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post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
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.

Panasonic TC-P55ST60
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.
post #2 of 10
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Originally Posted by notquitestr8t View Post

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.

Panasonic TC-P55ST60
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:

http://service.us.panasonic.com/OPERMANPDF/E-HELP_ST60.PDF
Page 64:
This TV is a DLNA Certified
product.
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.
Media server
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
post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Well, this is embarassing. Thanks for the link to the manual. I didn't see it when I set it up but probably missed something. I'll work on it tonight.
Thanks again!
post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 
OK,I was able to connect to my PC. However, the TV does not recognize any of my MKV files. The manual says it supports them but they won't even show up. I moved one to a USB drive and it doesn't show up using that either. Now what?
post #5 of 10
Is your thumb drive formatted to a file system your tv can read? I'm sure most still require Fat16/32
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yes sir. It can see other files on the USB from the TV, i.e MP4 but none of the .mkv. I specifically purchased this TV because it supported MKV. I set my sister up with a BluRay player and the exact same files from the exact same USB play just fine through that. I may have to go the same route. I'll do a little more research on this. Is there an easy way to determine the codec used so I can match it to what Panasonic says it supports?
post #7 of 10
2 thoughts...

Some TVs can be picky.... like if the file extensions are .MKV vs .mkv

Try updating your TV firmware if possible.
post #8 of 10
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Originally Posted by notquitestr8t View Post

Yes sir. It can see other files on the USB from the TV, i.e MP4 but none of the .mkv. I specifically purchased this TV because it supported MKV. I set my sister up with a BluRay player and the exact same files from the exact same USB play just fine through that. I may have to go the same route. I'll do a little more research on this. Is there an easy way to determine the codec used so I can match it to what Panasonic says it supports?

Mediainfo will tell you what you are looking for: http://mediainfo.sourceforge.net/en
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by DanPackMan View Post

2 thoughts...

Some TVs can be picky.... like if the file extensions are .MKV vs .mkv

Try updating your TV firmware if possible.

Remember that mkv is just a wrapper. If your tv doesn't support the codec needed then it won't play even if the file is located inside a supported wrapper.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
I did some digging. Most of the MKV files I have are using Codec ID: V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC. The TV only supports H.264 and MPEG1/MPEG2. This TV is only 6 months old. A TV firmware update does not help.
That said, is there an easy way to downgrade to MPEG2 or will it require the same amount of work as it is to convert to MP4?
Thanks
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