Pushing video stream to TV



  • I'm considering pushing some video to my tv from my pc, not a fancy one but gets the job done ( an lg 32lk310 if you are curious). I don't want to share the screen, just the video, so I'm guessing I'll need a couple usb wifi dongles (not sure if this tv is dlna compatible, it doesn't say) or a dlna adaptor like the htc media link. Ideas? Thoughts? Critics?



  • What's dlna? Why would you need a "couple usb wifi dongles"? I think your question is leaving out about 30 steps here...

    Also what's the source of the video? If it's streaming, you're better off buying a Roku or similar and just having the device doing the streaming in the first place. If you have an Xbox you can use that with Windows Media Center to stream media from your PC quickly and easily. Presumably an Apple TV does the same with Apple products, but I've never worked with one.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    What's dlna?

    DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) www.dlna.org. Windows Media Center should recognize and streams to any DLNA certified device
    @blakeyrat said:
    Why would you need a "couple usb wifi dongles"?

    To conect devices over wifi?
    @blakeyrat said:
    what's the source of the video?

    My pc.
    @blakeyrat said:
    you're better off buying a Roku or similar and just having the device doing the streaming in the first place

    This device seems to stream directly from the internet, I don't need that, just from the pc. Did I ever mentioned that I don't have internet at home? Cancelled it because I wasn't using it and the prize was retarded.
    @blakeyrat said:
    If you have an Xbox you can use that with Windows Media Center to stream media from your PC quickly and easily

    I have one but is not in the same room as the tv so I don't this is feasible.
    @blakeyrat said:
    Presumably an Apple TV does the same with Apple products, but I've never worked with one.

    I read about them but it seems that they work only with propietary video formats and I don't want to convert my media to meet their format.



  • @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    What's dlna?

    DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) www.dlna.org. Windows Media Center should recognize and streams to any DLNA certified device

    Oh well then use that.

    @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    Why would you need a "couple usb wifi dongles"?

    To conect devices over wifi?

    Well derp, but what devices are you thinking of exactly? I guess one for the TV? If your TV has a USB port? But what's the other one for?

    @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    what's the source of the video?

    My pc.

    ... ok? What's the source of the video? Are you trying to stream from a webcam, are you playing video files from a hard drive, are you trying to capture video from the screen and mirror it on the TV, what? Saying "my PC" doesn't fucking help, you have to tell us what you want to do before we can help you do it. You've narrowed down "stream from the Internet" accidentally, so that's a slight help.

    @serguey123 said:

    Did I ever mentioned that I don't have internet at home? Cancelled it because I wasn't using it and the prize was retarded.

    Jesus fuck, why am I talking to you? Did you also spend last weekend literally burying your head in the sand?

    Also: there's a prize? Shit I've been missing out all this time!

    @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    If you have an Xbox you can use that with Windows Media Center to stream media from your PC quickly and easily

    I have one but is not in the same room as the tv so I don't this is feasible.

    You could... move it to the other room? It would save money on buying a device to use your existing Xbox.

    @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    Presumably an Apple TV does the same with Apple products, but I've never worked with one.

    I read about them but it seems that they work only with propietary video formats and I don't want to convert my media to meet their format.

    Yeah, well, like I said I don't know jack about Apple video products.

    And hey look, we've accidentally narrowed the question down a little bit more! Now we know what you want to stream comes from files. Maybe 47 other back-and-forths here and we'll know what the fuck you're trying to do.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    your TV has a USB port?

    Yes, the tv also has the ability to already play video files using a external hd or usb stick
    @blakeyrat said:
    what's the other one for?

    My PC, it doesn't have wifi built in.
    @blakeyrat said:
    are you playing video files from a hard drive

    Yes
    @blakeyrat said:
    Jesus fuck, why am I talking to you? Did you also spend last weekend literally burying your head in the sand?

    Also: there's a prize? Shit I've been missing out all this time!

    I just don't consider it important for my personal life, is that a big deal? @blakeyrat said:
    You could... move it to the other room?
    And what if I want to play something and somebody else want to watch a movie?, Can the xbox do that? @blakeyrat said:
    It would save money on buying a device to use your existing Xbox.
    I guess the whole deal would cost me around $100 bucks, pretty cheap considering, and it


  • @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    what's the other one for?

    My PC, it doesn't have wifi built in.

    In addition to having no internet, do you buy surplus PCs from the Spanish-American War?

    @serguey123 said:

    I just don't consider it important for my personal life, is that a big deal?

    Kind of hypocritical since you've come to a web site on the Internet to ask for advice for this very question. But I guess that's not that big a deal.

    @serguey123 said:

    @blakeyrat said:
    You could... move it to the other room?

    And what if I want to play something and somebody else want to watch a movie?, Can the xbox do that?

    Simultaneously? Like picture-in-picture? No.

    Although it occurs to me with your 1903 computer I should specify I'm talking about an Xbox 360, not an original generation Xbox. On the Xbox 360, playing videos isn't some alternate "mode" you permanently put it in, it's just a dashboard option. With the original generation Xbox, I think you actually do have to install software on it that ONLY plays videos, but I could be wrong.

    @serguey123 said:

    I guess the whole deal would cost me around $100 bucks, pretty cheap considering, and it

    The rival spy agency finally tracked down Serguey!



  • @blakeyrat said:

    do you buy surplus PCs from the Spanish-American War?

    Not that old, but most motherboards I buy tend to not have wifi onboard (is an x58 Asus Rampage Formula III), they also don't have video onboard and some don't even have audio onboard. On the plus side, the other day I found a pre-PCI video card working perfectly among the pile of unused pc parts I keep around.
    @blakeyrat said:
    Kind of hypocritical

    Why? Do you consider internet posting important to your personal life?
    @blakeyrat said:
    Like picture-in-picture?

    No, more like showing two different pictures in each screen, a video on the tv and a game on my monitor, that is doable on a pc with multi monitor setup to a certain extent so maybe it could be done on an xbox360.
    @blakeyrat said:
    With the original generation Xbox, I think you actually do have to install software on it that ONLY plays videos, but I could be wrong.

    Last time I used one of the original ones, it had linux installed, and yes it needed a media player software to run videos, I don't even remember how was the layout of the original xbox dashboard
    @blakeyrat said:
    The rival spy agency finally tracked down Serguey!

    No such luck!



  • @serguey123 said:

    Why? Do you consider internet posting important to your personal life?

    Yes.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    @serguey123 said:
    Why? Do you consider internet posting important to your personal life?

    Yes.


    Ohh, ok. I guess I'm too old for the internet to have a meaningful impact on my life, I suppose is a generational thing



  • Have you considered the WD TV Live or the WD TV Live Hub?  I have one and I love it.   I have all my DVDs ripped to a DLNA enabled NAS device and it picks them up nicely.  It should also pickup shared media from your PC is you have it configured that way.  It should also support a USB harddrive or network shares - the older model I have supports them so I can't imagine that the newer one wouldn't. 



  • Thanks, I will check it out



  • I've used DLNA to stream video files from WMP to my Bravia. Works fairly well. The PC is on ethernet and the TV has built-in wifi. So total extra cost to me was $0.

    But mostly I just use XBMC though HDMI to show video from the PC onto the TV, I guess having them next to each other helps. (Before I got the Bravia I had an old CRT TV and original (modded) Xbox so got used to XBMC. But the Bravia doesn't have an S-video port and I CBF getting an adaptor to composite and MS never made component worth in in PAL regions and the Xbox was dying so it was retired)

    If you have a PS3 that will also work with DLNA AFAIK.



  • @lpope187 said:

    Have you considered the WD TV Live or the WD TV Live Hub

    Last year for Black Friday, I did a lot of research for something to replace my ancient and inconvenient desktop PC that I had plugged into our almost-as-ancient TV. The WD TV Live was the best product I found, and though I do not own it, I'd give it an internet point or two for surviving my research.

    I do not own it because I ultimately figured it may be worth upgrading the TV, too, and if I can do both of these things at once, it may be more worthwhile. Sony had a great sale for their Android-powered TV, so I went with that instead. It's pretty good, even though it's Sony.



  • @Zemm said:

    I've used DLNA to stream video files from WMP to my Bravia. Works fairly well.

    Nice!
    @Zemm said:
    The PC is on ethernet and the TV has built-in wifi. So total extra cost to me was $0.

    Good for you mate
    @Zemm said:
    If you have a PS3 that will also work with DLNA AFAIK.

    I know, is just that buying a ps3 just to get dlna is a tad retarded and there are not that many exclusive games that I like in the ps3 to consider a purchase worthwhile
    @Xyro said:
    The WD TV Live was the best product I found

    It seems interesting although it has all that internet streaming part that I don't need and because of that is 20 buck more expensive than the android device I mentioned. To be honest the perfect device would be one that allowed codecs to be installed and upgraded (like a pc) so that I wouldn't need to convert items from my library (yeah, I'm lazy) but I guess that short of hooking an unexpensive laptop with hdmi output to the tv (maybe an xbox or ps3 can do this as well) the device doesn't exist. I have heard that some tvs have upgradable firmware that do this but I'm not 100% sure that my tv does this and the LG homepage is mum on the issue.
    @Xyro said:
    I ultimately figured it may be worth upgrading the TV

    Hmm, maybe in a few years, I tend to keep stuff until it breaks


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