Originally Posted by notquitestr8t
OK Gang, most of this is over my head, but I do have a question that I think you'll be able to answer. I just bought a new smart TV and Surround sound system.
Yamaha YHT-497 Home Theater Package
PC dual-boots WIN7 and Ubuntu but most files on WIN7
Both HT items have internet access and the TV provides plenty of content. However, I do have content that is on my PC that I would like to stream to the TV.
Also, the PC has a Blu-ray player and an HDMI connection. However, the TV is in a different room than the PC.
I'm guessing I am S.O.L on the bluray player and will have to buy one but what about the files on my hard drive?
I know the TV can support the MKV and other files that are on my PC because they will play them from a USB thumbdrive.
Is there a way to make the TV "see" them on the network? Do I need another piece of hardware like Roku or is there a software solution? The Roku looks like it offers a lot of content but the TV can do the same. I simply want to TV to be able to read the shares on the PC. The TV supports DNLA but I don't know much about it.
Any advice is appreciated.
Get the TV on your wired/wireless network - enable DLNA access on the television - access and playback files on your shares. It's possible that you can see those shares already - you just need to get to Viera Remote on your set, and choose the device you wish to access.
We always suggest to read the friendly manual
This TV is a DLNA Certified
DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) is a standard that makes DLNA
Certified digital electronics easier and more convenient to use on a home
network. To learn more, visit www.dlna.org
. It allows you to share photos,
videos and music stored in the DLNA Certified media server (for example,
PC with Windows 7/Windows 8 installed, etc.) connected to your home
network, and enjoy the contents on the TV screen.
Store photos, videos or music into the DLNA Certified media server, and
then you can enjoy them on the TV.
To use a PC as a media server
Prepare the PC with Windows 7/Windows 8 or ensure the server software
is installed on the PC. "Windows 7/Windows 8" is the server software that
has been tested for compatibility with this TV (as of November, 2012). Any
other server software have not been tested with this TV, therefore
compatibility and performance cannot be assured.
Windows 7/Windows 8
The setup for homegroup settings of Windows 7/Windows 8 is required.
For details, refer to the help functions of Windows 7/Windows 8