It's possible to find some HD TV programs on the Net that are unavailable on any HD channel and unavailalble for purchase (I'm happy to do either).
I see that these downloads are MKV format, and the codec is x264, in 720p resolution, and no more than 6mps bitrate (ie no more than DVD).
I have tried using my laptop to play equivalent files that are in AVI format, and the codec was xvid, with no problem (using a VGA cable to the HD LCD TV). The laptop is 1.6ghz with 1.5gb RAM and an ATI 7500 Mobility graphics chip, and I used VLC player because it seems to have the lowest CPU requirements.
So, will the x264/mkv files play with that CPU - or do I first need to convert the files to xvid/avi to make it easier for the laptop ?
(I did do a search, but the previous threads were ambiguous on this point.)