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junkdroid
Level 7

Roku Media Player Playlist errors

My DLNA server is hosted off of an OpenMediaVault implementation on an RPi 4.  The shares are reachable and usable by other devices and Roku Media Vault is able to play songs/albums if I manually select them.

 

I used VLC media player to put together a playlist and saved it in the shared folder as: EasyDayListening.m3u

 

When I went to Roku Media Player it was able to see the playlist but upon selecting the play list it displayed the error: "No compatible media found in: EasyDayListening.m3u"

 

The M3u file is configured with a number of items, but here are the first two:

#EXTM3U
#EXTINF:289,Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise
http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8200/MediaItems/4234.mp3
#EXTINF:173,Phil Collins - You Can't Hurry Love
http://192.168.xxx.xxx:8200/MediaItems/4238.mp3

 

The IP addressing is complete and correct in the file.  I thought that the path given was odd since I don't have a folder called "Mediaitems", but if I copy the line and paste to any browser on my network the media file plays properly.  My actual path is something akin to: \\PI\Backups\DLNA\file.mp3

 

So what is wrong here?  Is there a preferred tool for building an M3U file?  Can Roku Media Player navigate the paths in my current m3u file or do they need to be formatted differently?

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junkdroid
Level 7

Re: Roku Media Player Playlist errors

After testing this in numerous ways, creating the playlists from numerous devices with various orientations of links in the playlist I have to conclude that RMP is, at best, 10% functional when it comes to playing mp3 off a DLNA server.

 

It appears that RMP is unable to parse/read/find media files via a DLNA hosted .m3u playlist if the file name contains any spaces at all.  Formatting my entire music library to strip out spaces is unworkable so I am able to play exactly two songs.  "Home" and "September" as those are the only two songs on the playlist that don't contain any spaces.

 

After doing some additional digging I found this was a bug reported back in 2009 so I must conclude RMP has zero support and you're best off not wasting your time.  If you need/want to stream music to your TV from a DLNA server either mount a USB key locally to Roku or find anything other than RMP.

 

As a final test, a friend loaned me a media stick of a different manufacturer and it's media player app saw the playlist, played the files, and even played the files within folders which RMP also appears to have heaps of trouble doing.

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mockware
Level 7

Re: Roku Media Player Playlist errors

so i managed to get roku to use my playlists if i replace spaces with underscores.

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