Have a spare pc ?
Want to watch movies/tv over network ?
How I converted a
spare netbook into ubuntu video streaming box
1 android device
2 Apps - ES file
Explorer [google playstore] + uTorrent
1 wifi + internet
1 sparingly used
computer - laptop/netbook/notebook/desktop
1 smart TV [access
to wifi and DLNA]
500 gb storage + 2
Initial Setup ::
Secure wifi setup
Connect your smart tv to
wifi, make sure DLNA is available
Install uTorrent on your
android device - could be your tablet or phone
Install ES File Explorer on
your android device [link]
The spare netbook is what I
chose - due to its low power consumption - you can opt for a desktop or
You have two choices of
Operating Systems on your netbook - Windows or Ubuntu - I chose Ubuntu
Samba Server setup +
read/write permissions to everyone [link]
Mini-DLNA server setup with
folders just created/shared via samba server [link]
Windows [Windows 7 and up] ::
Folder share with read/write
permissions to everyone
Home Sharing for media
By now your so
called server share will be available as a dumping ground for media
content via uTorrent and utilize ES Explorer to browse the local network for
Dump off the
downloaded content to the network share
On your smart TV -
get into the DLNA application and wait for a couple of seconds till the DLNA
server shows up
Browse through the
folders and voila - now play your videos over the network.
No more pen drives
and cables required.
Why ubuntu - free, light, highly customizable, modular.
Can you watch movies from your iphone/ipad ? - yes [link]
Can you watch 1080p movies over wifi on tv ? yes with ease
My Smart TV does not resume from where i left off ? right - bookmarks are kept for USB media - not network streams.