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31

Free DLNA server which works good with my Sony BRAVIA TV

In sev­eral pre­vi­ous posts I wrote about my quest for the right source for­mat to stream video to my Sony BRAVIA TV (build in 2009). The last week-end I finally found some­thing which sat­is­fies me.

What I found was serviio, a free UPnP-AV (DLNA) server. It is writ­ten in java and runs on Win­dows, Linux and FreeBSD (it is not listed on the web­site, but we have an not-so-up-to-date ver­sion in the ports tree). If nec­es­sary it transcodes the input to an appro­pri­ate for­mat for the DLNA ren­derer (in my case the TV).

I tested it with my slow Net­book, so that I was able to see with which input for­mat it will just remux the input con­tainer to a MPEG trans­port stream, and which input for­mat would be really re-encoded to a for­mat the TV understands.

The bot­tom line of the tests is, that I just need to use a sup­ported con­tainer (like MKV or MP4 or AVI) with H.264-encoded video (e.g. encoded by x264) and AC3 audio.

The TV is able to chose between sev­eral audio streams, but I have not tested if serviio is able to serve files with mul­ti­ple audio streams (my wife has a dif­fer­ent mother lan­guage than me, so it is inter­est­ing for us to have mul­ti­ple audio streams for a movie), and I do not know if DLNA sup­ports some­thing like this.

Now I just have to replace minidlna (which only works good with my TV for MP3s and Pic­tures) with serviio on my FreeBSD file server and we can for­get about the disk-juggling.

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6 Responses to “Free DLNA server which works good with my Sony BRAVIA TV

  1. ltsampros Says:

    After hav­ing jug­gled with many media servers I found this one as the best in terms of capabilities:

    http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/

    Out of the box cbz/cbr sup­port for Pic­tures really impressed me as now I just lay back and enjoy comics on the big screen.

    Haven’t tested it with FreeBSD yet but I don’t remem­ber any Linux-only dependencies.

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  2. netchild Says:

    Last time I tried the PS3 Medi­aserver it didn’t suit my needs. In the serviio forum I’ve seen some post­ings which told that they switched from PS3 Medi­aserver. Well… as long as it suits your needs, every­thing should be fine. serviio suits mine now.

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  3. Warner Losh Says:

    Are you able to transcode AAC for some­thing that works with the Sony DVD play­ers? minidlna worked well enough, except for that one detail…

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  4. netchild Says:

    They list Sony Blueray play­ers on their com­pat­i­bil­ity list, but I do not see DVD play­ers listed.
    It is not an exhaus­tive list, my TV is not listed but works, and you can mod­ify the device-profile to suit your needs. You can use the Intel UPnP tools (Device Spy) to deter­mine what kind of for­mats the device sup­ports (needs a Win­dows machine). With this it should be easy to let it transcode AAC to LPCM or MP3. I think the DVD player should at least be able to under­stand LPCM.

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  5. Bops Says:

    Thanks @ltsampros
    PS3MediaServer is the best DLNA server out there.
    It does what it should best. Play video well with­out stutters.

    http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/
    No fancy video and pic­ture list­ing.
    Just a sim­ple folder list. Go around and find your file.

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  6. Warner Losh Says:

    I haven’t tried PS3 Media Server, to be hon­est, but Serviio is a huge step up in func­tion­al­ity and per­for­mance from minidlna. That step up comes at the cost of flex­i­bil­ity (like how do set the meta­data for files it has guessed wrong on?), but it works with all my media play­ing devices in the house from my phones, to my iPad to my Sony DVD player and DirecTV DVR.

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