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Networked NAS (storage drive) with Samsung Smart TV

by sean_p_k / September 17, 2013 9:19 PM PDT

Samsung Smart 6540
BT Infinity Hub
Cable connection to hub rather than wireless
Need to play movies, see photo etc.

What do I need to look for in a NAS storage hard drive to guarantee my TV will see the NAS through my router?

The term DLNA server seems to come up in a quick search, is this the significant factor?

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Depends on your tolerence to fiddling.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 18, 2013 1:18 AM PDT

Even if the TV can access a network share, the video encoding must be compatible with the TV. I find most consumers blow up on the launch pad over this issue.

Again, what plays on your PC rarely plays on a BD/TV player. The BD player or TV does document what encoding is required but you continue to read posts where the member writes "MKV which is supported won't play." Then we get into what a MKV is then turn again to encoding.

After we get the DLNA server up we still may bump into a router that blocks access such as noted at
http://forums.cnet.com/7726-7589_102-5412417.html?tag=posts;msg5412417

It's a messy system with many requirements and caveats. Hope you understand this before you commit.
Bob

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You need a media server
by SomebodySysop / September 19, 2013 3:37 AM PDT

I ran into the same exact problem when I was trying to play media from my PC through the Mediashare application on my DVR. Mediashare only plays mpeg2 and mpeg3 files, but the videos and music on my PC are in all sorts of formats.

I purchased the Serviio media server which solved this problem by transcoding (converting to correct format as it plays) media from my PC so it will play through Mediashare.

On my Samsung Smart TV, I can now play all the videos on my PC, or any networked device, through Serviio. For example, I put all my movie videos on a USB drive attached to my WDLive TV media player. When I wish to play a video from this device on my TV, I can either select the device as the source, or select Serviio as the source (the TV automatically finds all DLNA servers running on network), and select the video from there.

I do not recommend trying to play music or videos directly from the source (like a usb drive attached to TV) unless they are in the exact format supported by the TV.

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You need a media server
by SomebodySysop / September 19, 2013 3:38 AM PDT

ran into the same exact problem when I was trying to play media from my PC through the Mediashare application on my DVR. Mediashare only plays mpeg2 and mpeg3 files, but the videos and music on my PC are in all sorts of formats.

I purchased the Serviio media server which solved this problem by transcoding (converting to correct format as it plays) media from my PC so it will play through Mediashare.

On my Samsung Smart TV, I can now play all the videos on my PC, or any networked device, through Serviio. For example, I put all my movie videos on a USB drive attached to my WDLive TV media player. When I wish to play a video from this device on my TV, I can either select the device as the source, or select Serviio as the source (the TV automatically finds all DLNA servers running on network), and select the video from there.

I do not recommend trying to play music or videos directly from the source (like a usb drive attached to TV) unless they are in the exact format supported by the TV.

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