I am a bit confused about streaming…
I put a video in a share which had “Media Serving” set to OFF. However, I was able to play this video fine using the " WD My Cloud" App on an Android Tablet. Apparently, Andriod tablets can stream video media fine w/o the DNLA server?
When do I need to enable “Media Serving” (DNLA server) for streaming?
When do I need to enable “Media Serving” ( DNLA server ) for streaming?
When you’re accessing the media with a DLNA Client…
e.g. Your TV. Your streaming HiFi. Your DLNA/UPnP media client on your phone or tablet.
The MyCloud App is a client to a File Server (the MyCloud). Just like Windows Explorer or Mac Finder. Except that it allows remote network access. So, if you can use a file browser to get to a file and play it, then you should be able to do the same with the MyCloud App (provided the device you’re using it on has a CODEC to support the media file type).
Thank you for your response.
So with a DLNA/UPnP client no CODECs are needed?
I would like to test this on the Android, so that if I turn OFF Media Serving it will not work. Do you have a pure DLNA/UPnP client to recommend?
VLC for Android ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc&hl=en)) or
VLC Direct ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vlcforandroid.vlcdirectprofree&hl=en). .%C2%A0)
Are both DLNA/UPnP clients (not sure about the difference - I know that VLC for desktop has builtin CODECs)?
Ah, your DLNA client still needs to understand file formats, so will need CODECs somewhere…
DLNA is essentially a way of exchanging files around a network. How those files are exploited is up to the Digital Media Renderer; that’s the thing that converts the streamed media into audio, still or video images. So needs CODECs…
Often, the CODECs are provided by the OS. I use a cheap (£35) android media box (I’m typing this reply on it, via the TV). It listed a whole raft of media formats it supported. I’m also considering some £19 headless audio DMR devices (no UI).
There are loads of DLNA/UPnP apps. They’re usually free to try. I don’t play much video, but I’ve tried lots of audio apps. In the end, I settled on BubbleUPnP. I even paid the princely sum of £3.18 for a licence I currently use on four android devices… I also tried UPnPlay, UPnPMonkey, XBMC and many others.
DLNA vs UPnP hmmmm… I certainly don’t understand how these are related… Can’t install VLC on my Android box; says insufficient memory, but there’s plenty free, so probably some other incompatibility…