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I have some .MKV/.MP4 files I have been trying to play.  I have tried multiple DLNA players and they all see to have the same issue with my TV.

My TV is a Samsung 55UND6000 smart TV(or so they claim).

I can copy the MKV video file to a USB flash drive, connect it to my TV and the .MKV/.MP4 file plays just fine.  However, if I attempt to stream the same MKV file across the network, the TV will not play the file and give an error "unrecognized format".  I have tried this with Twonky, XBMC and even trying to connect from my TV to an SMB share.

In all of the above scenarios, this work with .AVI file formats no problem.

Has anyone encountered this issue and know how to resolve it?
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If you are inv Android try BubbleUPnP. However I'm pretty sure it won't work. That's because the protocol is mostly fixed and standardised. You can only hope Samsung will update firmware to enable it. Luckily USB works though, it's more reliable anyway, and skipping through the file is usually faster.
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So this is an issue with DNLA from my Samsung TV when streaming over IP more so than the data type?
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The Samsung complies with the standards during or before the time of production (that's why "simple" avi files are working). If any effort is made on Samsung's side, it could be solved. However, after 2 years, don't expect them to throw any budget towards updating an older TV.
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Are you talking about the way it interprets an MKV/MP4 file on USB verses via DLNA or Ethernet or wireless for video streaming?
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My last response was solely focused on DLNA.
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I did some trawling of the internet and I found the answer on like the fifth page deep of links.  The answer was so simple LOL.  Just rename the .MKV/.MP4 to .AVI and voila, the files play on my Samsung flawlessly!

Thanks for your input though :)
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Took a bit more googling and I found a resolution
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