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What Media Server do you prefer for Media Share?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by Doug Brott, Mar 11, 2009.

What Media Server do you prefer for Media Share?

  1. Windows Media Player

    0 vote(s)
  2. TVersity

    38 vote(s)
  3. TwonkyMedia

    72 vote(s)
  4. PlayOn

    5 vote(s)
  5. MediaTomb

    26 vote(s)
  6. Other (Please explain)

    10 vote(s)
  1. digger16309

    digger16309 Legend

    Sep 20, 2007
    Thanks Carl - I'll give TVersity another go.
  2. davel

    davel Godfather

    May 1, 2007
    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.
  3. rob5819

    rob5819 AllStar

    May 25, 2007
    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.
  4. Cmnore

    Cmnore Godfather

    Sep 22, 2008
    I agree. I am also Alpha testing Boxee for Windows right now. :D
  5. DC_SnDvl

    DC_SnDvl Godfather

    Aug 17, 2006

    Slow, no HD, Slow, Crashes, Slow
  6. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    if only it worked as well as my popcorn hour...
  7. Thaedron

    Thaedron Hall Of Fame

    Jun 29, 2007
    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.
  8. Struff

    Struff AllStar

    Dec 23, 2008
    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.
  9. digger16309

    digger16309 Legend

    Sep 20, 2007
    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.
  10. timmmaaayyy2003

    timmmaaayyy2003 Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2008
    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)
  11. murry27409

    murry27409 Member

    Oct 16, 2007
    Tversity and Playon.......dat about takes care of our needs.
  12. Struff

    Struff AllStar

    Dec 23, 2008
    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.

  13. m4p

    m4p Legend

    Apr 12, 2007
    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.
  14. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    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.
  15. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    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.
  16. Steve

    Steve Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2006
    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."

  17. lparsons21

    lparsons21 Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Mar 4, 2006
    Herrin, IL
    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...
  18. BattleScott

    BattleScott Hall Of Fame

    Aug 28, 2006
    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.
  19. tfederov

    tfederov Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    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.
  20. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

    Oct 20, 2006
    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.

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