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Wed, 18 Nov 2009

DLNA Media Server for Android

Recently we had a project at Onirica about creating/porting a DLNA Media Server for/to the Android platform. It was a good choice to start playing with the Android platform as it allowed us to evaluate several things:

As our intention was not re-invent the wheel, we looked for some available Media Servers coded in Java to re-use and we found two: The main problem with ps3mediaserver (that is the one I use at home) was that it was too oriented to transcoding and the code was not abtracted enough to get only the DLNA/upnp bits. The main problem with Cidero Server was that it was not serving local files at all, only links to internet radio stations, so one of the main functionalities was missing. Finally we choose to take the Cidero code, adapt it to the android platform, implement the missing parts and code the android specific parts.
The adapt/port process included:And the new bits we had to implement:As in every software development process we found some unexpected problems:But finally the application is working nicely:

click on the image to view a demo video

[22:38] | Permalink | 4 comments

Posted by Zeeshan Ali (Khattak) at Wed Nov 18 23:41:01 2009
Congratulations! Being the main developer of a UPnP stack and DLNA MediaServer I know how hard it is to get things going. If you are really serious about this project, I must warn you that this is going to be a long process to get thing anywhere near perfect. I also hope that you have access to all DLNA documents.

Posted by Benjamin Kahn at Mon Nov 23 05:49:33 2009
And where is your application?  I've been looking for this exact app.  Searching for "Media Server" in the market comes up with nothing.

Posted by Guigoz9 at Sun Dec 20 14:44:17 2009
Hi, I'm looking for this media server too. Where could we get it?

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