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Post Thu Mar 16, 2023 3:55 am

I am using XBMC as a comprehensive media center to manage my

Currently, I am using XBMC as a comprehensive media center to manage my library, provide a play interface for my TV, and function as a uPnP/DLNA server for other devices. However, XBMC's DLNA server lacks transcoding capabilities, leading to problems with some devices. To address this issue, I am considering using Serviio, which can perform on-the-fly transcoding.

My query is whether there is a recommended approach to integrating XBMC and Serviio so that XBMC can retain its role as an all-in-one media center while Serviio handles the DLNA server, preferably using XBMC's metadata. Alternatively, would it suffice to point Serviio to the same files and let it perform its own scraping? My primary concern is to display TV and movie files from the library rather than from XBMC's streaming plugins or other sources.

If you have experience with a similar setup, I would appreciate any feedback on potential issues or complaints. Alternatively, should I consider alternative options like XBMC+Plex?


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Post Thu Mar 16, 2023 2:06 pm

Re: I am using XBMC as a comprehensive media center to manag

I would suggest installing Serviio as a stand alone DLNA server, and use XBMC/Kodi only as a player. On my Android based players (Nvidia Shield, Onn 4K Streaming Player) I install Kodi, but do not link to any media folders. I instead enable uPNP in the Expert menu, then add Serviio as a media source. You can also use something like VLC (which will see Serviio without any configuration), however the user interface is terrible compared to Kodi. Depending on your player, transcoding may or may not be needed. My Shield players require no transcoding, while my Roku players need some things transcoded. For some players, it's only the audio that needs transcoding, and in some cases it's only an unsupported container, so transmuxing is all that is required. Serviio can handle it all.

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