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Basic Need for Home Media Theater


lweltert@gmail.com

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As a former Apple Developer I have very clear ideas on what is needed to have a clean and efficient Home Media Theater.

The WebOs porting on LG TV's is brilliant, yet it has to develop it's full potential.

 

As a worklist, maybe while waiting to become a devoleper myself, I write down first the basic needs for the final user who has a collection of movies/tv shows/personal videos sotred on a home network, either on NAS or on shares on various computers.

 

- Organization of Media: the initial intuition of the DLNA protocol is still valid: Video, Photo and Audio are three distinct starting point. Either via DLNA or SMB or other protocols users should be allowed to browse they're media collection elegantly, either readings text list, or with thumbnails. Folder structure should be easy to access.

 

- For Video: Audio selection; one very basic and yet difficult to manage thing is the ability to choose and change on the fly the audio track in a movie

 

- For Video: Subtitle selection: as above

 

 

The actual SmartShare fails in every single step of this basic list: it does not allow you to choose display mode (list, thumbnails, maetadata, etc), it does not allow you to change audio (it works on USB, not on shares) and it does not allow you to show subtitles, not even the embedded ones.

 

I know there are fierce limitations in the DLNA protocol but.......

 

The final user experience in the Era of XBMC Gotham cannot be such as proposed today on LG top tv's.......

 

Do you need a hand in developing smart share? Any plan to upgrade it?  Any plan to develop a non-DLNA client, maybe a SMB client or a PLEX client?

 

Why not get in touch with XBMC community? It could save years.......

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 I know this will probably get buried but ive just started writing a replacement for Smartshare, because i really hate the UI and the whole user expreience in general. I was planning on implementing SMB support once i get the UI working

i have no timeline at present, as its probably going to be a hobby project when I have free time, which isnt a lot right now.

Any other features that i should look into implementing?

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 I know this will probably get buried but ive just started writing a replacement for Smartshare, because i really hate the UI and the whole user expreience in general. I was planning on implementing SMB support once i get the UI working

i have no timeline at present, as its probably going to be a hobby project when I have free time, which isnt a lot right now.

Any other features that i should look into implementing?

No other features for me... Samba would make me really really really REALLY happy!

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