In Tecnología de tu a tu we love to show you how to connect the TV with all the devices in the house. Smart TVs have taken a very important leap for us to achieve it and today it is very easy to connect everything by cable or through the WiFi that we have at home.
We have talked about them in depth and we have explained everything you need to know to connect the devices. However, many times we tend to forget one of them because we also find it in other places like our PC or laptop. We are talking about USB , which we can get a lot of benefit.
USB, the easiest way to watch your own content on TV
We open our new and smart TV Smart TV. We put it in the living room, we started to connect cables : the antenna, the HDMI, the console … We see that among so many entries there is a USB. What is it for? For the same as in a computer: so we can connect more devices.
The first thing that comes to mind is to connect a storage unit : either a pendrive or an external hard drive. In this way, we can see files in a very simple way without needing to be doing additional configurations with the mobile for example.
We connect it to the computer, we put the photos and videos that we want to see and then simply and simply connect it to the TV, we select this entry in the list of TV connections and that’s it. If we have a Smart TV, a folder will appear as if it were the computer. Within it we will have different contents.
What can we see? Everything: our collection of photos, videos that we have all kinds … Remember that if you want to watch series and movies there are legal alternatives like Wuaki and Filmin , which also have applications specially designed for these smart TVs.
Now , what is it capable of opening and what is not? It depends on the TV but today almost all models open the main formats of video, music and photography: mp4, m4v, mp3, jpg … We should not have problems, if we can see it with our computer it will also work on our TV.
Which is the best option? A pendrive can always get us out of trouble but its capacity is quite limited so we can have many files inside. The other option is a hard drive, with more capacity and without having to be constantly making trips to the computer: we turn everything and go.
Does it have to be a multimedia hard drive to work on a Smart TV? No, the only thing we need is to connect it by USB, we do not have to have a hard drive with video outputs to connect it through those channels. It is much simpler and does not force us to buy such a specific model. If you need help on hard drives, we have a very complete guide on the blog .