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Thread: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

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    Quote Originally Posted by sobrien View Post
    I have a Samsung UN46B8000 LCD television set to which I wanted to feed .jpg, .mp3, and other files from my computer which is running Ubuntu 9.04. Samsung televisions have included an Ethernet port and the ability to connect to a DLNA server for quite a long time.

    I used Synaptic (or apt-get) and installed MediaTomb, which is a UPnP (DLNA) server, but it didn't work as it was installed. It would show thumbnails of my .jpg files, but it said "Unsupported File Type" or something when I tried to start a slideshow, so I did the following:

    1) Enter mediatomb into a command line just so it creates a directory under my user ID. Then I exited mediatomb and edited the ~/.mediatomb/config.xml file and made the following changes:

    2) Remove the comment tags <!-- and --> that were around the <custom-http-headers> section.

    3) Add the following two lines to the <custom-http-headers> section:

    <add header="transferMode.dlna.org: Streaming"/>
    <add header="contentFeatures.dlna.org: DLNA.ORG_OP=01;DLNA.ORG_CI=0;DLNA.ORG_FLAGS=017000 00000000000000000000000000"/>

    4) Change <protocolInfo extend="yes"/> to say "yes"; it says "no" when it is installed.

    That's it; when I started mediatomb by entering: mediatomb into a command line and then used Firefox to add some pictures and audio files to the mediatomb database, and finally used the TV remote control to go to MEDIA.P, up popped my pictures and .mp3 files. Very neat - .jpg files look great on a 46 inch High-Def monitor, and it is very cool to add or remove files on my desktop and make them available or remove them from my TV set over my home network.

    There is a good discussion at: http://forums.tversity.com/viewtopic...&sd=a&start=45 - a tip o' the hat to "crappylogin" for providing the custom header lines that fixed the problem!
    Sobrien - I have created an account on here for one thing. To say THANK YOU for posting this all those years ago!! I have read several config guides on MediaTomb (and hundres more on DNLA generally) but it's through your post that I am watching media on my DNLA tv, streamed from my laptop via a wireless link.

    You are wonderful!

    Hooray!

    (Can you tell it's taken me months?!)

    Much love

    GP

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    I also wanted to say thank you..!!!

    I just updated the firmware to 1017 and now
    I can pause / Stop / FF RW !!!

    I have SAMSUNG LN40B650T1FXZA
    with firmware (2010/01/05_001017)
    MediaTomb 0.12.0~svn2018-4ubuntu1

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    Quote Originally Posted by thekat View Post
    I also wanted to say thank you..!!!

    I just updated the firmware to 1017 and now
    I can pause / Stop / FF RW !!!

    I have SAMSUNG LN40B650T1FXZA
    with firmware (2010/01/05_001017)
    MediaTomb 0.12.0~svn2018-4ubuntu1

    tk
    Well not all shows have ff and rew but all do pause.
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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    Quote Originally Posted by Redsandro View Post
    I've got it working, too. Full .avi and .mkv support.


    I'd really like to know how to get fast-forward and rewind to work. It doesn't. It only does pause. The buttons on my remote were programmed incorrectly

    I belive I have the same problem with the fast-forward and rewind on my Samsung 7-series TV. I use mediatomb and it works great except for this part. How did you solve the problem?

    //Feridun

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    I've followed this thread and appreciate the effort that has gone into it. Mediatomb is installed, but I don't understand how to get my TV to see it. When I go to media share, it says there are no devices connected. The TV is connected to the network.

    All the samsung instructions point towards using their windows software. I'm using the samsung pn50c590 tv. Any help would be great.

    Thanks

    Jason
    Last edited by p2ranger; April 11th, 2010 at 04:50 AM.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    I wound up installing minidlna and got that to work for me.

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/minidlna
    http://www.audiodude.nl/?p=84

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    I run a recent subversion build of mediatomb (v0.12) together with a Samsung LE40B655T and had the regular pause, fast forward and rewind problems. None of the suggestions I read worked but:

    I installed Samsung PC Share and WireShark on a Windows machine and tried sharing the same file there. I started the packet capture before selecting the media file on my tv and among all the other packets I found this:

    Code:
    HTTP/1.1 200 OK                                            
    Server: Samsung HTTP streaming server    
    Content-Type: video/x-avi                            
    Content-Length: 364435456                    
    Cache-Control: no-cache                            
    contentFeatures.dlna.org:DLNA.ORG_OP=01;DLNA.ORG_CI=0;DLNA.ORG_FLAGS=01500000000000000000000000000000  
    MediaInfo.sec: SEC_Duration=2555856;


    So I remapped avi to present itself as video/x-avi and changed the custom header to include this dlna.org_flags instead and now pause, ff and rewind works fine.

    Now if I can just limit transcoding to avi files with unsupported codecs and leave other avis alone all should be good.

    Hope this can help someone else.
    Last edited by Cay; April 28th, 2010 at 10:36 PM. Reason: Code was wrong

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    anybody else find that the audio and video doesn't sync up properly on some videos?

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    To me it does happen on some videos.

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    Re: [SOLVED] Using Ubuntu as a DLNA Media Server for Samsung TV

    How do I organise my db so that I don't have to navigate down lots of levels in the file system?

    This is what it currently takes to watch something
    PC Directory -> media -> data -> me -> videos -> documentary -> choose a video

    I want it to be something like this
    videos -> documentary -> choose a video
    Last edited by Sharft 6; May 19th, 2010 at 12:58 PM.

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