What cables do I need to watch movies from my external hard drive?

vivienne December 7, 2011
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How do I watch movies saved on my new External 2TB hard drive on my HDTV? I am not sure what cables I need.

  1. rinz robertson
    July 9, 2012 at 3:05 am

    How do i connect my media player and external hard drive to my lg plasma to watch my movies??

  2. FIDELIS
    December 30, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    Hello, no, that is not right.  That was one of limitations when the FAT32 formatting came out.  You can format any external harddrive regardless of size with FAT32.  FAT32 is kind of the universal format.  It can be read/written in pretty much any operating system. 

  3. FIDELIS
    December 8, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Hello, if you TV has a USB port and it is able to show videos, music, pictures, etc from a flashdrive or external hard drive, the only thing you need is the external hard drive and the USB cable included with it.  Also, most times your hard drive has to be formatted in FAT32....mind you some TVs are able to read NTFS formatted external drives.  Also, the video files in your external drive have to be compatible with the formats that TV is able to play.  To find out what formats your TV is compatible with, you should have a look in the manual.

    • Iain
      December 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

      Is it right you can only have up to 32GB with the FAT 32 system?

  4. Anonymous
    December 8, 2011 at 7:47 am

    you will need usb cable to connect hard drive to TV

    maybe you will need
    Western Digital WD TV HD Media Player
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B001JZFQU4/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/

    ASUS O!Play - TV HD Media Player
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B002MCZJ3C/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/