will a portable hard drive play 4K files movies on a 4K tv?

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Found 6th Jan
Will I get the full resolution because I thought I read before that will only play 1080p

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A portable hard drive won't play anything. It's the software and hardware in the TV that's playing the files.

Some TVs can certainly do it, but not all can.
Edited by: "EndlessWaves" 6th Jan

Assume via USB? If the external drive has enough power from either the TV USB socket or a dedicated mains power supply and the file container is supported by the TV: yes. Most 4k TVs can decode 4k media unless the container or content is really exotic! A container such as mkv or mp4 would generally contain content that a 4k TV will be able to play.

Ok I can only base this on personal experience, TV's with a USB 2.0 port (do they come with USB 3 yet?) will not play uncompressed rips smoothly using a Samsung M3 1TB, but if the file has been ripped using something like MakeMKV and then compressed using something like Handbrake then yes it will. Transfer rates for 4k average 35 to 45 mbps and if you want to be safe and future proof a powered 3.5" external drive such as the MyBook might be something to consider.

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Thanks for the help guys just found the model number for my tv looked online and it supports 4K files through USB

bracet22

Thanks for the help guys just found the model number for my tv looked … Thanks for the help guys just found the model number for my tv looked online and it supports 4K files through USB


You need to confirm what container the TV supports, or just try whatever file(s) you have.

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AndyRoyd

You need to know what container.



Ok you lost me ?

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AndyRoyd

You need to confirm what container the TV supports, or just try whatever … You need to confirm what container the TV supports, or just try whatever file(s) you have.



Ahh ok thanks I'll find out

No sure if its an option but my friend uses his Android box to run his 4k files. There absolutely huge though, The Revenant was about 60gb

One limitation on using a portable hard drive will be if the TV supports drives formatted as NTFS...If not you are stuck with Fat32 and 4gb maximum file size...

my samsung says it plays avi files - it only plays old ones not anything newer, avi or not - no updates from samsung ever - tried converting files had very limited success

The-Stranger

my samsung says it plays avi files - it only plays old ones not anything … my samsung says it plays avi files - it only plays old ones not anything newer, avi or not - no updates from samsung ever - tried converting files had very limited success



thats because an AVI is a container, inside the AVI it can contain Video and audio that may or may not be encoded with a codec your samsung Tv supports.

You need to find the specification of what audio and video codecs your TV supports (samsung product page for yuor TV should say)
If you convert the audio and video within the AVI to formats supported by your TV it will then be able to play them

The-Stranger

my samsung says it plays avi files - it only plays old ones not anything … my samsung says it plays avi files - it only plays old ones not anything newer, avi or not - no updates from samsung ever - tried converting files had very limited success



Really ?? What Model TV you have, maybe its an encoding error. Note for peeps: AVI is a container, Inside are Movie and Audio encoded by codecs, which have to full into standards to prevent newer generations of codecs not playing.

its in kids bedroom cant check at mo - but yes avi means balls all its whats inside it
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