August 1, 2018 How can I watch your videos on my big screen TV?

There are a few ways to enjoy our videos on your big screen TV, but unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it should be in 2018.

Internet connected TV’s are becoming more common, but they almost all require “apps” from stores the manufacturer administers, and none will allow adult content (yet!). So, we need to do some workarounds. The good news us, it’s not that hard!

HD videos are best for this

First, our HD videos are always preferred for viewing on a big screen – they are available at a high pixel count (1920×1080, which is optimal for modern TVs), and encoded at a high bitrate (which means all the details will be clear).

Put files on a USB stick or drive

Most modern TV’s have a USB port on the back, where a USB stick (or portable USB drive) can be plugged in. The TV has a simple “browser” for exploring the folder structure on the USB device. Our videos work fine with TV’s that have a USB port, and will simply play when selected. You can use your TV’s remote control to play / pause / ffwd / rwd / stop, and select another video.

If you use a USB stick, remember to remove it when you’re done, if your TV is in a shared space! 😉

Connect a computer

Perhaps you have a spare laptop that can be connected? Most modern laptops have HDMI ports, and when connected and AV1 / AV2 / AV3 is selected on the TV, the picture is nice and clear. We always recommend playing back videos in the excellent and free VLC Media Player (an application you install on your computer). Make the video full-screen by double clicking anywhere on the playing video.

At HQ, some staff have bought a small solid-state (no fans, no noise, low power consumption) PC’s for this (Intel’s NUX line is ideal for this). Connected by wifi, they are great for 4k Netflix, Youtube… and HD abbywinters.com! You can stream media files from another computer on your home network, or start a web browser, log in, and play streaming media files directly on abbywinters.com (maximised to full-screen).

Burn to DVD

A Dual-layer DVD holds 9.6Gb, that’s three or four GG or GB scenes (or a ten solo scenes). Basic DVD authoring software may be required to make it work, but most DVD players these days can play video files directly from a DVD. Worth checking if the options above are not good for you.