Originally Posted by liquidmetal
You should be using network shares to access mkv in wdtv menus. It appears it is very picky. Can you login via network shares on wdtv? If yes, can you see the folders? Search this thread for lots of findings.
Liquidmetal -- thanks for your help!
The network shares were already setup on my HTPC, but not showing up under that area on the WD Live. I ended up shutting down the WD for about an hour, turned it back on and was able to finally see the network share on my HTPC. Movies played from the network share then lost connection after about 5 minutes, but this problem has not come back in at least 30 minutes.
So after spending about 8 hours trying to get three media players to work, I am very close to being back at square one:
- Netgear Digital Entertainer -- still not able to find my network shares; returning to Fry's.
- Seagate FreeAgent Theater+ -- sees and plays MKVs from my network shares, but unable to sync with my Denon 3808CI/Pioneer Elite plasma through HDMI (even after forcing a resolution), also interface looks cheesy; returning to Best Buy.
- WD Live -- finally able to see and play MKVs from my network shares, unfortunately library view doesn't work (shows movie poster jpegs and movie MKVs separately); reluctantly considering keeping this for the new bedroom TV.
Will keep MediaPortal on the HTPC that's currently shared in the dedicated home theater and main plasma systems. Still unable to get IR to work on the HTPC, so the wireless keyboard will have to suffice for now. The MediaPortal interface/library is so far ahead of the three media players listed above.
The WD Live shows promise, and is very popular as seen in this thread; unfortunately, it does not offer the ease of use and interface that I am looking for.