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I tried using Windows Media Player to stream my media when I got my first smart TV some years ago, and it almost worked. But it was very picky when it came to the different formats and updating media library, and I went looking for something better. I found Serviio and haven't looked back because it just works. It plays pretty much any format that I throw at it, refreshes the library automatically or you can force it to refresh right away after adding a file. I particularly like that I can organize the files in any way I can think of, and choose to hide/show categories so that the path to the files that I want takes the minimal amount of steps. In 5+ years of using Serviio, it crashed only once, after an update clashed with JAVA version on my PC. Other than that the only performance issues I have are with the large files (1080p HD) that have a lot of high-pitched background noises. In these cases the video sometimes "stutters" - I think it has to do with the fact that my wi-fi router is quite far away from my TV, I tried once getting it closer and that seemed to fix the performance. But in all these years I haven't found enough motivation to buy a signal booster/extender, so it must not be a big enough problem :) See More
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