How to Watch AVI Files on a TV


Many users have a large collection of AVI video files on their computers. Not all these users, however, enjoy watching videos via computer. The comfort of sitting on the couch in front of the TV is usually preferable to a desk chair in the study, so finding a way of watching an AVI file on TV is the perfect solution.

Things You'll Need

  • Media player
  • External hard drive or USB drive
  • Transfer all your AVI files to an external hard drive. Select each file, then drag and drop them on your computer screen into your hard drive folder. If you do not own an external hard drive a USB flash drive will also suffice.

  • Connect a media player to the television. Media players--unsurprisingly given the name--basically do what the likes of Windows Media Player does on a computer. In this case the media player prepares your files to be viewed on a television (see the Reference link below for more information about media players). Companies such as Western Digital sell these media players. Connect the power supply into the media player, then attach the cable into the TV--depending on what model you buy, this will either be a SCART-type connection or an HD wire.

  • Connect your external hard drive or USB flash drive to the media player via its USB ports.

  • Tune your television to the channel to which your media player is connected. This will give you a menu to scroll through and select your AVI file to watch on television.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your media player has the capability, connect it to the television via HD cables for a sharper picture.
  • Other programs and systems can achieve the same effect. Certain Blu-Ray home cinema systems are now built with the same functionality.

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