[Wolves] minidlna streaming to new Sony TV on ethernet

Kevanf1 kevanf1 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 15:20:39 UTC 2014

Is the server allowed through the firewall?  I use the Plex media server on
my two Mint boxes.  I have found that it does need to have the port that
the server wishes to use (in my case Plex Media server) as an allowed
exception.  Add to that there are a number of ports that it needs to be
opened for it.  Could this be a similar case?

The next thing I would look at, again using my Plex experience, would be
permissions for the actual files being served.  Plex needs to have the
files open for read and write access by both the owner and by 'others'.  It
adds tiny bits of date to the file to show when it's been watched etc.

Sorry if none of that is of any use but I just thought I'd try offering
something :)

On 25 April 2014 14:49, Adam Sweet <adam at adamsweet.org> wrote:

> On 24/04/2014 11:30, John Rose wrote:
>> Adam,
>> I'm contacting you directly as the domain for the LUG is not found when
>> I try to post to the mailing list.
> I believe the DNS for lug.org.uk had some problems last night. I'm CCing
> the list in, perhaps the mail archive will help someone in future.
>  I can now run minidlna from Precise: I had to create a minidlna
>> directory in /var/cache & change ownership to minidlna. I have my TV
>> connected to my router using a fixed NAT ip address.  I'm able to view
>> (on the TV) that it is connected to the router.
> I'm not sure what that last line means. You're able to view what?
>  However, I'm baffled how
>> to play a video (.flv downloaded from iPlayer using my Gambas iRecorder
>> GUI app which calls get_iplayer command line app). Do I have to do
>> something in minidlna (e.g. specify the TV's ip address in minidlna)
>> even though I've successfully started the minidlna server? Or is it
>> something that I have to do on the TV? I've googled without success: a
>> Sony webpage merely says that a connection is required to a dlna media
>> server without saying what to do.
> DLNA is really that simple. That was the hard thing for me to fathom when
> I couldn't get it working, it's too simple for it to be not working.
> There are two parts to working UPnP/DLNA. The source (your DLNA server)
> and the target or renderer (your TV). The source is pretty dumb, it just
> keeps track of your media files and serves them when requested.
> The target either needs a means to browse for UPnP servers, or it needs an
> intermediate device which will locate the source and then direct media from
> the source to the renderer.
> Have you tested watching a video using VLC from inside your network to
> prove minidlna is working and serving media? The problem I had on Precise
> was that minidlna would start but not serve any media, even after I created
> that directory and changed ownership. It would just hang on importing
> metadata. I left it for 12 hours to be sure... If you can't then minidlna
> isn't working.
> Have you looked for errors in /var/log/minidlna.log?
> Does your TV have a UPnP/DLNA browser or do you need to use an
> intermediate device to direct the media at it?
> If you need an intermediate device, have you tested using an Android DLNA
> app like BubbleUPnP or MediaHouse UPnP? It should detect any sources and
> targets on your network.
> If you can play videos using VLC over UPnP and your TV can see the DLNA
> source but just can't play the video then it's likely that your TV doesn't
> support the codec. Check the codec in VLC and then see if your TV supports
> it.
> Regards,
> Adam Sweet
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