I’ve been doing some tests in the past days trying to play videos with very high bitrates on the WDTV live from a network share, but so far I haven’t been able to stream without stuttering any video with sustained peaks over ~20 MBbit/s. I can play those fine with media servers without transcoding (like TVersity or Twonky), but I’d like to know if people with other routers or PC’s can stream videos any faster just using the SMB support of the WDTV live. Btw I’m not talking about network drops or anything, there’s a thread entirely devoted to that problem, I’m talking about not being able to cope with high transfers.
I’ve uploaded a 40s clip of the bluray version of Star Trek, about 194 MB, encoded with x.264 at 1920x800, perfectly compliant with HiP L4.1, even though it has peaks well over what you’d usually find in a normal encode (over 50 MBit/s), and has no sound. It plays perfectly on the WDTV live when I use TVersity, and I suppose it works perfectly when you play it from a USB HDD though I don’t have one to test, but it stutters badly from a network share after a few seconds. I’d like to know if anyone can play this clip from a network share without using any media server, and if you are curious you can open “task manager” on your PC to see what’s the maximum transfer rate you get: