I need a TV mostly for playing movies from USB stick, confused!?

robodelfy

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Hi

I'm trying to help my mu buy a TV, and it's a real minefield, there are so many! I was hoping someone could help me narrow it down...

I don't need 4k, but would like 1080 FHD

It will be used 95% of the time for playing movies off a USB stick or HDD, so it needs a USB socket and preferably decent support for various codecs.

I think the size would be ideal somewhere between 32 and 43 inches.

Obviously picture and sound quality is important, but we are also looking for a more budget TV as we don't watch it a lot.

Any ideas? Can you get simple or cheaper monitors that play things of USB sticks?

Thanks
 

Peter Martin

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I think that Roku players can play USB sticks. So, a good TV like an great but affordable Visio TV and a Roku player that has the USB ports. It has a media streamer, which is what you require. No TV will have that native I don't think
 

Peter Martin

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I think that Roku players can play USB sticks. So, a good TV like an great but affordable Visio TV and a Roku player that has the USB ports. It has a media streamer, which is what you require. No TV will have that native I don't think
 

robodelfy

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Yeah I've used a few TV's that have a usb slot, some of them seems o be better at playing various file formats.

Im looking for some advice on maybe some of the better TV brands, and any models that people might recommend matching my requirements?
 

phaelax

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No TV will have that native I don't think
It's common on modern tvs. The supported formats are the bigger issue.

My tv plays all my movies from my NAS through a vlc app on the tv, but I haven't tried off a usb stick yet. It's also 4k and probably more money than you want to spend. You have a price range?

Look into TCL tvs. For the price I think you'll get a pretty darn good picture. They do have a USB port, but I don't know about playing movies from them. I'd assume yes but couldn't make a definite claim on support without researching it.
 

Peter Martin

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that is what I said in first post... lol
smart tvs are dumb tvs and they all suck. their performance online blows and they are hackable beyond all imagination. I don't EVER even hook the wiretap up to ethernet or wifi

get the nicest Roku you can and use it.
Roku is a LOT less expensive than a new TV

https://www.amazon.com/Roku-Ultra-streaming-Enhanced-headphone/dp/B075XMZMWY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1531763139&sr=8-1&keywords=roku+streamer+usb
 

bichn

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buying a tv with a Roku built in if you do need a new tv is a option i know they sell them for a great price at costco
 
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