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How to cast local video files to a TV

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How to cast local video files to a TV

Hi experts. How can I 'cast' a movie file from a local source (laptop running vlc) to the kitchen tv upstairs? I purchased a chromecast stick and waiting for delivery but after doing some reading, I'm not sure if that would be the best way. The tv has no source (antenna or cable). What would I need to do this?
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Try videostream add-on for Chrome browser on laptop, and cast it to the Chromecast
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Chromecast will work. A PC running Windows 10 can cast any compatible video file to the Chromecast.
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Gee wrote: What kind of television is in the kitchen? Is it a tube?
It's a 19" 720P LCD with an HDMI input
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RedBargainz wrote: It's a 19" 720P LCD with an HDMI input
Should work, i got the famous no frills $99.94 tv, a chromecast and my laptop. Been casting youtube and netfix for a couple weeks, not local video. Will try later on and report back. Happy new Year everyone
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You could get a $40 Roku streaming stick, and use Plex to stream.
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The chrome cast is a great device for casting. I mainly use mine when travelling. At home I use Roku. Those will play from a Plex server, local casts and USB. Although my main reason for using a Roku, is because I don’t need to use a smart device as a remote.

The fire stick is also a decent option. But since you ordered the chrome cast, start using that. You may have no need or desire for anything else.

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