Originally Posted by anaro
Sorry, when I asked DH how to make this work, he misunderstood what I was asking.
Sorry, I tend to skip ahead sometimes trying to quickly finish a message when the wife is calling.
So, basically you need to go:
USB -> Computer -> TV
The computer is what has the correct software to play your movies. The TV can't play them directly, nor can the Genesis.
To do this, you need a computer with some kind of video output. Most current laptops, netbooks and some tablets can output to HDMI. These are your best options as HDMI will support both the picture and the sound.
Then it's just a matter of hooking up an HDMI cable between the computer (laptop, netbook, tablet) and the TV and playing the files on the computer just like you would at home on your home computer.
If you don't want to have a big computer, then there's a community out there of little credit card sized computers referred to as "Raspberry Pi". This is where the adventurous part comes in. These little computers are not really plug and play. They can only run very simple applications and you'll have to know a thing or two about them and things like Linux before trying to use them.
However, if you have somebody teksavvy enough to set one up for you, you could get a tiny computer that does nothing put play the movies on your USB, and sends the movie to the TV over HDMI. Really, it's still just a computer, just like any laptop, netbook, desktop, etc... So it doesn't really give you anything extra, it's just really, tiny. Small enough to hide behind the TV kind of tiny.