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    Default DLNA Server to stream to TV

    My new tv has the ability to receive media streams from a DlNA server.
    Does anyone have a recommendation for a server? I'll use it for movie files and music (from iTunes).

    Does ps3MediaServer work with devices other than PS3 - ieisit just a DLNA server or is it PS3 specific?

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    Cybix's Avatar Cybix is offline burninator!

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    twonkymedia.

    unsure about the ps3mediaserver. I know it's good for PS3's...

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    even Vuze (formerly azureus) will stream to DLNA nowadays.

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    I'm now trying out ElGato's EyeConnect. It seems to work well with my media, including EyeTV recordings and makes a better job of displaying iPhoto images than Twonky.

    Whether I buy any of them at the end of the demo period remains to be seen! I may just cough up for the small AppleTV.

    Thanks for the recommendations!

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    Thumbs up DLNA Servers

    If you're looking for DLNA Certified Networked Attached Storage Digital Media Servers...

    Home - DLNA

    Personally, I recommend EMC-Iomega ix2 or Cisco LinkSys MediaHUB. They support multiple media profiles, and should be very interoperable with your TV.

    P.S. The PS3 is DLNA HNv1.0 Certified. That means it should play/serve digital content such as your JPEGs, LPCM, MP3, and MPEG_PS_NTSC and MPEG_PS_PAL. Again, check out Home - DLNA. It should have more than enough information.

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    So has anyone got one of those Samsung LCD TVs with DLNA wireless and see if it can work directly with their mac through a wifi router using something like twonky or eyeconnect?
    27 inch imac i7 3.4Ghz 2011 12,2 OSX 10.8

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    I have a Samsung LE37B650 but can't get Elgato EyeConnect to work with it at all from my MBP (unibody).
    I have been told by Samsung to try Twonky so that is what I am doing tonight!

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    My post from here:

    Quote Originally Posted by Febs View Post
    OK, so initial thoughts are that they're all very easy to setup. That's about where the similarities end though.

    Playback ($15USD
    Rubbish. Constantly caused my PS3 to crash, which the others didn't do.

    MediaLink
    No crashes, but bugs (skip to the next song, it still displays the current song info) and very slow to load photos. Also, appears not to have any form of access control. I don't know about you guys, but I'm not too keen on my neighbours seeing every photos I've taken over the last 12+ years...

    EyeConnect
    Had the potential to be brilliant! VERY quick with loading photos (very important to me), actually has nested iPhoto albums (even more important to me) unlike MediaLink which just displays every album in one big list...but...it won't play any music! AAC files which played fine through MediaLink and Playback just won't play. UPNP error. Weird. I've restarted, played with Firewall settings etc...

    Rivet
    Same iPhoto concerns as MediaLink - no nested albums, and extremely slow.

    So after my initial tests, the only one I'd really consider given the time of day to would be EyeConnect...if only I can figure out why it's not streaming music!

    Cheers,
    - Febs.

    PS: In case anyone's wondering, I've got about 60% signal strength, and the PS3 seems incapable of smoothly playing an Mp4 encoded for the iPhone. To be expected though I guess.
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    In the end I bought an AppleTV and hacked it!
    More expensive, but a much snappier experience. And I don't need to have the Mac running to use it!

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    But what is teh diference between DLNA and normal WiFi?????
    I'm confused...

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    Wifi refers to a wireless network
    DLNA is a protocol which is used to stream media from one device to another. Can be done over wireless or cable

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    Anyone know if I can get DLNA video to stream to my Bravia KDL-40W4500? Would be nice! Might have to transcode everything? So far I can only see pictures and music when browsing my Twonky server. Would just like to know if it's even possible before I expend energy trying to get it working.

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    Quote Originally Posted by entropy View Post
    So has anyone got one of those Samsung LCD TVs with DLNA wireless and see if it can work directly with their mac through a wifi router using something like twonky or eyeconnect?
    I've just got one a week ago (32" 100Hz Full HD LCD TV Series 6 32inch (LA32B650) - LCD TV - television | SAMSUNG). It finds eyeconnect and various folders but cant seem to see anything IN the folders (that is, no files which can be looked at). I know I have photographs in one of the folders but it wasn't able to see them. I'm now on the hunt for the solution.
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    Beau's Avatar Beau is offline Plagiarism saves time.

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    I've had the best luck with MediaLink out of PS3 Media Server, EyeConnect and Playback. Haven't tried out rivet yet.
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    Further to my previous post, Eyeconnect (which seems to come standard with EyeTV) works beautifully. I was able to watch stuff I had recorded last night, instead of on the computer... on the TV. That said, I have a Topfield on the way so it wont matter much anymore. Still, its great that it all worked. Though I think it might have arrived via the router and the LAN cable rather than wirelessly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyte View Post
    I've just got one a week ago (32" 100Hz Full HD LCD TV Series 6 32inch (LA32B650) - LCD TV - television | SAMSUNG). It finds eyeconnect and various folders but cant seem to see anything IN the folders (that is, no files which can be looked at). I know I have photographs in one of the folders but it wasn't able to see them. I'm now on the hunt for the solution.
    I've just bought the same TV (hasn't arrived yet) and I'm wondering if you found a solution? I've been searching for a DLNA server that will stream photos, music and movies to a Samsung TV, but it seems to be very much hit 'n' miss for Mac users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParanoidAndroid View Post
    I've just bought the same TV (hasn't arrived yet) and I'm wondering if you found a solution? I've been searching for a DLNA server that will stream photos, music and movies to a Samsung TV, but it seems to be very much hit 'n' miss for Mac users.
    No, not really. Whatever happened as a result of my previous post... was once and once only. I don't recall if I had the ethernet cable connected at the time.

    I might give twonkymedia a try, Interestingly, having spent hundreds on a you-beaut superduper topfield pvr, I hardly ever use it. oh well.
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    Default Mac DLNA Samsung Series 8 TV

    After purchasing a new Samsung Series 8 TV mainly because it had DLNA I then spent around a month trying many different DLNA servers on my Mac mini. Pretty much all of them including Eye Connect, PS3 Media Server, Twonky etc all suffered the same issues, TV could see the Mac however movies were either reporting unsupported format or the movie would play but only for a few minutes. Needless to say this was extremely frustrating.

    Solution: Use Vuze. It has a DLNA plugin. The interface is a little clunky but it is free and it works. Occasionally I hit a problem playing a movie but this is generally due to the audio codec embedded in the mkv container not being supported by the TV. I now stream 8-9GB HD (1080) movies via a cabled network to the TV without issue. Currently using Vuze 4.4.0.4.

    Hope this helps

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    I have been researching all over to find the best solution to stream media from PC to TV and have come to the following conclusion.

    1. You need either a DNLA TV or a DNLA device connected to your TV such as an XBox or PS3.

    2. You then need to use the above to fetch (stream) your media from either a) an DNLA Network Associated Server (NAS) or b) from your computer that has software installed on it that converts your PC in to a DNLA server.

    The best and most hassle free solution seems to be to use a DNLA Network Associated Server to store all your media on.

    This has several benefits as it is designed specifically to work with DNLA devices such as a PS3 or DNLA TV and it can connect directly to your router so that it exploits the maximum bandwidth.

    The Linksys Media hub seems to be a good choice as you can also access all your files from anywhere in the world via the internet - Linksys by Cisco Media Hub

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    i have 3 going at the moment, ps3mediaserver and vuze on the iMac, and fuppes running off the DroboFS

    Vuze and ps3mediaserver run the best. Fuppes is hit and miss sometimes, its a bit temperamental
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