Multimedia System - Video

Server Side

The server has all of our home videos (plus a few of the kids' DVDs ripped to save sticky finger prints on the discs). The video directory is exported as a read-only NFS mount so that the likes of the Media PC can mount it directly into the file-system.

Also, Twonkymedia server (that can supply the house with music) can also stream video.

Client Side

The main way that any video content is viewed is with Kodi on the Media PC, connected directly to the Sony KDL-37W5500 TV and the Marantz NR1504 A/V receiver & amplifier.

However, Kodi is also installed on our tablets and phones, so can pick up the same content (made simple if you set up a shared library).

The TV itself is also capable of playing the video - but served from Twonkymedia. We generally don't do it this was as it just takes so long to find any content with the TV!

Obviously, any other UPnP / DLNA renderer is capable of playing videos from the Twonkyserver.

And Also...

I've recently got a Google Chromecast which is connected to the TV. This allows me to stream any content from the Internet (well, anything that has a supporting application installed). It is controlled directly from our phones / tablets. At the moment, I use it for:

Other things are available, but a lot is American only content.

The most recent addition is a Netgear PTV3000 which allows Amazon Instant Video from the wife's Asus MeMo Pad HD 7 since it doesn't support HDMI and currently is the only device that a) has an Amazon account with Prime and b) actually can be used with Prime (since no computers in the house are Windows or Macs).




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