tim wrote in post #11136514
Guys, i'm redoing my entire lounge from bottom to top and could use some tips, mostly about the electornics. I'm going to buy myself a 50" TV this weekend, give or take 5". I also want a way to stream movies from my PC to the TV wirelessly (can't do wired), so a PS3, blu ray player, or a random device. Also a surround sound system, a nice wide low entertainment unit for it to sit on, coffee table, bookcase, and sofas. Suggestions would be appreciated, especially on the make/model of the TV and the best way to stream movies to it.
can't claim to be any sort of expert in the field but this is an area that I've dabbled recently. Be interested to hear of comments/suggestions about my set-up.
I found when I bought my Sony TV that it had an ethernet port - I hadn't thought about any sort of connectivity while picking a model, just compared pictures and bought a unit that looked better than similar ones from other manufacturers.
Then the kids wanted endless DVD's so I looked into ways to get them onto hard-drive, and save all the swapping discs in & out every 30 minutes. Found that the Sony supported DLNA (grabbing files from a file-sharing source basicly) via the ethernet.
Tried a number of free/cheap applications and file formats that failed to function (Sony's apparently support DLNA but are really fussy about the source, aledgedly the PSP is a preferred one for some unknown reason ) before finding one that worked, and worked quite well.
you may like the name of it: Wild Media Server
Anyways, I just rip the VOB file from whatever DVD and bung it onto a folder on the P.C. start the media server app and can "browse" and play the shares using the remote on the T.V.
Simple & effective. I haven't yet bought this software - have tested two versions and will likely buy it once the trial period runs out.
Then because our Hard-drive DVD recorder is packing up, I gets an idea that it might be possible to record some telly using a DVB-T card in the P.C. so I looks into what file format you get, and wether the Sony can play these files. Turns out most PC cards churn out .TS files that the Sony won't play - no real drama, Wild Media has a "transcode" function that converts file formats as it streams.
I'm now looking for a reasonably priced twin-tuner DVB-T PCI/PCIe card to do this - can't say it'll get used a lot as there's seldom anything worth recording, but at least I can then bin the DVD recorder & potentially play stuff in multiple places around the house if needed. The only other software I've managed to get working in a similar fashion is Nero Mediahome4 - but this won't transcode .TS files so is a non-starter.
In your situation it would be really easy to set up a couple of wireless units to communicate the network to get over the need for a cable, but don't see it as a problem, streaming doesn't use a huge bandwidth so unless your wireless coverage is cr@p due to living under a cell tower or similar then you'd be good to go.
keeping this discussion on a photo-related subject, from the TV you can also do a slideshow of your .jpg files on the server...
some fairly old canon camera stuff, canon lenses, Manfrotto "thingy", 1D MK II (broken), and an M5, along with a M6 destined for 720nm
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