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Need 32" LCD/LED with comprehensive USB video support

by rocks911 / January 27, 2013 11:13 PM PST

I am setting up a workout room and need to purchase a 32" LCD/LED to play back workout videos on. I have a bunch of workout DVD's that I have backed up and I need to be able to play them on the TV.

I need it to support at least a 32Gb flash drive and if it could manage a portable hard drive, well even better.
I need it to be able to play back various formats...MKV, AVI, MP4 etc...

Who manufactures such a TV?

I purchased a Vizio but the thing is just too glitchy and the player UI is hopelessly clunky and outdated and supports limited functionality

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Such a beast doesn't exist yet
by Pepe7 / January 27, 2013 11:46 PM PST

Most HDTVs lack the ability to play back one or several of those formats unfortunately.

Your best scenario is to either convert to a format that is know to work 99% of the time, or find a cheap media streamer you can keep connected to the HDTV and use USB flash drives to throw up files you need. Even better would be to simply connect to a low end PC/laptop where all files may be played back with free software/codecs.

Let us know if you would like any additional help. I have had luck w/ both Roku & WDTV Live media players, FWIW.

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Bigger TV's have good support
by rocks911 / January 28, 2013 12:57 AM PST

Just not the 32" I suppose.

I have an LG, a Samsung and a Panasonic that all have pretty comprehensive support, an external hard problems, any thumb problem, most any problem. It all gets pretty dicey when you get down to 32" models to be sure.

Thanks for your reply. I have used both Boxee Boxes and WD TV's but didnt want to have to spend the an extra $100 for a workout TV to be able to play back what I needed it to, but it may well come to that.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

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Incorrect- big HDTVs don't handle it well either
by Pepe7 / January 28, 2013 3:21 AM PST

Most any codec? Um, hardly. My guess is, you aren't testing enough file types and codecs, or at least aren't using the same variety that I am on a regular basis (MKV? No, not one that's heavily support anywhere). Even the bigger panels do a crappy job thus far. It's a known issue which is well discussed. See forums such as AVS if you want the skinny.

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Hey it works for me
by rocks911 / January 28, 2013 4:15 AM PST

I suppose you come from esoteric land, with 6 dozen containers and codecs.
Most everything I've tried to play with newer LG,s Samsungs and Panasonics has played.

I found what I needed in a television, thanks to all for playing.

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You need to get more specific than that
by Pepe7 / January 28, 2013 10:28 AM PST
In reply to: Hey it works for me

I think your nose is growing (LOL).

Let me enlighten you while phrasing things a bit differently. Why do you think that programs such as MKVextract, Aegisub, Avidemux & Handbrake are used & recommended so frequently to tweak files for playback(?) Yeah, that's what I thought, You have no idea what you are doing.

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Nod to conversion.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 1:11 AM PST

I use Handbrake too much for this.

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