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Hi

I've been told that I can use programmes such as Serviio, Mezzmo and even Windows Media Player to stream media from the pc to the tv.

I've downloaded Serviio and also tried to configure WIndows Media Player (through a tutorial on You Tube) to do this, but when I select "Media Server" from the Viera Tools options, it only finds my wireless box and nothing else.

Is my Viera not one of the models that can do this ? Or what I am doing wrong ?

Any help is appreciated.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

You'd get more replies if you actually posted what model your tv is  banging head against wall

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

It's a Panasonic Viera TX-L42ESB

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Firewall on your PC may be blocking incoming connection requests

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Processors in tv are weak imo. I gave up using tv for anything internet/streaming related.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Hi

I've tried it with the firewall off and it doesnt make any difference. It is frustrating as I hear good things about Serviio. Also, I;ve noted that Panasonic mention Twonky streamer but it seems you have to pay for the license, which is ridiculous - do you think that Panasonic tvs only work with Twonky though, as it's strange how it is recommended in the actual manual.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

You need to make sure all devices on your network are allowed to access the pc

Try this and report back.

 

On the windows pc you want to stream from....

Control Panel -> Network and Internet -> Network and Sharing Center -> Advanced sharing settings

- Make sure Network Discovery is on.

- Under media streaming, click on choose media streaming options

Change show devices on to All Networks and click Allow All. If a popup appears select Allow all computer and media devices

Click OK, exit

 

 

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Okay I've tried to do that - I'm using Windows 7 by the way - but when I click on the options to turn on Network Discovery, then save changes,  it doesnt appear to acfually turn it on, as when I go back into it to see if it anything has been altered, I find that the Network Discovery has reverted to "off" and the same with any other settings that I have put to "on".

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After turning on network discovery click save changes at bottom.

 

After entering the  'choose media streaming options' screen after selecting 'all networks' and  'allow all', click next, make sure music, video etc are set to shared and then click next and then finish on final screen.

 

I'm using Win8 and they may have changed the windows slightly - but I'm sure you get the gist.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Okay this is what I'm finding :

after scrolling down to "media streaming"  ( which says is "off")... "choose streaming options"..... there is a small box saying "name your media library" and I'm supposed to type something...directly under that there is another box that says "show devices on" which I can click on to choose a device but no devices are listed.  To the right 2 more boxes "allow all" and "block all" and below them there is "okay" and "cancel". The thing is, the "okay" button is never highlighted ,only the "cancel" one. So though I can click on "allow all", the "okay" button never becomes clickable, What I am supposed to type in the "name you media library" thing ?

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

You can call the library anything you like - mines called PCMediaLibrary

Have you turned on Network Discovery and clicked save changes?

 

If you have and no devices are showing on your pc then:

Have you connected you tv to your network? Wired or wireless? Run the network connection test on your tv. 

It sounds like your tv is not on the network (or discovery is turned off) if your computer is showing no devices.

 

 

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Okay this is the latest : somehow my tv has now managed to pick up Serviio from my computer = good of course. The problem is though, when I select Serviio I keep getting an error message "connection to the server" failed.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Im not familiar with Serviio. Is the server running on the pc ok? Is the network connection on the tv working? Is the TV now allowed to acces the PC ?

 

Try using PS3 media server. http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

When you run it add your media location in the Navigation/Share settings tab, clicks save, and then restart server

 

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

I think Serviio is just a popular media streamer. The tv picks it up - which shows the pc is transmitted the media to the tv and it is picking it up - but that's all it does. When i click on Serviio, it says "connecting" and then "cannot connect" - so does that mean the signal isn't strong enough ?

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Sounds to me more like it cant connect to the server because either the server has stopped, or it lacks permission.

 

I cant help with Serviio setup and settings - thats why I suggested PS3 media server.

The initial help I gave of allowing network access to all devices HAS to be done regardless.

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RE: Media Server on Panasonic Viera - problems playing any !

Ok\ay Ive downloaded the PS3 thing. It is running on the computer but isnt being detected by the tv as yet - on the "status" tab it says "no renderers were found" and a big X is displayed.