Originally Posted by ausdavep
Using ps3 media centre as my dnla server
on my home pc, with the player connected via ethernet, I have been consistently been able to stream mkv and avi files up to 1080p and dts (not tried hd audio files). Some individual files have been problematic, in terms of audio delay and/or stutter, however 98% of what I've tried has worked.
Since you mentioned using "media center" as your DNLA server, I opened Windows Media Player (WMP) on my Win7 PC and looked around in it. I normally don't use WMP since I use VLC instead. After I looked around in WMP and didn't find anything pertaining to DNLA, I went back to the TV set and used the BDT220's remote to navigate to the DNLA feature again. AMAZINGLY, all of the files in the shared folders now displayed! This includes music, video and image files that were not listed up to now. I was able to play the avi files in the video path. *** Thanks for your response as it prompted me to open WMP which apparently opened the gateway. ***
So my advice to anyone who doesn't normally use Windows Media Player is to open it. Evidently opening WMP allowed it to find the folders that I had set to share (via explorer), thus allowing the files in those folder to be seen via the BDT220's DNLA path.
Now that I'm able to play AVI files via the Home Network > DNLA path, I tried to see if the AVI files were visible using the Network Drive path. Unfortunately, the AVI files are still not visible via the Network Drive > Videos path. It appears that WMP via the DNLA path is what allows playing AVI videos. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
I found that playing an AVI file that has an accompanying SRT subtitle file does not display the subtitles via the DNLA path. I can play the exact same AVI file using the VLC media player in the PC and it will display the SRT subtitles so I know it works.
And one other thing about AVI playback via the DNLA path. The particular AVI file I played was a 720p Korean drama file that was downloaded. It displayed as a smaller size on our HDTV set (black bars all around the picture). It also has a slightly noticeable jerkyness in movements. --- I then played the exact same AVI file using VLC and a HDMI cable from the PC to the HDTV set. I switched VLC playback to full screen and the video quality was terrific and the subtitles displayed.
So my conclusion is that I won't be using the BDT220 to play any videos from my PC. The DNLA method only displays 5 files per page so it takes a while to find the video file desired. In contrast, using Win7's explorer directly on the PC, it's much, much easier and faster to find and play a video. Then the quality of the video via the VLC media player through a HDMI cable is much better. Plus SRT subtitles will display. Plus it's easy to play any part of the video using the mouse.
We will use the BDT220 to display photos via the network drive path. That works really well and can display a lot of thumbnails to see which photo to display. And the slideshow option is really nice.
SkylarkEdited by Skylark - 12/29/12 at 4:42am