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    MKV formats

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    1.My brother has a Philips TV model: 47PFL7404H/12
    when he connet an external Hard drive to it, with the usb connection, it doesnt play .mkv movies only .avi
    does a software update will solve the problem? i have to mentiom that he has never upsate the software

    2. if this problem can be sokved, i have another question.Can he buy a wireless card to connect to the tv and to stream movies from the pc to the tv ?

    Thank you
    Elad

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    Quote Originally Posted by eladfern View Post
    Hay there
    1.My brother has a Philips TV model: 47PFL7404H/12
    when he connet an external Hard drive to it, with the usb connection, it doesnt play .mkv movies only .avi
    does a software update will solve the problem? i have to mentiom that he has never upsate the software

    2. if this problem can be sokved, i have another question.Can he buy a wireless card to connect to the tv and to stream movies from the pc to the tv ?

    Thank you
    Elad

    Hi Elad.

    Welcome to the forums.

    1. The reason why.mkv files does not play is because the TV does not support this format.

    2. If you want to connect your PC to the TV it needs to be with a DVI, HDMI or VGA cable. See here for how to do it.


    Best regards,
    Benedickte
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philips - Benedickte View Post
    Hi Elad.

    Welcome to the forums.

    1. The reason why.mkv files does not play is because the TV does not support this format.

    2. If you want to connect your PC to the TV it needs to be with a DVI, HDMI or VGA cable. See here for how to do it.


    Best regards,
    Benedickte

    Tank you.And a software update wont solve it ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eladfern View Post
    Tank you.And a software update wont solve it ?
    i am still waiting for answer about it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eladfern View Post
    i am still waiting for answer about it...
    I do not think this option will become available. MKV format is used on blueray discs and so you run into issues like copyrights. Same problem with VOB format used on DVD''s.
    The workaround is to use media streaming software on your PC, like TVersity, Nero Media Home, Wild Media Stream, XBMC, etc..
    Until now my best experience is with Wild Media Stream. Plays all formats and does handle sub titles.
    Not the easiest program, but than you can change almost eveything you want.
    Nero does not handle all formats and does not display sub titles.
    TVersity is also a very good program, but I could not get sub titles working.
    XBMC I have not tried yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanderkoppel View Post
    I do not think this option will become available. MKV format is used on blueray discs and so you run into issues like copyrights. Same problem with VOB format used on DVD''s.
    The workaround is to use media streaming software on your PC, like TVersity, Nero Media Home, Wild Media Stream, XBMC, etc..
    Until now my best experience is with Wild Media Stream. Plays all formats and does handle sub titles.
    Not the easiest program, but than you can change almost eveything you want.
    Nero does not handle all formats and does not display sub titles.
    TVersity is also a very good program, but I could not get sub titles working.
    XBMC I have not tried yet.
    XBMC (free and cross platform) is supporting almost all formats. MKV and ISO included (I always dump my DVDs into ISO so that I can access them on my NAS from TV/Smartphone/tablet).

    MKV is just the outside box (open source multimedia container) that can include many different formats and overcome some AVI limitations.
    So it could be that the mkv was not built correctly, I mean that the TV is not handling this particular Mkv correctly, or that the internal format is not supported (such as an audio codec that the TV is not able to decode). People often wrongly say that a player is not supporting MKV whereas it is only the video/audio format that is not supported.
    So you should maybe take one working AVI file, and create an MKV file from it and try out again (put video as first stream). This way you'll know better if your TV is supporting MKV (and the problem is not a Codec). Search for a tool like MKVToolnix for instance and make sure with VLC if the mkv is readable (PC tool with good Mkv support).

    You may also then try to demultiplex / Remultiplex the Mkv, as well as just dumping into an AVI format. There are free tools for that.
    Have fun !

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    Quote Originally Posted by eladfern View Post
    Hay there
    1.My brother has a Philips TV model: 47PFL7404H/12
    when he connet an external Hard drive to it, with the usb connection, it doesnt play .mkv movies only .avi
    does a software update will solve the problem? i have to mentiom that he has never upsate the software

    2. if this problem can be sokved, i have another question.Can he buy a wireless card to connect to the tv and to stream movies from the pc to the tv ?

    Thank you
    Elad

    About subject 2.
    Philips has a USB wireless N adapter, PTA01, which you can use for this purpose.
    I heard from other people who also worked with other brand wireless adapters, but I have no information about this. My TV has wireless in itself so no need for this option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanderkoppel View Post
    About subject 2.
    Philips has a USB wireless N adapter, PTA01, which you can use for this purpose.
    I heard from other people who also worked with other brand wireless adapters, but I have no information about this. My TV has wireless in itself so no need for this option.
    I also heard that *some* other WiFi dongles might work - but be careful:

    It will only work if the TV has drivers for your WiFi dongle! Without the drivers, there is no chance at all for it to work.
    Therefore, most likely only dongles that use the same WiFi circuit as the Philips one can work. Perhaps Google can help ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisham View Post
    I also heard that *some* other WiFi dongles might work - but be careful:

    It will only work if the TV has drivers for your WiFi dongle! Without the drivers, there is no chance at all for it to work.
    Therefore, most likely only dongles that use the same WiFi circuit as the Philips one can work. Perhaps Google can help ...
    Fully agree with this statement.
    But the dongle I heard about was not a simple WiFi dongle. I do not recall the exact details, but it was a dongle whith active (Android) software on it and its own IP address (if I remember correctly). So in fact is was a very small computer, hooked up the the USB port.
    But as said before I do not recall the details. If you are interested I can get some more information about it.
    Last edited by vanderkoppel; 01-08-2013 at 02:16 PM.

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