How can I watch movies from an external hard drive on my Samsung TV?

Jessica November 29, 2011
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We recently purchased a new Samsung TV with a USB port in the back. We wanted to watch movies off our external hard drive on the TV (they are .avi files). When the hard drive is plugged into the TV, it can’t read any movies, it says there aren’t any on it. Any idea what I can do to view off of it?

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  1. Mst
    January 28, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Dear ha14 and FIDELIS - how do you format the external hard drive to become fat32?

  2. Amanda
    January 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Jessica, I sympothise!  I purchased a Samsung TV - making sure that it had a USB port just so that I could watch movies from a USB key - but as you are saying - the TV does not see them.  Have you found a work around?

  3. FIDELIS
    November 30, 2011 at 5:03 am

    Hello, by default external hard drive has to be fat32 formatted.  Mind you, there are some TVs that accept input from NTFS formatted external hard drives.

  4. Jay
    November 29, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    what is the format of hard disk, and what is the format of the movies ?
    only movies are not detected or the tv cant read anything from the disk?
    do it read oher files like pictures or music ?
    some tvs can play only images.

  5. Anonymous
    November 29, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    External hard drive must be formated fat32