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Media Servers

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Connected Home' started by dawgfan63, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. Mar 7, 2014 #1 of 12
    dawgfan63

    dawgfan63 AllStar

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    Just getting into the whole media server idea. I have installed Plex Media Server on my Windows PC and I am able to see content on both of my Direct receivers using the Media Share options. None of my videos play though and have the x beside them. I have read that Media Share only supports mpg2 so I converted a video to mp2 and it does in fact play although the program is not watchable.

    I am thinking of getting a Chromecast or the new Roku Stick device supposedly to be released in April but would save the money if could get media share working. Are there other media servers better suited for Direct?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mar 7, 2014 #2 of 12
    peds48

    peds48 DIRECTV A-Team DBSTalk Club

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    Get something else, the Media Share feature on the DirecTV receivers s#cks! it won't let you do trick play and if you loose your place in the middle of a movie you must start from the beginning. Perhaps it may be good for pictures and short videos.
     
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  3. Mar 7, 2014 #3 of 12
    harsh

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    I recommend that you consider a dedicated media player that can handle the various formats you use natively. In this way, you don't need a media server, just a basic file server or better yet, a Network Attached Storage (NAS) system.

    At its best, DIRECTV's Media Share initiative (much like Intel's Viiv that it was based on) died on the vine and spending money chasing down a competent server may never yield the results that you're looking for.
     
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  4. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL DIRECTV A-Team

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    AppleTV is the way to go on this one. Chromcast is still in its infancy and Roku, last I heard, won't let you play your own media. Another option is to setup an XBMC client.

    I agree with peds48, Media Share on the DirecTV hardware is junk and should be removed in lieu of something that actually works.
     
  5. mreaves53

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    Agreed on the Medai Share on DirecTv. I use a WD TV Live. It will play just about any file format know to computerdom. It plays from my laptop, my laptop running many different media servers and from my Seagate Central NAS. It also has many services like Netflix built in.
     
  6. bobnielsen

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    Roku has added a new video client but it only works with MKV video (supposedly it also handles MP4 but I haven't been able to get that to work). I have tried many things (not AppleTV yet) but WDTV Live works best for me.
     
  7. peds48

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    a Jailbroken Apple TV2 makes a great streaming box!
     
  8. sigma1914

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    PLEX works with Roku to stream your files to Roku. It's kinda nice.
     
  9. Steve

    Steve DIRECTV A-Team

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    Haven't tried it yet, but PLEX supposedly works with Chromecast as well now.
     
  10. bobnielsen

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    I just tried Plex on my Roku. Having previously tried many media servers and clients, I am quite impressed. The server is supported on Windows, Linux, OS X and FreeBSD platforms. Setup takes a while but it is very configurable. In addition to my local video files, it did a good job with some PBS programming.

    It seemed that the video quality wasn't quite as sharp as I had hoped, but my cataracts have been acting up recently (I'm seriously considering surgery) which probably explains it.
     
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    As soon as you can get insurance to cover it, do it. You're wasting valuable viewing time.
     
  12. bobnielsen

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    I'll be talking to the doctor tomorrow. My Medicare Advantage policy will cover most of it, except for the prescription lens, I'll probably be out of pocket $1000 or so but it'll be worth it..
     

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