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DLNA Media streaming with Samsung LED Smart TV UA46D5500RR

by web_noel / November 15, 2011 12:15 AM PST

Hi

I've got a Netgear Router WNDR3800R that supports DLNA media streaming and I've connected an external HDD to the router and managing to stream certain media files to my Samsung LED Smart TV : UA46D5500RR




(UA46D5500RRXZN)

I've noticed that there are certain formats like .mkv that the TV does not support via DLNA streaming as I keep getting the "file not supported" error. These files however play perfectly well when the HDD is connected directly to the TV.

Can anyone tell me what are the DLNA supported media types that the TV would support?

Thanks & regards

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this is true.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 15, 2011 12:21 AM PST

Be sure to look at prior discussions but let's start with MKV is nothing more than a "container." What's inside can be encoded in many ways so no one should ever write that MKV is going to play everywhere. MKV is supported but then we get to write at length about the difference of containers versus encoding.

Consumers don't want to know all this yet it matters.

And no. I've yet to find much other than "if it plays, it's supported." If it does not play, it is not supported.

Some get upset, some figure it out that these are not PCs but TVs.
Bob

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Check your TV manual and install decent DLNA server software
by Andy Holman / November 15, 2011 7:43 AM PST

Check your TV manual for the formats that it supports (or go to Samsung's web site).

And, forget using the DLNA server on your router. You will never enjoy DLNA streaming if you continue with it. Instead install some decent DLNA server software on your PC. Among other things, they transcode your files on-the-fly into formats that are supported by your TV - so you don't have to worry about what formats your files are.

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