Also, Samsung uses the Windows Media Player to control what is seen in the folders on the TV. If you open Windows Media Player on your computer you can add folders there to any library you want. Keep in mind that if you delete a file on the computer it does not nescessarily delete the reference in the folder on the TV. You have to also delete the reference to it in Media Player to get it to disappear from the TV folder. This works for me on Windows 7 and 8.
I am now able to acces the files over the local network from the TV. Although it is not detecting the MKV files. But WMV files are visible and working fine. Please let me know if it can be played. Thank you
Note: Same MKV files are working playing while accesing via External HDD or pen drive.
So this originally worked for me.. My issue though was that my Videos folder's default location did not have much storage space. I changed the location by right clicking the Videos folder, and going to Location and changing the location where the files in the Videos folder are stored. (I changed it to D:\Movies) Once I did this, on the TV, when I go Videos -> Folder -> where once there was the additional folder called Videos, it now says No Content Found. What do I need to do to rectify this problem? Thanks
That question is so irrelevant to the issue presented...
It's like I'm telling you I cannot connect to the internet and you are asking how much memory does my computer have.
Anyway, the video files are either .mkv / .mp4, and the files are not on an external HDD or on a flash USB, they are inside the computer (local hard disk) the sharing of Windows Folders is done via LAN and Wi-Fi (Wireless).
I hate to be the one to tell you but you have no idea what you are talking about.
Okay, now that we have that settled we can move on to what you are trying to say. You want to be able to play files on one device from another device. Or two or three, etc. other devices. Let's look at your list and I will explain how you do want what is said...
1. Streaming from PC to TV. Yes, you do want this - playing files located on one device over the network onto another device is streaming no matter what app/protocol/network you use.
2. Mirroring from PC to TV. Correct - you don't want this unless you want to do a presentation or narrate pictures, etc.
3. Use 3rd party app or Samsung App to view movies from my PC to the TV. Yes, you do want this - you may need an app on some TVs/devices to watch movies/view pictures - whether local, over the network, connected via USB, etc. A good one is VLC. Most smart TVs have the capability built inside already.
4. Use a HDMI cable to connect the 2 devices. Correct - you don't want this unless you want to do a presentation or narrate pictures, etc.
5. Any other method such as using a NAS or anything other then what I am describing below. Yes, you do want this - Anytime you are sharing files/content you use a protocol. SMB/CIFS is Windows content sharing, NFS is all *NIX (Linux/Unix), and AFP (deprecated) is Apple's content sharing. Most NAS are able to do all of them just like your PC - and more. That is what they are made for - instead of keeping everything on your laptop. You can make one with an old PC. So, a NAS shares just like a computer.
Share the contents on your PC to everyone on the local network as read only. That's it. Or you can move the files to the Public/Videos directory.