Originally Posted by Dave Moritz
Thank you for your offer but that will still not allow me to play tv shows downloaded from apple's iTunes. For a while I actually had a ethernet cable going from my router to the 4K blu-ray player connected to my 55" 4K UHD TV. I was able to play music and video files from my pc in my bedroom. I have Dish Network with a DVR so I am able to record content from my provider. To my knowledge I am not able to access content on my Dish Network DVR and watch it on my pc. I use Windows 10 which does allow me to stream music and movies or video files to my 4K blu-ray player. My A/V receiver is a Pioneer Elite SC-05 which is a 7.1 with Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio. When I switched to Dish Network I had a promotion where I got all the movie channels free for 3 months so I have movies recorded on the DVR in HD only but unfortunantly they are in Dolby Digital EX and I really do not like the old Dolby format used on DVD's. Back in the DVD days I was very anti Dolby and was not even impressed with Dolby Digital Plus to be honest with you. I used to have Netflix but that also used Dolby Digital and in regards to streaming via Vudu I hated that movies ether had Dolby Digital or some only where in stereo. I see no reason to pay for that huge step back into Dolby Digital.
There is a older pc in the living room but it is hardly used and no point watching anything on that with a 55" 4K display with surround sound in the same room. So I do not have a real problem getting music to my receiver in the living room as even music downloaded from iTunes plays over the network just fine. But it is the tv shows/movies that can not be sent from my pc to the 4K blu-ray because it doesn't recognize the format and even then I do not want to purchase an Apple TV. And if I want to actually watch those episodes I actually purchased them on Vudu. I know digital content is the big thing now but I do not see any value in it especially since if I get to a point where I can no longer afford internet which currently I am not working then what. I will not be able to watch the movies that are digital content and right now yes storage is cheap but finances are in the toilet so I can not even afford to buy a blu-ray and for sure can not purchase a hard drive even though I can get a 4TB for under $200.
Some reasons I do not bother with digital content:
You do not own the content and only are purchasing the license to listen or view.
No internet no content
Even with some large hard drives and or a NAS with tons of hard drive storage unless you use a raid configuration and a drive dies if you do not have internet there goes all your content.
Little to no content offering Dolby True HD or DTS-HD Master Audio or Dolby Atmos and or DTS-X.
Alot of the video quality especially the newer movies is not to bad but not as good as properly mastered discs
I have actually had movies lag and I have a 150mb download and upload connection using fiber optics
And I admit that after one dies does it really matter that you do not outright own the movies, maybe not but you also have nothing to hold in your hands and you still have to have internet!
I have a pc in my room with a LG 4K display and a 4K resolution EVGA video card and I also have a audio cable going out from the sound card to my older Yamaha RX-V995 5.1 receiver powering two bookshelf Polk speakers and a powered polk 10" subwoofer. I do not even listen to music on that and that is where all my mp3's/wma is stored. I have the ability to watch Vudu on the pc but I have a hard time wanting to even watch it with the pc and that is with a 43" 4K monitor and before that was a LED 1080p 27" flat panel which I hated to watch anything on.
I do have a question for you out of curiosity? Your method of viewing/sharing content across all the computers on the network. How do you navigate the content without having to go to another room and send the content to a complaint device? Not sure how you can navigate the content from a tv? When I said it was a pain in the rear it was from the stand point that I had to go to my room and select the content and hopefully the file would be compatible with the blu-ray player. To keep this off the site and subject if you wish here is my email if you would like to use that, [email protected]
After rereading your post i realized the video link which i emailed to you yesterday only partially covers what you asked about. Will email a second link sometime today.
Basically, the PC in our livingroom is connected to the TV and sends music, live and recorded TV programs to the TV.
A digital tuner box (HD Homerun Prime) sends TV reception to the PC. The PC sends it to the TV., or the PC records chosen TV shows for playback later on the TV.
Most recorded TV programs plus the entire CD collection can be streamed to any computer in a different room.
Certain "protected content" TV recordings can only be played on the PC and TV in the livingroom. They cannot be streamed to another room or PC. Mostly, these are movies recorded on HBO. (Not a problem for us because our big screen and best speakers are in the livingroom.)
Our CD collection is copied/ripped onto the PC's hard drive, and the PC sends any and all of this music to the TV. All of this music can be streamed to any computer in another room.
We have never tried using our Sony Blu-ray player as a "portal" for accessing or streaming because 1) the Blu-ray is in the living room and connected to the TV and 2) the PC can already accept content streamed from another room, though we don't often need to do that.
If your other TVs are new enough/smart enough, you might be able to share/stream media from one TV to another. BUT, "restricted content" could seriously limit it.
Your setup may have "restricted content" issues that prevent you from sharing/streaming your stuff from iTunes, VUDU, HULU, or wherever.
Your Blu-ray player can play some file types but not others. Is there an update (firmware update) for your Blu-ray that might support more file types?
The link i'll email you today shows how easy it is to access/stream music, etc. to a different room. You do it from the different room, so there's no need to go to the room where the media is stored (assuming both computers are turned on, of course).