There are many different ways to play Blu-ray movies on TV, but in this article we will mainly focus on watching Blu-ray movies on TV via Blu-ray player or USB port.
What type of TV can be used with Blu-ray disc player?
Before inserting the Blu-ray disc into your TV connected Blu-ray disc player’s drive, first, you should be clear of what type of TV can be used with Blu-ray disc player. A write of Lifewire has made a summary for us:
1. If your Blu-ray player has a composite video output – you can connect it to any TV that has a composite video input.
However, you will not be able to access high-definition Blu-ray quality from Blu-ray discs, nor video upscaling when playing DVDs.
2. If your Blu-ray Disc player has a set of component video outputs, you can connect it to any TV has a set of component video inputs. However, even if your TV is an HDTV, you may, or may not, be able to access high-definition Blu-ray quality depending on when the Blu-ray player was manufactured and/or if the Blu-ray disc title you are playing is encoded not to output high definition when played via component video connections. Also, no matter when your Blu-ray disc player was made, you will not be able to access video upscaling when playing standard DVDs if using component video connections.
3. If your TV has an HDMI input, use the HDMI output connection on your Blu-ray disc player for access to high definition video resolutions from Blu-ray discs, as well as DVD video upscaling from standard DVDs.
From above conclusion, we can see that to watch Blu-ray movies on TV with Blu-ray disc player, you must own a HDTV with an HDMI input.
Step by step to connect Blu-ray disc player to HDTV via HDMI
What you will need?
A high speed HDMI cable
Access to the back of HDTV
Access to the back of your Blu-ray player
Verify both your HDTV and Blu-ray player are powered off
To connect your Blu-ray player to your HDTV, follow the steps below.
1. Connect one end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI OUT port on the back of the Blu-ray player. This HDMI port is labeled as HDMI OUT.
2. Connect the other end of the HDMI cable to the HDMI IN port on the back of the HDTV.
3. Power on your Blu-ray first, then power on your TV.
Note: If you’re using a Samsung HDTV, the HDTV will power on automatically when the Blu-ray player is powered on and tune to the HDMI input where the player is connected. This is part of the Anynet+ function which is enabled by default.
4. Press the “Source” or “Input” button on your TV remote to change th TV input t the corresponding HDMI input where the player is connected. For example, if you connected your player to the HDMI 2 port on your TV, press the ‘Source’ or ‘Input’ button on your TV remote until HDMI displays.
5. The Home Menu of the Blu-ray player then displays.
Drawbacks of viewing Blu-ray movies with Blu-ray disc player
For people who want true HD video quality and the experience of navigating disc extras and menus, watching Blu-ray movies on Blu-ray player can be your best choice. However, for those people who wish to play your favorite Blu-ray movies without rifling through your collection and swapping discs, it would be much ideal for you to ripping Blu-ray into digital file formats, so that you can swiftly find your favorite Blu-ray movies for playing on TV from USB. In addition, playing of copying movies instead of the original Blu-ray disc will also help to protect your precious Blu-ray disc from damaged or scratched due to frequent usage.
USB file formats supported by TV
To enjoy Blu-ray movies on TV from USB port on TV, first make sure that your HDTV supports video playback from USB. If yes, then you still need to consult the user manual or promotional material for the particular set to see which formats it supports. Formats which are supported on many sets include MPG, MP4, DIVX, XVID, WMA and AVI, though it’s common for a particular set to support only some of this list. Some sets will only play a video in a supported format if it is at a specific resolution or within a particular range of resolutions. All these limitations mean you may need to convert or re-encode some video files to watch them through USB on your particular set.
Rip Blu-ray movies for HDTV Playing from USB
To get Blu-ray movies played on HDTV from USB, you will first need to rip Blu-ray into HDTV USB port supported digital file formats. Here, you can get the job easily completed with a program called Pavtube BDMagic (review), the program can powerfully bypass all the copy protection and region codec from 2D/3D Blu-ray disc, BDMV folder, ISO image file, you can then easily convert non protected Blu-ray movies to HDTV readable file formats. For advanced users, you can get better output video and audio quality for HDTV by flexibly adjusting output profile parameters such as video codec, resolution, bit rate, frame rate, audio codec, bit rate, sample rate, channels, etc as you like.
For beginner users who own a Samsung/Sony/Panasonic/LG TV, you can also directly use the program to directly rip Blu-ray to the specially optimized file format for Samsung/Sony/Panasonic/LG TV playing with the best playback settings.
Tips: If you own a 3D TV, you can also create 3D TV compatible Side by Side, Top and Bottom or Anaglyph 3D MP4/MKV/MOV/AVI/WMV file format from 3D/3D Blu-ray disc for viewing with great 3D visual effects.
How to Rip Blu-ray for TV Watching from USB?
Step 1: Load Blu-ray disc.
Insert the Blu-ray disc into your computer’s Blu-ray drive. If your computer doesn’t ship with a drive, you will need to purchase an external USB Blu-ray drive to read on the data on Blu-ray disc. Then press “File” > “Load from disc” option on the main interface, alternatively, you can also import Blu-ray folder or Blu-ray ISO files with the program.
Step 2: Define the output format.
Clicking the Format bar, from its drop-down list, select one of HD TV supported file formats, for example, most HDTV can perfectly handle “H.264 HD Video(*.mp4)” under “HD Video” main category.
For Sony/Samsung/Panasonic/LG users, you can directly output TV preset profile formats with the optimal playback settings.
For 3D TV owners, you can choose one of your 3D TV readable 3D file formats such as “MP4 Side-by-Side 3D Video(*.mp4)” under “3D Video” main category.
Step 3: Begin the conversion process.
After all setting is completed, hit the “Convert” button at the right bottom of the main interface to begin the conversion process from Blu-ray to HD TV supported file formats or preset profile formats conversion process.
When the conversion is finished, click “Open Output Folder” icon on the main interface to open the folder with generated files. Then feel free to transfer the converted files to your USB flash drive, plug the USB drive into your Blu-ray player’s USB port, then you will be able to watch your favorite movies or videos from Blu-ray player’s USB drive on your large screen TV.