Does your TV have a card reader? Even if it does, most can only handle pics and not vids. There are many ways to grab videos off the net, the problem is getting them to play on your TV. The easiest is to connect your computer to your TV with a DVI/DMI/Svideo cable. You can also convert the downloaded files to DVD and play them on your DVD player.
Props for your honesty btw. I get the feeling you're better off asking your friend however.