How to watch PC Media on TV

Have you ever wanted to watch a Movie or share your family’s photos that you have stored on your computer and View them on any device in your house? Learn how to stream your pc media on your TV!

 

watch pc media tvHow to Watch PC Media on TV

These days everyone likes to store their digital content on their own home server, whether it be on an external hard drive, or NAS (Network Attached Storage) Server, you want an easy solution to share your digital content without walking around with your USB Flash Drive.  Most people have some type of  media device in their living room already, such as a game console or a Smart TV, which has capabilities of streaming content, or a smart phone.  But how can you watch your media files stored on your computer and watch it on any of these devices that I have mentioned.   Today I’d like to show you how it’s all done.  

 

In this first part of the series, I am going to show you how easy it is to start sharing your digital media with any device in your home network.  There are a few things you are going to need if you do not have them already.

 

Tutorial Requirements for Sharing Digital Media content in a Home network:

  • Router, which allows you to communicate with all the devices on your network.
  • Computer on a wireless or wired network
  • A Home Computer whether it be a laptop or Desktop PC
  • A Storage Device such as an External Hard Drive, home server or NAS (Network Attached Storage)
  • Smartphone (optional) if you want to use your smartphone to view content from your server
  • Smart TV or Game console connected to your wireless network
  • Serviio Console Software which will be used to allow you to view your content

 

Getting Started

I assume you have already setup is either a wireless home network or a wired home network, So I will not go into details on how to set this all up.   I will only be showing you how to setup and share your digital media content with a Smart TV.  For this tutorial, I am using a wired home network, and a HP Micro Server as my network attached storage solution with FreeNAS installed and My Windows 7 Desktop PC

 

Serviio Console

I have always had issues trying to view my digital media content on my Sony Bravia TV, I know others also have trouble doing the same thing, not just with your Smart TV, It could be with your Game Console or smart phone.  I have found a great software solution to view digital media content.  It takes a little time to setup, but the end results are great.  You can watch all your digital content on your living room TV, without dragging around an External Hard Drive.

 

DLNA Technology

Most devices these days use DLNA Technology.  What is DLNA?

The Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) is a nonprofit collaborative trade organization established by Sony in June 2003, that is responsible for defining interoperability guidelines to enable sharing of digital media between multimedia devices. – wikipedia

Most equipment is capable of using DLNA Technology, however we need software in order to make use of it.

 

Benefits of Serviio Software

Serviio is a media server which allows you to view your digital media content from a shared hard drive or your Network Storage to compatible devices which support DLNA Technology.  These can include TVs, Media Players, Game consoles or Mobile phones, through your home network.   You can even watch your files anywhere in the world with the pro version and it also enables playback of different online sources.  

 

How to use and Install Serviio Console

 

Install Serviio

Installing Serviio is very easy.  Just go to the website here and download the setup file.  Once you have downloaded the setup file, run the executable and follow the setup wizard.

 

Setting up to Stream Content to your TV

First start the Serviio console from your desktop.  The Software will automatally detect your equipment on the network if you have setup your TV To be part of your network. I assume already that you have enabled your TV or Device to be part of your network either by wireless or wired network. 

 

In this example the software has found my Sony Bravia TV in the list, you can also change the profile list by selecting the drop down menu.  The button that shows green will indicate your device is currently on.  Select the device and then click the save button.

 

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next, select the Library tab.  This is where we are going to insert our digital media content.  We need to tell Serviio console where our media is located.  Select the Add local icon as shown in the image below and then browse to the location your media is stored.  You can choose either your photos, music files or movie files you have.   It can be located either from your NAS, or your external hard drive.  Choose the source and then the files you want to share.  Then click on the save ICON below.

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Then go to your TV, Game console or any device that you want to view the content on .  In this example I am showing you, how to stream movie files that we just saved in the last example.  Start your TV.  Then using your remote, click on the home button.  This will bring up the TV Menu. Then using your remove navigate the Xross Media Bar to the media section where it says pictures, music, video.  You will see Serviio listed.

 

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Then Select the OK Button to go into the Serviio Menu and then you can choose the content that you want to view.

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That’s it you can now view your digital media on the Living room TV. 

 

Final Verdict

Serviio is a simple software solution for sharing your digital media content.  It is easy to use, however you need to have a bit of home computer networking knowledge to set it up, otherwise you may experience a little difficulty in setting it up.  I have found however, that it may not read all your digital media content, and you may have to use third party software to convert your content into a different file format.   What are your experiences with digital media sharing? Have your say by leaving your comments below.  If you have found this article to be useful, please share and share a like.

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Anthony Rousek
Technology Enthusiast, blogger and Microsoft Certified Professional