How to Stream ISO Files to TV

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How to Stream ISO Files to TV
Disc-based media can be stored on a computer in an ISO image and burnt or mounted later on. ( Images)

An ISO image is an archive file format used for disc-based media, including CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray. ISO images are "snapshots" of the data on the disc. The disc's contents can be saved to a computer to be shared or simply archived. The resulting ISO image can later be accessed by either burning to a disc or mounting on a virtual drive using special software. Once the ISO is running, the computer can then stream the ISO's contents to a monitor or television. The name comes from ISO 9660, a compact disc format established by the International Organization for Standardization.

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Things you need

  • CD, DVD or Blu-ray burner
  • Blank CD, DVD or Blu-ray
  • HDMI cable
  • Video card with HDMI out
  • TV with HDMI in

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    Burning to a Disc

  1. 1

    Download and install Active@ ISO Burner 2.1 from its website (>

  2. 2

    Click the "..." button next to the "Source" drop-down menu. This will bring up a file browse dialogue. Use this window to find the ISO you wish to burn. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file from Windows Explorer.

  3. 3

    Insert a CD, DVD or Blu-ray into your drive. Keep in mind that you will need a drive capable of burning the proper media. For example, if the ISO image is taken from a DVD, you will need a blank DVD and a DVD burner.

  4. 4

    Select your burner from the "Target" drop-down menu. Leave all of the other options alone, and click the "BURN" button.

  5. 5

    Eject the disc once it is completed. Insert it into the player connected to your television. Your player should read it, assuming the original ISO image is from a source that the player can read.

    Stream Directly to TV

  1. 1

    Download and install WinCDEmu from its website ( WinCDEmu is a free, open-source virtual drive and CD/DVD emulator.

  2. 2

    Right-click the ISO you wish to mount and select "Select letter drive & mount." Pick any available letter drive that you wish. Your ISO image will now appear as a readable disc in your "My Computer" window.

  3. 3

    Connect your computer to your television using an HDMI cable. Most modern video cards have an HDMI jack built-in. If either your computer or your television do not support HDMI, it will take expensive upgrades to connect them directly. If this is the case, use the disc burning method instead.

  4. 4

    Run the virtual drive from your "My Computer" window just as if you were running a normal, physical disc.

Tips and warnings

  • You can stream a lot more than just ISO images to your TV. Once the connection is working, try browsing the Internet or playing video games on your big-screen TV.
  • Downloading ISO images of films you do not own is considered illegal pirating of intellectual property. In addition, many sites offering free ISO images also lace the files with viruses. Only use the techniques in this article for backing up or archiving discs that you own.

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