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NON-Viiv Media Server Pros & Cons

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Steve, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

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    So if you don't have Viiv support on your PC, I'm wondering what the pros and cons are of using Windows Media Player vs. Twonky vs ??? TIA. /s
     
  2. SPACECASE

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    I use WMP11 and have no problems at all. I originally thought I would not use the media player feature much but I have found that it is so much easier to hit a few buttons on the remote and crank up the sound system than it was to find CDs and put them in. I now fire it up when I am working in other parts of the house, before it just wasn't worth the hassel.
     
  3. tfederov

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    I was using WMP and TVersity prior to my Viiv PC. Not really much of a difference from what I remember.
     
  4. Michael D'Angelo

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    I use WMP11 and have not had a problem at all. I use it all the time and it works great. I have it up and running on all 3 of my HR20's.
     
  5. Steve

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    Thanks, guys. Appreciate the feedback. Sounds like WMP is the way to go, since I've already got it installed. /s
     
  6. Rambler

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    I purchased TwonkyMedia because I couldn't get WMP11 to see the HR20, but no problems with Twonky. Then after my HR20 was updated to a new version, WMP is able to see the HR20 now. Guess I won't need to renew my Twonky subscription. :)
     
  7. PlanetBill

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    I just enabled media sharing via WMP11 on my new non viiv pc today. Painless. Worked like it did on the old pc. Ripped a couple Cd's, told it where my picture are. Done.
     
  8. bobnielsen

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    A Twonky license doesn't expire and is good for any future 4.x versions. When they go to version 5, however....
     
  9. hasan

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    Since the 0x16? releases, WinXP and WMP-11 works beautifully for playing music/pictures. Prior to those releases, I was having horrible drop out/disconnect issues and had basically given up using the Media Server functions of the HR-20.

    Now, I use those functions nearly every day. I use my Laptop with wireless/WAP with the HR20 plugged into a network switch...static IP...works really well. Hope it keeps working!
     
  10. code4code5

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    I found that with WMP, I had too much music to share and it wouldn't play anything. TVersity works great.
     
  11. Steve

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    When you say too much music, does TVersity let you organize large collections better than WMP? /s
     
  12. Spanky_Partain

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    There has been limitation talk on when the music library is very large, the media server will not seem to work and music will not play. There has not been a hard core number put to the limitation, but do be aware that a limit is in place. It is possible the photo library could have the same issue and no one has reported a problem yet.

    I use nero since I already had it. I could not get WMP to work and see the HR20. I have used Twonky and Tversity and found Twonky to work better in my environment.
     
  13. jmschnur

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    TVersity works well
     
  14. Mojo_Ryzen

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    I have a *very* large digital photo library - literally a hundred folders with thousands of photos. They're organized, on a large partition (Drive G) on my PC, by the dates I took the photos, e.g. 2007_06_13. When I first hooked up the Linksys WGA54G, everything seemed to go smoothly. HR20 networking and internet both test ok. WMP11 found an unknown device, which I allowed sharing to. The HR20 included the "Music & Photos" menu. I was able to see my computer "shared as" folder. I tried to access my photos and nothing happened. Later, the "Music & Photos" menu appeared intermittently, then disappeared completely. I haven't had time to play with it, but I think the HR20/WMP11 "media overload" might be my problem. I'll try TVersity, possibly tonight, and report back. Thanks for the post, Spanky_Partain!

    p.s. I already have Nero 7 Suite installed on my PC. I didn't think of using it to share to HR20. Know any tips/instructions for this?
     
  15. Spanky_Partain

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    As a matter of fact I do, follow this link to a Word Document on how to set up nero 7 media sharing....

     
  16. mganga

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    just the name "twonky" should be enough to make you steer clear...
     
  17. Mojo_Ryzen

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    Thanks again, Mark. When I got up to step 10, "Select Start Server and select Devices. The HR20 will show up," only a windows/nero device showed up, not an "HR20." I chose it, then went donstairs to check the HR20 and didn't have a "Music & Photos" menu option. I kinda gave up. Then, twent minutes later, my wife told me a message appeared on the TV screen stating the computer "had been logged off." I didn't get any message on the PC though. I'll try TVersity tonight, but it sounds like I have an underlying problem unrelated to the Windows software applications.

    I do not use Windows default "My Pictures" or "My Music" folders. I wonder if that's the root cause of my problem. I'll also try an experiment placing and sharing some sample media files there.
     
  18. Rambler

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    Interesting, I thought I read that the TwonkyMedia license was only good for a year. If not, then that will be a plus being able to keep that around.
     
  19. Mojo_Ryzen

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    I kinda tainted my experiment. I went right to TVision instead of trying small folders first. I installed and ran TVision, then shared my large-folder-size mp3 and photo media. My computer showed up on the HR20 menu and I Selected it.

    The delay was long, over 10 minutes, then I got a message on the TV screen stating my computer logged off. My PC's screen saver was disabled. Should I expect a long delay after selecting my computer?

    I next made two small folders on my PCs "G" drive and placed three photo files in one and three mp3s in another. I repeated the menu selection on the HR20. Again there was a long delay, then the PC logged off again. Has anyone seen a similar problem? A solution would be nice. I'd rather not waste any more time on this. TIA.
     
  20. Mojo_Ryzen

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    I had some success using a different PC. I used my laptop and shared a small group of media files. My wireless speed is limited by the WGA54G running WEP encryption. My picture files are 6 megapixels and can be over 2MB each in size. My mp3s are all high bit rate files. The mp3s played choppie, making them unlistenable. The pictures played a slideshow that was very slow. This feature seems like just another gimmick, unless wired ethernet or 802.11-N improves throughput. I'm done. I'm not going to step on the quality of my photo and music files to use it. Thanks again for the tips! This is a very cool site!
     
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