Re: linksys media extender won't play video files
From: kkd (kde2_at_no.com)
Date: Sat, 4 Dec 2004 23:48:06 -0800
there is a similar discusssion thread in which somebody provided a
workaround /solution on the link below - I have actually tested it myself
the fundimental problem is a design flaw in the Media Center Extenders, they
don't support AC3 (Dolby Digital) and you can't add additional Codecs to the
the link above goes into details.. I also believe (in another thread)
somebody was complaining that the MCX's wouldn't playback normal HBO,
Showtime or other
people should be able to playback DVD's over the extenders .. (either ripped
to your HD, or from your original DVD drive)
Microsoft I think it admits it sort of dropped the ball on this .. see the
"A software update will be released by end of year that enables playback of
CGMS-A (copy-protected) TV content on MCX"
"Ace" <Ace@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Have you been able to solve this problem?
> "kevin forsythe" wrote:
>> Hey Group
>> I am having a problem with the Media Extender not playing back video
>> that do playback fine on the media center PC itself
>> I make my own Movies DVD's (no encryption /region Free) I RIP these to my
>> hard drive in folder format c:\my-videos\name-of-video\Video_ts
>> this folder contains *.IFO *.VOB *.BUP files.. I go under "my video's"
>> the media center... add the folders and the video's playback with no
>> problems (I assume it's using the Nvidia Mpeg-2 codec)
>> If I go to the Media extender ...under "my videos" I see the actual
>> , but if I click on one.. the video won't playback.. if I try to select
>> video preview window and hit "play" on the remote I get a "video error"
>> you need to either restart the media center or the extender" I've used
>> media extender Diag tool and network connectivity is fine (I Can view
>> TV" so video is ok... Slide show photo's and music stream fine.. ) so I
>> know video is ok streaming wise... I was told the Media Extenders
>> MPEG-2 playback (at least that's what it says on the Box) or do I need
>> convert this DVD format I have created to a single Mpeg-2 file.. if so
>> do I do this and still keep the DVD menu's I've created?
>> 2nd issue
>> I don't have a DVD Player in my living room (having a DVD player in my
>> Living room would violate the recently ratified 2004 WAF standard - aka:
>> Wife Acceptance Factor :->) so the idea was to install an actual DVD
>> the DVD drive of my PC then on the media Extender select "play DVD" and
>> stream it into the living room.. the only problem is that "play DVD" is
>> not avail on an extender.. if I attempt to "share out" the DVD drive on
>> PC, Then go under "my video" and select "add video" it doesn't appear
>> an shared drive..
>> if neither of these options is avail.. I guess I'm not seeing the
>> fundimental reason why "my video's" folder exists or is an option on the
>> media center if it can't playback video files