How can I watch movies stored on a USB flash drive on my TV?

pat December 29, 2011
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What do I need to do to my movies that I have torrented from my computer to a USB stick, so that I can watch them on my LCD TV?

  1. Oron
    May 12, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    There are a three things you need to get right to view movies from an external drive on a television:

    1. The disc (USB drive in your case) needs to be in the correct format. Fat32 or ExFAT are your best bet, but check your TV's manual.
    2. If the disc is in FAT32 format, then files cannot be bigger than 4GB.
    3. The movies need to be in a format recognised by your TV. MPEG2 and MPEG4 are more than likely to be recognised, but for any other format, again, you'll need to check your manual.

  2. kim tetley
    May 11, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    i have put flims on my usb but wen i put it in my tv it says no usb connected

    • ha14
      May 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

      Is your USB key format FAT32 if not you have to format, also perhaps here are some conditions such as the TV does not support USB more than XGB, some manufacturer not supported...

  3. Elfin8er
    December 30, 2011 at 2:02 am

    If you TV has a USB port, and can play videos through it, it should be pretty straight forward. If how ever you don't have a USB port on your television, you can burn the movie onto a disk. Just google around if you don't know how to do that, and it should be pretty easy to find.

  4. Dave Parrack
    December 30, 2011 at 1:51 am

    If none of the other methods work then go back to basics and hook your TV up to your laptop or desktop via an HDMI cable.

    • Dinesh Chauhan
      June 21, 2012 at 8:03 am

      What should I do to use the Sound of MY LCD TV, when I connect my PC with the LCD TV. Because LCD TV Works as Monitor, it does not support for Volume of the Movie

      • Susendeep Dutta
        June 25, 2012 at 6:26 am

        Does your computer has speakers ? If yes,then they will serve as sound system for you.If you watch movies using any kind of media player like VLC ,then you can control the volume from its interface.

      • FIDELIS
        June 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm

        Hello, I am assuming you are connecting your computer to TV through a VGA cable. You would need a separate cable to carry sound. The same applies for DVI.

        Does your TV and computer have a HDMI connector? If they both do, that would be the best option for you because once connected through a HDMI cable, it would carry both video and sound.

  5. FIDELIS
    December 30, 2011 at 12:51 am

    Hello, most times if your flashdrive is under 32 GBs, it will be formatted with FAT32 already.  If it is over that, it is probably formatted with NTFS.  If your drive is formatted with fat32, the only other thing you have to make sure is that the video files you have are compatible with the TV, to be played.  Jeff, already gave you some links with similar questions to this.  There have been a lot of questions similar to this in the past.  Make sure to read the user manual for TV, it should tell you what formats it can play when using USB flashdrives/external drives.

  6. Jay
    December 30, 2011 at 12:01 am

    I think flash drive will be in fat32 format already (still check it once)

    you just need to convert the movies in the compatible format,as I said here in this question:http://www.makeuseof.com/answers/movies-played-external-drive-skip

    use format factory and convert to correct codec based avi which it will automatically do.

    http://format-factory.en.softonic.com/download

    Drag n Drop the movie filechoose all to avi > ok > start

  7. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    you need the usb be FAT32 formatted, your TV lust have USB port

    if TV dont have USB port
    http://www.getusb.info/movies-from-usb-to-tv-thanks-sandisk/

    if you cant view AVI try MPEG

    USB DVD player
    http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/dvd-players-with-usb

  8. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    you need the usb be FAT32 formatted, your TV lust have USB port

    if TV dont have USB port
    http://www.getusb.info/movies-from-usb-to-tv-thanks-sandisk/

    if you cant view AVI try MPEG

    USB DVD player
    http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/dvd-players-with-usb

  9. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    you need the usb be FAT32 formatted, your TV lust have USB port

    if TV dont have USB port
    http://www.getusb.info/movies-from-usb-to-tv-thanks-sandisk/

    if you cant view AVI try MPEG

    USB DVD player
    http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/dvd-players-with-usb

  10. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    you need the usb be FAT32 formatted, your TV lust have USB port

    if TV dont have USB port
    http://www.getusb.info/movies-from-usb-to-tv-thanks-sandisk/

    if you cant view AVI try MPEG

    USB DVD player
    http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/dvd-players-with-usb

  11. Anonymous
    December 29, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    you need the usb be FAT32 formatted, your TV lust have USB port

    USB DVD player
    http://embitca.hubpages.com/hub/dvd-players-with-usb

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