Originally Posted by jmarinac
I recently bought a Sony BDP-S790 (I think I'm in the right thread). I really like it except I think I have the same problem that has already been discussed in this thread with no apparent resolution - but, I'll ask just in case I missed something.
I have some .mp4 files that play just fine on my PC. I transfer them to a USB stick and they are identified correctly (.mp4) and play just fine on the 790 from the USB stick.
I have a gigabit wired home Windows network with a 4TB WD MyCloud NAS on it that I have been using solely as a backup device. When I transfer these same videos to the WD, the 790 sees the WD device and all of its folders just fine. However, it won't play the videos with a "The file is corrupt or unsupported" message. Also, the video files are now identified as "MPEG" instead of "MP4" (using USB).
From reading this thread, and not knowing a whole lot about this subject, I get the impression that one of these devices is not doing DLNA correctly?
Both devices are upgraded to the latest firmware.
Any help or update would be appreciated.
Basically these Sony players are a pain in the ass when it comes to playing the highest quality codecs with mkv and mp4. That is why I bought the new WDTV - which is great by the way...plays EVERYTHING you can throw at it.
With that said...if you use the file format .m2ts the Sony should play everything, well the HQ codecs that is...I've tried MPEG2, VC-1, H.264 with any combination of audio codecs, AC3, TrueHD, DTS, DTSHDMA. I can't say for sure about FLAC and AAC but pretty sure those work too. I bought the WDTV because I want to use mkv files, keep the chapter and subtitle support, and have the ability to watch in 1080p/24. With that said, the .m2ts playback is wonderful except you need to hard code the subtitles if there are any...or go without. I've gotten mkv files to work with chapters and subtitles but if you try to fast forward/rewind...it just kicks you out back to them menu...like I said pain in the ass! .m2ts Plays great, fast forward/rewind, etc.
Oh, almost forgot, if you are not using highest end audio codecs, just plain AC3, or DTS, then convert your files to mkv and they should work well once you can find/play them.
Are you using a media server...I'm trying to remember if the MyCloud is a media server or literally just a hard drive? If you are not using a media server, use one. It's easy and makes everything easier. You said you are using a wired gigabit network...that means you will have no problem streaming absolutely anything ever. Remux your files (tsmuxer) to .m2ts this will fix your problems. I highly recommend PS3 media server...just google it. Basically, turn it on, find your movies folders in windows, turn off all the encoders/transcoding options and it will literally just serve the file as is. You shouldn't have a problem with .m2ts but if you want to use mkv (and mp4) and you may have to alter the .conf file for Sony Bluray and force it to accept mkv and mp4.
Like I said before, I bought the WDTV to avoid all this bullspit becasue I got sick of making sure my files were just right, the WDTV just plays them all perfectly.
Lastly, in case you are looking (like I have been for almost 2 years now) the only "bluray" players that will play discs as well as be great media streamers are very high end ones, like Oppo and they run north of $499.99. I didn't have that much money, so I spent the $80 on the WDTV and $80 on the Sony Bluray player. Only acceptable solution I've found so far. Been looking for 16 months btw.
PS - If you are interested in anything I was talking about, it's really not hard and I'd be happy to give you instructions on how to do it.