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I got it working what I initially wanted. I have a desktop computer, which I use as a "streaming server". I send all the VLC streaming commands to it, and my desktop computer sends the video to the STB. The connection between my laptop and desktop computer is established with a tool called PsExec. Here's the command I'm sending to my desktop computer:

"vlc" -I dummy --dummy-quiet --directx-volume=0.00 "C:\Users\User\video.ts" :sout=#duplicate{dst=udp{mux=ts,dst=239.9.14.2:1234},dst=dummy} :no-sout-rtp-sap :no-sout-standard-sap :sout-all :ttl=1 :sout-keep

Everything works, I can stream content using my laptop, but I don't have any control over it (I don't have the regular VLC GUI). You're probably wondering why wouldn't I just stream the whole thing with VLC GUI not dummy interface - get a VNC client or even TeamViewer and start streaming and control VLC that way. Well, there are other people who'd like to use the desktop computer as well - that's why I don't want to distract them in any way.
But I'd like to have control over playing content - I want to pause it, rewind it, fast-forward it, etc. Though if I won't get this working, it wouldn't be the end of the world, hehe. I'm glad I got this working even that way.

Thanks for any suggestions on how I could accomplish this!

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re " there are other people who'd like to use the desktop computer as well - that's why I don't want to distract them in any way." <-- i've heard that linux running vnc lets you have multiple desktops with vnc, though windows doesn't. And perhaps linux with its multiple desktops would give you gui access without distracting others –  barlop May 17 at 10:26
    
perhaps not relevant, but related to some control- i've just managed to change volume. c:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC>.\vlc.exe -I dummy --global-key-vol-down=a c :\crp\a2.mp3 Maybe the dummy interface is the term for the command prompt (the one spawned, not the one the command is issued from) c:\Program Files (x86)\VideoLAN\VLC> when the new cmd prompt comes up keep tapping 'a' decreases the volume. But that's not so unintrusive graphically. –  barlop May 17 at 10:42
    
I managed to get it working thanks to VLC's web interface. –  user3596479 May 17 at 13:53
    
you can post an answer to your oqn question and accept it(they let you post an answer to your own question and then come back in about 2 days and accept it) but even if you don't want to come back in 2 days, it's still useful if you post your answer. –  barlop May 17 at 18:26

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