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Windows 7: Streaming FLV files to home network / DLNA

25 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64 (Retail)
Streaming FLV files to home network / DLNA

Apologies if this has been asked before, I did a search and didn't see it.

I have my Win7 networking configured to "stream my pictures, music and videos to all devices on my home network". With this setup I'm able to stream media from my computer to my Sony BluRay disc player which works as a DLNA client on my home network. My understanding is that Windows Media Player acts as the DLNA server, transcoding video file formats as necessary to stream them to the networked device.

Additionally, I have installed from SourceForge into my SysWOW64 folder and registered it to my Win7 registry, enabling playback of .flv files in Windows Media Player. I can confirm that WMP plays .flv files on my local machine fine now. However it doesn't seem to be transcoding those files so they can be streamed to my networked BD player. In fact my BD player doesn't even see the flv files at all, even though they're in my network share location along with all the other video filetypes it does see.

I don't need to stream /flv files to my network all that often (yet) so I'd rather not have to install a whole new DLNA server application to do it if that can be avoided. Is there any way to stream flv files to my network using Win7 and/or WMP's native sharing capabilities?

As an aside, I'd be interested in knowing why MS has decided not to support FLV files in Windows Media Player without jumping through all the hoops. It seems like quite an inconvenience considering how popular this filetype has become.

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28 Oct 2013   #2

W7 SP1 32bit

I'd love to stream flv files to my LGTV like I do to another TV through a WDTV box on my (wired) network.
I find windows media player too clunky to use even for the files it does support so short of buying another WD box is there any way to make my video files visible to the TV over my network? The LG will play them off a USB stick but can't see them over the network.
I think I made a mistake buying LG but the horrible WM Player isn't helping any. WD has its problems too as it can't handle the more compressed FLV formats.
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