Originally Posted by BlandMan
Just noticed today, this tv does play videos via usb! All the info I saw before said this would only play music or pictures. I plugged in a usb hard drive to one of the ports on the side and it shows options for music, video and photo. There are definite limitations on the video file formats, but it played some 720p and 1080p mp4 files I had (including 3D sbs mp4 videos. It also seems to do xvid/divx playback. I had some movies I had converted to xvid with 5.1 surround, and it seems to play fine, including the surround (I had connected from the tv's optical out into a 5.1 receiver).
I haven't done much testing yet, so I don't know all the limitations, but I was surprised that it played any video, especially 1080p and 5.1.
Nice catch! I wonder if they added that with the firmware update.
(edit) I've tested the following:
Video extensions recognized by television: .avi, .divx, .m2ts, .mov, .mp4, .ts, .vob
Video extensions NOT recognized by television: .3gp, .dvr-ms, .flv, .mkv, .webm
Audio extensions recognized by television: .aac, .ac3, .mp3
Audio extensions NOT recognized by television: .mka, .ogg, .ra
Of the audio extensions recognized, the following issues: one of two .aac files did not play.
Of the video extensions recognized, the following issues: two of five .ts files did not work at all (to be fair, one of them won't even work on my own computer, I think it's unsupported by libavcodec), two of two .divx files played the audio only (video codec reports as DivX 5, and did not work on the TV, the TV displayed "Video codec not support"), and the .mov did not play (I believe is h263/adpcm, and the TV displayed both "Video codec not support" and "Audio codec not support").
Other notes: I thought the .m2ts (AVCHD) file with its 1440x1080 resolution and 2MB/s bitrate might not play, but it did. The test case files included some problematic files that are used to test a/v codec libraries (courtesy of CCCP Project), so that may account for some things not working. I also wonder if it plays any files renamed even though the extension is not recognized (like an .ogg file renamed as an .mp3, for example). And I forgot to test a plain old .MPG or .MPEG extension file, but I suspect they'll play just fine.
I would say I am happy with the level of support the TV appears to have for Video formats.