I recently bought a Sony Bravia KDL-32EX403U, and am very pleased with it except that when I plugged a USB drive into it and tried to play MPEG2 recordings I make from a satellite receiver, it wouldn't play them. They are standard format MPEG-PS, with a standard SD resolution of 720x576. They burn without conversion onto DVD, and play on other devices happily.
Searching the net, I found lots of people asking about this, and few satisfactory answers. I don't want to convert the file and lose quality. I briefly tried converting to MPEG1 video, the result was appalling.
Much research and tinkering later, and I have a solution. I thought I'd share it here so that others might benefit.
First, get tsMuxeR software from here :http://www.afterdawn.com/software/audio_video/video_editing/smartlabs_tsmuxer_win.cfm - click on the picture of the floppy disk that says "download". This version is for Windows, I've not located a version for Macs as yet.
Unzip it into a folder, and run tsMuxeR GUI. Drop your MPEG file onto it, and click the "M2TS Muxing" button near the bottom, choose the destination folder and filename, and then click "start muxing". When it's done (it's fairly quick) you can copy the .M2TS file onto your USB drive, and your Sony Bravia should play it!
This program isn't converting the file contents - there's no loss of quality or resolution. It's remuxing the file into a format the Sony Bravia is happy with. If you use a program such as MediaInfo to compare the MPEG and M2TS files, you'll see that inside, they are the same MPEG standard.
Using this I can play SD MPEG recordings and they look very nice indeed on my Sony Bravia KDL-32EX403U. I imagine this will work on other Sony Bravia models with USB playback that supports M2TS files.
Hope this is of use to others on here.
Message was edited by: BlueSmoke1000 to remove dead download link and replace with a working one.