Play movies from Computer to TV

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  1. Posts : 368
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    Thread Starter
       #11

    NavyLCDR once I get the Windows Key + P, I am assuming I need to select the Duplicate (??). After that is when I drag my movie player from the monitor to the TV??
    Then load the movie into the player and make the full screen?

    IAmNoOne
    I have been a user of Plex for several years (a great program, but a little finiky at times) and have it setup on my Windows 7 PC. I have never been able to set it up for myself. My cousing usually comes over and gets it working for me. I hate having to ask him since it is a 2 hr ride to my house for him. That is one reason I got this Windows 10 PC so I could avoid having to call him to setup Plex when something goes wrong with my Windows 7 PC. I expect Windows 7 to go to heck in a hand basket when Microsoft stops supporting it.

    Does your tv have webos? I don't know what that is but it is NOT a smart TV and is over 5 yrs old, so DO NOT think it would have webos.

    Bree I have no idea about Cast to Device. I have used a ChromeCast device before but it will NOT work for what I want to do. I will have the videos on my PC. I just need to get them playing on my TV.

    If I can get this Windows 10 playing movies on the TV, I can handle most anything else.

    Thanks guys.
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  2. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       #12

    huffman said:
    NavyLCDR once I get the Windows Key + P, I am assuming I need to select the Duplicate (??). After that is when I drag my movie player from the monitor to the TV??
    Then load the movie into the player and make the full screen?
    No, it should be set to extend. You can try duplicate, then everything will be the same on both the TV and monitor. Extend allows different things to be on the TV and monitor.
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  3. Posts : 368
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #13

    I am going to say this; I am old as dirt and I don't do well on computers unless I have step by step instructions for doing things.
    It would really help if NavyLCDR (picked at random) would tell me how to watch movies from my PC to the TV step by step. That is step 1, step 2 and step 3 etc.

    Thanks so very very much.
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  4. Posts : 368
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #14

    I know I must be stupid.

    If I drag the movie player from the PC monitor to the TV screen, will it show in both places so that I can make it full screen and load the movie I want to watch.
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  5. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #15

    Hi folks
    @huffman
    I'd suggest another idea completely

    1) Get an Amazon Fire TV stick
    2) Install Kodi on it -- It's an android device so you can install Kodi on an android phone and then use app2firetv to load to amazon fire TV stick
    3) set the TV input to the Fire TV stick
    4) now you can stream to your hearts content from computers - internet or whatever. Amazon firetv has a handset you can control (can be voice activated too if you like that method - I hate that way though ) or even control via a mobile phone.

    For playing from computer / NAS to Kodi simply ensure files are shared and connect to your network -- KODI can browse a Windows / SAMBA network.

    I prefer KODI for this over VLC as KODI actually handles more formats both video and audio than VLC, you can play ripped DVD ISO's directly (including menu's) and if playing movies / tv series from your computer yo can grab the subtitles - there's auto connect to Opensubtitles.org, subscene.com etc etc --user configurable.

    Kodi is a bit more complex to set up but always works and IMO once you've set it up beats any other system on the planet --you don't need smart TV's either or subscriptions to NETFLIX (built in App if you do have the Firestick), or Amazon Prime.

    If you do have Netflix subscription the Firestick TV works brilliantly too -- you don't need to install anything as netflix is already installed.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Posts : 368
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #16

    jimbo45
    I appreciate the input, but that is NOT going to happen. All my HDMI ports are taken up now.
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  7. Posts : 368
    windows 7
    Thread Starter
       #17

    Correct me if I am wrong:
    1) Make sure all cables are connected (I know they are)
    2) Get into the Extended mode
    3) Open a video player (NOT full screen)
    4) Drag the video player onto the TV
    5) Make the player full screen
    6) Load the movie and play it.
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  8. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 10,503
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #18

    huffman said:
    jimbo45
    I appreciate the input, but that is NOT going to happen. All my HDMI ports are taken up now.
    Hi there

    HDMI 3 or 4 port switcher works fine as well and cheap !!!! however the amazon firestick with KODI was just a suggestion -- I use the 4 port HDMI method because I also have a SKY Q minibox (satellite TV box) too and there are never enough HDMI ports on things like TV monitors !!!!

    I mentioned kodi with the firestick as some people who have those might not be aware that you can load "Non amazon" things like KODI on it -- it's an android device so any typical android app should work on it.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  9. NavyLCDR's Avatar
    Posts : 15,529
    Windows 10 Pro
       #19

    huffman said:
    Correct me if I am wrong:
    1) Make sure all cables are connected (I know they are)
    2) Get into the Extended mode
    3) Open a video player (NOT full screen)
    4) Drag the video player onto the TV
    5) Make the player full screen
    6) Load the movie and play it.
    Just try it.
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  10. jimbo45's Avatar
    Posts : 10,503
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #20

    Hi there @IAmNoOne

    KODI is far simpler than plex believe it or not and all you need to do is just browse files / folders to play -- no need for plex config stuff. I like also the connection you can make to opensubtitles.org / subscene.com etc to get subtitles for the movies / tv stuff --- I used to use plex ages ago -- got fed up with "prompts for paid passes etc" , losing devices, horrible subtitle access etc. Give me Kodi any day - but of course YMMV as with all software.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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