Media Server Software


  1. Posts : 68
    windows 10
       #1

    Media Server Software


    Hello!
    I have been using my pc as a Media Server from my Sharp Smart Tv. However it is very hit and miss.
    Like this morning, first of all the TV couldn't see the pc as a server, then after a couple of minutes it could.
    Then it could see the directories but not the files, then after about half an hour it could see everything. Does anyone know of a server software that is easy to set-up and reliable.
    I have tried Serviio, that seemed easy to install and set-up, but it wouldn't play some of my home movies made with Adobe Premiere. It also said that some of my pictures were "unsupported Files". I tried Universal media Server, but that just wouldn't start very easily, however when it did start it seemed ok! I also tried Plex which on first impressions seemed good, but the interface was so full of things I didn't need. For example: open up videos and there are about 15 folders for year, genre etc. Serviio was good in that it let me delete the folders I didn't want, but I couldn't find the set-up for videos, so I could change how Adobe builds them to match.
    Casting to the tv isn't the answer either as my pc and tv are in different rooms and if I cast photos I've missed at least two by the time I've got to the right room.
    Cheers,
      My Computer


  2. xTL
    Posts : 396
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.379
       #2

    Hello @enfield250

    I suggest you try plex again, i use it and i have no issues with 15 folders ect.
    If you need help setting up plex properly & correclty i don't mind helping you out.
    Also you should use the Plex app for your smart tv, not sure if you did that...
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 68
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    xTL,
    Thanks for the suggestion, I have reinstalled Plex.
    I can see the server and lots of directories but, no files.
    I have looked for an app, but their doesn't appear to be one for my TV.
    I went into the apps menu on the tv typed in plex, and it bought up 30 videos but no apps.
    Cheers,
    Colin
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 17,266
    Windows 11 Pro
       #4

    I would try Kodi. I have a Raspberry-Pi mini computer acting as a media player connected to my TV with my media files stored on NAS. Kodi also has a UPnP server built in which your TV might be able to pick up as a media server. Kodi can be downloaded from kodi.tv or in the Microsoft store. I prefer the downloaded program myself, rather than the Windows 10 app.
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  5. xTL
    Posts : 396
    Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit (1809) 17763.379
       #5

    enfield250 said:
    xTL,
    Thanks for the suggestion, I have reinstalled Plex.
    I can see the server and lots of directories but, no files.
    I have looked for an app, but their doesn't appear to be one for my TV.
    I went into the apps menu on the tv typed in plex, and it bought up 30 videos but no apps.
    Cheers,
    Colin
    Hi Colin, so apparently for some wierd reason plex never made an app for Sharp smart tv :/
    I assumed there was one, my bad man.

    May i ask what model ur tv is?
    I read here that sharp tv comes with build-in chromecast, and if you have that on ur model,
    then it's really easy to use plex with a nice interface.
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  6. Posts : 68
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #6

    xTL,
    My tv is a Sharp LC-50CFG6001K, I purchased it last Christmas time.
    It has Miracast and Media Server (DLNA),
    Apparently some Sharp Tv's have Roku, but mine doesn't.
    Cheers,
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 68
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    Getting a bit fed up with this now!
    Perhaps I should buy a 2tb usb drive and load all my media onto it and plug it straight into the tv.
      My Computer


 

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