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Atheros's avatar

Can you play a 3D movie from a usb stick/external hard drive on a 3D TV?

Asked by Atheros (320 points ) June 21st, 2012

I couldn’t find a clear answer anywhere.
I have a 3D TV. Can I play 3D movies from a USB stick/external hard drive, or do I have to buy the 3D Blue-ray player as well?

Thanks!

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XOIIO's avatar

If you get the right copy why not? Your TV is 3D obviously it can play 3D movies

Atheros's avatar

Thanks. So I just have to figure what “type” of 3D movies it plays, and I’m ready to go?
(I don’t know a thing about TVs)

XOIIO's avatar

Yeah, usually just dvd rips of 3d movies will work.

Atheros's avatar

Great, thank you!

dabbler's avatar

Your TV might be equipped to play it directly from a USB port built into it, check for one of those. Then you’ll have to plow through the menus to find the media on the USB stick and select it.

If your TV doesn’t play movies directly from the USB stick you’ll have to play it on a computer that can output a signal (preferably HDMI) to the TV.

Atheros's avatar

It is. It’s got 3 USB ports. I just wasn’t sure if the 3D Blue-ray player does some magic before it sends the signal to the TV, or can 3D movies be played from the USB directly.

dabbler's avatar

Only your TV can tell you for sure. One thing you could do is just try it.
You may have to crack a manual to figure out how to get to the USB media.
And the manual should give a description of its capabilities to play various media.
3D is a fairly compute-intensive decoding job but heck that’s not a 3d TV for nothing, it’s possible.

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