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I have recently bought a Sony Bravia 40EX520.

To watch videos on it I need to copy them to a USB drive, which is a time-consuming process.

As there is connectivity of LAN for the TV, can I watch the videos directly if they are shared on a computer within the LAN?

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Your TV seems to access media over DLNA, a technology which allows you to stream media over the network. In order to have access to the videos, your computer needs to become a DLNA server, which the TV should detect automatically, once they are in the same network.

Step 1 – Install a DLNA server on your PC

You didn't specify your operating system, and there are many DLNA servers for Windows alone. That being said, I personally use TVMobili. It is freely available for almost all platforms and seems to support a large number of media formats and client devices.

Once installed, you need to tell it where your videos are. Add them to TVMobili's library.

Step 2 – Connect the TV to the DLNA Server

Once TVMobili has scanned your videos, you'll be able to access them over your TV. You will need to:

  • Plug in the LAN cable and configure the TV so it can "see" the computer in the LAN
  • Start up the DLNA Server (TVMobili) if you haven't done yet
  • Connect to the DLNA Server. Consider reading the TV's manual for further details on how to do this.
  • You should see an interface where you can browse your videos by name, date or folder. This interface can be configured within TVMobilis settings.
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XBMC is also very very popular these days, but just search for DLNA media servers and you should find something that suits your needs. – slhck Aug 9 '11 at 9:33
thanks for the quick ans ... my pc uses WinXP and laptop has Win7 ... i ll test it after reaching home and let u know if hav any problems ... – Sandeep Aug 9 '11 at 9:37
thanku very much... dat was working like charm... i hav got one doubt.. my sony bravia doesnot recognize mkv files(more used often nw) so when my dlna server lists a mkv file can i play it on my tv ??? – Sandeep Aug 10 '11 at 8:44
I see what you mean... MKVs are tricky. They have to be supported by the TV and the DLNA server. I can play MKV files fine (I have TVMobili too), but probably because my Samsung TV supports it. I don't know the specifics of your TV, but you might want to try and see if there's a firmware upgrade or search for MKV compatibility online. – slhck Aug 10 '11 at 8:46
my TV doesnot support MKV i tried using USB... my question whether DLNA server can render it at runtime to TV or not... i thnk dats nt posible.. nyways thnks for ur help it was gr8... :) – Sandeep Aug 10 '11 at 8:49

Another option worth a shot is TVersity

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