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    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 12th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
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    Playing mp4 mkv files on TV
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    • 12th Mar 17, 11:31 AM
    Playing mp4 mkv files on TV 12th Mar 17 at 11:31 AM
    I have a 22 inch TV in my bedroom that's currently not connected to anything. It has HDMI and USB ports but not smart. I have Sky box in my living room.

    How can I get some content on the bedroom TV? I really want to be able to play mkv and mp4 files that I have on my computer.

    Can anything do this? I was thinking about Chromecast but I don't think that will do exactly what I want.

    Any thoughts would be great. Thanks
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    • LazyTyper
    • By LazyTyper 12th Mar 17, 3:15 PM
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    Just put your mkv and mp4 file onto a portable storage device (USB stick or portable hard drive) and it should "just work". Most TVs support playing media from USB.
    • Tiexen
    • By Tiexen 12th Mar 17, 3:42 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 3:42 PM
    I have a 22 inch TV in my bedroom that's currently not connected to anything. It has HDMI and USB ports but not smart. I have Sky box in my living room.

    How can I get some content on the bedroom TV? I really want to be able to play mkv and mp4 files that I have on my computer.

    Can anything do this? I was thinking about Chromecast but I don't think that will do exactly what I want.

    Any thoughts would be great. Thanks
    Originally posted by civil12345

    Go for a something like this: MX 4K Quad Core Android TV Box



    Make sure its 4k and it will play the latest 265 mp4 files

    Plenty on Ebay, you plug it into HDMI slot - start Kodi, plug in your USB and off you go, it will also do Amazon Prime TV and Netflix, I-Player etc.








    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 12th Mar 17, 8:52 PM
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    • 12th Mar 17, 8:52 PM
    Thanks for the responses. I've always been a bit worried about Kodi...no idea what it is or how it works. Don't have a USB storage device so can't just try that without buying one.
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 13th Mar 17, 8:28 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:28 AM
    Kodi is simply an open source media player .
    • Tiexen
    • By Tiexen 13th Mar 17, 8:42 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 8:42 AM
    And you don't have to use Kodi - its an Android Box - so any Media player on Google Play Store will work
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 13th Mar 17, 9:31 AM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 9:31 AM
    Hi, thanks for the responses. So do I just need to buy an Android box? Will that have storage or will I need something else as well? I really don't need all the features or the content that comes with the Kodi boxes. Thanks
    • JJ Egan
    • By JJ Egan 13th Mar 17, 1:09 PM
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    The kodi boxes are android boxes usually .
    • stinky_daddy
    • By stinky_daddy 13th Mar 17, 1:20 PM
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    • 13th Mar 17, 1:20 PM
    Hi

    You could just get a HDMI lead (about £10 in ASDA for a 3m long cable) and connect it to your computer and play the files on the computer as normal (using whatever player you normally use e.g. GOM or VLC) but watch it on the tv, this is what I do.

    Just make sure you change the channel on the TV over to whatever the HDMI is connected to once connected and press F8 (or whatever it is on your computer) to black out the screen of the computer so that it is showing on the TV only.

    HTH

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    • steveE2
    • By steveE2 13th Mar 17, 3:10 PM
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    What TV do you have?
    I would try a cheap USB stick first only need 8 or 16 GB to try
    • civil12345
    • By civil12345 14th Mar 17, 6:23 AM
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    The TV is quite old...maybe 4-5 years. It's LG not sure if the model it was given to me (not when new).
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