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ipod/usb port to play movies?

post #1 of 7
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I bought and transferred my movies onto an external hard drive so I can play them on my tv. But when I plug it into the usb/ipod port on the front of my denon AVR-1913, it won't play the movie. Is it possible to play a movie doing this? Anyone have any suggestions on what I can do to play the movies on my external hard drive?

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thanks
post #2 of 7
Pick up a media player like a WD Live, Roku or other box.
post #3 of 7
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So i can't play it straight from my hard drive into that usb port? I need like a media converter?
post #4 of 7
For video, yes. Most a/v receivers out there only do audio playback from USB. Occasionally they may do video from an iPod, but that requires the video be generated by the iPod and it usually is a bit fancier than a USB cable (mine uses a specially made docking station).

It's easiest to think of a receiver as being an audio only device - they acquired minor video switching and processing capabilities out of necessity. None are as capable as a media box (especially since they really only got popular the past few years when Apple made a big fuss with the AppleTV).

So far, given the variety of media formats and such, it's probably better that way - your receiver you're likely to keep several years, your media box, well, they're so cheap and things evolve so quickly it'll be outdated in a year.

It's also one of the hardest things to decide about a receiver - do you go for network capabilities or just get one that doesn't and use one of those boxes to give you the same capabilities.
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is it possible to stream movies from my computer to the receiver wireless? if so, can you tell me how to set up the sharing on my computer so I can access it on the receiver, I can't seem to figure that out
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Originally Posted by padymgee View Post

is it possible to stream movies from my computer to the receiver wireless? if so, can you tell me how to set up the sharing on my computer so I can access it on the receiver, I can't seem to figure that out
No, most AV receivers can only played audio via USB or streaming.
post #7 of 7
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Originally Posted by padymgee View Post

is it possible to stream movies from my computer to the receiver wireless? if so, can you tell me how to set up the sharing on my computer so I can access it on the receiver, I can't seem to figure that out

No, you need a media box for that too.
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