[mythtv-users] Mythtv and Samsung Allshare?

john newsgrp1 at bestpond.com
Tue Nov 13 23:10:55 UTC 2012

On 14/11/12 00:29, Ken Mandelberg wrote:
> Has anyone got mythtv to work with Samsung Allshare, the built in DLNA 
> client on Samsung TV's? My TV see's the mythtv server but then bombs 
> after I select it.
I recently bought a Samsung 32" TV (Model UA32ES5500MYXY Series 5) for 
the bedroom I have it wall mounted and it is connected to my lan via 
ethernet ( I wasn't prepared to fiddle with another wireless point). I 
eventually got the network running. It got as far as seeing the mythtv 
backend which runs upnp, and tries to connect, then bombs...as you say.

I tried setting up minidlna which is recommended by a lot of people, and 
managed to connect OK.  But no myth menus or nice program names! I 
simply had a list of files, so if I proceeded it was pot luck what was 
going to be seen, especially as I have several hundred recordings across 
two backends and the main frontend in the lounge room.

I set about attempting to get the program names showing, and used the 
mythlink script. I just used a suggested set of options I found on this 
list (I think) which put the series title first and then ordered the 
episodes. That seemed to work at first, but then while I had a list of 
all the titles as I went to select the episode, in the majority of cases 
it listed the file name date & time only, with the occasional one having 
an episode title.

Next discovery was as I scrolled (or tapped down the list) I found that 
after the titles with "Z" I still had showing a huge list of the files 
names again. Probably from the earlier attempt. So I have to sort out 
how to get rid of those files appearing. I have since discovered that 
the fast forward, and rewind buttons on my Samsung remote will do page 
up & page down through the title listing, so I don't have to click down 
line by line.

I had also read of serviio, which seemed a bit more complex than 
minidlna, so am still considering if it is worth a try.

To get the TV working  to stream MythTV with AllShare, it seems that you 
need to use a separate dlna server, and then the mythlink script, I am 
yet to discover the magic of getting that right to display Series Title, 
then episode title, also I couldn't seem to get any program information 

I do not have the dlna server working as well as I would like, and 
perhaps I should try serviio instead of minidlna.

Unfortunately, from what I have seen there may also be a bit of 
variation with AllShare depending on the TV model or series.

I am fully aware that to get this working "perfectly" i just need to add 
a frontend, but in my case that is not presently possible. So it would 
be helpfull to hear from others who have got the upnp/dlna solution 
working well with a separate dlna server and perhaps some additional 
ideas on using mythlink or other scripts to give a reasonable menu type 
display of recording/music/video choices.


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