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Connecting Blu Ray USB Drive to HDMI TV

Discussion in 'Blu-ray & DVD Players' started by oosk2k12, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. oosk2k12

    oosk2k12 Member

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    hey guys

    does anyone know if a Blu Ray USB drive will work (to play, not burn) if I connect it to a HDMI TV using a USB-HDMI converter/cable?

    mucho appreciata :)

    anoush m
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    No it won't

    Most can only be used with fat32 formatted drives others sometimes NTFS.
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    No, it won't you need some method of controlling it and you will not get that through a USB - HDMI video interfcae.

    Either buy a Blu ray player or a USB TV :)
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    i see. my plan was (since the new imac doesn't support hdmi input for a proper player) to use a usb blu ray on windows side of my imac, but also on an hdmi tv as well.

    cheers for the info guys. i guess i'll settle for a pc only drive.
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    Some cameras and phones have manufacturer special USB ports that double up as a HDMI port for TV playback - this would not be the case for PCs and TVs. In any case you asked to connect a USB device to the HDMI port of the TV - this is not possible.

    If you connect a USB blu-ray drive to a PC then you can watch blu-rays with the right software. This won't work if you connect the drive to a TV USB port (most TVs have a USB port) because the TV does not have the drivers and software built in. Electronics isn't just about whether something plugs in.

    However: you could 1) convert your blu-ray film to MKV etc with the USB drive on your PC, then 2) burn the MKV file back to a DVD as a data disk, and then 3) the TV might play it if you plug the drive into the TV USB and its spec says it plays MKV media files. Or use a USB hard-drive.
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    cheers for that reply, but my tv is pretty old with only component/hdmi etc and no usb ports. No worries I'l settle with watching only on a pc, it's a 27" iMac so not so bad, I was just being a little greedy i guess to have it on a tv as well haha.
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    oh just saw that it can play it off a data disk, good call, i do have a dvd player.
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    dejongj Well-Known Member

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    It should take an input, I know of guys doing that with a ps3 or xbox. You need something like this or others Belkin AV360™ Mini DisplayPort Converter for 27"iMac F2CD007
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    Already tried that. The new iMac thunderbolt port only accepts signal from another thunderbolt device. I have new intel that the iMac display is not hdcp compliant. Bummer. I'm contemplating ripping Blu ray to mkv and remove the hdcp.

    I can rip to the computer using Blu ray ROM drive right? I don't need a writer? Cheers
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    I've only got a lg blu ray writer with my mac so don't know for certain. DVDFab on the mac is great at cloning a bluray to an ISO :) Which my Oppo plays as well. And to MKV, MP4 etc...
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    Oh ok cool. Thinking bout it, I'll probably go for a writer as I won't be able to play off a rom on the iMac anyway. Damn apple, both hate and love them ha.
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    I have a BD writer but have never used it as such - until this year HDDs were cost effective.
    If you really don't want a blu-ray player but have the patience to convert films to MKV etc and then want to play them back via HDMI/analogue into your TV then your best option is probably to store the files on HDD and use one of the many meida players/streamers discussed in that sub-forum or nearby threads like http://www.avforums.com/forums/blu-...movies-usb-hard-disc-use-blue-ray-player.html In a way this achieves USB playback on HDMI.

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