Digital Media Server, DLNA and Samsung

My new LED TV and Blu-Ray player are DLNA compatible. Since the Blu-Ray player came with wifi connectivity out of the box, I tried to connect it with my GNU/Linux Home Server. In the end, it worked well, but the process wasn’t as easy as I expected…

My main devices are interconnected (more or less) like this:

Yep, as you can see, I’m naming most of my devices from Dan SimmonsHyperion characters.

My GNU/Linux (Ubuntu) Home Server was already running

  • a DAAP server (mt-daapd aka Firefly), mostly for my Macintoshes
  • a UPNP Server (gmediaserver), for my old Noxon II media player (listening to jazz music in a hot bath while sipping an old scotch is what I call a soothing moment).

Sounds like it should have been a piece of cake. But … not so fast, buddy.
First I had to recover a huge amount of data (around 1Tb) from a disk crash, which took … quite some time.

Then I realized that, for some reason, the UPNP server wasn’t even detected from that damned Blu-Ray player 🙁

After reading a few comments posted on dedicated forums, I ended up dropping gmediaserver and installing mediatomb. It was showing up nicely on my desktop:

and on my Noxon box. Cool ! The DAAP Server was still running :

… and the files were showing on my TV screen. Great !

But it wouldn’t recognize any of the formats delivered by the server (musics, videos, pictures, …) 🙁

After of few more readings, I tweaked mediatomb’s configuration file like this:

 <protocolInfo extend="yes"/>
  <add header=" Streaming"/>
  <add header=" DLNA.ORG_OP=01;DLNA.ORG_CI=0;

And it finally worked !

Well … up to certain a point: it doesn’t recognize metadata from mp3’s (some tags, including the artist, are not displayed on screen, even though I can browse the musics by artist, title, year, …) and pictures (orientation).
I anybody knows a way to get around this, please, leave a comment.

And here are a few tweaks for mediatomb’s Web UI (clearer look, Tango icons):

archive mediatomb-tango.tar.gz

Drop the contents inside the mediatomb’s web folder or re-configure config.xml to use this theme.


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