NAS Streaming to New Samsung TV

April 17, 2011 at 15:05:56
Specs: Macintosh
I have a netgear router with ReadyShare and an attached 2tb hard drive with my video library stored on it. I just purchased a new Samsung LED-LCD tv with Smart Hub. I want to be able to view my videos stored on my external hard drive through my network to my new tv.

However, when I go to view my videos through the smart hub feature on the tv, only some of the videos and folders stored on the NAS are visible. For some reason, not all the videos are showing up. If i connect the hard drive directly to the tv via the tv usb port, I can see all of the videos and folders, but going through the router and network, not all the videos show up.

Any thoughts on why all the videos and folders won't show up when I go through the router/network? Only the first 30 or so videos appear, the rest I can't see.

Thanks for the help

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April 18, 2011 at 06:10:20
I have a Sam LE40C650 although its supposed to be DLNA, I had the same problem.

You will probably find, the videos will play ok through the usb port.

But your best bet, might be to install serviio

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April 18, 2011 at 06:27:05
Thanks for responding to my post.

If I connect the hard drive directly to my TV's usb port, everything works just fine. I can see all the videos and they play perfectly.

However, I want to attach my hard drive to my router, so that it is stored on my network and I can share the content on my hard drive with other TV's and devices in the house. But when I attempt to view the contents of my hard drive, which is connected to the router, from my tv, only the first 30 videos show up. The remaining folders and videos are not visible. The videos that I can see and play are the first 30 or so that appear in the folder, in alphabetical order, then I can't see anymore.

I'm rather new at all this stuff, so I'm probably missing something. Is serviio something I can install on my tv or router?

Thanks again for the help,

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April 18, 2011 at 07:21:49
Serviio is installed on your pc. It transcodes the movies on the fly. So your pc must be on.

Perhaps what you need is a Network Media player like the WDTV live or something similar.

For a full list of media players,

For more answers about Media player look at AV forums

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April 21, 2011 at 10:12:59
If you were to remove the first 30 videos alphabetically then you would be able to see and play the next viewable 30 videos. Correct?

I believe you, but it makes no understandable sense so must say it is related to the hard drive as it connects to the router meaning the router is presenting the limitation.

Is the hard drive a Network Access Server (NAS) device includes DLNA multimedia streaming servers or just a hard drive. If the latter then it may be adjustable depending on how it is connected via TV versus a router or another device.

I personally have not used any NAS devices so don't have the experience but from what you are saying it should not be limited to the 1st 30 videos when going thru the router when you can see and play them all connected directly to the TV.

I do have an external USB hard drive that is connected to my PC that I am able to access thru my TV via the WD Live device for my "Network Shares".

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April 21, 2011 at 11:10:09
I haven't actually tried taking off some of the videos on my hard drive to see if more videos, later in the alphabet would then appear. However, I did add a dummy file to my hard drive which fell in the alphabet range of videos showing, and it then appeared. It really makes no sense to me at all why only the first part of my videos, in alphabetic order, would appear.

The hard drive, router and TV are all DLNA certified. If i were to connect the hard drive directly to the TV through the USB port and take the router out of the equation, all of my videos appear. However, I want to have my videos stored on my network, so I can view them on other TV's through other devices.

I have another TV connected through a WD Live TV device, and it can view all of the videos on the hard drive, when the hard drive is connected to the router and on the network. So I'm thinking it has something to do with the TV when it is trying to read the files off the hard drive. But just don't get while it will show some videos, but not all of them.

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June 6, 2011 at 12:52:05
This is a limitation of the Samsung TV firmware. It refuses to play certain formats when connected to the network.
My guess is that either the hardware cannot cope with decoding and networking at the same time, or the decoding licenses were too expensive with networking support, or maybe Samsung does not want their industry buddies to think they are supporting file sharers.
All are good reasons to not buy a Samsung TV ...

But: Since the Samsung TV runs a (custom) version of Linux, there are alternative firmwares available on the net which remove this (and other) limitations. Aunt Google will help you out.

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June 12, 2011 at 01:48:14
I am having the same issue. Exactly same setup - Netgear router and 1 TB WD HDD. Plug in using USB and fine. Plug into router and i cant see most of my video files through the tv.

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June 14, 2011 at 16:50:55
Most Samsung TVs have DLNA built-in so you just need to install some DLNA media server software on your PC and you will be able to stream your files from your PC or NAS drive. A decent DLNA media server will transcode your files on-the-fly so they are compatible with your TV. That will get them all listed on your TV. Personally, I use Mezzmo media server ( I found it easy-to-use and works great with my Samsung LCD TV. The problem with trying to just stream directly from NAS drive is that NAS drives do not transcode files - and that's why you don't see all your files listed on your TV.

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August 23, 2011 at 16:59:09
I am in the same boat. After a certain date (Aug 5, 2011) anything new that I have added to my video folder does not show up on the Samsung. Lame.

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September 18, 2011 at 13:02:38
What about using something like WD My Book Live. It's got a built in DLNA Media Server which apparently streams music, photos and movies to any DLNA-certified multimedia device such as a WD TV Live network media player, Blu-ray Disc player, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and connected TV. DLNA 1.5 & UPnP certified.

Whilst it will connect to a WD Live device, if you're using a smart / connected TV then in theory, it should work.

I've not tried this yet but I've got both a Samsung UE46D5520 and 2TB WD My Book Live on order.... I also use a PC and Mac at home so I don't want to be limited to just PC compatible hardware/ software. I'll update soon with my findings unless you guys have some feedback from your efforts?


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October 5, 2011 at 02:55:08
I'm in in the same boat, I have a netgear router/modem and a seagate expansion drive connected it through usb, but my tv wont recignise it at all and cant' see any video's/music or photo's on it, it wont even see the drive??? but it see's both laptops fine and streams all videos and music fine... i have the samsung 55" led/lcd smart tv, and now wait... my windows wont even access the hard drive connected to the router??? it used to, now it see's it but wont open it cause it says the spelling is wrong????

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October 15, 2011 at 06:39:40
can't i just share my folder on my PC and browse & play it on my tv

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October 16, 2011 at 02:47:41
I have the same problem. I attach to a wireless network via a router to my NAS. I think what has happened is: the first time the Samsung device saw the NAS, it read it & created a menu of its contents. Since then, even though the NAS content has changed, the Samsung device menu has not been updated at any time. It still displays the first menu it created. There is no menu item on the Samsung device to allow you to force it to update the menu and it does not happen routinely or automatically. I've got a TV & a dvd both SmartHub & both work exactly the same way. I think it was an oversight in Samsung's software development of the smarthub. Resetting doesn't work, I have tried loads of things & I can't get mine to update.

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October 23, 2011 at 04:22:39
Try using PS3 Media Server it works on my PS3 and my Samsung 3D TV. Just install it on the computer and it finds the TV and the PS3. You can then see all the drives on your computer from your TV and then play the Movies, Pictures and Music.
Hope this helps.

PS you don't need a PS3 to use this program.

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October 25, 2011 at 23:22:53

I have just bought a Sony Bravia "smart" TV. I have Serviio installed on my PC and have spent some time getting it to talk to a D-Link 320 Media Player via my wireless router. But from your advice here, is it possible for Serviio to somehow talk directly to the TV via the route without the Media Player?

I am getting pretty confused on all the possible ways of linking to a smart TV. My main aim is to access ABC iView etc and Youtube on the TV.

Any help appreciated.


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October 26, 2011 at 11:24:43
You should be able to run serviio on your pc, & connect a network cable from the router to the TV. You don't need the media player.

I assume you have network point on your tv.

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November 2, 2011 at 05:45:57
Can a 2tb external hard drive connect to a 51" samsung pdp tv.
Want to purchase a hard drive but not sure if buying one is a good idea, my reason for wanting one is to be able to download all my movies onto my 2tb external hard drive & be able to watch them on my tv is that possible my tv as 2 usb ports.please help

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November 2, 2011 at 12:06:52
Depending on the model, it should play most types.

Go to the samsung support page & find your manual.

My LE40C650 plays avis mpegs, I think mkv. haven't used it for a long time

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November 16, 2011 at 00:29:47
Hi, Samsung TV Model UED375520R

I have had similar problems.

I use an Apple Mac and PC and at the moment I am trying to decide which to use (Apple pr PC ) as a recorder.

One thing I have noticed when looking at the Movies file (Via the Samsung TV) on the mac when files are added the TV does not always them. I have tried several times and some times it works. The other issue is failing to play files from a Humax HDR foxT2 via the network; Samsung's and Humax's technical department claim the files should play but they don't.

Saxmsung have said that I can return the TV for a full refund that makes me believe there may be a compatibility design problem with their Smart Hub. Please let me know if you find any resolution to the network drive issues.



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November 16, 2011 at 04:18:09
To footbar92:

Dear Sir,

Do you have any suggestion on where such a Linux firmware coud be found, to fix the respective limitations ? I could not find any, but maybe I do not know how to talk to aunt Google.

I have a Samsung BD-D5300 Blu-ray, a Balkin Play Max router and a WD 1Tb My Book connected by USB to the router. I can not get the folder structure on the WD to be seen on the BD, only very few of the files on the WD are visible, etc. If I connect the WD directly to the BD, everything is visible - folder structure, all files, etc. But, obviously, I would like to keep the WD connected to the router, so that it can be seen by all computers on my home network, as well as being able to stream content from it to my BD and further on to my TV (only my blu-ray has All Share/network capability, the TV doesn't).

Of course, I could use the most primitive solution of all, namely to unplug the WD from the router and plug it into the BD, but this is primitive even for primitive.

Many thans in advance for a competent reply.

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January 4, 2012 at 02:43:26
Just a suggestion guys....

But some cheap powerlines adaptors and relocated the NAS drive near the TV. Connect the NAS to the router via powerlines adaptors and connect the NAS to TV via USB.

You can buy a twin pack for £30 and some ethernet cables are cheap on ebays...


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January 4, 2012 at 07:05:57
I have the same problem as many. I bought the 37 Samsung web TV and had media streaming ok from my PC with folder and subfolder contents ( photo;'s particularly). But as I do not want my laptop left on I purchased an Iomega Cloud NAS. Although I can get to the photo files, it does not read my directory and folder structure, so I only have to search by date or look at all the photo's.
Both the NAS and the TV are DLNA certified.
Any good ideas?

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January 4, 2012 at 11:33:43
Forget about DLNA, you just need a media player. Not necessarily a Network media player, bit if you get a network media player, you can play stored content from your NAS

If you want advice ask on AV forums


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January 18, 2012 at 14:51:34
So my problem doesn't seem to exsist on any forum, I mean nobody has had this problem.

I have a Samsung TV connected to my network.Out of the box everything was working great saw my network, both my NAS's and my external drive connected to one of my NAS's. The was the same for the Samsung Blue-Ray i got at the same time.

I had to take down my network to move it to another room. Shut down my NAS's, moved them, and turned them back on. PCs see the drive's no problem (mapping had to change, but makes sense)

TV and DVD still see the network, and the two different NAS's, but now only a few of the hundreds of directories on the drives are visible?? I have tried everything I can think of to get them to show up. no luck.(I have completely reset the devices (pulled power cords)).

Here is the really odd part...if I take one of my files and copy it into one of the directories that the TV can see, then it will see it and play it. So it's not a problem with the media, or the drives. It's something about the TV and DVD not rescannin the root level, because instantly when I copy a file to one of the visable directories it sees it.

Thought, theories, suggestions?


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January 25, 2012 at 06:29:28
Hi folks. You need Mezzmo upnp server to work with Samsung TV or Plex. You can get Plex from SamyGo extentions which you get after rooting it. To root Samsung SmartTV :

Also it works well with DLNA server build in to Lynksys wag320n router

Hope it helps.

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January 25, 2012 at 20:13:59
forget all this stuff , ya have to create a playlist for movies in windows media player, ( windows 7 )then will be easy access for samsung smart tv ..

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January 29, 2012 at 12:17:43
Everyone Samsung has made it very easy for you to enjoy ALL your media over your network just install ALLSHARE software to the PC that holds all your media. From there your SMART TV or SMART Bluray will happily play all your videos with no probs, (unless they have been encoded incorrectly). Also, every time you add media to your pc you must refresh the ALLSHARE icon so that the server & your equipment see the new videos etc that you add. Happy couch potatoes to all!

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February 3, 2012 at 00:47:08

I got a Netgear NAS and i also do not see all my movies on my samsung tv (UE40D6310). It shows some files, but new ones don't show up.
How do i refresh this and how do I refresh allshare icon as stated in last post?
What is the best way to stream media from my RNDU6000 NAS to the Samsung TV?

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February 10, 2012 at 22:32:37

I just bought a Qnap II 119P with a Samsung TV EU40D6530. I would like to stream videos with Twonky, but I don't know which video format to use ?! I have converted VOB to Mpeg4 HD and a film of 6min. is 400MB. So, when I try to load it from Samsung's Smart Hub, after 20min, it is still not loaded.

Could you help me please ?

Thank you in advance.

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February 11, 2012 at 01:57:16
I suggest you try Twonky

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February 11, 2012 at 07:38:48
Have you installed Twonky on the NAS or a pc?

If you read all of the post, you will find serviio, this transcodes the files to something playable on the TV,

I could not find your nas among the list of supported devices.

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February 13, 2012 at 13:45:27
I have a Samsung UN40D5500 that it wasn't updating the directory tree of my external hard drive, connected via USB. What I did was to change the TV to look for photos instead of videos. That forced it to update the directory tree and when I searched back for videos, voila, they were all there. I hope this can be useful for someone.

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February 14, 2012 at 10:24:33
Samsung smart tv's only suppors certain video codec/formats. Are the ones on your NAS in the right codec, i.e. *.avi, *.mp4, *.wmv, etc as noted on pg. 219 of tv manual?

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February 16, 2012 at 10:20:52
I was having the same problem as many. I could only see a short list of the movies I had stored on my NAS hard drive via my TV (Samsung). This was not a TV issue in my case. I went to my user manual for my NAS hard drive and found out how to log into my NAS hard drive via my web browser. Under a support module there was a refresh media icon. Once I clicked that icon an waited for the process to complete my issue was over. I now see 100% of the movies listed on my TV screen. Hope this helps someone. Cheers!!

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April 9, 2012 at 13:55:55
I have a Samsung smart hub tv a netgear dgn3500 router a netgear readynas duo and a htpc.

All media on the htpc is mirrored on the nas. The Smart hub sees and plays every movie wirelessly from the nas (95 % MKV with some avi and mp4) when new movies are added to the nas they can be seen in smart hub by refreshing the nas contents in the nas set up.

When you select the htpc as the source in smart hub it does not show all the contents. I have no explanation for this all I can thnk is that the nas is Linux based and the htpc is windows based?

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April 25, 2012 at 10:36:36
I had a similar problem. I have a Samsung Smart TV and a Synology NAS.
I saw only a few folders and movies.
This was my solution:
In my Synology i went to Configuration - Mediaserver - Index Folder (maybe it's called different but my language is Dutch.
Then i chose Index again.
Now all my folders were visible.


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April 25, 2012 at 11:18:30
There is a way of installing serviio on a Synology nas.

Serviio will transcode the movies, so they will play on the samsung tv.

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.

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May 6, 2012 at 09:19:04
I totally agree as I have had the exact same experience and I am stuck with the three standard folders from my Buffalo NAS with a couple of files in each. Cant add anything into the folders and cant create new folders!

If anyone has any solution to this, i'm all ears as this is a crock! Whole point of buying a smart hub TV and a NAS (>£1000 in total) and can't do what it was purchased for!!

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