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Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Mar 11, 2009.
Thanks Carl - I'll give TVersity another go.
Viiv sucks for the following reason:
No Dolby digital playback.
All of the media shares for me were an incredible waste of time and money.
I use uShare from geexbox on a linux box. It is incredibly simple and has worked well for me.
Directv's mediashare is definitely flawed, but if you work within its limitations it is pretty useful. I keep all my video as mpeg2-ts and all my audio as wav. I have three DVRs that feed eight TVs (via hdmi, component, hdmi over cat5, rf channel modulator) and can watch any of my movies or listen to any of my music just about anywhere in the house. I do wish mediashare would support mp3, mpeg4, and transport controls, but at least they finally fixed the problem where you got kicked out of your media when the DVR started recording two programs at the same time.
I agree. I am also Alpha testing Boxee for Windows right now.
Slow, no HD, Slow, Crashes, Slow
if only it worked as well as my popcorn hour...
I'd REALLY like MRV to work, but I tend to agree with the goose... I think DirecTV in their ViiV based approach is too restrictive to be practical for most users.
Wait a minute...what do you guys mean WMP?!?? You can use that with Media Share??? What does it do? How do you use it??? I have WMP open a lot when I use PlayOn and TVersity but I've never seen that in my list.
OK, so, even with my firewall turned off, my HR21 "sees" the folder I setup, but not the AVI files IN the folder. I didn't get a chance to try pictures. Maybe I am just not setting it up right, but not being able to play AVI files was the big problem last time.
Maybe I'll give Twonky a try.
You have to "share" your media in WMP. My experience is that it only works marginally with mp3's and video that meets very strict specs. It also doesn't play well with others (tversity, etc)
Tversity and Playon.......dat about takes care of our needs.
Hmm. I never knew that before.
I'm trying it now. So far all I can do is play music. When I try to access photos and videos I get the Unable To Access Media error.
But I'll play around with it. I didn't know it could do this with WMP.
I use Tversity for stuff on my computer's hard drive, and I use Playon to stream Hulu content. Both seem to be working pretty well right now, but when the HR20 gets new SW updates, I always seem to have problems right afterwards.
I used WMP11 for some time, but have found TVersity to be much more feature-rich and easier to configure to support all the various media sources and types.
Is there a good free program (windows based) for internet streaming from Hulu and other sites? PlayOn is really nice, but I can't justify the $40 tag for the little use it gets.
TVersity lists this as one of their 2009 goals:
"Add many more Internet content sources, Hulu is first on our list. Already works in the lab and will be released soon in our 1.5 beta."
At the moment, HULU is pretty unfriendly for those wanting to stream it to a TV with something other than a web browser and a computer directly hooked up to the TV. Boxee just went through this, it is back on boxee now, but who knows for how long. It is just old thinking on the provider's part, imo.
I am using Playon from my iMac under Windows XP/Parallels and it works very nicely. And after I changed the HR21 to get network access via 802.11g wireless from the faster 802.11n wireless, the HR21 is getting along with it better too. And of course, my PS3 loves Playon.
I tried some things to do this with mac software, but nothing was really very good, imo.
And I also have an Apple TV in the mix...
Thanks. I saw that on their site too, but I get the feeling that TVersity is going to become a "for sale" peice when they get it worked out.
Got a Viiv PC as soon as I could when MediaShare first started making the rounds. I had some issues with it at first but in the past year and a half or so things have been pretty stable.
I have been using WMP11 since the beginning. Yesterday I added a HP home server and that has Twonky on it. So far that seems to be working well.