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A little disappointed in my new TCL P8 TV

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Have found it doesn't play torrent downloads through the USB connections that well. Not on every file, but I quite often get the message "unable to play file", something that was never a problem when I played movies etc. through my old media player. Another thing that is a bit worrying is that the screen flashes briefly in bursts for a while immediately after the set is turned off. I have only had it week and so far hasn't lived up to expectations.

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i use plex to play torrents on my smart tv. it plays every file and no more messing about copying files to usb sticks

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1 hour ago, GeorgeCross said:

i use plex to play torrents on my smart tv. it plays every file and no more messing about copying files to usb sticks

And how much does that cost you?

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10 hours ago, giddyup said:

And how much does that cost you?

 

plex is a free app - should be available for your smart tv

 

download plex media server app to your torrent device too to stream the files to your tv's app - available windows and mac

 

 

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12 hours ago, giddyup said:

something that was never a problem when I played movies etc. through my old media player.

What was the old media player? Cannot you just plug it in the HMDI port of new TV? That's what I did but my thoughts may be slightly dated now as I haven't bought a smart TV for 3 years, but was less impressed with them at that time than my media player (Android TV box).

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37 minutes ago, fishtank said:

Plex is free as is Emby.

Both work well.

The Plex I downloaded would only play a file for 1 minute, if you wanted the full package you had to pay. The fees are clearly listed.

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i think the TCL does not have a full version of android 9, but that said can you install vlc player ( available on play store, will play anyfile you have) and 'filelinked' ( not available on play store, but is available here -  https://bit.ly/35likcx)  to obtain apps to find and stream movies tv shows, its not the fact you have downloaded torrents, its the type of file that the downloaded movie is in such as mp4. mkv, avi player

 i think you are blaming the tv, but its your lack of understanding of streaming and playing file once downloaded from torrent sites, as posted above why not use the old media box

 

edit plex is free but needs some setting up to link your movies to the tv

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14 minutes ago, MJKT2014 said:

What was the old media player? Cannot you just plug it in the HMDI port of new TV? That's what I did but my thoughts may be slightly dated now as I haven't bought a smart TV for 3 years, but was less impressed with them at that time than my media player (Android TV box).

One of the reasons I bought a smart Android TV was so I could do away with things like set top boxes and media players.

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2 minutes ago, steve187 said:

i think the TCL does not have a full version of android 9, but that said can you install vlc player ( available on play store, will play anyfile you have) and 'filelinked' ( not available on play store, but is available here -  https://bit.ly/35likcx)  to obtain apps to fins and stream movies tv shows, its not the fact you have downloaded torrents, its the type of file that the downloaded movie is in such as mp4. mkv, avi player

 i think you are blaming the tv, but its your lack of understanding of streaming and playing file once downloaded from torrent sites, as posted above why not use the old media box

Because old media box won't play HEVC files and the new TV will.

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1 minute ago, giddyup said:

Because old media box won't play HEVC files and the new TV will.

vlc player should play everything

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3 minutes ago, steve187 said:

vlc player should play everything

How do I play my downloads through vlc player?

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30 minutes ago, giddyup said:

How do I play my downloads through vlc player?

install vlc player on your tv, put the movies on a usb drive, then point vlc player to the file you want

 

edit on first using vlc player it will auto search your tv/usb sticks for video content

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25 minutes ago, giddyup said:

The Plex I downloaded would only play a file for 1 minute, if you wanted the full package you had to pay. The fees are clearly listed.

 

works fine for me, yesterday i re-installed on a mac (client), mibox and a smart tv. all with no restrictions and i didn't subscribe to anything (my account is 6 months old)

 

media server is on another mac if that helps

 

 

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When i bought my TCL from Numchai here in Pattaya I took a memory stick with all the video and audio formats I would be downloading and tested them before buying. No help to you now but an idea for others

 

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