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Topic # 84133 25-May-2011 11:36 Send private message

Ok so I have the unit set up and connected to my computer files via the dlna and windows media player
Im running Windows 7
Should I be able to get the windows media centre to display through the blu-ray player? as ive tried a few things with no success
and i havnt come across a good walkthrough has anyone done it?
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  Reply # 473861 25-May-2011 12:08 Send private message

Do you have any reason for thinking you should be able to?

I don't use Windows, so I'm guessing to a large extent, but if WMC is an application that runs on your computer, why, and how, would you expect to be able to use it on your BDP?

If WMC acts as a server, is there anything in the Sony documentation to say it is supported?

If WMC is actually the DLNA server for your computer, then yes, you should be able to see the files it is serving via the BDP's DLNA client, but you've said you can do this but are wanting something else too. What else?

I know it isn't much use, this post, but it's the best I can offer. I hope someone with some exposure to Windows can help out.

[mod (Nety): Corrected spelling of Windows, We call things by their correct names here]

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  Reply # 473869 25-May-2011 12:16 Send private message

xarqi: Do you have any reason for thinking you should be able to?


The player may also act as a WMC Extender.  (then again it may not, but this is probably what's being referred to?) 

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  Reply # 473882 25-May-2011 12:41 Send private message

The only device that I am aware of that will display the MC interface from a Media Center is a Xbox 360. The DLNA server will allow you to play video/music etc. files from a remote device not show the same interface.







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  Reply # 473883 25-May-2011 12:43 Send private message

Nety: The only device that I am aware of that will display the MC interface from a Media Center is a Xbox 360. The DLNA server will allow you to play video/music etc. files from a remote device not show the same interface.


There's a number of standalone Extender's out there, Linksys have a range that I know of.  There was talk years ago about including extender features in Blu-ray players but I don't know if it ever came to anything. 



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  Reply # 474704 27-May-2011 10:46 Send private message

Ok well I nearly bought a xbox 360 for this very purpose but then when looking on trademe I saw all the ones with faults and wasnt impressed At the moment I have a $2000 computer sitting beside my tv seems a bit of a waste but I havegot use to the WMC interface oh well a bit more thoght is needed thanks for your helpful comments

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  Reply # 474730 27-May-2011 11:49 Send private message

The Xbox 360 is definitely the device for this. Works really well - due to bandwidth recommended to have minimum 100mb/s Ethernet connection to both Media Centre PC and Xbox 360. And the nice thing is you can have multiples Xboxes spread around your house so all TVs can access Media Centre.

BTW... the newer Xboxes seem really reliable. They don't seem to overheat, etc like the earliest ones.




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  Reply # 474740 27-May-2011 12:20 Send private message

gnfb1234:  At the moment I have a $2000 computer sitting beside my tv seems a bit of a waste but I havegot use to the WMC interface oh well a bit more thoght is needed thanks for your helpful comments


If the PC is beside the TV then why not connect it to the TV via HDMI out from the Video card? No need to go via the Player.



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  Reply # 474993 27-May-2011 23:02 Send private message

paulspain: The Xbox 360 is definitely the device for this. Works really well - due to bandwidth recommended to have minimum 100mb/s Ethernet connection to both Media Centre PC and Xbox 360. And the nice thing is you can have multiples Xboxes spread around your house so all TVs can access Media Centre.

BTW... the newer Xboxes seem really reliable. They don't seem to overheat, etc like the earliest ones.

thanks for that so which xbox model should i get or from what year?

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  Reply # 475106 28-May-2011 12:46 Send private message

I suggest just grabbing one of new Kinect models since they're so quiet and you get kinect which gives you video calling from your TV and voice/gesture control of some other features (it doesn't work for media centre right now though).

If you want a cheaper option you can back to a unit say 12-months old or so. Each newer version is quieter (and has a smaller power supply).

With a VPN config you can use Netflix which we've talked about on the NZ Tech Podcast a few times...




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