How can I play movies directly(ish) from my external hard drive on the TV?
Hey fellow makers! So I have an external hard drive with some movies and tv shows on it. I prefer to play them through the TV than watch them on the computer screen, but every time I want to do that, I have to move my laptop down there, and unplug cables from the back of the TV so I can hook up the laptop, then move, hookup and plug in the hard drive, and then after the movie, everything has to move back, and during the movie, I can't use the laptop for anything. Is there anyway to play movies directly or almost directly from the harddrive, without using a computer (and without buying a dvr)? Are there any products or devices that can be made using the allpowerful Arduino or something? I understand if the answer is no, it just seems like it should be possible and not too difficult to make something that can play movie files with out the rest of the computer (kind of like an mp3 player plays mp3's without an entire computer). Thanks!