Best/Easiest/Cheapest way to stream video files from PC to TV
January 26, 2014 4:21 AM Subscribe
I know this has been asked before, but I didn't see an answer that works for me. I currently use my XBox 360 to stream videos to my television over my LAN/wifi and I would like to find a better way.
posted by JimBJ9 to Technology (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Currently, this method works alright, except for when it doesn't. The Xbox only recognizes (mainly) avi and mp4 files (but not all mp4s for reasons that are beyond my understanding) and it doesn't support subtitle files. And then there are the times when it just stubbornly refuses to connect to the My Videos folder (probably a network issue, but I'm still holding it accountable). And then sometimes the video sputters and/or stops, but the file plays fine directly on the computer. The hell with this.
I have a laptop, so making it a dedicated streaming media server isn't a great option. I would be ok with buying a simple media adapter if that's what would get the job done, but I have very little knowledge in this area. I have a NAS, but I generally keep it off and only use it for backing up and archiving. All I'm really interested in playing is raw video files from my PC, without having to convert them to a single format or hard-burning subtitles onto the video file.
I know there is probably a simple solution, but alas, I need help finding it.