Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread

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by Preezy » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:12 pm

Hexx wrote:Sooo....any tips on how to get video files from PC to play through Smart TV?

I put all my video files (normally MP4 or MKV) onto my external hard-drive and just plug it in the USB port on the TV. Most if not all new TVs have a media menu that shows the content of the hard-drive. My new LG even shows thumbnails of the films and shows I've got on there, quite neat.

I think Sony TVs still need the hard-drive to be formatted into fat32, whatever that is.

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by Sleighamorph » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:20 pm

Use Plex

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Hexx » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:26 pm

Preezy wrote:
Hexx wrote:Sooo....any tips on how to get video files from PC to play through Smart TV?

I put all my video files (normally MP4 or MKV) onto my external hard-drive and just plug it in the USB port on the TV. Most if not all new TVs have a media menu that shows the content of the hard-drive. My new LG even shows thumbnails of the films and shows I've got on there, quite neat.

I think Sony TVs still need the hard-drive to be formatted into fat32, whatever that is.


But then I'd need a HDD, a Cable and going behind the TV etc.

Must be a way to do over network...

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by Sleighamorph » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:28 pm

Hexx wrote:
Preezy wrote:
Hexx wrote:Sooo....any tips on how to get video files from PC to play through Smart TV?

I put all my video files (normally MP4 or MKV) onto my external hard-drive and just plug it in the USB port on the TV. Most if not all new TVs have a media menu that shows the content of the hard-drive. My new LG even shows thumbnails of the films and shows I've got on there, quite neat.

I think Sony TVs still need the hard-drive to be formatted into fat32, whatever that is.


But then I'd need a HDD, a Cable and going behind the TV etc.

Must be a way to do over network...

Plex.

Install it on your PC, point it at the folder where your files are, then install the Plex app on your TV.
Streams your files over the local network, and supports multiple audio/subtitle tracks embedded in files.

And it's free.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Hexx » Tue Dec 04, 2018 1:30 pm

We'll see Laga...

We'll see...

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by HSH28 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:55 pm

Hexx wrote:We'll see Laga...

We'll see...


Plex is brilliant. Depending on the TV you've got you might not have to install the app either.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Snowy » Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:31 pm

Remember that MP4 and MKV are just containers for an orgy of other file formats. This means that a TV might be able to read one type of MKV file but then not bother depending on the video or audio codec stipulated when making the MKV file. A Plex server will transcode to suit the Plex app on the fly (provided the computer is powerful enough).

If the video codec and audio codec used to encode the data held within the file container match the formats supported by your TV then you'll just be able to directly stream the content. If not the machine hosting the Plex server will have to decode all of the data and then recode it to a suitable format before it'll appear on your TV screen. The main factors that would limit your ability to do this would be processing power of the host machine and the resolution you want to see on the screen. The correlation is that as resolution goes up, so does CPU processing power requirements.

MP4 is more limited in the codec formats it accepts and will nearly always be a variant of H.XXX which nearly all TVs support so you're less likely to have any problems with it.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Kanbei » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:31 pm

Looking to get a 43 inch tv for the man cave (small room so can't really go bigger than that). Anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't seem to be too many about.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by NickSCFC » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:10 pm

Kanbei wrote:Looking to get a 43 inch tv for the man cave (small room so can't really go bigger than that). Anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't seem to be too many about.


I bought this...

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-ho ... 0-pdt.html

Image and sound quality are great and, unlike older sets, the Android TV OS is really snappy.

Chromecast built in too.

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by Yulehide » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:00 pm

NickSCFC wrote:
Kanbei wrote:Looking to get a 43 inch tv for the man cave (small room so can't really go bigger than that). Anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't seem to be too many about.


I bought this...

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-ho ... 0-pdt.html

Image and sound quality are great and, unlike older sets, the Android TV OS is really snappy.

Chromecast built in too.


My 2017 model begs to differ.

Takes nearly two minutes for it to start up.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by NickSCFC » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:38 pm

Yulehide wrote:
NickSCFC wrote:
Kanbei wrote:Looking to get a 43 inch tv for the man cave (small room so can't really go bigger than that). Anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't seem to be too many about.


I bought this...

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-ho ... 0-pdt.html

Image and sound quality are great and, unlike older sets, the Android TV OS is really snappy.

Chromecast built in too.


My 2017 model begs to differ.

Takes nearly two minutes for it to start up.


Your 2017 model is an older set.

It also, likely, doesn't support the latest version of Android which runs quicker.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Rex Kramer » Mon Dec 17, 2018 2:46 pm

So I'm in the market for a 4K UHD player and I'm wondering what the One S is like in that department. Anyone use one for 4k discs? Game have a decent deal at the moment of console, Forza, RDR2 and something else for £200 and I've got about £70 worth of credit. Best other budget player looks to be around £130. I guess I'd need a media remote as well?

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by KK » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:09 pm

Not the S but I've been using the Xbox One X as a 4K player and aside from Blue Planet 2 (which has manufacturing residue on the disc that needs to be wiped off first; not really a big issue) it has been excellent. The regular controller works fine, though it did take me a couple of days to get used to bringing the menus up/pausing (it's on B).

If you plan on playing games, either of the One's are a far better value proposition than a dedicated player. The only complaints I've heard about the S in terms of films was from WhatHiFi magazine - everyone else has found it perfectly fine.

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by Yulehide » Mon Dec 17, 2018 3:30 pm

NickSCFC wrote:
Yulehide wrote:
NickSCFC wrote:
Kanbei wrote:Looking to get a 43 inch tv for the man cave (small room so can't really go bigger than that). Anyone have any recommendations? Doesn't seem to be too many about.


I bought this...

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-ho ... 0-pdt.html

Image and sound quality are great and, unlike older sets, the Android TV OS is really snappy.

Chromecast built in too.


My 2017 model begs to differ.

Takes nearly two minutes for it to start up.


Your 2017 model is an older set.

It also, likely, doesn't support the latest version of Android which runs quicker.


I wouldn't mind if it was a budget or mid range model but its one of most expensive non OLED models, screen wise I can't fault it but the OS and user interface are woefully poor.

My first and last Sony TV, never again.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Sleighamorph » Mon Dec 17, 2018 4:10 pm

After 4 visits Currys have finally finished the installation of my C8.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Albear » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:37 pm

I'm actually angry for you laga.

What are they doing to make it up to you?

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:20 am

I’m on the look out for a 32 inch tv for my sons bedroom, mainly so he can play his Xbox one so I needs to be 1080p however I’ve noticed that there are a lot of 720p sets about. When you finally find a 1080p set that seems decent they don’t seem much cheaper than 40 inch plus 4K sets. Why are the 32 inch TVs so expensive in comparison?

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by Sleighamorph » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:34 am

Return_of_the_STAR wrote:I’m on the look out for a 32 inch tv for my sons bedroom, mainly so he can play his Xbox one so I needs to be 1080p however I’ve noticed that there are a lot of 720p sets about. When you finally find a 1080p set that seems decent they don’t seem much cheaper than 40 inch plus 4K sets. Why are the 32 inch TVs so expensive in comparison?

Because there isn't much market for 32" screens anymore so the prices go up as they aren't as mass produced as larger sets.

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PostRe: Denster presents: The 4K HDR HDTV Thread
by KK » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:46 am

32” Sony 720p and 1080p sets were going for low prices on eBay the other day (between £250 and £350). May be worth looking on there from an official channel (Tesco, Argos and Co-Op electrical). They were HDR enabled too.

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Dec 18, 2018 12:51 am

KK wrote:32” Sony 720p and 1080p sets were going for low prices on eBay the other day (between £250 and £350). May be worth looking on there from an official channel (Tesco, Argos and Co-Op electrical). They were HDR enabled too.


Thanks, I had just started looking at them funnily enough. Still annoying that there are plenty of top branded 4K 40-49 inch sets out there in the £300s. Feels like such a rip off to pay that for a 32 inch 1080p set.

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