External Hard drive for Smart TV

By bkirton489 ·
Tags: Apple, Mac, Networking
Hi, I am trying to find a way to to store and play movie files through my Hisense smart tv. Preferably I would like to leave an external hard drive connected via usb into my Tv that I can transfer file wirelessly from my MacBook without moving the hard drive. Is this possible and if so what is the best hardware to purchase? Thanks
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Have to write no.

by rproffitt Moderator In reply to External Hard drive for S ...

That is, I've never found a run of the mill smart TV to offer such features.

You have the Apple MacBook so what about an Apple TV plus a HDD for those files?

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Re: movies

by Kees_B Moderator In reply to External Hard drive for S ...

First try with any standard external disk or USB stick. If you can copy a movie to it on your Mac and play it on your TV, you know if the principle works. Then choose a nice wireless disk. The manual of the TV will tell the requirements of the disk/stick (like connection, file system and size).

Note that wireless speed isn't very fast, so copying a file wirelessly will take some time.

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Possible solution.....

by birdmantd Moderator In reply to External Hard drive for S ...

Maybe the OP could get a TIVO or similar product to achieve their goal. I have never heard of a TV that allows for an external HD to be attached in the way the OP wants. Another idea would be to Cast directly to the smart TV from the computer. I can send streaming video from either my tablet or smartphone via Wifi to my smart TV.

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