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How to watch video files on my bedroom TV?
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2575 posts
I have an old Philips TV in my bedroom with no wall antenna socket or internet connection so it currently can only run DVDs from our old Sony DVD player. We got one of those external antenna things but it was useless. Im hoping to somehow watch video files (avi or mp4) from my laptop or purchase an external HDD. My laptop is a Samsung RF511 and looks to have a VGA port and HDMI port but no svideo.

The TV is some old CRT philips thing that looks like the pic below. I can get the model number if required but from what i could see it only has the standard red/green/blue video ports, svideo port and sound ports - no HMDI.
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/2803/979f1ta2.jpg

So, whats the easiest/most cost effective way to play video files on my TV. I dont mind buying a cheap external HDD if i have to but if i can use my laptop and just buy a cable then im happy to do that. Thanks.
02:56pm 27/07/12 Permalink
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Mordecai
Victoria
1404 posts
You should be able to pick up a HDMI to RGB Cable like this:

http://www.sourcingmap.com/15m-goldplated-hdmi-rgb-cable-wire-cord-p-51584.html
03:01pm 27/07/12 Permalink
tspec
Melbourne, Victoria
3610 posts
A little media player with RCA is probably the best option but you can get VGA to Video RCA (yellow) adapter, (it'll most likely have svideo as well) if you want to run content off your laptop. I use to do it this way many years ago, you'll need a 3.5mm to RCA audio (Red/White) cable.
03:04pm 27/07/12 Permalink
greazy
Brisbane, Queensland
5506 posts
A lot of set top boxes let you play certain files via USB plug. I think it's mpeg for a lot of them. Might be the cheapest option but restrictive.
03:05pm 27/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9694 posts
Try to get something with s-video, the quality is much better than RCA.
03:05pm 27/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5019 posts
03:06pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2576 posts
Also, what about sound? Id like to use the sound from the TV speakers if possible. Just buy a cable to connect the 3.5mm??? sound out jack to the red/white sound in things. EDIT: Already covered, thanks.

And would it be better to buy a VGA or HDMI cable out thing? I assume HDMI to svideo cable going by whats been said.
03:11pm 27/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5020 posts
you wont notice any difference HDMI or VGA RBG quality is crap.
03:16pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2578 posts
^
I found that and looks good but audio doesnt come from HDMI does it? I thought it was video only.
03:21pm 27/07/12 Permalink
dais
Brisbane, Queensland
9695 posts
HDMI has audio and video.
03:27pm 27/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5022 posts
HDMI should do audio and video, do you have another tv in the house HDMI give it a test but it should
03:31pm 27/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3380 posts
Bedrooms are not for watching tv, unless you are a teenager late at night and you're watching porn.
03:33pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2579 posts
Get thishttp://www.ebay.com.au/itm/HDMI-Male-3-RGB-5-YPbPr-8-RCA-4-Pin-S-video-2-5mm-Female-Adapter-Cable-/261009943295?pt=AU_Electronics_Accessories_Wires_Cables&hash=item3cc567aaff#ht_3921wt_1164Does everything! you can use S-Video and also has audio

So using this, i will also need a male to male svideo for video? And a male to male RCA for audio? Might already have both, will need to check.

Bedrooms are not for watching tv, unless you are a teenager late at night and you're watching porn.

Maybe GF and i wanna watch porn together.
03:38pm 27/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5023 posts
So using this, i will also need a male to male svideo for video? And a male to male RCA for audio? Might already have both, will need to check.


yeah you do, but im pretty sure you will have some if not ask around i know i have heaps!
03:43pm 27/07/12 Permalink
copuis
Brisbane, Queensland
3068 posts
I use a cheap (was like $40) set top box in the bedroom, it does most files the gui is s***house but it does the job
03:45pm 27/07/12 Permalink
mental
Brisbane, Queensland
3382 posts
Twas jsut tongue in cheek dave, I have a huge arse tv in my room and a 7.2 surround sound system, put I don't think the tv is plugged in.

Have you considered getting a Telstra T-Box?!

Seriously though, you should just head down to cash converters with a pocket full of coins and get a dvd player or media player with a usb slot, with the change left over you should be able to get a soft serve from macca's on your way home, maybe even one with a cadbury flake in it, f*** yeah.
03:53pm 27/07/12 Permalink
Basket
Gold Coast, Queensland
828 posts
HDMI should do audio and video, do you have another tv in the house HDMI give it a test but it should


Not true, I tried running my ps3 through my t.v with hdmi.. refuses to get any sound. So I've never even used my ps3 once LOL
04:02pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2580 posts
Lol mental, i wasnt taking you serious bro.

We have tivo with our main TV and id get another in the bedroom if we had an antenna wall socket but we dont n i CBF getting one installed.
04:04pm 27/07/12 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5024 posts
why spend money on all this crap when he has a laptop and all he needs is $6 cable??
04:08pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2581 posts
Yeah that cable you recommended is looking the best option plus im pretty sure i have spare sound RCA cables and svideo for video.
04:13pm 27/07/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7234 posts
The cheapest way is to drop that brick out the nearest window and buy a 22" ish LCD.
A decent one can be had for about $200, and will have all modern inputs. It will also use about 50% of the power of that massive f***-off CRT.
In the long term, you'll save money on power.

Most of these LCDs will have a USB port you can plug a USB stick in to with whatever media.

Edit: Here you go: http://www.kogan.com/au/buy/22-lcd-tv-w-dvd-player-pvr-hd-digital-tune/

last edited by Raven at 16:23:09 27/Jul/12
04:20pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2584 posts
Long term save money on power hey.

I did a quick google and found:
http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=54308.0
ITEM Annual Energy Use Annual Cost
Plasma TV 441 kWH $48.25
CRT TV 123 kWH $13.46
LCD TV 77 kWH $8.42

Our annual usage wouldnt be very much if we do maybe 4hrs a week but even if we used their values and saved approx $5 a year by switching to LCD, it would take us 40yrs to cover the $200 cost of buying the LCD.

Values are probably off by a bit given that its an old web page but due to our limited use of the TV and limited spare funds, id rather just grab a cheap cable and use my laptop for the time being. Still appreciate your post though as ill keep the LCD in mind should anything happen.
05:25pm 27/07/12 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
21148 posts
What's that big lump behind the TV screen?
05:28pm 27/07/12 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1176 posts
Have you got an old LCD Monitor floating around?

In short I think your best option would be to look @ something like an AppleTV or WDTV Live.

Both are networkable, and you'd have to check for RCA connection compatibility in either case.

If you had a spare monitor, you'd need the box (each are around $100AUD) and some computer speakers (can be had for around 60-100, and you'd only need these if you were using an old monitor obviously.)
05:57pm 27/07/12 Permalink
sLaps_Forehead
Brisbane, Queensland
6039 posts
just get a WDTV media player.
08:06pm 27/07/12 Permalink
Timmeh
Brisbane, Queensland
2380 posts
buy a usb dvd player for like $30. or buy a new TV lol
use your 360/ps3
08:31pm 27/07/12 Permalink
DeadlyDav0
Brisbane, Queensland
2586 posts
No console.

Thanks for everybody's input, looks like connecting my laptop via a cheap cable will be the easiest and cheapest solution.
08:39pm 27/07/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34038 posts
he cheapest way is to drop that brick out the nearest window and buy a 22" ish LCD.
A decent one can be had for about $200, and will have all modern inputs. It will also use about 50% of the power of that massive f***-off CRT.
In the long term, you'll save money on power.


came in to say this:

please throw out that horrible tv right now and treat yo self to a nice new tv as they are cheap

i've had my aldi lcd wall mounted in the bedroom for a few years now and after some initial teething issues (i had a disagreement with aldi on what resolution HD actually is) its been awesome, my computer room is the other side of the wall to the bedroom, so i just run a nice long hdmi cable from pc to tv on wall, perfect!
06:03am 28/07/12 Permalink
Persay
Brisbane, Queensland
7547 posts
you're a bit of a retard if you do that

http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Home-Entertainment/Set-Top-Boxes/WEHVBT4800

get that and you'll get the new digital channels too, cram a thumbdrive in its snatch to play moview

ffs you're useless
09:29am 29/07/12 Permalink
Whoop
Brisbane, Queensland
20323 posts
That tv looks exactly the same as our old samsung tv, I just used to hook the xbox up to it & use its media player thing. Didn't play a great range but it played all the ones I wanted it to so that was all that mattered to me.
09:42am 29/07/12 Permalink
Ickus
Perth, Western Australia
277 posts
HDMI has audio and video.


HDMI can have audio, a lot of the early HDMI cards don't inject audio onto the cable. Although you could get an adaptor to add the audio into the HDMI if the graphics card/chipset doesn't.
12:50pm 29/07/12 Permalink
skythra
Brisbane, Queensland
5893 posts
Hey i've got a question:
http://www.kogan.com/au/buy/agora-smart-tv-hdmi-dongle/

Has anyone used this or a similar product? It's essentially android on a stick for your TV. I was very seriously contemplating one for my TV right now.. it has wifi and further expandability if i want to throw movies/tv onto it directly.

Edit: Ah hell, its 100 dollars delivered, i'll just buy it and see how it goes.
04:14pm 29/07/12 Permalink
Outlaw
Gold Coast, Queensland
2108 posts
TV will die before thread
05:12pm 29/07/12 Permalink
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