Connect external hard drive to TV

Mrs_Miss

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i have an old LG 20" 720p LCD HDTV 20LS7D and i want to connect my 1TB WD My Passport Ultra to it to watch movies. I tried a WDTV Gen 1 but it wouldn't connect to my hard drive. I dunno if it was an issue with the WDTV or user error but i've since returned it. I don't want it to have internet access because this is going to be in my son's room and only want it to play what's on the hard drive. I would like for it to show thumbnails of the files so he can know what he's watching (he can read but he's just more visual). This needs to be simple to use as well with remote. i hope you can help because i've just about given up on finding something.
 

hang-the-9

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That WD media player should have worked, but since there is no way to see how you were trying to use it, no way to know where the issue was. There is nothing really simpler to use. Try another media player or an old computer connected to the TV. Roku is a good one, this chart shows which systems have a USB port for an external drive and what format the drive should be in, usually FAT32 https://image.roku.com/ww/docs/compare-chart-new-old-en-us.pdf
 

hang-the-9

Titan
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That WD media player should have worked, but since there is no way to see how you were trying to use it, no way to know where the issue was. There is nothing really simpler to use. Try another media player or an old computer connected to the TV. Roku is a good one, this chart shows which systems have a USB port for an external drive and what format the drive should be in, usually FAT32 https://image.roku.com/ww/docs/compare-chart-new-old-en-us.pdf
 
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