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Mezzmo

I currently have five BD-C5500's and a HT-C5500 and primarily got them for a consistent Blu-ray and streaming experience around the house. I have no major complaints about these as players (interface could be a bit more flexible) but the Samsung PCSM streaming software is a joke!

After being frustrated with Samsungs PCSM software and the lack of any development that makes it 'useable' I've been testing other servers among them J River Media Center, Mezzmo, Serviio, and TVersity.

I've settled though on Mezzmo.

I like the fact that:

- Once you select Video/Music/Photo on the players you only see folders/playlists that you have assigned to that category in Mezzmo.

- It keeps in sync, new files appear almost immediately after adding and you don't need to refresh the Database. I hate this with PCSM as you can't do this while someone is using it without cutting them off. - It keeps files in alphabetical order - PCSM would display in order that they were added. You have to unshare and share folders to get back in order.

- You can create your own playlists, e.g. based on genre, rating, year or rolodex style index.

- You can customize the thumbnail with your own image...... hopefully they will integrate with themoviedb.org and thetvdb.com

- I like the way they are heading with Sharing Permissions where you can only allow specific players ability to play some folders/playlists (like explicit content). Still needs some work thou

- It can transcode formats if not supported by the TV/BDP.

- They have a forum where you can provide feedback and get a response.

- They openly embrace suggestions.

- You can email their support and get a response that actually helps.

It costs $29.95 but in my view worth it.

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