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Watching MP4 or AVI on Television


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#1 of 8 OFFLINE   NotionCommotion

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Posted June 18 2014 - 05:38 AM

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?

 

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Posted June 18 2014 - 05:52 AM

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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Posted June 18 2014 - 06:21 AM

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?


Edited by NotionCommotion, June 18 2014 - 06:26 AM.


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Posted June 18 2014 - 06:27 AM

is your Win 7 a HP with WiDi?



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Posted June 18 2014 - 06:31 AM

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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Posted June 18 2014 - 08:13 AM

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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Posted June 18 2014 - 08:27 AM

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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Posted September 09 2014 - 03:55 AM

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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