MiniDLNA plus VLC to XBox 360 or DirecTV On-The-Fly
My end goal for this project is to display a live internet stream through my PC on my TV by way of some DLNA client. I am currently using MiniDLNA (set up and working) as my server and I have a DirecTV receiver and an XBox 360 as options for the client. So far, I can view static videos on the client (something that is in the proper video format for the client to read), but I am having issues getting a live stream to work. My end goal for all of this is to watch MLB on my TV without having to plug a PC into my TV.
For those not familiar, there is a python project (mlbviewer) that will find the stream for me through my MLB.com account and stream that to VLC. I can then use VLC to transcode that to something that the DLNA client can read. I'm very new to DLNA and streaming video, so I'm not entirely certain what I need to do here, but I've read that the answer for the XBox is an ASX file that points to the stream. Currently, I cannot see the ASX file on the XBox (or DTV receiver) though I can see the other video files in the folder - which I think may be a MiniDLNA problem.
Other thoughts: I have tried uShare and MediaTomb, and so far I prefer MiniDLNA (if it works) for its light weight and command line configuration.
As ypu probably know, minidlna does not have the feature that you are looking for. However, you can request new features and enhancements here.
As minidlna has a very small number of developers, if you are into C programming, you may want to try it yourself.
There is already a patch for minidlna that will transcode most files to DVD format for some picky (i.e. Sony) clients. Perhaps that patch can be leveraged to transcode a stream. The file scanner could be modified to pick up streams from MLB.com and put them in the dlna database. The transcoder (ffmpeg or mencoder) would then make a direct stream connection. You could likely bypass mlbviewer and vlc altogether.
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