Originally Posted by Herve
Speaking of streaming from an Amazon app on a Samsung android phone, I know that it is possible to stream 1080p video via wifi from the phone to the 8500, but the on-screen result is IMO not anywhere near as good as it would be if the app were on the 8500 "natively".
Is it possible to connect the phone directly to the 8500 via USB cable and, if so, how does the on-screen result compare to that of the 8500's "native" app?
If you are asking can you plug your phone into the USB port on the K8500 to stream video and audio from apps such as Amazon loaded on your phone, as far as I am aware the answer is no.
I believe the K8500's USB port is more a means of allowing us to connect extenal hard drives or thumbdrives so we can view video files, music, and photos or update our players if we are not hooked up to wifi. A list of file extension you can play are found on page 57.
Anyways, this is now going way off topic
but just so you are aware there are hard-wired methods to connect an Android phone or tablet to a TV. One of the more popular methods is called MHL/SlimPort (via Micro-USB) or Micro-HDMI cable if supported.
I don't have an Android phone so have no first hand experience but if you decide to go this route make sure to get an adapter that also provides power to your phone so you don't find yourself having to recharge it half way through the movie!
Also you might want to do some more reasearch on your phone and it's limitations. For example, the following might be show-stoppers for those of us that have invested in 4K technology using this approach...
- Assuming your Phone is only capable of a maximum of 1080p output, no 4K for you
- Likely your phone only outputs Stereo at best so no DD 5.1 for you
For more information on MHL or SlimPort you might want to review this article:
How to connect Android phone to TV
I would also suggest you do a Google search for "connecting android phone to tv
" and if you find any of those methods appeal to you more then ask any follow up questions in the applicable threads.
It's beyond me why Samsung has failed to provide the Amazon app to us Canadians on the K8500 while it has always been available to those of us in Canada who own one of their TVs. It got to the point I decided to put together a 'cheat sheet' so I could remember which device I should use to get the most out of my apps. The first time I posted a copy people were trying to correct me until I pointed out that devices and apps, even in country located 18 miles away from my doorstep, work differently.