Streaming video from synology NAS to TV?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by CavemanMike, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. CavemanMike macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    I have a macbook 2013 retina, apple extreme AC router, a synology DS214 NAS, and a samsung flat screen HD tv (though not a smart tv), TIVO HD, and a PS3.

    I'm interested in ripping my dvd collection to my NAS so it can be streamed to my tv, on-demand, within my house, even if my mac is OFF.

    What hardware would I need so I could use some kind of remote control to select, play, pause, fast forward within a ripped video? I don't want to have to fuss with my mac (or even have it on once the ripped video is on the NAS).

    Would I need to get a roku or something? My PS3 supports DNLA, and I was able to stream a video to it, but fast forwarding/reversing was blind (I could see where I was within the video, which made it essentially useless.)

    I tried Open DVD Ripper for mac, and it did indeed create an MP4 which I copied to my NAS. It plays fine if I double click the .MP4 on the NAS from my mac; in fact I can drag the indicator left and right and zoom around within the video really quickly, and it was shockingly responsive. However, it could not be streamed via a web browser using the synology video station applet (it complained about the format not being compatible). That's not a big deal because that's not how I would consume it.

    Any tips would be very much appreciated. I really have no idea on what tools, hardware, etc. would be needed.

    Thanks a bunch!

  2. CavemanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    Frame display during FF/REW?

    New development:

    I dug out my old ps3 remote control ( I had been using the game controller to watch the occasional video).

    I realized that if I press the display button, it does show progress and position as I fast forward/rewind through the video. So, it's not really "blind": it's just not like a dvd player or tivo where you the updated frame is displayed at least once/second during the ff/rew.

    I wonder if any of the streaming devices behave that way?

  3. CavemanMike thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2013
    Wd tv play

    The wd tv play seems like it will do what I want (supports frame visible FF, and can play from the NAS, or DLNA)

    It's only $50 so I think I'll get it and play around with it!

  4. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    Just make sure you get it from a place that has a return policy if it is not to your liking. Places like Best Buy are usually pretty good about returns.

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