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Can an Android phone play a movie through a TV?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by flyingsushi, Nov 12, 2012.

  1. flyingsushi
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    Wondering, I have a droid X and can't seem to play movies on my phone to the tv using the usb connector.

    Can the latest droid phones play movies from the phone to the TV?

    Thanks,
    Sushi
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    Never tried that method, but I don't think it works that way, the TV doesn't have the proper drivers.

    You can play it through an HDMI connection, you'll just need an MHL adapter.
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    I have movies on my old dx, and i play movies on my tv all the time with hdmi cable, works great!

    point of origin
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    With the DX, HDMI only to play movies on flatscreen TV. Some TVs can see the movies on the phone thru USB and play the movies. This is very hit and miss.
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    You mean the TV treats the phone as a USB storage device and can browse files on the phone?
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    I've got a Vizio TV.
    It has HDMI input. (and usb, and ethernet and wireless -- no bluetooth though
    Won't it work as a monitor?

    (it's got apps, netflix, rapsody, etc. etc. Wonder if it's running Android?)
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    Many of the newer TVs are capable of playing usb flash drives, however, I never thought about connecting my phone. I always thought that the TV didn't have the proper drivers. I'll try it when I get home, but realistically I don't have any reason:D
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    As possibly alternative to USB/HDMI wired connections >>

    I believe the Droid X is DLNA equipped, which should allow you to (looks at things displayed on your device on TV) play movies wirelessly over a network provided the TV is also DLNA capable. Example: I cue up a photo, movie, etc. on RAZR M and can select Samsung Flatscreen as playback device to see/watch on large screen. gMote.apk functions this way also (possibly not requiring DLNA capable devices though ...?), along with a number of other options like using device as keyboard for big-screen, using device as mouse-glide-pad for large screen, using device as remote control for large screen.

    Great options to show a group something that's on your device.
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    uploadfromtaptalk1354846511587.jpg

    I know the note 2, s3, and RAZR can but you have to buy accessories.

    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 2
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    I just hooked up my DroidX to my Sony HDTV. It found and allowed me to navigate thru the DroidX storage media, and played .jpg pics and .mp3 recordings on it.
    Plays .mpg movies too.
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    Mirror mode

    On my Motorola x2 I have a Mirror Mode. By attaching an HDMI cable from phone to tv I can play photos,videos,downloaded movies,gaming,web.
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    Thanks for your sharing,i got it,good thread.
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    Re: Bionic won't turn on

    The droid x has a micro HDMI port. You just need an appropriate cable. Micro HDMI to standard HDMI. If I remember correctly the droid x cannot do mirror mode, just one screen at a time. Either the phone screen or the TV, but not both.

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    That's would be correct. Samsung Smart TV's will just treat your device as a usb storage when hooked up through the mini usb. Lets you browse pics, vids, and music and just click to play.
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    Some LG TV's will do the same.
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    I have a Samsung Smartphone and a Samsung HDTV. There is an app called Samsung Link that will allow me to transmit music, videos and pics from my phone to my TV, wirelessly, if both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.

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    Wow, thread revival from 2012 & three Samsung "Smart" TV's later and I have still not found Samsung "app" worth using or better options than previous mentioned for viewing/listening on TV from phone (still download & try but wind up deleting them in favor of other options).

    My options/recommendations since 2012 still working well as follows:
    DLNA for wireless playback from phone,
    G-Mote app for anything on server network (also works as remote keyboard/touchpad for server-computer),
    YouTube via direct beam to YouTube app on TV or beam via TwonkyBeam app to TV (or, if no wireless option, wired connection via USB and/or HDMI).

    Update: Recently found a Comcast/Xfinity app (Xfinity TV Remote) that provides TV listings (SD & HD searchable) that allows push button channel selection from phone, via WiFi, from TV listings screen on phone. Functions like a TV Guide app that controls channel selection of TV from phone. Volume control would be nice upgrade for this app, but think it currently only controls STB (Set Top Box) so no volume control. Connection how's it work ... WiFi signal from phone through network to Ethernet-wired network connection to TV, then TV out dongle IR (Infrared) to STB to control channel selection. This IR connection also allows "Smart" TV to control the STB.

    Has anyone tried Samsung Media TV (comments good or bad would be cool)? I recently downloaded, then stopped b-4 running because of requirement to create a Zappo TV account login.

    Sent from my phone.
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    Yes

    There's an app what you looking for, called Shareon video. You don't need any extra equipment and It is totally free app!
    It lets me play all my videos from smartphone and pc to the TV.
    Your TV has to be DLNA supported and connected to the same wifi router with your smartphone.
    I think this app is very easy to use and helpful to me. I'm sure this helps you too. :biggrin:
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