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

Denis Loh denis.loh at googlemail.com
Thu Feb 9 20:45:16 CET 2012

Am 09.02.2012 16:33, schrieb Dr. Werner Fink:
> Hi,
> ... yep, I'm aware of http://upnp.vdr-developer.org/ but this one
> seems to be very dead.  Nevertheless I'd like to use a VDR as
> recording system only using the second coax line maybe extended
> by uncable to use two transponders over one coax line.  For this
> it would be perfect to be able to manage, control, and navigate
> the VDR and its menues over the DLNA support of this new TV.
>      Werner

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 

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.


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