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Support Simple APP to view movie files on PC on Android TV

Discussion in 'Android TV' started by smurph1, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. smurph1

    smurph1 Well-Known Member
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    What would be a simple APP, to view movie files that are stored on a win10 PC thru an Android TV?
    Anyone recommend 2player?
    NOTE that I am trying to avoid installing software on the PC!
     

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  2. Andrew Cole

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    So you're asking your Android device to simply guess where your media files are... hopefully, it will find your stuff on the Windows PC, then transcode and play them back... with nothing installed on the PC?

    Good luck with that... and Happy New Year!

    Or... do what I do...

    You could install a Windows service like Serviio (which is a media server that uses next to no resources) and a simple DLNA app on your Android phone to play them all.

    http://serviio.org/

    http://www.crunchytricks.com/2016/04/dlna-streaming-android-apps.html
     
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  3. krokus

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    If you enable sharing, for the windows directory that your media files are stored in, you could use most file managers to access the media across your network.
     
  4. Andrew Cole

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    Hands up if anyone has managed to do this successfully?

    Name Each Computer Correctly
    Name Each Workgroup/Homegroup (or Domain) Correctly
    Install TCP/IP on Each Computer
    Set up Correct IP Addressing and Subnetting
    Verify File and Printer Sharing for Microsoft Networks is Installed
    Temporarily or Permanently Disable Firewalls
    Verify Shares are Correctly Defined
    Editing permissions of folders and files
    Make the PC 'discoverable'.


    Or... if everything in your home works the same as it does in a Microsoft laboratory, try this...

    https://www.maketecheasier.com/share-windows-folders-android/

    I'll bet you a million squid that it doesn't work!
     
  5. krokus

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    It works well.
     
  6. smurph1

    smurph1 Well-Known Member
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    Ok, have setup what you said with Serviio and all works well.
    Viewing thru VLC p[layer, and it retains a poor aspect ratio, not the original nor full screen!
    Can you recommend any better players/viewers?
     
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  7. Andrew Cole

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    VLC has a very simple interface that allows you to change the aspect ratio of your videos.

    Click Video then Aspect Ratio and make sure the setting is Default.
    If that doesn't work then choose the exact aspect ratio of the video you are playing.

    I (almost) always use Kodi for playing video files streamed through my Serviio server.

    Let us know how you get on...
     

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