Minecraft players are watching movies on in-game TVs after latest update

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Minecraft (opens in new tab)'s latest snapshot update, 19w07a, allows players to create animated paintings, paving the way for widescreen TVs showing full-length films.

The update breaks paintings up into individual textures, and players have been using that to show video footage of varying quality. The smoothest example is this one from user destruc7i0n (opens in new tab), which I've clipped above. They were able to stitch together different paintings to show a high-quality copy of the Gravity Falls intro. 

You can replicate it yourself by downloading the files in the post. Basically you just place the paintings and apply a resource pack. A word of warning: it's 500MB, and having multiple animated paintings on a server will certainly cause a bit of lag. 

Another user, ShaneH7646, put the entire Bee Movie into the game (opens in new tab), because why not? It's a bit like watching one of those picture flip books—it's about 1600 frames, and another user calculated the entire Bee Movie at 30 FPS is 171,000 frames (which could be the answer to a very niche pub quiz question), but you get the idea.

My favourite use of it is the most basic: user hopeabandoner created a painting (opens in new tab) that shows a very pixelated version of YouTube, with a Minecraft video playing on screen. It reminds me a bit of my old laptop.

If you want to make your own, there's a decent bit of advice in this thread. Now all we need is some in-game popcorn and we'll be set.  

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.