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TangoOversway
Level 7

Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K

I'm considering adding a Roku unit or two in to my network.  I have our home and a guest house, both on the same LAN (they're about 350' apart, but connected by fiber cable).  I'm dumping DISH TV because I'm tired of having to work around all the bugs on their DVR system.  I think I'll be using a mix of Apple TV and Roku, depending on what I like about the different products.

I'm using Channels as a DVR and am still experimenting with apps for playback for that.  It appears there is not a Channels app for Roku.  I have been using UMS for a good while for other purposes and am thinking I can use that as a server for the shows Channels records.  I see some mention of UMS in the forums here, but I can't see anything that gives me a clear statement that I can play media files on a Roku from a UMS server.

Can I play video files on my Roku through UMS?

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K

UMS is one of many DLNA server products available. Yes, Roku can play over DLNA using the Roku Media Player channel/app. What I don't know is what sort of support UMS has for Roku players. The problem is that Roku only supports a limited number of codecs and containers. If your media is unsupported, it has to be transcoded to play. Some DLNA servers offer profiles specifically for Roku devices, while some don't. 

If your media is in a MKV, TS, MOV or MP4 container, and the video is H.262/264/265 or MP4, and the audio is Dolby Digital, 2 channel AAC or PCM, then they will play with no issues. Note that the non-4K Roku players don't support H.265, and older Roku players don't support H.262 (MPEG-2) either. 

If UMS does support transcoding specific for Roku (and I think it might) then you'll be fine. You could also consider another DLNA server option, such as Plex (which has its own Roku app) or Serviio. I happen to be the author of the Roku profiles on Serviio, so I know they work pretty well. Smiley Happy

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Paulwc
Level 7

Re: Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K

I left Serviio and went to Plex. I liked Plex but it got bloated and  then went with the Open Source Plex alternative JellyFin and really like it. I will say Plex now has free live tv channels service, free movie catalog and fresh news, for the cordcutter, like Pluto TV, etc. Jellyfin has a Roku App and they have live TV and DVR built in if you have a TV tuner on your computer, which makes it nice. I record/dvr over the air.

On Serviio I had to do m3u streams from my TV tuner and then use a secondary TV guide on my phone/tablet. Honestly, I outgrew Serviio but it was really great just starting out. I probably used your Roku profile. Smiley Wink Jellyfin gives me that "netflix" feel and has one click plugins with a large community working together. Jellyfin is light on the system, too and uses a straight sql3, edited able  database.

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K

Glad you're satisfied with your setup. After all, that's the bottom line. Smiley Very Happy

But I'm not certain how you "outgrow" Serviio. If I had any complaint about it, I would want an admin function that allowed for editing the metadata, similar to the way Plex allows complete editing, including changing the cover art used. But I've encountered no issues with Serviio's functionality. 

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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Paulwc
Level 7

Re: Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K

I outgrew it in many ways. I record shows and movies so I wanted a better, more functional and customizable frontend app instead of Roku Media player. Serviio does not offer a dedicated channel/app as a player. But it works well with Roku Media Player which is as bland as they come.

Next, and my biggest issue, was not being able to have an onscreen guide, manually having to add m3u streams to Serviio for my tv tuner, etc.

You don't have to pay to browse your media via a web interface, use your media when you're away from your home network, or "stack" your video's together. I know, they have to make money, but Jellyfin is open source and free.

I also wanted to have the server mark a video or movie watched, be able to rate what I watched and have it recommend something else to watch that I might like that I recorded and have not watched yet.

I liked it, it did the job but my needs changed. Also, I'm not dissing Serviio. Smiley Very Happy

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Using UMS (Universal Media Server) with Roku Ultra 4K


@Paulwc wrote:

I outgrew it in many ways. I record shows and movies so I wanted a better, more functional and customizable frontend app instead of Roku Media player. Serviio does not offer a dedicated channel/app as a player. But it works well with Roku Media Player which is as bland as they come.

Next, and my biggest issue, was not being able to have an onscreen guide, manually having to add m3u streams to Serviio for my tv tuner, etc.

You don't have to pay to browse your media via a web interface, use your media when you're away from your home network, or "stack" your video's together. I know, they have to make money, but Jellyfin is open source and free.

I also wanted to have the server mark a video or movie watched, be able to rate what I watched and have it recommend something else to watch that I might like that I recorded and have not watched yet.

I liked it, it did the job but my needs changed. Also, I'm not dissing Serviio. Smiley Very Happy


I can appreciate all of that. Although Serviio does mark movies and TV shows as watched. But for movies, they are only displayed as such if that presentation is enabled. And of course it's going to be limited in the number shown. Agreed that Petr deserves to make some money from the effort he puts in. I feel it was well worth the cost, but I also completely appreciate having other options. 

Enjoy! Smiley Very Happy

Dan
Roku Stick (3600), Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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