How to Play an FLV File on a TV

By J. Anthony Cooley

With the right equipment and instructions, you can play Flash Video (FLV) files from your computer on your TV. FLV files are a type of video format, just like MP3 is a format for audio files. Though they are not supported to play directly from TV sets, you can hook your computer to your TV to watch them.

Things You'll Need

  • Yellow video composite cable
  • S video to video composite adapter
  • 3.5 mm audio to audio composite cable

Step 1

Position the TV so you can easily see and access the composite ports. Plug the yellow composite plug into the yellow composite port of the S video to video composite adapter. Plug the other side of the yellow composite cable into the yellow composite port of the TV.

Step 2

Position the computer so you can easily see and access the S video port. S video connections must be aligned perfectly to fit each other. Examine the inside of both the S video plug and the S video port of the computer, then properly arrange the plug to fit into the computer's S video port. Take the other side of the S video cable and plug it into the S video port of the S video-to-video composite adapter.

Step 3

Plug the red and white composite plugs of the 3.5 mm audio-to-audio composite cable into the same colored composite ports of the TV. Take the other side of the 3.5mm audio-to-audio composite cable and plug it into the green audio-out port of the computer.

Step 4

Turn the TV on and set it to "Video" mode to display the computer. Locate and double click the FLV file you want to watch. Use the onscreen controls to play, stop, fast forward and rewind the video. You can control the volume from your TV's remote control.