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Chicken
Level 10

Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

How does one know in advance what a piece of hardware won't do before buying it?  I haven't been able to stream any local media to the Roku, looks like I'll have to find some other device.

And if my ISP is down, I haven't found Roku capable of doing anything I need while waiting for service to resume, big disappointment.  I guess that's another reason I need some other device, b/c Roku practically requires you pay twice before playing any content and won't play any content I bought and paid for 10 years ago.

Streaming from paid services ONLY (reruns of McHales Navy don't count!), so I have to pay for access controlled internet service on top of paying for cable subscription, the remotes are buggy as heck, it makes no sense and I refuse to continue down this path.

Samba is pretty universal I think, my router serves files this way, not DLNA, Roku should support it but has chosen not to apparently, wonder why this wasn't mentioned on the box before I bought it?

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Chicken
Level 10

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

"atc98092" wrote:
"Chicken" wrote:
How does one know in advance what a piece of hardware won't do before buying it?  I haven't been able to stream any local media to the Roku, looks like I'll have to find some other device.

And if my ISP is down, I haven't found Roku capable of doing anything I need while waiting for service to resume, big disappointment.  I guess that's another reason I need some other device, b/c Roku practically requires you pay twice before playing any content and won't play any content I bought and paid for 10 years ago.

Streaming from paid services ONLY (reruns of McHales Navy don't count!), so I have to pay for access controlled internet service on top of paying for cable subscription, the remotes are buggy as heck, it makes no sense and I refuse to continue down this path.

Samba is pretty universal I think, my router serves files this way, not DLNA, Roku should support it but has chosen not to apparently, wonder why this wasn't mentioned on the box before I bought it?

Again another gripe. No Roku has ever supported access network shares, and no documentation ever claimed such. The Amazon Fire TV does not either, and to my knowledge neither does the Apple TV. You can get an Nvidia Shield if that's your preferred method of streaming your media. But DLNA is a perfectly usable way to access your media. 

I cannot get DLNA to run on Roku either, list of playable files comes up empty.  There are MP4's stored in multiple locations across my network.  Why would anyone want so many lmitations the system is rendered useless?
My question was, how does one know in advance Roku is practically useless if it doesn't plainly state so on the box or at least, web site?  This will fail, bigly.

Even the Android Remote app has no capability of accessing files over an intranet, the entire Roku construct is completely useless if the ISP is down.
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CParker
Level 10

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

My ultra found and played files from DLNA with no problem. 
Plugged a usb Stick into my router, enabled it as a DLNA server, Roku found it and played the files. 
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theuser86
Level 10

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

Yes Roku Media Player channel found my DLNA server and played the files no problem.

But honestly for local network streaming check out the Plex channel / app. It works great. Just install the Plex Media Server on your NAS or computer.
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Chicken
Level 10

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

"theuser86" wrote:
Yes Roku Media Player channel found my DLNA server and played the files no problem.

But honestly for local network streaming check out the Plex channel / app. It works great. Just install the Plex Media Server on your NAS or computer.

PLEX has parasitic attributes I wish to avoid, SMB would fit my needs best.

Where is the ROKU DIAL protocol documented and has anyone successfully integrated it in their stand-alone implementation?
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atc98092
Community Streaming Expert

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

You might find people with more experience with DIAL on the Roku Developers forum https://forums.roku.com/viewforum.php?f=34
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trekkeriii
Level 11

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

There is no Channel that does SMB shares directly. DLNA or Plex are your options.
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mentalplex
Level 7

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

 


@mike_s wrote:
By "network share," I assume people are referring to Microsoft's proprietary SMB/CIFS. I don't blame Roku for choosing to support the industry-wide standard DLNA, which is not only standardized, but tailored for media applications.

Even Microsoft recognizes that DLNA is the proper solution for media sharing - it's what Windows Media Player uses.

I suspect the complainer doesn't really care whether it's SMB or DLNA, they just want to play stuff. But, they made the mistake of buying a "NAS" device which doesn't support DLNA, so they want Roku to support SMB to fix their mistake.

There are several open source network share protocols and applications, including samba, which uses the smb protocol. smb is not proprietary, and samba has been open source since 1992, before open source was a thing. Samba and file shares using the smb protocol are perfectly fine open source servers for media streaming. Sure, DLNA makes it easier to restrict (read break) media files you own with DRM, and so that may make it more palatable for roku, but no, it's not because smb is proprietary or a Microsoft product. 

beagle_eye
Level 7

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

Can't say for sure on the Roku, (that is why I started looking here in the first place) but FireStick you absolutely can. There are a few different ones to choose from, VLC, X-File, just a few that I have tried myself. The bad part is, the X-File doesn't continue on to the next video file automatically. So far, VLC has been the best one to work for me.

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JGobert
Level 7

Re: Can Roku Ultra play media files from network share ?

“Again another gripe. No Roku has ever supported access network shares, and no documentation ever claimed such. The Amazon Fire TV does not either, and to my knowledge neither does the Apple TV. You can get an Nvidia Shield if that's your preferred method of streaming your media. But DLNA is a perfectly usable way to access your media. “

 

For the record Apple TV absolutely has this ability... there are a lot of apps that provide this type of functionality the best of which is called “Infuse Pro” in my opinion.  I’ve been an Apple TV user for as long as there have been Apple TV’s so yeah I can assure you that pretty much any type of shared content method is supported on Apple TV in some way, shape or form.

I picked up a Roku Ultra for the fun of it... was curious about them and am forcing myself to use it right now so I can learn as much as I can about the platform.  Honestly I like it so far... there are some trade off’s to be sure but what it does, it does pretty well.

One quick note... I do have a pretty good assortment of devices I own and have used over time... Every version of Chromecast up through the latest GoogleTV version, every Apple TV, nVidia Shield Pro, Amazon Fire TV, Roku Ultra, and smart TV’s from Vizio and Samsung just to name a few... that’s not counting the game consoles covering Sony, MS and Nintendo.  Out of every device I’ve deployed at home where the user base has ranged from myself to my parents and down to my young nephews the Apple TV units have been the easiest for everyone to use.  To date there has always been an app available if we had a use case that the device couldn’t serve out of the box and no one has had a bit of trouble navigating the services on their own.

I know that my experience isn’t reflective of everyone else’s... being more of a power user myself I don’t necessarily need the simplicity of the “walled garden” but for those that do need it there’s none better IMHO...

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