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External USB Hard Drive Through TV

Discussion in 'Technology' started by DagsJT, 5 July 2009.

  1. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    I've got a 26" CRT in my front room and I'd like to watch some movies from my external USB drive on that rather than on my 22" monitor in my bedroom.

    I've got an XBox 1 in a box but as far as I know it doesn't support USB does it?

    Failing that, what's the cheapest/easiest way of watching movies off my HDD on my TV downstairs? I don't want to take one of the next-gen consoles downstairs as my housemate watches a lot of TV as well so I wouldn't be able to use that console much.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
    You could always invest in a cheap DVD/DivX player, many support USB now.
     
  3. TikTikTikTikTik

    TikTikTikTikTik *****

    7 August 2004
    Liverpool
    Get a WDTV Dags, we've got two and they are briljant imo. Can play a lot of files, 1080p output, hdmi/digital audio out. A great little media player for only 90euro's. The only issue Ive noticed is that it doesnt have a dts decoder in it, so if you have a file with dts only you have to hook it up to a surroundset. Or, which is what I do, you can convert the file on your PC beforehand. Other then that it's great for playing stuff.

    http://www.wdc.com/en/products/wdtv/
     
  4. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    Way too expensive for what I'm after, Tik. I've only got a shitty 26" CRT downstairs so don't need any kind of HD output, just something that will display XviD's really.

    I looked into Stef's idea of DVD players but they seem to be around £100 as well :(

    I was hoping to get something around £10/£20 or so.
     
  5. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
  6. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    Cheers Stef, bookmarked it :)

    I think I'll try and acquire a very long ethernet cable and run it from my router to my XBox, then use XBMC to stream the films from my HDD to the XBox. Not the neatest idea going having cables trailing around but I'll see how well it works.
     
    Last edited: 5 July 2009
  7. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    Just found my laptop has an s-video out connection which I should be able to use to output the video to my TV :)
     
  8. Milanista

    Milanista Mangiamoli! Staff

    19 December 2002
    London & Milan
    AC Milan
  9. OPM

    OPM ... Staff

    2 June 2003
    Budapest
    .
    but you need to check if the chipset on the dvd player is compatible with your external hdd.

    that wd tv thing looks interesting, it does support hd avi files? (or x264 to be specific?)
     
  10. TikTikTikTikTik

    TikTikTikTikTik *****

    7 August 2004
    Liverpool
    Not sure acutally, I always have x264 .mkv files. Although it does play the sd avi's aswell.

     
  11. Tim7

    Tim7 Retired Footballer

    6 May 2003
    Gravesend
    Charlton Athletic FC
    I can make you any length Ethernet cable if you still need one, Dags.
     
  12. DagsJT

    DagsJT Retired Footballer

    29 November 2005
    Warrington
    Liverpool
    I can "acquire" them easy enough but cheers anyway ;)

    I think I'll go for the S-video out option, seems pretty easy to do.
     

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