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Best method to watch movie files on TV

Hello Everyone,

I have some movie files on my computer (.avi and some other formats) I would like to be able to watch on a television.

As I see it, I have three options for viewing these files:

1. Get a cable to connect my laptop to the TV

2. Get a dvd player that can read multiple file formats (how much are these?)

3. Convert/Burn the files to a DVD

Can you please help me in determining which method would be the best for quality and overall cost?

I know each method has pros and cons but which do you believe is the best overall method?

Thanks!
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  1. Almost any new DVD player will play mpeg movie files. What i do though so my DVDs will never have a problem on a DVD player i user Nero Vision to convert and burn the files. This is the best method IMO.
  2. Does your laptop have HDMI/DVI port?? if not look for a vga-hdmi adaptor for you tv(hoping it is also hdmi/dvi compatible
  3. PLus, this thread is posted in the wrong section :D
  4. If your device has the ability for HDMI then that would be the best bet. If you dont the DVD method would be best and easiest way of doing it.
  5. Sorry Starges - Didnt really know where to put this :na:

    My laptop is pretty old, so it only has a VGA port.

    Are there DVD Players out there that support avi and other file types? Or would I have to convert them first?


    Thanks for all the quick responses!
  6. All modern DVDs have divx support and so can play avi, mpg, mp4...

    Just look for a DVD player wit DIVx support (preferably LG or Samsung)
  7. Just get a converter program and convert into DVD files.
  8. I think it would be easier to burn them as data files in avi format.
  9. Starges said:
    I think it would be easier to burn them as data files in avi format.


    ^Question - how long would it take, on average, to burn a data disk of that type of file?

    What do you think is better in terms of quality and cost effectiveness:

    A Media bov like the ones WD, Asus, and Seagate offer

    OR

    DVD Player that can play a data disk of an AVI file? (Would it be able to play MKV?)


    Thanks for all the help everyone!
  10. WD HD media player + external/or flash drive
  11. Best answer
    MattyCob said:
    ^Question - how long would it take, on average, to burn a data disk of that type of file?


    Depends on the speed of both your cpu and burner, about 5-20 minutes.


    MattyCob said:

    What do you think is better in terms of quality and cost effectiveness:

    A Media bov like the ones WD, Asus, and Seagate offer

    OR

    DVD Player that can play a data disk of an AVI file? (Would it be able to play MKV?)


    Thanks for all the help everyone!



    A DVD player is relatively cheaper than a Media Box, bu the Media box is far, far much better than a DVD player with divx.

    So i'ld say go for the media box
  12. itsgrandpa said:
    WD HD media player + external/or flash drive

    Yes. I have one of these. It's great. Just load an external USB hard drive with video files from the computer, then move it to the WD media player and plug it in. Plays practically everything. No need to convert.

    They come in two models, one about $25 more expensive than the other. The more expensive one includes an ethernet port. Outputs are the basic left/right/video, composite video, HDMI, and the fiber optic multichannel audio.
  13. Best answer selected by mattycob.
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