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MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
02-08-2009, 08:16 PM
Post: #1
MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
I recently changed my setup from myIHome server on my XP machine to a new Windows Home Server box. I am connected through Windows Media Connect to the WHS machine.

However the .MKV files don't show in the browse list. AVI and WMV show and play fine. Also .ISO files don't show either, but MKV is the important one to solve.

Any thoughts?
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02-08-2009, 08:54 PM
Post: #2
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
.mkv are not supported by windows media connect - just a stupid microsoft limitation
Install MyIhome on the WHS or use SMB sharing.

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02-08-2009, 09:03 PM
Post: #3
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
I think WMC has a very limited range of files it can serve. It'll do bog standard avi, mp3, mpg, etc., but can't do flac, mkv, ogg, etc. There's nothing you can do about this so you need to find a better UPNP server.
Tversity should do the job, but it can be a bit temperamental.

See http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US...f582b77d1/


(02-08-2009 08:16 PM)billrob458 Wrote:  I recently changed my setup from myIHome server on my XP machine to a new Windows Home Server box. I am connected through Windows Media Connect to the WHS machine.

However the .MKV files don't show in the browse list. AVI and WMV show and play fine. Also .ISO files don't show either, but MKV is the important one to solve.

Any thoughts?
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02-09-2009, 09:33 AM (This post was last modified: 02-09-2009 09:36 AM by Willem53.)
Post: #4
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
Could you check something out for me? I would just like to know how smart this microsoft constraint is on mkv files.

could you rename one of your MKV files to AVI
yourfile.mkv to yourfile.mkv.avi

and tell us what the result is please.... as the NMT is smart enough to ignore the file extension and just check the header of the container identify the mkv and play.


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02-14-2009, 05:00 AM
Post: #5
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
(02-08-2009 08:54 PM)spawn Wrote:  .mkv are not supported by windows media connect - just a stupid microsoft limitation
Install MyIhome on the WHS or use SMB sharing.

First off, since I'm new to the forums here, I just want to say thanks to everyone. The forums were great in ironing out some wrinkles of setting things up on my recently acquired PCH A110.

On to the topic. I've noticed this about the Windows limitations mentioned here a few times. I've never had a problem with it recognizing all my files, though. I have several different formats, including many .mkv, and Windows Media Sharing recognizes all of them.

Before my PCH, I used an HP MediaSmart Connect as a media extender, and it used the Windows Media Sharing as the main streaming method. It couldn't play my .mkv's, but it did recognize they were there and that Windows Media Sharing classified them as videos.

I'm not sure why mine recognizes them, as I've never done anything special to tell it to. But, I always assumed that since Windows Media Player will play the files just fine, that it would just naturally stream them, too.
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02-15-2009, 07:05 AM
Post: #6
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
HP MediaConnect use PVconnect which is a http serving app IIRC. There are a few users on the forum who have difficulties until they finally do get SMB sharing sorted out and the http server off.
You can install myihome on the HP as it runs WHS IIRC.

I would not rely on anything microsoft for streaming a wide veriety of formats.

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02-15-2009, 08:19 AM (This post was last modified: 02-15-2009 08:20 AM by rjr.)
Post: #7
RE: MKV files don't show through Windows Media Connect
(02-15-2009 07:05 AM)chris57 Wrote:  HP MediaConnect use PVconnect which is a http serving app IIRC. There are a few users on the forum who have difficulties until they finally do get SMB sharing sorted out and the http server off.
You can install myihome on the HP as it runs WHS IIRC.

I would not rely on anything microsoft for streaming a wide veriety of formats.

The HP MediaSmart actually has two very different UIs you can switch between. One is the Windows Media Center interface, which uses Windows Media Sharing, and the other is a custom UI they threw in, which possibly does use http. I never used the custom UI as it was a bit buggy at times, not connecting and giving lots of errors. For the WMC UI, I had to add files to my Windows Media Share on my PC to get the HP to see them. But once I did, it recognized all of them, even the .mkvs (though it couldn't actually PLAY them).

In the end, though, I decided to replace it with the PCH, because it had too many issues, and HP has apparently stopped development. They offer only telephone support for it and are dropping the line of TVs that contain the feature. It also didn't really support h264 in .mp4 format like it said it did, and it liked to turn itself on and off while I was using it, which caused havoc with my home network.

On my PCH, I'm just using the UPnP to browse the shares I already had on my PC. I've turned off all the others, except for SMB. I use that only so I can map the internal 1TB WD harddrive I installed in the PCH on my PC, so I can transfer files back and forth. I tried the FTP and myiHome, but neither worked out all that well for me, so off they went.

But even just using the UPnP, I can view all my video files, including .mkvs, on my PCH. And if I'm understanding you correctly, I shouldn't be able to. Again, not sure why I can, but I can. Any ideas as to why? I'm curious to know, since by finding out I might be able to help others who can't.
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