How to ENABLE MEDIA STREAMING and get it to work

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  1. Burgurne's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    How to ENABLE MEDIA STREAMING and get it to work


    Greetings!
    I now (for the first time ever) want to stream a video from my PC to my WD TV Live. But how do I do it?
    I have searched this forum, and found out, that I might have to ENABLE MEDIA STREAMING, but I don't know where in Windows 10 I do that? I am on a Danish Windows, so I can't just search help for ENABLE MEDIA STREAMING.

    One time, and only one time, has the WD Tv Live boks and my Windows found eachother, but that just gave a black picture on the TV, and a frozen playback in the "Movie and TV"-app.

    Please a guide to how I can playback a video from my PC to my TV Live Boks
    :)


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  2. Winuser's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro Insider
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    You need a media server program for streaming. I use Mezzmo to stream from my computer to my Blu-ray player. Mezzmo - The ultimate media server for streaming movies, music and photos to your UPnP and DLNA devices and web browsers
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  3. Bree's Avatar
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    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Winuser said:
    You need a media server program for streaming. I use Mezzmo...
    There is one built in to Windows 10, but it takes a bit of finding. Open Windows Media Player, in the Library view you'll find it under 'Stream > Turn on media streaming...'.

    Personally I leave it turned off and use 'Cast to...' instead, from File Explorer, Edge etc.
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  4. topgundcp's Avatar
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    I have a different brand of media player but the setup is pretty much the same. Use the link below to set up the Network for yours:
    How to configure the Network Settings on the WD TV Live HD Media Player | WD Support
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  5. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi there

    Probably the easiest media server/ streamer is PLEX MEDIA SERVER (Free) -- forget plex pass and download the server from the site and not the ms store which only handles the client.

    Some smart TV's include the player - otherwise its easy to use a chromecast / fire tv stick to use as a remote client -- you can for Google cast devices use your phone as a handset for controlling the media on the TV. Amazon also has a phone app but since the amazon devices come with a handset you can use that (and it can be voice controlled -- although I'm not a fan of yelling at hardware devices - unless Manchester Utd scores a Goal !!!!).

    Casting directly from phone to TV (via DLNA) is a bit "??????" and will really EAT your phone's battery.

    PLEX will handle music / TV / video -- read the documentation but it's simple -- works on Linux too -- so if you are thinking of NAS servers then it's a good app to start with.

    Some smart TV's will browse your PLEX media server files without using a PLEX client - simply use the built in "media server" app - Panasonic for example.

    If you can get VLC (100% free of course) on a client (remote TV) either as a side loaded app or via amazon tv stick for example then that will also play your remote media just fine - simply browse local network and play the video --it will play more video formats without transcoding --Plex sometimes needs to transcode video -- if you have decent network (even as slow as around 5 Mib/s - in my book though that's SLOOOOOW) streaming will work fine up to 1080p but don't even THINK of 4K UHD - that will be mega thumb twiddling time just to get the movie even started. !!!!

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  6. Burgurne's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
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    Okay. I did what #3 wrote, using Windows Media Player it is now working, direct from my PC and to WD TV Live :). After setting the streaming-settings, it is very easy to control everything from my PC.
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  7. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Burgurne said:
    Okay. I did what #3 wrote, using Windows Media Player it is now working, direct from my PC and to WD TV Live :). After setting the streaming-settings, it is very easy to control everything from my PC.
    @Burgurne


    Gott kvöld!

    The idea of using a media server is that you can stream to remote devices - WITHOUT having to control from the computer sending the stream -- OK if that's what you want to do fine - but it's often more convenient to be able to control what you want to watch FROM THE REMOTE DEVICE rather than sitting in front of a PC.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Bree's Avatar
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    jimbo45 said:
    ...it's often more convenient to be able to control what you want to watch FROM THE REMOTE DEVICE rather than sitting in front of a PC.
    You can do that when you've turned on media streaming in Media Player - it becomes a media server. Fairly basic and there are better ones available (like your PLEX) but a media server none the less.
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  9. Burgurne's Avatar
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    Yep, I can control some basic from the WD TV Lives remote. Not perfect, but it works for now :)

    But I see your point, Jimbo45 (God aften, min Nordiske ven) , if this is going to be a permanent thing, I will for sure be looking after some more complex Media server. I will take a look at PLEX.
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  10. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Pro x64
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    I don't even see any option referring to media streaming in Windows 10 Pro 1909 whatsoever. Help section doesn't even recognize the term media streaming. Dunno what the hell. I don't use Windows Media Player at all (I use Potplayer) and have never even opened it cause I remembered from the past it wanting to take everything over when opening it (and I didn't care for the interface). Finally tried Plex (from this thread, thank you) and I finally could play a video on my PC through my cellphone (Android). I will be getting my 55" TCL 5 series Smart TV in about a week so I will see how that goes then. Previously with my old "dumb" TV I was having to copy over a video to a thumb drive and play it through a USB media player. I'm trying to get rid of all that. I want to be able to play my videos that I have on my PC through the Smart TV and take out the middle man. Can't believe Microsoft makes this way harder than it needs to be to this simple thing. Searching the internet right now yields very spotty, incomplete, and inaccurate information on this whole deal.
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