[vdr] IS there a working UPnP-AV/DLNA support for VDR?

Dr. Werner Fink werner at suse.de
Fri Feb 10 18:03:51 CET 2012


On Thu, Feb 09, 2012 at 08:45:16PM +0100, Denis Loh wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> i am still working on it. However, progess is very slow, sorry.
> Nevertheless, you cannot control the vdr the way you expected. An
> default DLNA server only allows you to show media files (and live TV)
> on your DLNA or UPnP capable device. You cannot schedule recordings,
> start/stop the server or do anything beside watching media,
> unfortunatelly.
> 
> DLNA does not specify those features in its current version 1.5. It
> will be supported in 2.0 and above, however it may take some years
> that devices implementors will support them as they are mostly
> optional. I even haven't seen any TV device which supports the tuner
> service capability of a DLNA media server very well (In this case,
> you would be able to switch channels by pressing a channel number or
> by chan-up/chan-down).
> 
> Additionally, it won't be possible to show any EPG or OSD on an DLNA
> device without work-a-rounds, like transcoding EPG/OSD into an MPEG
> stream. There is a possibility to transmit text based date, but this
> is not being supported by any TV device I know.
> 
> Well, DLNA sounds perfect when you don't expect too much: you may
> exchange media from one device to another. You can share media of a
> certain device to others and let them play it. But you cannot play
> files which are not supported by the device, even though it may play
> the files directly for instance via USB. Sounds ridiculous, but works
> as designed.
> 
> I work on an work-a-round to support scheduling records via browser
> navigation. But, this is not very user friendly because you have to
> "play" every command and simulate a media file to the TV. Every DLNA
> server must support a web page where the server allows to show
> additional information. I will use live among others in this case, as
> it seems to do everything needed.
> 
> I hope this will help, somehow. Please let me know, if you miss
> something to be supported.

Hmmm ... maybe HbbTV would be an option. Let's say for handling
the VDR.  Otherwise I would like to avoid softdevice as well as
expensive full featured HDTV DVB-cards.

    Werner

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