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[Now] On Going DIRECTV MediaShare Discussion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Stuart Sweet, Oct 10, 2013.

  1. Oct 10, 2013 #21 of 115

    fornold Legend

    Sep 4, 2006
    Would like it to work, but there are so many other better options to stream to TV that it is probably not worth the effort to make it work.

    Have used it to stream home movies, but have so much trouble getting movies in the right format and no trick play doesn't make it worth the effort.
  2. Oct 10, 2013 #22 of 115

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Back in the day, it could have really been something, but now we have so many options to do this, and much better, it's just not worth it.
  3. Oct 10, 2013 #23 of 115

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    they should redo it and make it so you can use it as an airplay option or equivalent for your android. Then they don't have to do anything really in the box. Just allow something else to be mirrored onscreen. That would make more sense than what they have now.

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  4. Oct 10, 2013 #24 of 115

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    When it first came out I used it a lot, but not so much anymore due to the will documented issues with it.

    However IMHO DIRECTV should get this feature working and make it a first class feature. My reasoning is that with the Genie system not everyone's going to have a SmartTV, Blu-Ray player, Apple TV or Roku, etc. connected to all their TV's so they'd have access to the functions that MS can provide. I don't want to have to spend the money on that additional hardware plus worrying about how to get it networked. And it would make for a much cleaner setup in something like a guest room or home office to not have a bunch of additional boxes having to be connected to the TV.

    Plus my usual reason is that DIRECTV needs to do this to be able to say we also have this functionality since the Dish Hopper system does this now.

    But if DIRECTV decides to not put anymore effort into MS then I agree with the folks to just pull it out of the code and be done with it.
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  5. Oct 10, 2013 #25 of 115

    RAD Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2002
    To the OP, maybe there should have been another poll option, would you use MS if DIRECTV made it work and added functionality such as REW/FF functionality?
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  6. Oct 10, 2013 #26 of 115

    tomski35 AllStar

    Sep 7, 2007
    I got frustrated with it and bought an Apple TV in August.

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  7. Oct 10, 2013 #27 of 115

    bobnielsen Éminence grise

    Jun 29, 2006
    I used it a lot when it was first introduced but stopped when I got a WDTV Live box. I took another look recently and tried some different server software. That made a big difference. I currently use it with iSedora ($25, available for Windows and OS X) and it works quite well with a variety of fie types (even subtitles are now supported). One of the drawbacks of Media Share has been the limited bit rate that it can use. I have iSedora set to a maximum video bit rate of 2000 kbits/second and that works for me, athough it would be nicer if the supported rate was higher. One advantage over using another box for streaming is that it serves all of the Directv HD boxes in a house. I hope Directv doesn't drop Media Share.
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  8. Oct 10, 2013 #28 of 115

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006

    And for $99 is within the reach of most DirecTV customers. From back when I tried MS, it was clunky, didn't work with all formats so I quit trying. Then I got an ATV and have no reason to look at MS again.

    This has been an ongoing issue for DirecTV. They want to be first with stuff, but it is usually clunky and hard to use or plain doesn't work right. By the time they get it right, other options are readily available and customers are already soured to the DirecTV offering.

    I pay a lot of $ to DirecTV to provide me with TV programming. They need to stop trying to be a one-stop shop with a lot of this other non-sense and stick to their core competency. Anyone remember DirecTV dating? Come on. :(
  9. Oct 10, 2013 #29 of 115

    lucky13 New Member

    Nov 27, 2006
    I tried it early on a few times, and gave up.
    I have little interest in streaming music or photos to the TV.
    I would think most folks who want that have other devices for that purpose.
    Between my smart TV and an iPad hookup, I can stream Netflix and any other video I care to get.

    If we're talking about clearing codespace, how about a unified ToDo list? (Oops, I think I strayed off topic!)
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  10. Oct 10, 2013 #30 of 115

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    Same here. Way too many steps to get to, nevermind setup.
  11. Oct 10, 2013 #31 of 115

    Supramom2000 In Loving Memory of Onyx-2/23/09

    Jun 20, 2007
    Colbert, WA
    Totally agree!! I used it all the time! I don't have the bandwidth for any of the other services, so Mediashare played my Itunes in whatever room I was in. But it doesn't work now.

    So the poll question for me should have been "How often did you use Media Share when it worked?
  12. Oct 10, 2013 #32 of 115

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I never use it. Get rid of it and give us a PIP toggle and LIST>LIST for recording options instead.
  13. Oct 10, 2013 #33 of 115

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    obviously Directv is not putting any emphasis on MS since it's still in beta for how long now?
  14. Oct 11, 2013 #34 of 115

    azarby Hall Of Fame

    Dec 15, 2006
    It never worked right from the beginning. My DVR and TV have a better response and less issues than the one from DTV.
  15. Oct 11, 2013 #35 of 115

    sigma1914 Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 5, 2006
    Allen, TX
    I used it years and years ago on the HR20 for crappy quality avi files. Without the ability to properly do 720p and definitely unable to do 1080p files, I stick to my Oppo... it streams everything.

    oShare is a phenomenal and extremely minimal file server if anyone is looking for one to stream on other devices.
  16. Oct 11, 2013 #36 of 115

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    It either needs to be a working/real offering or can it.

    I actually used it extensively when it worked correctly (which has been a while ago).
  17. Oct 11, 2013 #37 of 115

    jgrade Godfather

    Sep 30, 2006
    With XBMC on an HTPC and AppleTV it is just not needed. The last time I tried to use it I found it slow and not very usefull.
  18. Oct 11, 2013 #38 of 115
    Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    Aug 17, 2006
    Kill it.
  19. Oct 11, 2013 #39 of 115

    itzme Hall Of Fame

    Jan 17, 2008
    That would be ideal! I use airplay mirroring a lot, and my only frustration with it is having to switch inputs first. Our HRs are our primary inputs, so this would be ideal! Though I think the feature would face a challenge from the likes of Samsung and Apple. And I think Directv would be hesitant for fear of Netflix, Hulu, and the like.

    On the flip side, I think features like this are the future. I'm amazed every time I play with apps like HBOGo and now Netflix, where I can through my tablet or phone screen up to the TV and even get Dolby 5.1 surround.
  20. Oct 11, 2013 #40 of 115
    Jacob Braun

    Jacob Braun King of Awesome

    Oct 5, 2011
    Tulsa, OK
    MediaShare could have been cool, but it's more frustrating than anything. I don't think our receivers have the capability of playing 720p MKV files without a transcoding DLNA server (I rather use it for videos) and personally I have about six different devices I can use if I want to play videos on my TVs.
    I say devote the code and resources to something else, but if they want to totally remove any explanation of video support and just keep Media Share for music and pictures, leave it be with the full knowledge that it is stagnant (which is what it has been lately, right?)

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