Solved Hardware to browse/select/play video/AVI files on an old TV

January 7, 2012 at 07:48:20
Specs: Windows XP
I am looking for a way for an older home TV to access and play video files (AVI, etc.) that are stored on a home network. Can anyone direct me to hardware that will plug into the video inputs on the back of an older TV and let the watcher browse a file system, choose a video file to watch, and then watch it?

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January 7, 2012 at 08:31:36
What inputs does this old TV have ?

Is it an Analogue TV ?

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January 7, 2012 at 09:11:53
Thanks for your interest.
FACTS: It's a North American TV (NTSC), manufactured in 1996. In addition to a single coax input marked "Antenna" (already in use), there are two other inputs, each of which consists of a set of three RCA connectors: composite video (yellow) and stereo audio (red and white).
Given the above, I think the answer to your second question is yes, 100% analogue.
Clearly, it's getting to be time for me to replace the television. I shall, but I prefer not to do so immediately (unless it's the most cost-effective approach - doubtful). Therefore, although I want a solution that will accommodate the existing TV, I definitely require a solution which is able to fully exploit the improved capabilities of a modern TV (HDMI?).

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January 7, 2012 at 11:55:52
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The only input you have is Analogue Composite Video Yellow, the only solution which comes to mind is a Set Top Box which has built in Network Capabilities.

I am in the UK and have used a FreeSAT STB, to show pictures, via HDMI on a Digital TV

You would need need a 'Scart Adaptor to Yellow/Red/White' for the STB, and a cable from adaptor to TV.

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January 7, 2012 at 12:20:04
Thanks very much, Jolicloud. That's given me a good start. Cheers!

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