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Watching MP4 or AVI on Television

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by NotionCommotion, Jun 18, 2014.

  1. NotionCommotion

    NotionCommotion New Member

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    I have two TVs; a fairly new Samsung LN-T5271F and an older Visio M261VP.

    Both TVs have a USB port and embedded WiFi.

    On my home network, I have a Linux server and Windows 7 PC which could be used to stream video if necessary.

    Am I able to watch either a MP4 or AVI file on either of these televisions?

    If so, how would I implement it?

    Thank you
     
  2. schan1269

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    Do the manuals say they recognize either format via USB?If not, a BD player, or any other device that does.
     
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    The manual for the Visio doesn't say much. I plugged in a USB, and the only thing I can seem to access is photos and music.

    Any thoughts about streaming video on a local network?

    EDIT. Probably not an option, but the Visio has a Comcast modem attached to it which has a USB connection. Possibility?
     
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    is your Win 7 a HP with WiDi?
     
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    And your Samsung is already set up to work with WMP 11/12.

    (And once you set up your WMP for MP4 and AVI, cause WMP needs set up...like everything else, the PC simply sends the video over)
     
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    The Win7 PC is a HP Pavilion p6267c-b.

    The Linux server is a HP Pavilion p7-1597c. A bit of work to swap machines, but I suppose that is an option.

    I also have a HP Pavilion dv7-6113cl laptop running Win7.

    How do I know if it any of these machines have WiDi (Wireless Display)?
     
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    Your DV7 has Intel WiDi 2.0 (there is, or was, a sticker on the left of the track pad).

    Netgears PTV works with it(there are others...but I have the first gen PTV and a DV6 with WiDi).

    Since the other is a tower, WiDi is not on board(not sure...but I think WiDi is laptop only...could be wrong...I haven't had a tower computer in 12 years).
     
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    I set this up on my parents' house. I chose Plex Media Server for Debian Linux (Ubuntu instructions will be same or similar). Then grab a raspberry pi and an hdmi cable and instal Plex Home Theater on it (Rasplex). team the rasplex up with a cheap remote from ebay and you're golden. All through ethernet or wireless. Plex is also very user friendly so if you have non-tech people using it, they will love Plex. My stepmom is technically challenged and can use Plex with ease.
     
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    Does your TV accept MP4 or AVI videos as supported formats? If not, you'd better transcode it to the optimized format for your TV beforehand.
     

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