First time poster…
Tech specs: WDTV Live Hub in a networked evironment. Firmware completely up to date. Able to play all file formats on the WDTV player IF the files are local. Cannot play MKV’s from networked media server. Media Server: Windows 7 Pro, 64 Bit, WMP 12 with codecs for MKV.
I have used WDTV’s for a couple years now and think they are great. I got tired of continually transferring large files to the hard drives of multiple WD’s in the house so I bought a new computer to be used a media server for house and have the WDTV’s all networked. I got my media libraries all set up and the WD’s are able to see the file locations…or so I thought. I noticed that several files were missing. Turns out all the MKV files were not showing on the WDTV.
After much reading on the web I figured out that with a media server, the files are being decoded on the media server and unfortunately not by the WDTV. WMP did not have the codecs installed to play MKV’s. I installed the codecs and MKV’s can play on the media server’s WMP AND the MKV files are showing on the WD player. That should be it, right??
NO. I now get a message on the WD that it is unable to play the selected file and to read the user manual for supported file formats. I notice in WMP that the MKV files do not show any file information like length, bit rate, etc. From WMP if I use the “Play To” command and select all files, all MKV files show as attached below:
I would appreciate any / all help. I’ve wasted hours on this now. Thanks!
Sidenote: Why does Windows need to decode the files??? Why can’t WDTV just find the files and play them from the networked location??? I have tried unsuccessfully to set up basic HOMEGROUP MS network. Nowhere in the WDTV setup can a network password be entered??? No network locations show under windows shares except the other WDTV on the network.