I have a htpc running MediaPortal (1.0.2) on Windows Vista, which I use for recording tv. This works well, but the machine is somewhat noisy, and since I stream all other video content from my Win2003 server to my WDTV Live (1.01.17), I’d like to move the htpc out of my living room as well…
No problem, I thought…
MediaPortal saves recorded tv as these huge .TS files, which the WDTV should play as well.
I’ll just share the “recorded tv” folder and stream them.
And it sort of works, but there is an annoying issue.
- When I start up one of the recorded .TS files, my WDTV Live ‘hangs’ for 30 seconds before playing. When it finally plays, the playback is smooth.
- If I stop playback and start it again, it hangs for 30 secs again before playing. Even if it’s the same file.
- If I fast forward (2x, 4x, …) within the video, playback is smooth. When I press play during again, it hangs.
When it hangs, it’s always for 30 secs, I think. Maybe 29 or 31, I don’t know, but close enough.
By ‘hangs’ I mean frozen frame with OSD controls and info visible.
At first I thought it might be a delay while buffering these huge files (several GB per hour recorded tv) but I have no issues with streaming other huge files. Something like a feature length 15GB 1080p x264/DTS5.1 video will start up/play/pause/stop/resume near-instantly.
Does anyone have similar experiences?
Any thoughts and insights are appreciated!