Subscriber Keith Vogon wrote from Thailand
Whilst trying to find an answer via Google, I suddenly realized that I have a great Guru 🙂 So here goes.
I have been transferring my movies to a Western Digital Passport Hard Drive and suddenly realized I didn’t know how to connect it to my TV in order to watch them. I think that WD have a Media Player Box, but not sure I can get one here in Thailand.
Are there alternatives, and more importantly what is the best / easiest way/
Thanks in advance Sir Guru.
The first question is what format are the movies in?
That’s a key concern when you want to play them back — you have to use a program that recognizes that file format and can play the files.
Depending on the file format, you may be able to use some type of device (e.g., Keith mentioned that he thought Western Digital has a media player box).
Assuming his files are in MPG2 format, you need something that will play them, which Windows Media Player will do. That means he could use just about any cheap computer, desktop or laptop, to do the processing.
The connection to the television is the other end of the problem – and depends almost entirely on what connections the TV has for video input.
In today’s world, the usual way would be to use the HDMI output from your computer or notebook. The second choice would be to use a VGA input port on the TV, if it has one, along a cable from the sound card to the audio input for the TV.
A last choice on the video would be to use a RF (radio frequency) modulator to convert the TV’s output to RG-6 antenna cable. You might have to use intermediate converters to make all the connections, though.