Can someone recommend a monitor that can play video files straight from an external hard drive, preferably along a USB to USB connection and preferably in various formats (certainly including .mp4, preferably also .flv and .mkv), and that does not need also to be connected to the internet or a laptop or use wifi. Ideally I would like something that does not receive any kind of TV signal and therefore does not require a TV licence to keep. I realise a CPU is required in order to stream the file to the monitor, but I'm wondering whether you can get this built into the box with the monitor and without requiring a separate third device.

To summarise: I need a screen that I can put on the wall so that when I want to watch one of the films I've got on an external drive, I can throw a USB cable from the external drive to the monitor, throw an audio cable from the monitor to some speakers, and sit back and watch the film. (And I don't want to watch TV or do anything on the internet or using wireless.)

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    Just to curb questions and bad recommendations on behalf of the person asking the question: Some nations require you have a license to own and operate a television, such as Great Britain. The United States doesn't require this, so many readers may be confused by the question. The use-case here is for a basic computer-monitor all-in-one without a TV tuner.
    – CDove
    Commented Jul 19, 2018 at 12:03
  • perhaps you could purchase a commercial large screen monitor that has no tuner .... Visio apparently makes tunerless TVs
    – jsotola
    Commented Jul 23, 2018 at 4:57

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You need something like this, where the computer is an all-in-one unit. This pricing isn't too bad considering what it is, and you don't have a ton of options. Note that it doesn't have video inputs for the monitor portion of the unit, so it does not classify as a television. This model also has a touch-screen, so no need for a keyboard and mouse.

  • Thanks for this, which I've accepted. I wouldn't mind if the device had video inputs to the monitor: they might come in useful some time, and in Britain they don't require having a TV licence. But the main thing is to play video files saved on the external hard drive, using USB.
    – user9545
    Commented Jul 20, 2018 at 20:11

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