How To Play Movie With Subtitles On Samsung TV Via USB

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So I have bought this real nice 32 inches LED TV: Samsung UE32EH4000 32-inch Widescreen HD Ready LED TV. I am not really a fan of TV serials. I use my TV mostly for playing games. Since it is a HD TV, I thought of watching high definition movie on it. My preferred way to watch movies is with sub-titles. In computer, it is very easy to watch a movie with subtitles, but it was “almost” not the same in TV. First time I tried watching the movies with subtitles on my LED TV, I failed miserably.

So here is what I learnt with my ordeal with subtitles and TV:

  • Your TV should be advanced enough to read a subtitles. Mine is.
  • Name the folder, the video file and the subtitle files exactly same. Just the extension should be different, nothing else.
  • Keep the subtitles file in the same folder as the video file.
  • Video format of the files also matter. I found it to be working .mp4 and .avi. I’ll update with more formats as I find it.

Using subtitles on TV via USB has some limitations. If you use computer you can synchronize subtitles, watch videos on internet with subtitles or even download subtitles automatically. But it does let you enjoy movies with subtitles without having to connect your laptop to HDMI and this you can watch the movie as well as use your computer simultaneously.

Further troubleshoot:

If the above simply did not work, as suggested by Yasin, open the subtitle file in text editor like Notepad, and then do a “save as” and while saving it, choose Unicode format. Remember to keep the naming convention as mentioned previously.

I hope these small tips help you in playing a movie with subtitles on a HDTV via USB.