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Streaming to remote PC

post #1 of 10
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I had posted this in another forum, but since I kind of "know" some of the folks on this forum, I thought I might ask this here as well. I am trying to stream my collection of movies and tv shows to another PC at another location. I use Air Video to stream to my iPad currently but would prefer not to use it with a HDMI dongle, but rather just use a PC connected to the TV. Could someone suggest a solution?
post #2 of 10
You can't access your collection on the host PC from your remote PC via a network? (wired or wireless) What OS are your PCs running?
post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by tsekhar View Post

I had posted this in another forum, but since I kind of "know" some of the folks on this forum, I thought I might ask this here as well. I am trying to stream my collection of movies and tv shows to another PC at another location. I use Air Video to stream to my iPad currently but would prefer not to use it with a HDMI dongle, but rather just use a PC connected to the TV. Could someone suggest a solution?

you never even replied to all the suggestions you were given in the other thread.
post #4 of 10
There's an app called Bdrive. It works like airvideo, but it has a desktop client.
post #5 of 10
Remote Potato would work.
post #6 of 10
WHat kind of quality are you expecting? Remote potato will only do like 640x480 as far as I could tell.
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by sean_w_smith View Post

you never even replied to all the suggestions you were given in the other thread.

Sorry buddy, but I did respond to some of the suggestions. I guess I was looking for something relatively simple rather than buying something for more than a 100 bucks. I might have to check out windows media player's streaming setup to see if that will work.

Anyway, apologies all around!
post #8 of 10
OP I am in the same boat as you. It seems most of the streaming market is geared towards in home streaming or mobile devices. Since I travel quite a bit I would like to be able to access some of my at media library at my house with my PC and not a mobile device. My favorites for mobile devices are Air Video for iOS and Qloud Media for Droid though. If you get a tablet it may be worth looking into that as an alternate solution.

I just tried Bdrive and while the app in itself looked promising, I could not get the server portion to work. It would hang on trying to find my local router and was not able to work when testing the connection. I even manually set the port in Bdrive server and forwarded my port in my Cisco ASA 5505. It does seem the developer support is very sparse and many others reported the exact same issue.

I remember reading about remote potato awhile back but I may relook into that.

My own suggestion is you may want to look into Tversity. I had only messed with it about 3 years ago and I was able to get a PC-to-PC connection working. Only problem is that the quality was horrible back then and it used a browser with flash video. It now has on-the-fly transcoding but you need a pro license which I think costs $30. Still worth looking into.
post #9 of 10
Our software, JRiver Media Center, will probably do what you want. The site is www.jriver.com . The Media Network features are here:
http://wiki.jriver.com/index.php/Media_Network

On that page, you could tke a look at Library Server for remote access on a PC, or at Gizmo for remote access on an Android.
post #10 of 10
Well I just tested Remote Potato. Here is my analysis:

Pros
-Installation is easy. No command line configuration required. Took me all but 10 minutes to setup.
-If you know how to port forward and use dyndns the connection settings are easy to setup.
-Quality is acceptable. Max resolution is 640x480 which isn't too bad.
-Can use any browser (tested in firefox and internet explorer).
-Played most codecs that I threw at it.
-It works!!!

Cons
-It uses Microsoft Silverlight which I am not a fan of.
-CPU hog for both server and client. My server was transcoding a 1080p .m2ts file and was at 80% cpu utilization across all cores (i3-530) and my client was at 85% cpu utilization across all cores (Asus EEPAD Netbook).
-Because the CPU was getting pegged by both server/client, my video was somewhat stuttering. If I had beefier hardware I might not have that problem.
-no subtitle support

Jriver I may give the software a try but I get the feeling that I will be running into similiar problems.

I may end up just sticking with my tablet and Qloud which runs the server at 30% cpu utilization and video playback is smooth. Also has subtitle support.
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