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Smartphones + Smart TV + USB

SEe with a Smart TV? Can you connect an iPhone or Android phone via USB and play videos? Or do you need a Chromecast or Apple TV to do that?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jun. 9, 2014 at 14:52

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 14:52

Because of your smashing nick I promoted you question to the frontpage.
Maybe somebody knows. I don't.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 15:03

I bought a new Sony Bravia TV this morning. It's got all that smart TV stuff, so I'll let you know the answer to your question when it arrives tomorrow :).

To be honest, trying it out for you will most likely be the first and last time any of the smart features get used, I bought it for its gaming prowess.

emailmenever  Jun. 9, 2014 at 15:33

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 17:13

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.
Ooh, yes, the Sony I bought has screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet, could be pretty handy every now and again. Also, it'll let you record live TV to, as well as play from, an external HDD connected via the TV's USB port.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 19:32

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.
Ooh, yes, the Sony I bought has screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet, could be pretty handy every now and again. Also, it'll let you record live TV to, as well as play from, an external HDD connected via the TV's USB port.

Wait, you can connect an external HD to a Sony TV, but NOT to the PS3? o_O

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 19:48

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.
Ooh, yes, the Sony I bought has screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet, could be pretty handy every now and again. Also, it'll let you record live TV to, as well as play from, an external HDD connected via the TV's USB port.

Wait, you can connect an external HD to a Sony TV, but NOT to the PS3? o_O

Yep, though you can upgrade the internal HD of a PS3 pretty easily. I bought a 12GB one a few weeks ago and fitted a 320GB HD I had lying around at home.

Here's a thread from Sony's forums discussing using HDs or flash drives to pause/record TV on the same model I bought, it seems it accepts anything which is 32GB or larger in capacity:
http://community.sony.co.uk/t5/televisions/compatible-usb-stick-for-sony-kdl42w653/td-p/1289304

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 19:53

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.
Ooh, yes, the Sony I bought has screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet, could be pretty handy every now and again. Also, it'll let you record live TV to, as well as play from, an external HDD connected via the TV's USB port.

Wait, you can connect an external HD to a Sony TV, but NOT to the PS3? o_O

Yep, though you can upgrade the internal HD of a PS3 pretty easily. I bought a 12GB one a few weeks ago and fitted a 320GB HD I had lying around at home.

Here's a thread from Sony's forums discussing using HDs or flash drives to pause/record TV on the same model I bought, it seems it accepts anything which is 32GB or larger in capacity:
http://community.sony.co.uk/t5/televisions/compatible-usb-stick-for-sony-kdl42w653/td-p/1289304


Yes, I'm aware of that. I often use USB sticks to watch stuff via the PS3, and the other day I
stupidly assumed, hey, surely I can connect a portable HD to sift through some old videos. Nope. Not possible... Boy, I love Sony :D

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 21:33

Most SMART TVs dont need a cable connection, my Samsung which is a 2012 model can connect to my phone over DLNA and I can play them from my phone to my TV no problems. I also have an external HD connected to my TV via USB that I play movies from.
Ooh, yes, the Sony I bought has screen mirroring from a smartphone or tablet, could be pretty handy every now and again. Also, it'll let you record live TV to, as well as play from, an external HDD connected via the TV's USB port.

Wait, you can connect an external HD to a Sony TV, but NOT to the PS3? o_O

Yep, though you can upgrade the internal HD of a PS3 pretty easily. I bought a 12GB one a few weeks ago and fitted a 320GB HD I had lying around at home.

Here's a thread from Sony's forums discussing using HDs or flash drives to pause/record TV on the same model I bought, it seems it accepts anything which is 32GB or larger in capacity:
http://community.sony.co.uk/t5/televisions/compatible-usb-stick-for-sony-kdl42w653/td-p/1289304


Yes, I'm aware of that. I often use USB sticks to watch stuff via the PS3, and the other day I
stupidly assumed, hey, surely I can connect a portable HD to sift through some old videos. Nope. Not possible... Boy, I love Sony :D

Apparently you can't, it does seem to be a very odd limitation. Possibly the USB ports don't supply enough juice to run an external HD? That's about the only logical theory I can come up with.

To be honest, all big companies do weird, nonsensical things, it didn't really come into the equation when I was looking for the best gaming TV for ~£500. It came down to the Sony I ended up buying or a Samsung...neither companies are exactly angels haha :p.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 22:02

The PS3 USB ports charge the controllers. Surely they could power a HD?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 9, 2014 at 22:05

The PS3 USB ports charge the controllers. Surely they could power a HD?
True, I don't know how puny the controller batteries are though. They charge at 500MmA according to the back of my DS3, that's a quarter of the power my Note 2 uses haha :D!

ppttt  Feb. 7, 2015 at 01:18

answer the original question!

bcgrizzfan  Feb. 15, 2015 at 13:01

you can screen mirror from a smartphone to a HDMI TV. the way to do it is either via a dongle through screen mirroring which is a type of wi-fi direct connection, or like a previous poster said you can do it via DLNA if you're on the same WiFi network, and finally you can screen mirror via another type of dongle that connects to your smartphone via the Micro USB port and then an HDMI cable from the dongle to the tv

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