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#1 M.Koster

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 12:44 PM

Hello

I was just thinking, that maybe someone from LG could help us out in finding an answer on this question:
- what are the supported movie formats for Media Link?

A lot of people are interested in Media Link, because it really adds something extra to the tv.
However does it support things like:
- MKV
- WMV
- AVI
- ISO
- WMVHD
- AVCHD
- VIDEO_TS folder structures
- BlueRay Folder structure
- TS
- M2TS
- MPEG (MPG)

A lot of movie lovers, would have movies in formats like ISO, VIDEO_TS, MKV.
Can he handle these kind of formats?

If not, could this be established with firmware updates, or is the hardware limited in its capabilities?

For myself these are some key things, because it could mean I have to keep a dedicated mediaplayer or not besides my tv.
And this could also be one of the reasons to buy this tv or not?

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 04:08 PM

I have attached a list of media supported by Smart TVs.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 06:12 PM

thanks, Scott

A quick overview of the support list:

File Extensions
.divx
.wmv
.avi
.mp4
.mkv
.ts

Video Codecs
H.264/AVC
DivX 4/5/6
VC-1
XViD
MPEG2
MPEG1

Audio Codecs
MP3
AAC
DD
PCM
WMA


In addition...

It will play m2ts and vob. But, limited support of vob.

I doubt we will ever support iso, bd, dvd structures on the TVs. There are technical issues, but i would think mainly because we make BD/DVD players. Could be some legal headaches involved with those also.

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 07:40 AM

thank you for your replies. This seems nice, but it also gives me the feeling that it is still limited in its capabilities.

I can understand, that LG also tries to sell BD/DVD players, which is very logic.
However people like me are looking for an all-in-one device, which will reduce the amount devices needed besides the tv.
It would be a big selling point for me, because a 80% working PLEX and passive 3d is huge.
But now it feels like a 45% working PLEX, where people are lucky if there movie plays.

So besides that I was also sad, that there wasn't a proper USB recording on the LW6500 and LW5600, like the higher models have.
Especially now because the higher models are postponed. A feature like this can not be added with a firmware update, correct?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 02:42 PM

So besides that I was also sad, that there wasn't a proper USB recording on the LW6500 and LW5600, like the higher models have.
Especially now because the higher models are postponed. A feature like this can not be added with a firmware update, correct?

what USB recording feature are you referring to? which higher models?

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 06:24 PM

any news regarding DTS?
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Posted 28 April 2011 - 09:15 PM

any news regarding DTS?

nothing yet... :(

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 06:02 AM

nothing yet... :(

No DTS and no PGS support basically means you do not support BluRay, wich again means that I do not understand why I should purchase a MediaLink device.
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Posted 29 April 2011 - 12:34 PM

I doubt we will ever support iso, bd, dvd structures on the TVs. There are technical issues, but i would think mainly because we make BD/DVD players.


The whole point i bought a new LG TV with SmartTV is because you lose the hassle of having an extra BD/DVD player or MediaCenter PC/Box...
So this is very weird argument in my opinion.

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:22 PM

what USB recording feature are you referring to? which higher models?


in Europe the high models where listed with USB recording to record the DVBC tuner.
So people would be able to pause a tv channel or record it.
(I know this has nothing to do with Media Link, but ok)

This was for the nano models, but they are postponed now, which is logical, but also sad :(
Is this a hardware thing or maybe something that can be enabled through a firmware update

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 02:25 PM

The whole point i bought a new LG TV with SmartTV is because you lose the hassle of having an extra BD/DVD player or MediaCenter PC/Box...
So this is very weird argument in my opinion.


I so agree to this.

I find it hard to see the big advantage of this.
Because now it only seems like a nice DNLA skin.

So if I buy a tv from a competitive brand, which support DNLA, then it probably will support the same formats and perhaps even more.

The big news last year was, when they announced plex and LG working together, that people wanted to believe they would have a FULL plex client on their tv.
And with a server somewhere else in the house, then they would have exactly the same functionality they have now, with their separate MAC mini PLEX client.

So I am really wondering what PLEX (through Media Link) is offering extra

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Posted 29 April 2011 - 04:12 PM

in Europe the high models where listed with USB recording to record the DVBC tuner.
So people would be able to pause a tv channel or record it.
(I know this has nothing to do with Media Link, but ok)

This was for the nano models, but they are postponed now, which is logical, but also sad :(
Is this a hardware thing or maybe something that can be enabled through a firmware update

no wonder... European models. Nick and I only support US models as we work for LG USA... for assistance with any European models you will need to contact LG in your country. Jealous of the feature though. its probably a hardware thing

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 06:49 PM

Ok Scot, but how would you compare the plex (media link) client with a normal DNLA client, which normally is present in a TV.

I know Panasonic, Sony, Samsung all support DNLA, and I get the feeling that DNLA supports exactly the same formats for video codecs!

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Posted 02 May 2011 - 01:53 PM

Ok Scot, but how would you compare the plex (media link) client with a normal DNLA client, which normally is present in a TV.

I know Panasonic, Sony, Samsung all support DNLA, and I get the feeling that DNLA supports exactly the same formats for video codecs!

its not that DLNA supports X codecs and MediaLink supports Y codecs... it has nothing to do with either, but depends on the playback device, in this case the TV.

The major difference is that PLEX will give you the beautiful interface with all the metadata that its famous for, similar to what programs like XBMC will give you on a computer.

the DLNA player will list files in a basic GUI, like any of the Panny, Sony and Samsung TVs. kind of like looking at a list of files (thumbnails as well) as one would in Windows.

Again, the difference is the interface.

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Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:11 PM

its not that DLNA supports X codecs and MediaLink supports Y codecs... it has nothing to do with either, but depends on the playback device, in this case the TV.


So, does the STU6000 support playback (in an mkv container) of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA? Also will it support PGS subtitles in mkv? The LG website is not particularly clear on this. Presumably media link and the dlna client use the same player so hopefully that can be used to gauge the playback capabilities for when media link arrives.

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Posted 11 May 2011 - 06:59 PM

I so agree to this.

I find it hard to see the big advantage of this.
Because now it only seems like a nice DNLA skin.

So if I buy a tv from a competitive brand, which support DNLA, then it probably will support the same formats and perhaps even more.

The big news last year was, when they announced plex and LG working together, that people wanted to believe they would have a FULL plex client on their tv.
And with a server somewhere else in the house, then they would have exactly the same functionality they have now, with their separate MAC mini PLEX client.

So I am really wondering what PLEX (through Media Link) is offering extra



Yes, that's exactly what it is. A nicer version of DLNA. That's what is extra.

In the picture on the left is the DLNA player built into the TV...on the right is MediaLink.

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What codecs do the others play this doesn't? LMK and I'll look into it.

I just don't see any chance our TVs will play cracked DVDs or BDs directly on the TV. You guys have more faith in Movie Industry lawyers than I do. We can't even output full res on component anymore.

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Posted 19 May 2011 - 01:09 PM

Apart from mixing down DTS to 2 channel stereo, is the plex server just pushing the movie untouched to the LG TV ?. Or is it possible to have movies transcoded on the fly ?.
And was it correct that there was Fast Forward / Rewind issues with Plex on the LG TV's ? Or was that specific to a video\audio format. If so..unfortunately that is a deal breaker unfortunately.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 04:52 PM

Is there any actual release date information on Media Link for the ST600? I cant seem to find anything other than Q2, or later this year. Does anyone have any kind of timeline on when this will be available, currently i am using my HDMI out from my Xoom Tablet to get it to my tv (LG w/no smart tv) =(
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Posted 03 June 2011 - 12:45 AM

Apart from mixing down DTS to 2 channel stereo, is the plex server just pushing the movie untouched to the LG TV ?. Or is it possible to have movies transcoded on the fly ?.
And was it correct that there was Fast Forward / Rewind issues with Plex on the LG TV's ? Or was that specific to a video\audio format. If so..unfortunately that is a deal breaker unfortunately.


I inspected the temp data folder on the server while playing a movie on the tv and it looks to me that audio and video are both transcoded when downmixing DTS. I haven't found any files that I can ff/rew while playing in Media Link, but I just use the magic motion remote to skip where I want to go in the video. I was already used to having to do that with MKV's on Windows Media Center. But at least with WMC you can use the remote to skip forward and backwards by 15/30 second jumps. There's no button for that on the LG Remote.

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Posted 17 June 2011 - 10:06 AM

I've got LG Smart with Plex through my MAC. Have added all of the video plug ins but none will play. National Geographic did once but now it gets the same message as the others
"Cannot play the media"
Oh so frustrating. Help please?




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