View Full Version : DVD Playing over network

03-29-2002, 04:00 PM

If i share my dvd drive on one pc, is it possible to watch the movie on another pc on my network?

I shared my drive and installed a player on my other pc, but i could not enter a network location for the drive, so i assume i need a special player for this?

Anyone know if this can be done...


03-29-2002, 05:54 PM
that has the potential to really congest your network.

almost all dvds are encrypted, despite companies saying they'll stop encrypting them after a while. you cannot (legally) copy vob files onto your own computer (circumventing encryption, section 1201 of DMCA). supposing we ignored all that, you could do it by unencrypting vob files and playing it over the network. most software dvd players work only on dvd drives, though, but there might be some that do.

03-29-2002, 06:08 PM
If you really wanted to, you could probably put something like subseven or some other trojan on your dvd playing comp. Then, when you wanted to watch, just take control of it from your comp w/the trojan. Worth a shot I guess but it might come out crappy after going through the networks.

03-29-2002, 06:46 PM
I dont think any DVD player apps out there support this, you could try writing an app which sends the contents of the Desktop HDC across the network but i dont know how well that would work.

03-29-2002, 07:14 PM
I don't see why that shouldn't work, other than that with the complexity of the data sent from a DVD, your network could be REALLY clogged.

03-30-2002, 06:23 PM
I've tryed it across a P2P network but none of the programs i tried wanted to read from the shared drive. (Windows XP - Grrrrr)

03-30-2002, 08:21 PM
More than likely, you would have to set up one network soley deticated to your DVD escapades. First, you'll need gForce 3's with the external monitor port on every terminal, its own wiring (its not rj45, i forget the proper abrv. for it but its high speed data anhow). After this you'll need your programs, look around....maybe download.com, maybe use Kazaa to pirate some *kewl* apps or purchase gForce Server. Then, set back and enjoy. BTW it can be done, I was a large company the other day and saw the vid conf. and asked the head tech if it supported dv and he pointed to the dvd player in the corner of his office....or you could just walk up your stairs and watch your movies vs not walking and using the one downstairs, right???

03-31-2002, 10:38 AM
lacking all else, buy a tv-out card and a few dozen feet of co-axal.

03-31-2002, 01:57 PM
Coax is a good idea, as for the tv-out, gForce is the best idea, i think. But what distribution agent would u use?

03-31-2002, 02:22 PM
it should work, i run installations from cd drives off of other computers on my network to install on my PC. All you need is to be able to view the other persons cd drive through Network Neighboorhood, and the cd drive is shareable.

03-31-2002, 03:13 PM
Happy birthday TNT (big 15 today..hehe)

03-31-2002, 03:24 PM
Happy Birthday! :)

03-31-2002, 05:03 PM
Lol, thanks people. Ya 15 today, im ageing.

I assinged the shared drive to a letter in dos using net use \\tnthome\f x:

I then put x: in my dvd player, it worked but it was so slow so i gave up..

Thanks anyway though,

03-31-2002, 09:12 PM
hmm, this sounds like a challange. The only problem is that the MPAA might say that such a program denotes "public performance" of a product. But, then again, I'm tired of talking nice to those money motivated *******s.

So instead, I think I'll whip up a quick program that runs independent of any software and grabs the contents of a screen and continuously streams it, or as much of it as it can over a standard lan, to other client side machines. Bear in mind, that such a program would not be officially made "for displaying dvd's over more than one viewing device" but rather "a tool for monitering a machine's onscreen status from a remote location."

Either way, **** the MPAA, **** the RIAA. If I were to get a legal threat from them, then I would ask Rich "Lowtax" Kyanka, of www.somethingawful.com fame to help me with the reply, given that at least a half dozen have threatened to sue him for posting their site as the "awful link of the day."