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    Basically what I am trying to do it hook up my 1TB NTFS formatted (but this can be changed I suppose) Seagate hard drive to my TV which has hdmi/vga/scart input. Since my laptop overheats/has no VGA port I'd rather just directly do it through my hard drive and forget about plugging in my laptop altogether.

    Am I correct in saying if I bought a media player, plugged this into my hard drive then into my TV (via hdmi) I could watch all the shows stored on there?
    I have a couple of .avi and mp4 films I'd love to be able to watch on an actual TV, their quality isn't amazing but it's decent enough to be able to enjoy the film, so I don't need a high end media player.

    I've looked at this, this and this.
    I never knew these existed until a couple of mins ago and never realised they'd be so cheap. Any recommendations for less than £30?

    Or is there is another way to hook my hard drive up that is cheaper? (I don't have a playstation/xbox).
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    Yep those will all work, i doubt you'll get one much cheaper as well.

    Unless your TV has a USB port or some networking features (some new tv's do) then this is the simplest way to do what you describe.
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    Nah I have a very basic tv so it doesn't have usb in it, nor does my dvd player.
    That's brilliant news though, can finally watch the films on tv, thank you
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    (Original post by Boo_x)
    Basically what I am trying to do it hook up my 1TB NTFS formatted (but this can be changed I suppose) Seagate hard drive to my TV which has hdmi/vga/scart input. Since my laptop overheats/has no VGA port I'd rather just directly do it through my hard drive and forget about plugging in my laptop altogether.

    Am I correct in saying if I bought a media player, plugged this into my hard drive then into my TV (via hdmi) I could watch all the shows stored on there?
    I have a couple of .avi and mp4 films I'd love to be able to watch on an actual TV, their quality isn't amazing but it's decent enough to be able to enjoy the film, so I don't need a high end media player.

    I've looked at this, this and this.
    I never knew these existed until a couple of mins ago and never realised they'd be so cheap. Any recommendations for less than £30?

    Or is there is another way to hook my hard drive up that is cheaper? (I don't have a playstation/xbox).
    Yes technically if the media player supports an external hard drive. Make sure you got the right supported video format as well

    All the links you gave seem pretty good, it's up to you
    is this an external hard drive?
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Yes technically if the media player supports an external hard drive. Make sure you got the right supported video format as well

    All the links you gave seem pretty good, it's up to you
    is this an external hard drive?
    I'm now thinking this which is just a newer verison of the last one but it support .mkv files which I sometimes download.
    The actual device isn't an external hard drive if you mean that...I want to connect my external hard drive though.
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    (Original post by Boo_x)
    I'm now thinking this which is just a newer verison of the last one but it support .mkv files which I sometimes download.
    The actual device isn't an external hard drive if you mean that...I want to connect my external hard drive though.
    Just make sure it supports your video files and you'll be fine.

    I meant the hard drive your using to store your videos? If it's external than it'll fine.
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    (Original post by Iqbal007)
    Just make sure it supports your video files and you'll be fine.

    I meant the hard drive your using to store your videos? If it's external than it'll fine.
    It does
    Oh yeah it's an external hard drive, that's great then i'll probably be ordering this tomorrow.

    Thanks for your help

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