I own LG SmartTV with webOS. While it is good TV and does job well it still missed something.
You can connect PC to it via HDMI and use it as another monitor to watch something, you also can stream videos via SmartShare application if they are both connected to same network, however for both these cases your PC and TV had to be turned on which was not very comfortable or power efficient.
TV also can read USB, but for that you would need to copy content from PC to USB, then attach USB to TV and then do that all over and over again once you want to watch something new.
But now there is cheap solution for that. Western Digital now sells WD My Cloud, it is network attached storage . These devices normally are not used in home network as they are quite costly. But not this one, I got one for £126.99 and it has 3TB of storage. It is more than enough for average user.
You just need to connect TV and WD My Cloud to same network. My TV has Ethernet and wireless, WD My Cloud has only Ethernet. Both are plugged to same router. You do not need to do any configuration on TV, simply connect it to same router. Yet there are some steps needed for WD My Cloud, yet they are easy to do.
Firstly access your WD My Cloud via browser. It will look like this:
Update firmware if needed and create user account. Webpage is really easy to follow and you should not have any issues in there. Then go to “Shares” and create a shared folder. It must have “Media Serving” set to ON, other options depends on you. I do not need “Public Access” for it, nor it is needed for TV.
Once that is done install WD My Cloud application for easy upload options. It will ask your login information which you had to create before. Once that is done, you can simply use drag and drop to upload files, make sure you do that to folder which has “Media Serving” set to ON.
That is enough for WD My Cloud part. Now you need only to access it from TV. I can not make high quality screenshots of steps in there, but you should be able to see what is used. You need to start TV, locate application “SmartShare”, click it, then on left side of the screen select “Devices” and then from the list select “WDMyCloud”. Then you will be shown folders from your WD My Cloud and you will be able to see content from it.