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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 2012-02-29, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
 
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Quick and dirty setup to play AVI and MKV files from PC to TV

Current setup:
My main personal download and gaming PC has all the TV shows and movies in AVI or some MKV formats. Some are starting to be in H.264 lately. I copy the files to a memory stick and plug them into the Samsung TV. The TV is basically the media player and works quite well. Shows full file name, plays back cleanly and best of all bookmarks each file where I stopped watching and lets me go back instantly. This is a big plus.

Proposed setup:
Eliminate the "SneakerNet" of USB keys between PC and TV with a media player that works as good as or better than the media player built into the TV. Basically something that will pull files from shared folders off of my Win7 PC and play them on the TV through HDMI. While remembering where I stopped watching in each file.

I had thought of Boxee but just read that stopped support of their desktop app?
Thought of getting an old Xbox to server media but was told it can't do MKV and HD movies have to be converted to WMV format. Blah!
Is a homemade HTPC the only way to get what I want?

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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 2012-02-29, 11:01 AM
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You could try the WD Live Streamer. It plays most formats and is quite inexpensive.
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post #3 of 26 (permalink) Old 2012-02-29, 11:37 AM
 
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Nextpvr is free and will do what want plus so much more.
Add a TV tuner and you'll all the features of a DVR.
I could list it features but that's what their website is for.

"While remembering where I stopped watching in each file."
YES

Watch recorded TV shows without commercials
YES

(mpeg|mpg|m2v|avi|mp4|mov|m2ts|wmv|iso|rm|dvr-ms|ts|mkv|vob|divx|flv|m4v|wtv|mp3|ogg|m3u|wma|aac|wav|m4a|f la|flac)

If you are familiar with EPG setup can be less than 30 mins.(In the case of multiple tuners the results of the first scan[10min] can be applied to the others)

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Nextpvr is free and will do what want plus so much more.
Add a TV tuner and you'll all the features of a DVR.
I could list it features but that's what their website is for.

"While remembering where I stopped watching in each file."
YES

Watch recorded TV shows without commercials
YES

(mpeg|mpg|m2v|avi|mp4|mov|m2ts|wmv|iso|rm|dvr-ms|ts|mkv|vob|divx|flv|m4v|wtv|mp3|ogg|m3u|wma|aac|wav|m4a|f la|flac)

If you are familiar with EPG setup can be less than 30 mins.(In the case of multiple tuners the results of the first scan[10min] can be applied to the others)
Sorry not quite what I was looking for. I have the files already. I don't need\want to stream online shows or record them.
I already have Bell PVR but for some shows I can't get I download and watch them on the TV. Looking for a cleaning way then memory sticks.
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Then use only the video, music library and DVD features of Nextpvr

BTW: Are you paying a monthly fee for your PVR and how many hours can it hold?

@$14/mth that's over $170/yr before taxes that is more than the cost of a dual tuner with remote AFTER taxes and the only limit to hours of stored recordings is your hard drive(s) size.
You'd still require the standard Set Top Box though

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I'd go with Patriot Box Office or Pivos aios. WDTV is a good box if you do use their internet applications. As a media player, the first 2 I mentioned are better IMHO.

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Then use only the video, music library and DVD features of Nextpvr

BTW: Are you paying a monthly fee for your PVR and how many hours can it hold?

@$14/mth that's over $170/yr before taxes that is more than the cost of a dual tuner with remote AFTER taxes and the only limit to hours of stored recordings is your hard drive(s) size.
You'd still require the standard Set Top Box though
Can you get a dual tuner for BELL EXPRESSVU to work in your PC?
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I'd go with Patriot Box Office or Pivos aios. WDTV is a good box if you do use their internet applications. As a media player, the first 2 I mentioned are better IMHO.
Thanks for a heads up on alternatives. I have been searching and hadn't come up with anything besides the WD TV Live. That being said the Patriot and Pivos are very hard to find retailers for in Canada when using Shopbot.ca. Very limited availability.
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I guess the other alternative is to get the Apple TV 2, and then jailbreak it. Once you get XBMC installed, it will do everything you need it to do. The ATV3 will probably be coming out in the next few weeks, but I don't think you would be able to jailbreak it right away.
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Does your Samsung TV support DLNA or do you have an Blu-ray player that supports DLNA? If so, you could use a DLNA server like Serviio to stream content without any extra cost.

I've tried a few videos with my Samsung TV and it seems to work OK, but I haven't used it enough to say it does everything you need.
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Continue your search for a way to spend money on another piece of hardware to add clutter, heat and power consumption but in the meantime download NextPVR[FREE] and install it(10 mins). On your PC watch a vid, stop it,open another, stop it it and go back to the first one and pick up where you left off. If you're satisfied look at the back of the PC and consider your options to port video and sound to your TV. I don't think the HDMI cable will port sound to the TV. I use a 7pin S-video and a 5.1 speaker setup (my tv is only 720p).

If you do like NPVR it can support lovely metadata to make browsing for a video or music more blingy


@jshel101 NPVR can be used without a tuner and it's pvr functions to access media anywhere on the LAN and remembers the point that you stopped the vid before it finished which meets the criteria of the OP.

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OTAJuncui - I think the OP has mentioned before that he wasn't interested in NextPVR. OP wants a media player to pull media from a shared network drive, I don't think he mentioned anything about PVR functionality.

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spend money on another piece of hardware to add clutter, heat and power consumption
The media streamers I use (ATV2 and WD Live) don't cause any heat or clutter, and doesn't use very much power. They are so small you can hide them anywhere. And they are quite cheap. Not sure what you are referring too.

Sorry, I went off-topic a little
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True dat. I am just looking for something to pull movies from PC and play on Samsung LCD TV. Currently using USB sticks because I really do like the media playing capabilities of the TV. Best media player I currently have versus my 2 DVD players with USB support and the Wii.
I am trying to decide between WD TV Live, Patriot Box Office or Asus O!Play.

All these units talk about streaming video form Internet, movies on demand, Netflix, blah blah blah. I just want to pull video from my PC reliably WITH the ability to resume from where I left off if I stop a movie\show.
That's the best feature on my TV is that if I stop a show that's on the memory stick. I can shut the TV off, remove the stick, add\remove files and plug it back in and it will still remember where I left off on any show I had started to play and with on button resume where I left off.
Priceless in my eyes and I'm worried that another box won't have those features.
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The WD TV Live Streaming Media Player is a turn key solution. Just look at the list of supported containers and codecs supported. H.264 is quite common now and the WD TV players handle them without any problems. It also resumes from a network share or attached storage.

You did not mention your TV model but I set up a friends Samsung edge lit LED LCD to stream from her laptop. I can't recall the name of the app but if your TV has an Ethernet jack you are all set. No extra purchase necessary except an Ethernet cable. If your computer is not near your TV you can get a wifi stick that works with Samsung TVs. Less expensive than all the other choices listed in this thread so far.
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Thanks Jake. Still sorting though thousands of posts on this. :-)
I have a slightly older Samsung which has no Ethernet port because back then I had the DVD players with USB ports which was good enough.
"I ain't going to be watching no Internets on my TV!!!!".
Then the USB in the TV worked very well.

Well some years go by and now the USB SneakerNet is no longer good enough.
Ah yes... progress.
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