issues. But, as per the first post even if you find a tv you like which doesn't support your files, external boxes will and are cheap enough. I wouldn't narrow down your search just to have this feature
I'd be surprised if your four year old TV can play the latest mkv files encoded with hevc h265. Seems to be becoming the standard now. Even my 1 year old android box struggles to play them smoothly.


okay, I'll think about that next time I'm sat watching my latest doenload. Odd statement, but thanks for joining in. Mayby you need a better USB drive? Sounds like it's struggling to read the data quick enough
#11
japes
chocci
japes
Most Smart TVs play all these. My 4 yr old Sony plays all my latest MKV files without issues. But, as per the first post even if you find a tv you like which doesn't support your files, external boxes will and are cheap enough. I wouldn't narrow down your search just to have this feature
I'd be surprised if your four year old TV can play the latest mkv files encoded with hevc h265. Seems to be becoming the standard now. Even my 1 year old android box struggles to play them smoothly.
okay, I'll think about that next time I'm sat watching my latest doenload. Odd statement, but thanks for joining in. Mayby you need a better USB drive? Sounds like it's struggling to read the data quick enough
Nothing to do with usb speeds. Hevc h265 is the new encoding standard and requires a really fast gpu to decode. File sizes are half the size of h264 for the same resolution. I assume you haven't yet downloaded one of the new h265 mkvs but I am seeing an ever increasing switch to this .
#12
japes
chocci
japes
Most Smart TVs play all these. My 4 yr old Sony plays all my latest MKV files without issues. But, as per the first post even if you find a tv you like which doesn't support your files, external boxes will and are cheap enough. I wouldn't narrow down your search just to have this feature
I'd be surprised if your four year old TV can play the latest mkv files encoded with hevc h265. Seems to be becoming the standard now. Even my 1 year old android box struggles to play them smoothly.
okay, I'll think about that next time I'm sat watching my latest doenload. Odd statement, but thanks for joining in. Mayby you need a better USB drive? Sounds like it's struggling to read the data quick enough
In context: if you haven't stumbled across x265 yet then by the time you do you will likely have replaced the TV with one that does support it. It is highly unlikely that your 4 year old TV can natively play x265 (HEVC) content, and near impossible it will support x265 10bit content. None of this will ever be an issue if you are OK with downloading / manipulating files twice the size of comparable quality x265-encoded media.
domfranks85
Hi, I am Looking for a Large-TV that can play 'AVI/MP4/MKV files via USB. anyone recommend any?
Generally far more flexible to use an external box / tablet. Random Android box £27.99 fulfilled Amazon supports all the containers you mention plus x265/HEVC, has decent-spec 2GB/16GB, dual wifi, bluetooth, DLNA, etc. https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015DYH1MW/
#13
AndyRoyd
AndyRoyd (amazon box)

So am i correct in thinking i buy this box, add it to my TV via HDMI... then download movies online and add them to this box via USB penstick and use the remote to access the media?

Edited By: domfranks85 on Mar 11, 2017 15:16
#14
domfranks85
AndyRoyd
AndyRoyd (amazon box)
So am i correct in thinking i buy this box, add it to my TV via HDMI... then download movies online and add them to this box via USB penstick and use the remote to access the media?
That would be one way of doing it, or you could use the box to directly download the content, and/or access various streaming services, whilst checking your email, whilst playing a few games, whilst replying to this thread, optionally using your smartphone as a remote, all displayed on any TV with HDMI input. But only three left in stock at time of post.

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