Originally Posted by bluechunks
I thought you might like to see how great DLNA can work without having to play around with work-arounds (re-muxing, transcoding, ect...) on the server
Huh? At this point I'm unfortunately assuming you are not fully comprehending what is happening on the DLNA server
if one has to use a specific profile
to make things work.
1) Things worked natively (MKV via DLNA)
2) Now they don't
This unfortunately is not a surprise because it was a container that Sony does not officially advertise as an option (via DLNA) in the user manual. What is mildly surprising is the hardware/firmware obviously supports MKV but Sony went out of its way to remove
the capability in a later firmware revision. But any way you look at it, the S790
itself is absolutely no longer playing the same containers and codecs after the update as it did prior.
That said, using something like Serviio (with the "Bravia 2012 - US" profile, for example) is a great work-around
for "playing" certain container/codec combinations if one has a powerful enough server. Using Serviio the player is no longer playing a MKV but rather Serviio is re-muxing and/or transcoding the MKV into a different container (MPEG) that the player will accept. Depending upon the codecs within, the MKV may (or may not) require transcoding so if one is fortunate enough to have all MKVs encoded in compatible codecs one can skate through with only re-muxing which even low-powered servers can handle.
The filename on the server is still a MKV but the S790 is actually being served a MPEG. This goes way beyond
the simplified concept of the way the DLNA server is "configured."
I think this horse has been beaten to death.
Sir, I am fully aware of how Serviio works, how DLNA works and how the S790 deals with it. You must define a MIME types for the renderer you are using with the Server.
Using the Bravia 2012 profile changes the Mime types that are then interpreted by the renderer (player / S790). Mime types allow the renderer to understand what the file is and what to do with it. All DLNA server have these for the file types it "sends" to the renderer. Whether they can be customized is another matter entirely, but Serviio, Twonky and PS3 media server, all popular DLNA servers allow this.
When you use the Braiva 2012 profile you still turn off trans-coding
using the option provided in the GUI. At that point the player is on its own to playback the files, but the profile is still required to ensure the player understands what the file is and how it should play it.
As I have stated already:
Well before the update MKV Mpeg 4 played natively
After the update, it still does. Its not being trans-coded, its playing natively
Before the update MKV VC-1 or Mpeg2 didn't play natively
you had to remux to a M2TS.
After the update, its the same, still need to remux, so M2TS VC-1 and Mpeg2 again play native, without trans-coding.
So ... my point is that when I said nothing has changed, well it hasn't. I do appreciate the Mime settings need to be changed to reflect the changes Sony made to the firmware ... but the ability for the S790 to playback these files natively has not changed.
You can choose to believe what I am saying or not. I dont really care, but other folks reading this, rest assured that the S790, S590, and S390 plays the same MKV files now as it did before Sony did a firmware change in the middle of last year.
I'm a happy S790 (and S590 owner) from the very beginning and I've being using my S790 weekly to playback MKV files successfully.