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Watching Media Through TV USB

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Is there a standard format for USB drives to ensure that they are universally recognised by TVs (eg ExFat, Fat32, NTFS)?

Or is it only the file format that matters (eg MKV, MP4 etc)?

I've been having some trouble here and am trying to figure out if one of the USB drives I have is actually faulty. I can't seem to find the magic combination of file type plus drive format which works every time (if there is such a thing).

Can anyone shed any light on this?

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5 minutes ago, DezGalbie said:

Is there a standard format for USB drives to ensure that they are universally recognised by TVs (eg ExFat, Fat32, NTFS)?

Or is it only the file format that matters (eg MKV, MP4 etc)?

I've been having some trouble here and am trying to figure out if one of the USB drives I have is actually faulty. I can't seem to find the magic combination of file type plus drive format which works every time (if there is such a thing).

Can anyone shed any light on this?

I was reading a post about how TV manufacturers do no have a "QVL" list for USB drives and its on the owners to have to test and try out USB drives.  I read this yesterday, and saw your post - I cant help any further just trying to information share.  The manufacturer they were talking about was Samsung on this post.

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1 minute ago, Tristerin said:

I was reading a post about how TV manufacturers do no have a "QVL" list for USB drives and its on the owners to have to test and try out USB drives.  I read this yesterday, and saw your post - I cant help any further just trying to information share.  The manufacturer they were talking about was Samsung on this post.

Yeah, it would be nice if manufacturers made this stuff a bit clearer. 

Maybe I'll just need to do a whole lot of trial and error and keep note of what works and what doesn't on the different TVs they could be getting plugged into.

But if anyone reading knows the secret to making this stuff work reliably then please let me know.

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what tv? old or new?

Old tv only want FAT32 but newer TV can handle NTFS or even exFAT.

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Just now, SupaKomputa said:

what tv? old or new?

Old tv only want FAT32 but newer TV can handle NTFS or even exFAT.

There are several TVs that they could be getting used on. An LG that's about 6 years old, a Sharp that's about 4 years old, A Technika that's about a year old, and a friend's TV (I don't know the details of that one he just told me that it didn't work).

Maybe it needs to be FAT32 then. I'll try putting the drives into that format and see if I have any luck.

 

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Yes definitely fat32 for anything older than 2-3 years. Usually only smart tv that accept other than fat32.

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Good news for anyone reading who is interested - the Sharp TV is recognising the drive now that it has been formatted to FAT32.

I don't have immediate access to all these different TVs right now but it has worked for the Sharp one anyway. Hopefully it will work for the rest too.

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