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DLNA streaming, where is the content rendered?

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I'm thinking about building a dedicated music/media server, now that I am considering purchasing a TV that can DLNA stream. I am curious as to where the streamed content is rendered, however - is the rendering done via a chip on the television, or is it rendered server side and then sent to the TV?

The reason for my asking is that I am considering the Intel D510 for my server motherboard, and the 510 lacks a large amount of hardware decoding for videos. If I attempted to stream a high-definition video that required rendering on the Atom, I imagine there would be a fair amount of video lag and stutter.

Can anyone shed some light on this issue?
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I run a server using Mezzmo server software that will transcode any formats not compatible with my tv to a format wich is.
Needless to say this requires a fair bit of grunt as it transcodes while you watch.
However if you stick to formats that are compatible with your television you shouldn't run into any problems at all.
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That's good information, thank you. I'll check which formats are supported by the TV I'm getting and will be sure to rip all my media in a compatible form.
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If it does need to transcode, the file will be transcoded where said file is stored.
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Glad to help. So you have decided on a tv then? What software will you use to stream?
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I haven't decided on a TV yet, I'm looking at a few in the 32" range.

At the moment, I am thinking Serviio will be my best bet, in combination with a DLNA TV with a wide range of file formats. Apparently Windows Media Player brute-force transcodes, no matter what options the TV can support, and Serviio seems to be able to conquer this limitation.
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If you really want to stream your movie library, I honestly, would not recommend DLNA. I'd recommend UPNP via XBMC or even windows file sharing if you're open to building a HTPC for your main TV.

I do understand that this would require more work and be slightly complex, but believe me, it's quite worth it to not be format restricted and not have to do any transcoding.
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XBMC is a great choice, great UI too
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If you really want to stream your movie library, I honestly, would not recommend DLNA. I'd recommend UPNP via XBMC or even windows file sharing if you're open to building a HTPC for your main TV.
DLNA is pretty much the same as UPNP. Playback is handled by the client so you shouldn't need much CPU performance on the server. However, there are some UPNP/DLNA servers (e.g. PS3 Media Server) that do real-time transcoding of content not compatible with your UPNP/DLNA client. Needless to say, these servers would require much more CPU power. In the case of real-time HD transcoding, it will require more CPU than a gaming desktop.
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