How to Play an ISO File on TV

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How to Play an ISO File on TV
ISO files can be burnt to DVDs or watched directly from the computer (dvd image by dinostock from Fotolia.com)

ISO files have grown in popularity in the last decade, thanks primarily to the widespread usage of CD and DVD recording hardware and software in computers. An ISO file is an image of a CD or DVD in a format that was set up by the International Organization for Standardization. Essentially it is the complete file and reading structure of a DVD movie or even the programs off of a particular computer or section of hard drive. Once properly handled, an ISO file can be "read" by a computer just like a DVD or CD.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • HDMI cable
  • PowerISO or similar ISO-management software
  • Media player (such as Windows Media Player)
  • DVD burner installed on the computer with the appropriate blank media
  • DVD player

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose and install your preferred ISO-management program on your computer. Popular options include PowerISO, MagicISO and ISODisk.

  2. 2

    Open your ISO-management program and choose to "mount" an image to a virtual drive that is created by the program. This creates a virtual DVD-ROM drive on your computer. You will be asked where the file is located that you want to mount. Browse to it and select it. Give your computer a few seconds to initally "read" the file.

  3. 3

    Go to the "My Computer" icon on your computer and double-click on the virtual drive you will see there. Your default media player program should open automatically and start playing the movie. Pause the movie for now.

  4. 4

    Take the laptop to your television set and connect it to the television using the HDMI cable. You may have to change the television's input channel in order to pick up the image.

  5. 5

    Maximise the window of the media player on your laptop and play the movie.

  1. 1

    Choose and install your preferred ISO-management program on your computer. Popular options include PowerISO, MagicISO and ISODisk.

  2. 2

    Open your ISO-management program and choose the option to "burn image to disk". A dialogue box will open asking you for the location of the file you wish to burn. Browse your computer to the ISO file and select it.

  3. 3

    Insert a blank DVD into your computer and close any additional windows that might open up. Choose the option to "burn image to disk" and follow the prompts without changing any settings.

  4. 4

    Eject the disc from the drive when it is done burning. What you hold in your hand is an exact copy of the DVD from which the original ISO file was created. Put it in your television's DVD player and enjoy!

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure the DVD media that you have for burning is large enough to accommodate the file you are trying to copy. Some movies (and their ISO files) are larger than standard DVD discs (4.7 gigabytes), and you will need to purchase special "double density" disks that can hold more information. You can check an ISO's file size by right-clicking on it in Windows and choosing "Properties".
  • If you are choosing option 2, you may encounter problems trying to burn a movie to the disc or the disc may not play properly if it was illegally pirated. Many modern DVDs have anti-piracy measures built into them to write errors to the disc on purpose while it is burning, especially from the big-name studios like Disney.

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