This week on BYOB is all about media streaming. The BYOB crew along with special guest John Zajdler, from The Home Server Show, discuss all types of media playback devices from HTPCs, streaming boxes, OTA, the cable/satellite dilemma and more. We also have a brief discussion various file formats and containers.
WDTV Live +
HTPC Builds and Software
MediaBrowser Frontend for ripped media
Haali Media Splitter For playback of .mkv container files
Virtual CloneDrive Virtual drive for mounting .iso disk image container files
AnyDVD HD DRM enhancement software
Meta<browser/> for metadata collection
Media Scout for TV metadata collection
MyMovies 3 an all in one frontend & backend (client/server) software package.
Michael’s Folder Structure & Naming Conventions
I have separate folders in a video share for HD movies, SD movies, and TV Shows. Recorded TV is kept in a separate share. I also have a specific way of naming my files. This aids in both file and folder management, but also helps the metadata scrapers.
This is my HD folder. I keep them in .mkv format and use a this convention \\server\share\Blu Ray\Movie Title - (year)\ActualMovie.mkv
This is my DVD folder. I keep them in .iso format and use a this convention \\server\share\DVD\Movie Title - (year)\ActualMovie.iso
This is my TV Show folder. I keep them in .mkv format and use a this convention \\server\share\TV\Show Title\Season#\Show SxEE – Episode Name.mkv
S=Season# and EE= Episode#
DirecTV whole home DVR service
Here is the link to get the whole home DVR service from DirecTV that Mike, and Michael, are using.
There was some debate on the show if would actually stream content from a home server. Tim purchased and tested the Roku box and his final answer is that it would not stream from a WHS or HTPC. Sorry folks!
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