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Old 13-11-2013, 15:02
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I wish to wirelessly stream movies from my Windows 8 PC to my very old tv that requires scart connection.

The best soltuion appers to be a BluRay player that can stream across my home wireless netwrok. I am not really interetsted in the BluRay player itself, but this seems the most economical for what I want and can replace my DVD player.

Assuming that is the case, can anyone please advise as to the best BluRay player that will handle all common video formats and not have audio problems (AAC etc) and has a nice UI for selecting movies from the PC via a simple remote control?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:20
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The Samsung BD-F6500 will let you install PLEX as an app, so you can set that up to stream from your PC. It also, like most modern BluRay players, has DLNA capability as well if you want to go down the NAS route, as I have.
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:24
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You might struggle to find a Blu-Ray player with SCART. Had a quick look on Richersounds website and not one player with SCART. Did find a couple with Composite video on a phono socket. That could be adapted to feed a SCART socket on the TV with suitable leads.
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:27
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The Samsung BD-F6500 will let you install PLEX as an app, so you can set that up to stream from your PC. It also, like most modern BluRay players, has DLNA capability as well if you want to go down the NAS route, as I have.
Unfortunately no use to the OP as it is HDMI only. It has no analogue video outs that could be connected to a TV with only SCART inputs.
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:28
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Unfortunately no use to the OP as it is HDMI only. It has no analogue video outs that could be connected to a TV with only SCART inputs.
Yes that would help if I actually read the OP's post properly wouldn't it ?
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:41
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tbh hdmi is not the end of the world as there seems to be plenty of hdmi2scart cables out there. The main issue is being sure I can stream all videos with audio from windows 8.
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Old 13-11-2013, 15:47
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tbh hdmi is not the end of the world as there seems to be plenty of hdmi2scart cables out there. The main issue is being sure I can stream all videos with audio from windows 8.
I defy you to find a simple bit of wire with an HDMI plug one end and a SCART plug at the other that works.

HDMI is a digital format. SCART is analogue there is no way on this earth that a simple bit of wire can convert digital to analogue. There has to be some electronics involved.
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Old 13-11-2013, 16:07
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Fair point.

This one has RCA output which I think I can easily convert to scart. It also supports DLNA. Is that all I need to get it to see and play the videos on my Windows 8 pc?
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Old 13-11-2013, 16:13
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In theory DLNA is all you need. This describes how to set it up on Windows 8

http://topnettricks.com/windows-8-dlna-media-server/
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:05
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What about WDTV?

It's a wireless media server, downside is it only has composite, the lowest video format, upside it's cheap.

There's also Roku, again it's wireless, this has the addition of component, again it's cheap.

Both offer more than just acting as a media server.
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:09
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Well, I can't see any BluRay that actually offer composite so I think this may be the best option.

I know you say the quality is low but won't it always be pretty low on my old CRT tv anyway?
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:24
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Well, I can't see any BluRay that actually offer composite so I think this may be the best option.

I know you say the quality is low but won't it always be pretty low on my old CRT tv anyway?
Composite is the poorest, most CRT sets would accept RGB, which gives the best possible SD quality.

But BD only comes with HDMI, and sometimes a composite output - for example the Sony BDP-S185 has composite.
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:28
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Well, I can't see any BluRay that actually offer composite so I think this may be the best option.

I know you say the quality is low but won't it always be pretty low on my old CRT tv anyway?
If the source is good then the pq should be acceptable.

Has your TV got component, (three phonos red/green/blue) or a component compatible scart?
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Old 13-11-2013, 17:40
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Or use a games console like a PS 3 or xbox 360
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Old 13-11-2013, 20:06
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Ok, more info. I am happy to spend money but hate waste! I bought an excellent Sony vega tv before flat screens were accessible. The picture quality is great and I won't replace it until it dies which may be a coupe of months or even a year or two.

I have now bought a wizzo Sony viao tap 20 and wish to stream movies from it. My choices seem to be:
1. Buy a new tv - wont do for reasons above
2. Buy blu ray player with DLNA and a hdmi to composite converter (about 50 for converter)
3. Buy WDTV which has composite out.

The trouble is, when my tv dies I'll probably buy a smart tv with all this built in making anything I buy redundant and I'm not sure I'll use blu ray much if ever.

Am leaning towards option 3.
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Old 14-11-2013, 00:00
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Smart Tvs are not very Smart & very slow.

However you should perhaps look at a NAS hard drive and store your media on there !.

This just connects to your router and is then wireless. Then you don't need your PC on to stream and is the way forward for your devices to connect to.

WDTV will be your best option at the moment, blu ray players can be a bit funny with all the different file formats that are out there
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Old 14-11-2013, 09:57
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Smart Tvs are not very Smart & very slow.

However you should perhaps look at a NAS hard drive and store your media on there !.

This just connects to your router and is then wireless. Then you don't need your PC on to stream and is the way forward for your devices to connect to.

WDTV will be your best option at the moment, blu ray players can be a bit funny with all the different file formats that are out there
Thanks, this looks the way forward.

And thanks all for the advice.
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Old 28-12-2013, 13:47
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BUMP!

Just a follow up for people like me with an decent old scart tv. I bought a WD TV live which has a composite out and it's great. I also bought a 2T NAS which now stores all my music and downloaded/ripped films and it's perfect. My tv now can play anything very easily. It also has yiutube, facebook, flickr etc etc. I bought a 20m cable for the nas, run it under the carpet and hidden it so all my pc backups on it are in a safe place.

For sure, this has given my tv a new life and made it 'smarter' than some of the new ones I've seen!
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