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  1. ChiDrew

    ChiDrew New Member

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    I have a two Google TV's (one Sony Blu-Ray & one Sony Internet TV) and want to setup a DLNA server on my Windows 7 PC to stream video and audio. I'm hoping some of you might have some recommendations.

    I've done some digging and found a lot of options out there. Some seem to transcode all or none and some seem to have options to only transcode incompatible files. This latter option seems optimal. Below is a list of DLNA servers that seem promising.
    • Paid (I'm okay with spending a few $$ for the best results)
      • Mezzmo [conceiva.com]
      • TVMobili [tvmobili.com]
      • Wild Media Server [wildmediaserver.com]
      • tversity Pro [tversity.com]
    • Free
      • tversity free [tversity.com]
      • Plex [plexapp.com]
      • Serviio [serviio.org]
      • Windows Built In
    Servio and Wild look the most promising to me.

    Thanks for reading
     
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  2. ChiDrew

    ChiDrew New Member

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    I received a couple of recommendations that I thought I'd share here. Twonky and TVersity, since they both have Google TV compatible profiles. Twonky has a Android profiles and TVersity has one for the Logitech Revue.

    Also according to their websites Wild has a Android 3.x (only 1280x720) profile And Mazzmo supports the Revue.
     
  3. ChiDrew

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    I think I'll try a few of them and post my results if anyone is interested.
     
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    I couldn't get Tversity to play some movies that I had downloaded, but I have had no problems with Twonky playing anything I've thrown at it.
     
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    I like the Logitech Media Server(beta) it is working well for me and also allows me to connect to my Squeezebox .Twonky is installed on my linksys e4200 as a uPNP and has been working great as wellDo note though that I am running the Honeycomb user debug
     
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    Alright I tried some different DLNA servers and took notes. Below are my personal unscientific results. All testing was done from the same PC (Windows 7 Ultimate, Core i7 2.8Ghz, 8GB ram) and on the same Sony 24" Internet TV. I tried a variety of video files to find the most universally compatible server. Wild media server seemed to do the best job overall. TVersity seemed to be the worst one out of the group. If you've been using one of these apps and find my results questionable, please let me know. I'd be happy to retest utilizing alternative settings.

    • TVersity
      • Setup = Quick & Easy
      • Server Service crashed once durring testing
    • Twonky
      • Setup = Pretty Easy, HTML interface easy to figure out.
    • Serviio
      • Install = Easy & Quick. Prompts to install Java if not installed
      • Doesn't prompt to open console after install
      • Adds cover-art to video files
    • Mezzmo
      • Installed and looked awesome on the PC.
      • Recognized all the files in the app PC browser. But when looking at videos from google tv only AVI's displayed. No MKV's. Attempted different configs without any success.
    • TVMobili
      • Installed quick, basic / simple web interface.
      • Doesn't seem to want to play anything but mkv
    • Logitech Media Server
      • Pulled stills from some of the movies to create thumbs.
      • Lots of plugins that I didn't have time to play with. I think they're more Squeezebox related
    • Wild Media Server
      • Easy install.
      • Lots of advanced options.
      • Easy to enable subs.
      • Ability to set transcoding settings on a per-file basis.
      • Uses frames from video as icons. Ability to set cover, title, rating, & other attributes.
      • Built in search to automatically grab covers and info from IMDB & Amazon.
      • FF-RW Issue: The non-mkv files I tested (transcoded files) had a delay when fast-forwarding and rewinding content. There would be about a 2-5 second pause before content showed again on the screen (transcoding lag). Plus the on-screen timer would reset to zero after letting go of FF (you FF to 15min in, watch for 30 sec and the timer will show your 30sec into the movie).
      • Res Issue: Some non-mkv videos do not show full screen (they have about a 1-inch black frame around). It is not letter boxing - the frame is on the sides too. I think this might be fixed by playing with settings in the software. I didn't have time to dig that deep.
    • Plex
      • No DLNA support. They have an Android app, so hopefully when the GTV app store opens up we'll get some support. The software looks nice, can't wait to try it.

    Here are the movies I used for testing and how each app did with them.

    Content: Apocalypse Now Redux
    Container: AVI
    Video: DivX 3 576x288 23.98fps 875kbps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 161kbps
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    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW & Res Issue)
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Back to the Future
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1280x720 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Big Trouble in Little China
    Container: AVI
    Video: Xvid 704x304 23.98fps 1409kbps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 4ch 448kbps
    ============================
    TVersity: Played fine
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW & Res Issue)
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Dune
    Container: OGM
    Video: Xvid 608x336 23.98fps
    Audio: Vorbis 48000Hz stereo
    ============================
    TVersity: Audio but no Video
    Twonky: Didn't show in list
    Serviio: Didn't show in list
    TVMobili: Didn't show in list
    Wild: Played Okay (FF-RW Issue)
    Logitech: Didn't show in list

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    Content: Hackers
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1280x544 (256:109) 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 5ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Audio but no Video
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

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    Content: Hannibal
    Container: AVI
    Video: Xvid 704x384 23.98fps 714kbps
    Audio: MPEG Audio Layer 3 48000Hz stereo 128kbps
    ============================
    TVersity: Worked
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine

    -------------------------------------------------------

    Content: Hannibal (Hi-Res)
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1920x1040 24fps
    Audio: DTS 48000Hz 6ch
    ============================
    TVersity: Message = File is corrupted or unsupported
    Twonky: Video but no Audio
    Serviio: Video but no Audio
    TVMobili: No video or audio
    Wild: Played fine after playing with track settings in Application
    Logitech: Video but no Audio

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    Content: The Matrix
    Container: MKV
    Video: CCV1 1920x792 23.98fps
    Audio: Dolby AC3 48000Hz 6ch
    =============================
    TVersity: Not included in test
    Twonky: Played fine
    Serviio: Played fine
    TVMobili: Played fine
    Wild: Played fine
    Logitech: Played fine
     
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    Nice right up you strt a new thread and see If it can floated
     
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    Thanks, I just might do that. Is there a way in this forum to make that post editable by all users so anyone can update it?
     
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    No there is not but they can add to it in a post and you can edit the first post to reflect those changes
     
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    All, I tried several different server apps on my Windows 7 machine and got frustrated. Noticed a post about minidlna for Linux, so installed it on my Ubuntu machine and voila! Works great. If you have an unused (or old) computer. Install Linux on it and then install the minidlna server and you'll be in business. It's all free.
     
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    I have both a Revue and a Sony Google TV. I've had horrible luck with successful transcoding from any of these dlna / upnp servers you've listed and also a couple that aren't listed like PS3 Media Server. Which Wild Media device profile did you use? What else did you modify? They don't have one for Google TV.

    From my Revue's media player, I connected to Wild and navigated to the settings where they allow you to try different types of encoded video (what a good idea to supplement the idiodic dlna upnp protocol that doesn't automatically figure this out for you). Only three of these videos played back which where the Sony BDP, Sony PS3 1280x720, and the Xbox Live. But trying to play back a 1080p mkv dts video resulted in failure for all these profiles. Only the Xbox Live did anything as it gave me sound only but then basically locked up the Revue and I had to power cycle it to take control of it again.

    Mezzmo is the only other program that "almost" works as it transcodes a 1080p dts mkv file succesfully for about 10 seconds and then the Revue media player just returns like the video is done playing. You may want to try it again after the Android 3.1 update.

    The "MyMedia" server built into Playon doesn't work at all with the stock Google TV media players but works over their web interface. Unfortunately, their web interface is built for a device with a real mouse and isn't convenient to navigate on. Also, playback would not run smooth from my 6-core AMD machine but did from a core i7 machine. Unfortunately, Playon also seems bugged and can only share media local to that machine, so I'm SoL as my AMD machine has the local drives.

    Just for info, I've tried running the DLNA uPNP servers on both a quadcore core-i7 machine and a 6-core AMD machine, both with SSD drives and 16GB of RAM.
     
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    Plex is supposed to add DLNA support soon if it hasn't happened already. I can't get a handle on what I want, I had decided on PlayOn and there was a special offer with a free Roku LT but I pidded around and missed out. Now I think I will just buy Plex and see if I can get it working.

    Cord Cutters: Plex adds DLNA support — Online Video News
     
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    I can DEFINITELY say that Plex supports this. To be honest with you I almost wanna say that I think at the time that article was written, it was already in there... so I think that's weird.

    I'm positive because I had installed Plex a while back and was playing around with it mainly for the reason of getting Hulu, etc. to stream to my GTV, but ended up very surprized to see all my PC videos popping up with cover art etc.

    ...but yeh, long and short of it, it supports it.
     

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