Q&A – Is it true TVs can now play videos without a DVD player?
Many new high-end TVs from the likes of Samsung, LG and Panasonic can now play video direct from an external storage device. For Samsung and LG models, it’s a USB flash drive. For Panasonic TVs, it’s a SecureDigital (SD) flash card.
You need to check carefully however as not all TVs support video playback. Some with USB ports will only play music or view photos so just because a TV may have a USB port doesn’t mean it will play video.
Some of the new Samsung B650-series of LCD and plasma TVs have a USB2.0 Movie mode, which enables playback of a wide array of video file formats including AVI, MPG, VOB and MKV using codecs such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4 and H.264.
The only thing you have to do is convert your videos, copy them to a USB flash drive, plug it into the TV, select video playback from the menu and choose your videos on the flash drive.
So just check the TV’s capabilities before you buy or check the user manual of the TV you have – you might find your TV can play videos without the need of a computer or DVD player!
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