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working around codec issues when streaming?

i've been a happy owner of the ln52b750 for a few years now (i think?!?). my family and i have especially benefited from the streaming capabilities of the tv. first by using a usb attached external hard drive and,after a few drive failures and the general inconvenience, i moved over the last year to streaming wirelessly from a pc.

i was hoping i could get some input on a few questions i have at the moment about streaming in general and building out a true home theater set up.

let me start by giving little background. we don't presently have a very impressive set up. my receivers -although wonderful for stereo music-are a bit long in the tooth (no hdmi, etc.) and unquestionably holding us back from experiencing the true benefits of a home theater set up a la 5.1 to 7.1 channel surround. at best this set up has been a space holder until time would permit building the theater system out. i realize this may not be the place to solicit thoughts on speaker and receivers but i do think that this all ties back in with some questions i have about streaming.

i'm well aware of the codec and container issues that prevent a number of files from being played back through our samsung and to date i have been using handbrake and other transcoding software to resolve these issues but it's a bandaid at best . So here's my big dumb question: if i were to buy a receiver with wireless functionality (onkyo TX-NR708 7.1ch , yamaha ax r3000 and the marantz av7005 all come to mind), have the ethernet connect to the receiver and output via hdmi to the samsung, would this ostensibly resolve the playback issues of the streaming content?

thank you in advance for any and all input!

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How I fixed it.

In reply to: working around codec issues when streaming?

I put a laptop in the mix. Given that it's a PC with all the CODECs needed I am not limited to what decoding is in the TV.

There are discussions about media servers that TRANSCODE ON THE FLY but I found them lacking.

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codecs, avr receivers and samsung streaming

In reply to: How I fixed it.

thanks, bob. that's certainly one idea i've considered. so do you know if i am wrong in assuming that the avr receivers i mentioned are able to handle these issues? it appears that where samsung did not work out licensing arrangements for different codecs, onkyo, marantz and yamaha have so they should be able to but perhaps i'm overthinking the capabilities of the latest line of avrs.

my goal is not to have to transcode, say, a 5.1 audio stream to dolby stereo but in fact be able to play it back as it's natively intended.

thanks again for your thoughts!

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So far.

In reply to: codecs, avr receivers and samsung streaming

So far what I'm hearing is that consumers are expecting content that plays on a PC to play on these TVs and other non-PC gear. What you need to know is that the CODEC area is a MINE FIELD of patents and more. Just because it is possible to decode WMV content as an example does not mean they can put that CODEC in the machine. And the very idea that you would allow THIRD PARTY decoders would trigger an army of lawyers to start firing at everyone.

Hope this clears it up. It's not if such is possible. That's not the issue.

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