Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Which DLNA Server do you recommend to install on my mac to make it work with my Sony Bravia?

UPDATE: Mainly interested in support for mkv videos.

share|improve this question
    
Can you clarify what a DLNA server is, and what is a Sony Bravia? –  Daniel Lawson Oct 7 '11 at 18:58
    

2 Answers 2

up vote 1 down vote accepted

There is plenty fish in that ocean. So it all depends on your patience, budget and admin skills.

If you want good quality for free and easy to setup, I would recommend PS3 media server http://code.google.com/p/ps3mediaserver/. It worked well for me.

I sold my Sony gear last year when I moved so I can not attest that it works now but I don't see why it would suddenly break compatibility. It works with all my DLNA clients (with a few limitations over WiFi and perfectly over the wired Gbps network).

There are others and most notably serviio http://www.serviio.org/ that work well but aren't necessarily the simplest to setup.

Have a look at http://alternativeto.net/software/medialink/ to see if you find anything else that you would like.

share|improve this answer
    
thanks for the report. But also support mkv video files? –  JellyBelly Oct 10 '11 at 8:02
    
It supports many formats... The main page says it all: Real-time video transcoding of MKV/FLV/OGM/AVI, etc –  Coyote Oct 10 '11 at 8:32
    
you mean ps3mediaserver or serviio? –  JellyBelly Oct 10 '11 at 8:34
    
PS3 Media server does transcoding out of the box, and it also has profiles for many devices so it does the "right" kind of transcoding for your device. Serviio does transcoding too, but I have no experience with it. –  Coyote Oct 10 '11 at 9:21
    
Ok! thanks a lot! I will try them! –  JellyBelly Oct 10 '11 at 9:43

I would definitely check in PS3 Media Server, even if it says PS3 in the name, it uses DLNA to stream out content on the network. It even transcodes all the files using settings of your choice.

I've also been using Nullriver MediaLink, even though it costs you some money, it might be an idea to test it out – it is updated quite often.

share|improve this answer
    
thanks for the report. But also support mkv video files? –  JellyBelly Oct 10 '11 at 7:59
1  
Yepp, both of them supports .mkv, PS3 Media Server even supports embedded subtitles and multiple audio-channels (in different languages, like Eng, Jap, Swe etc.). –  Marcus Oct 10 '11 at 13:27

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.