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Giveaway of the day — KooRaRoo Media 2.3.0.0

Enjoy your movies, music and photos on a wide range of devices with KooRaRoo Media DLNA server!
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User rating: 234 (35%) 429 (65%) 59 comments

KooRaRoo Media 2.3.0.0 was available as a giveaway on February 5, 2014!

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KooRaRoo Media is a DLNA server and media organizer that allows you to stream your video, music and photo files to all DLNA devices on your home network, including TVs, BluRay players, home theater systems, audio-video receivers, games consoles, media players, tablets and smart phones. KooRaRoo has on-the-fly transcoding to automatically convert files that are not compatible with your device, based on device-specific profiles that are fined-tuned for your specific device. Also includes extensive parental controls to limit media delivered to certain devices.

Extensive organizing features include a variety of automatic and manual playlists as well as total freedom in rearranging the layout of your media library. Supports multiple video and audio streams per file as well as your preferred audio language. Allows playback of backed up DVD disks as a single movie. Supports external, embedded and burned-in subtitles. Many more features!

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (x32/x64)

Publisher:

Programming Sunrise

Homepage:

http://www.kooraroo.com/index.php

File Size:

40.7 MB

Price:

$19.95

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#59

The product looks interesting. Still if it can also get streamline with you tube content, it will be more effective, you tube forms the major part of video uploading. This sets a major back draw for the product. It it also feature this option also. It will be a great product.

Reply   |   Comment by Andy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#58

Thank you all for the support and positive feedback and I hope I could help some of those who had issues.

My last reply (from this morning) is still not coming up - I don't know why it takes GAOTD 12 hours to moderate an entry. I hope this one comes up...

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#57

Works very well with iOS so far - no stuttering, good quality.

Some iOS DLNA clients to try out:



Reply   |   Comment by Jake  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#56

I've installed twice now, 2nd time killing as many processes to be safe, yet once the program opens it stays on "loading..." and apparently working behind the scenes, but 'Not Responding'. I let it go for about 30min and I concluded it was just too long for it to be doing something useful (it had hung I thought).
It shows 'My Music - 6 folders', 'My photos - 9 folders' and 'My Videos - 12 folders'.

I have many, many photos and mp3's mainly on D: drive. A bit only on C:\. Some videos.

After reading the comments here it seems like a great software from a fair dinkum aussie mate, so all the more reason to try it... but it doesn't seem to like my machine (XP Pro SP3, with 6-year old gear)? :-(

Or should it be doing the "loading..." for longer?

Reply   |   Comment by Calvo  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#55

I had d/l this last year because my Win 7 computer will not "Play To" a network device anymore after Comcast internet software was installed. I tried a google to find out why but no luck. I think it's something to do with a few component services not running. Maybe someone might know.

Reply   |   Comment by Johnny  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#54

I was able to get streaming from a PC to a Samsung SmartTV, but not everything would play.

I believe the most popular free server is XBMC, although I haven't tried it myself for streaming. I tend to run into problems when using it.

Reply   |   Comment by M.I. Summerset  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#53

I am installing on win 8.1 64, program seemed to install ok, but when I try to run I get the message "failed to load device definitions", any thoughts?

Reply   |   Comment by Daniel Kay  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#52

I tried this last time it was given away and I assume it has a fairly limited set of codecs and the transcoding isn't that great either, so I couldn't stream a lot of files. After a while it pretty much stopped working altogether and I had to look at some free alternatives.

Serviio is the best I have found so far and it's free. Easier to use, works better and even includes directory organisation (which is almost essential if you have a decent collection).

Give KooRaRoo a miss.

Reply   |   Comment by Nukkels  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#51

I have another question. After successfully registering (its says "Registered to GiveawayofTHE DAY" AT THE TOP), I wanted to try streaming to my Western Digital Play device. It listed KooRaRoo in "My Storage" When that was selected, the word "trial" followed the folder that contained the media. When that folder was selected, each of the files inside said "trial" as well. I wouldn't think that this was normal for a registered version. Any explanation?

Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by rich tarno  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#50

Downloaded and installed without incident on my Windows 8 computer. Allowed the media folder loading (2 folders) to begin. One folder loaded....the other was still in the process. When I checked later, the 2nd folder appeared to be done, but was "empty". Did I neglect to do something? Any suggestions? Thanks.

Reply   |   Comment by rich tarno  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#49

This is my first post on GOTD and it’s very lengthy, (sorry!). I haven’t used GOTD for that long so maybe I don’t understand the expectations of people.

I have decided to comment on my personal views of the product as I believe some of the existing comments provide unfair comparisons or don’t explain what their expectations are. It's simple to say another product is free or better but that means nothign without explaining your setup.

KooRaRoo is a DLNA \ Media server and as with most software it either suits your requirements or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t suit your requirements then that doesn’t means it is a bad product, so I question why there are so many down votes and at the time of writing only 37 comments.

In my household there are 5 Android devices, (3 tablets and 2 phones), two laptops and a PC connected to the TV.

As per danzeb I have also been using Universal Media Server, (A fork of PS3 Media Server) and Serviio. It should be noted though that as with KooRaRoom, Serviio has a free and paid version. Both are similarly priced for pro 20USD and 25USD respectively. Whilst you seem to get a lot more for pro on KooRaRoo you could argue that Serviio has a lot more included on the free version. It's a matter of deciding looking at the comparisons and deciding what you need.

I have actually been testing various software the last few nights trying to find a setup for my set-up. Although not the norm I am creating a virtual machine to be my Media \ DLNA server. I have so far tested many different products using Windows and Linux with some many mixed results. I am not really a Linux person but I'm happy to use anything that just works. Free4Nas has a DLNA server built in and worked fairly well but it didn't really give me much feedback as to what it was doing in terms of transcoding. A great little product though.

I tried some new products today that I hadn't discovered, these were the ones mentioned by user Giovanni. Whilst it was nice to try out something different it clearly shows that my requirements are different to others judging by the amount of votes his comments received.
It also proves that there is a market for different types of Media \ DLNA servers.

My personal view sof the software Giovanni suggested. Please note this are just personal views for my environment and is no disrespect to Giovanni or any of the products mentioned.

Plex TV: - Plex is a great looking product but can be power hungry at times. There is a free version but you have to pay subscriptions for additional items, although it works perfectly well for most things using the free version. I did try out Plex in the past but I can’t remember the reason for not using it, so I installed it again today to see if it’s improved.

Well to start with it cannot be run as a service and a quick look at the forums shows a feature request has been running for three years on that one. Only a few days ago the devs suggest they isn't any form of a plan with implementing it, so I imagine that was the reason I didn't use it. I can’t leave a PC signed in just to distribute media. If Windows updates, a crash or any other cause of a reboot happens the medua will stop serving until somebody signs in. This probably wouldn't bother most people but I want a “server”, something you have running in the background and forget about. I also discovered ISO’s don’t play and neither do FLV files, (although the forums suggest that FLV's should work). The fact that these don’t even show up in the lists bothered me, if something shows in a list and doesn't play fair enough but simply not to list it because it's not supported is ridiculous. All said and done Plex it a great product and will suit most but for the above reasons and others it is not for me.

Universal Media Server:- This is a product I like and have used along with PS3 Media Server. It does the job well and new features are being added all the time. With that said there are times when you need to play around with the settings to get it to work. Sometimes those settings can be complex but on the same note it does allow you to tune things finer than you can with most products.

It’s a product that you have to test and see if it works for you and your setup. It will always be in my software collection but my requirements have changed and it’s no longer the perfect software for me. If you are only streaming to a PS3 or just one device then it's defiantly the product to use.

Lximedia:- Firstly there doesn’t appear to be much activity on the updates of this product, so that puts me off for a start. Once it is installed you are presented with an ugly interface that is simply horrible. It didn't recognise my mapped drives and the SMB interface didn't appear to work either. For those reasons I couldn't test beyond that as my media is on a different machine. The other options provided are probably okay if you are only streaming to one or two devices. I'm sure it works for some but this isn't what I would have running as a media server.

Hmc – This lasted less than five minutes on my system. The first thing I did was to add a media folder and the whole program locked up whilst it was scanning. I couldn't do anything with it, not even cancel the scan or to quit the program. After terminating it via task manager I restarted and allocated it a smaller folder to deal with. This time is was a little happier, the product worked ok’ish but it doesn't provide much in the way of settings to suit many devices. I also found it a little slow a clunky.

So on with KooRaRoo:-

The initial scanning of folders takes a while and can murder your CPU!. The time it takes will depend on your set-up, how many media files you have and where they located. If you have a powerful machine and your media is on the same box then it will be quicker than my slow virtual machine which is importing media across a network. : ) Although a lengthy process you shouldn't haven to perform the scans that often unless you are constantly adding and removing media. There is an option to update media which I presume will only look for added and deleted items so this should be much quicker although I haven’t yet tested it. One addition I would like to see is a scheduled scan, currently you can specify how often you want the media updated but you cannot specify a time.

Whilst on the subject of databases another user mentioned a program called Pimpstreamer. I struggled to find any reference of this program and the only one I could find was from 2007 to stream things to PSPs. I’m not sure if this is the correct program but if it is then this is NOT a DLNA server and couldn't possibly be compared to any of the other products mentioned. If you have a PSP, want fixed resolution across all your devices and always transcoded media then fine it will work for you.

Most of the options I've discovered with KooRaRoo are similar to the current product I use Serviio. Serviio is an excellent product and purely from my own experience the only competitor to KooRaroo. This is based on the layout, design and features. With that said I can see I will be running both for a while, (they happily run together on the same box), until I find the winner.

There are some "nice to have" items with Serviio, such as the android apps available, one of which pretty much allows you to do everything remotely. With that said there are some really great features with KooRaRoo which I haven’t seen anywhere else. If these features do exist elsewhere I either didn't find them or they were not straight forward to set-up.

Now there are many people who may have a PC and a PS3\4, Xbox whatever and simply want to use their console to watch movies. I was one of those people a few years back and I used PS3 Media Server which was perfect for that. Since that time I have acquired 5 android devices, (2 phones, 2 tablets), a couple of laptops and a media center pc. This wasn't by choice but kinda happens when the missis moves in with you and then you have kids!!!

Therefore a media server for me has to serve all these devices but also needs to be configurable “per device”. KooRaRoo has allowed me to specify how I want my media to be received per device and this is awesome. My media center pc is connected to the TV, it is also connected to my media server via a gigabit network. This means I don’t have to worry about bandwidth therefore I can tell KooRaRoo never to transcode to this device. Anything I watch will be in it’s native form such as DVD ISO’s. However if I were to watch the same ISO on my phone I would want it to be transcoded as this would be via wireless on a much smaller device. Therefore I can specify it to be a smaller bitrate and a smaller resolution, the same obviously applies to the tablets. All the devices on my network therefore can be tuned to receive the optimal resolution and bitrates preventing stuttering, network dropouts and network overloads. KooRaRoo makes this all very easy as well with a point and click.

I have discovered a couple of quirky things with KooRaRoo and there are defiantly areas that can be improved but personally I'm quite excited about this product. I will add a couple of the suggestions here but have already signed up to their forums to suggest them over there as well.

So whilst this product may not suit everybody and there are alternatives on the market overall I think it is an excellent product. I've spent a couple of hours on it without reading any documentation yet. If you have a lot of devices and want to stream your media then learn the product it really does work. It has a decent interface and pretty much tells you exactly what it's doing at all times. This would probably work great on a WHS server as well if you have one.

Sorry for the long speech. I realise this should be more reviewing the product rather than comparing to others. With that said I don't believe the product was getting the recognition it deserves.

Reply   |   Comment by myapps  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#48

@16, 17, 20, 24, 30 and 31 - thank you, I appreciate it!

@21 - Yes, KooRaRoo works on Windows Home Server.

@22 - Thank you! Finding the main title is not always obvious, as KRR is trying to find the longest playing title from disks, which may not always be the main title. Subtitle support has been improved in 2.3, but I'm happy to continue working on this, if you'd like to try again.

@23 - KRR processes files' metadata, creates a thumbnail and optionally downloads online metadata as well. It's possible to configure it in a way that it reads less, thus taking less CPU. It won't use CPU once the library is built up.

@26 - Yes, it can. At the moment this will stream as a long movie with menus in front (on some devices you can seek past those), but this will be enhanced in the future to make ISOs work like VIDEO_TS folders do currently in KRR.

@27 - Are you using a Samsung or an Xbox360 by any chance? Those (and some others) re-arrange layouts on their own, but there are ways to improve this. Please open a support ticket on http://support.kooraroo.com and we'll sort it out.

@28 - Not at the moment, sorry (Chromecast is not DLNA). I do have a few requests for this and will investigate at one stage.

@29 - The free versions are not upgradeable. As part of the promotion (and the free license key you get here), updates are not included. You could use the current promotion if you fully uninstall v1.2 and delete your media library (and recreate it in v2.3).

@32 - The built-in server does not provide all the functionality that KRR does of course. Streaming issues like that could mean that your device wasn't auto-detected and a wrong device profile is used. Please open a support ticket through http://support.kooraroo.com and we'll sort it out.

@34 - Yes, correct - the library can be easily re-arranged within KRR's GUI, without changing your actual disk layout. The other way to do this (for Samsung and some Sony devices) is to double-click on the device in the Devices pane and then tick the "Disable manufacturer extensions" box there. It'll then show your original layout on Samsung/Sony. Unfortunately this doesn't help with Xbox, since Xbox actually controls the folder structure on its own (and WMP as a DLNA client does the same).

@35 - The server is actually a Windows service, so it needs to be properly installed/registered and this is not done through the registry. Please open a support ticket through http://support.kooraroo.com and we'll see what we can do there. Did you get any warnings/errors from the installer?

@36 - KooRaRoo supports all files and will transcode those that are not supported by your device, so you can see them all and play them all. If you still wanted to hide some folders/files you could use parental permissions in KRR to set these to a certain level and then set device properties to only show folders/files with a parental setting below that level.

@37 - I have not had a chance to try a TiVo, so unfortunately cannot answer your question. Please give it a try and see if it works.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#47

I started using the previous version (2012) with only a vague idea of how I wanted to better manage my expanding media collection. With so many possibilities available it's hard to choose which technologies to try and know what is truly possible. My goal today is to build playlists to enjoy in different rooms of the house over the blue ray players/TVs sound systems, listen to any of the songs I've collected over the years while working on my laptop, and keep a central location for all the household media to facilitate backups, etc.

It took days to initially add my collection to my Google Music account, and I don't have the space available on my Amazon MP3 cloud player account. Sending videos and music to other devices works great from my laptop using bluetooth, but it has limitations there. The Sonos system we've been considering is a more expensive solution, and we only have a couple iOS devices in the house. So at this point, given system limitations, KooRaRoo seems like the best way to go.

This latest version installed without problems on my older XP machine. Instructions for installing over previous installs are on their website. Their tutorials are pretty limited but helpful nonetheless.

Only a portion of my previous library files were listed after the install, so I re-added the music directory I keep on an attached external drive. It took a while, about 90 minutes, to add and process about 4,250 songs. This might have been faster if my computer had better resources.

When I switched on the Samsung TV in the other room, it was detected right away by KRR. The KRR interface maked it easy to see that the server was stopped, and clicking on the stopped server button turned it on without problems. The resource consumption that was perhaps slowing down the system earlier was not noticeable.

I found a favorite playlist, wpl format, in the KRR list of music folders and by using right click, added it to the device queue. It was easy to add other songs this way as well.
With one list of songs playing through the TV's speaker system setup, I brought up a laptop and turned on Windows Media Player. It found a KooRaRoo library and played songs from it as well.

I did notice a gap lasting second or so would sometimes occur between songs. When the Samsung TV encountered this, it would switch momentarily back to the broadcast tuner that was in use before KRR started pushing music to it. But setting the TV to use KooRaRoo as the input source might fix this distraction.

KooRaRoo does what I want, and I will definitely recommend it others. I especially appreciate getting it free today!

Reply   |   Comment by D K  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#46

Tested it and thrown it away because I don´t need to manage the files in a library. I have folders with videofiles that will be deleted after I have seen it. Tthis program needs hours to put these files in the library - for nothing... Files recorded by WMC have station and date in the filename - in the library these informations are lost! All files called "manualy recording" and you don´t know what is what! Useless trash...

Reply   |   Comment by neverever  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#45

#1: "Too bad it can’t stream web content like YouTube videos (directly from the site)…"

A media server like KRR normally takes a file & streams it over your network, the operative word being file. That said, it is entirely possible to stream a live, incoming video feed, e.g. from a camera, so unless DRM got in the way, it should be possible to stream a Youtube video -- I just am not sure how you'd make that work with today's GOTD, if it was possible.

That said, I'm not sure it would be worth the time & effort. On-line video is going to stream to whatever device is connected on-line, be that your PC/laptop, cell/tablet, media player box, Blu-Ray player, TV etc. It's just a matter of which device you choose. Google's Chromecast may be a good match for what you're after, connecting to on-line services via your network, & plugged into a HDMI port, feeding that video to your HDTV.

PCs & laptops work well when you need to transcode your media files into a format that's playable by your target device, & they work well as media centers connected directly to your home theater setup via HDMI [& optionally audio over optical to your receiver/amp]. You can also add a tuner to your PC, & send that to a device without one. Otherwise PCs & Laptops just for at home streaming *may* sometimes be a bit of overkill.

Some HDTVs, many Blu-Ray players, a host of small media player boxes [some running Android], many cells/tablets, can connect to your home network, & there are small devices to add network connectivity to HDTVs & Blu-Ray players etc. that lack it. If it can connect to your network then it often can play files in or on network storage &/or connect to on-line streaming services. It's generally a matter of figuring out what you want to watch, where, then checking compatibility for the hardware you own already, then picking up whatever missing pieces.

Nowadays about the only thing I can think of needing transcoding is video with a bit rate too high for your network to handle -- with wireless that ceiling varies according to your network setup, but wired should be able to handle most of the video you can get your hands on short of some Blu-Ray [which you probably couldn't transcode on the fly anyway]. And if you don't want to run network cable, powerline adaptors often work well enough -- there are some designed specifically for streaming video BTW.

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#11: "Can it stream the actual Windows Desktop (like a remote Desktop)???"

AFAIK there are several alternatives, some depending on if you want the remote to have access to manipulate stuff on your base PC. If all you want to do is clone the display, one option would be to use a 2nd video out, or if you didn't have one, a USB -> video box, then a wireless transmitter & a receiver connected to the remote display. Another option would be to do a constant screen capture, maybe using Unreal's UScreenCapture, then feeding that stream to your network, maybe using KooRaRoo Media. The 1st option shouldn't load you hardware too much -- the 2nd likely will, especially if you're trying to keep it at something like 1080p.

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#22: "I archive my DVDs on a server and hoped to directly stream them without first converting them to a video file. Things didn’t quite work for me as there were (and still are) issues with some main movies not properly picked out of their folder (remember a DVD contains many video streams) and forced subtitles not supported."

DVD subs need to be understood by the player for them to display, as they're a separate feed or stream that the player has to overlay on top of the video. The easiest solution IMHO is to simply use a DVD player. One option would be a connected Blu-Ray player -- another would be a device running Android with something like VLC Mobile loaded, or the PowerDVD app. If/when converted to something other than DVD format, most players that can display subs use .srt text files you can get by OCRing the subs using Subtitle Edit -- that will only work for text of course, & not graphics in the sub file or stream.

That said, everything you see on a video DVD is video, but the movie or movies are each one video stream or file that may be split up into ~1 GB chunks for old player compatibility. It's trivial to use the free DVD Shrink to *copy* [not transcode] individual video titles to isolate just one movie, e.g. the main title on the DVD, & it can combine separate VOB files if you wish at the same time. It's also trivial to to extract the mpg2 video + audio into a mpg file -- there ae several apps to do that -- but you'd lose your subs [though you'll still have any embedded CC].

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#32: "For those of you who have Windows 7/8, there is a built-in DLNA media server... One problem I encountered [with KRR] was that the picture sometimes froze and broke up for a few seconds – which spoils the viewing experience somewhat. Not sure is this is something to do with my wifi or whether the PC I’m running Kooraroo on is not capable of handling the stream rate."

If the problem just occurs with the KRR server I'd guess you might look at the transcoding settings -- maybe it's re-encoding something it doesn't have too? If the problem occurs with both, try it over a wired connection -- if that fixes things increase your wireless bandwidth -- if the wired connection doesn't fix the problem see what you can do with your PC, likely regarding encoding performance, e.g. turning off unneeded services/processes etc.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#44

I thought I was up on most technology but I had never heard of a DLNA device. This program streams to my Sony Blu Ray player and that's pretty cool if you ask me! It doesn't recognize my Android smart phone, Kindle Fire or Nook but it would just run down the battery on those. So I wouldn't use them for this purpose anyhow. It would be nice if it recognized my TV or DVR so I didn't have to turn on the Sony.

Reply   |   Comment by Anita  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#43

@Dennis Volodomanov: Thank you GOTD and Dennis Volodomanov for the sharing with us this software. I tried it before, with the last giveaway you had it here on GOTD. I am glad that I could chose to stream very easy the chosen file. I had also some other options I did not understand how and what at first time but it worked fine. At that time I needed to little for a streamer, but today I need it more than ever. I am happy to see here your support for your product. This is a proof for a genuine work by someone that really knows the product, and not some company that rebrands their [(less than) average] products to fool their customers.

Big Thumbs UP! from me :)

Reply   |   Comment by idluckyone  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#42

I have been looking for such a software as this for my entire computing life. I just never thought it would ever be available. I can stream, and receive video using a whole lot of time and effort, but this software made it effortless. I installed it on my Windows 7/64 box with 6 Gigs or hard drives and 32 Gigs of RAM (and all the stuff that goes with it for video and photo editing) and had great difficulty registering it. Then I re read the instructions and did it correctly and it just did it's thing. All good, all registered. I added one folder (with multiple subfolders) full of all types of video files (avi, mp4, mkv etc) some of which would not play from a thumbdrive or a dedicated hard drive through my PS3, and then I turned on the server and the devices in my man cave. All the movies are available to stream no matter the file type. I tested a couple that I have not been able to play, and they play just fine. Thank you KooRaRoo.

Reply   |   Comment by Viking  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#41

Today's giveaway of KooRaRoo will install over previous version and replace it. Shouldn't be a problem unless you for some reason like the older version better. I purchased 1 year update June 2013 and it updates easily and quickly. I have various TV's and media players of various ages and they all work with KooRaRoo. I didn't download GOTD because I still have 5 months remaining for updates. If you don't have it yet, get it. Most of the questions I see in the comments will be answered once you install and give it a test of the function/capability you are asking.

Reply   |   Comment by Ernie Bell  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#40

How exactly does this deal with Cinavia, if at all?

Reply   |   Comment by ChaosReigns  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#39

I am amazed that there is 65% thumbs down at this moment. Many of these must be childish responses. I doubt if many that voted thumbs down installed KooRaRoo. I have tried many of the DLNA servers including Playon, Plex, Mezzmo, Serviio, Universal Media Server and others. KooRaRoo is one of the better ones.

Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#38

Does this work with Roku players?

Reply   |   Comment by Matthew  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#37

Can network connected TiVos see and stream from this server software?

Reply   |   Comment by Doug Dingle  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#36

I'm currently using Samsung's AllShare (ugh!). The worst part of it is that there is no way to delete folders & files I DON'T want listed for general plan. AllShare lists all video regardless of format: Even those it doesn't support. Can I selectively turn on and off folders & files in KRR?

Reply   |   Comment by warpwiz  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#35

After 6 hours of trying, I'm still getting a dialog box that states Cannot connect, Try again later.

The files are installed on the hard drive but the KooRaRooMediaService.exe fails to start.

That's because it wasn't added to the registry.

Is there an advanced user out there that can post a registry script under Services in the registry?

Thanks for any help you can give

Reply   |   Comment by Jim  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#34

@27
I had a similar problem with KRR (and other media servers) and I believe it is more a problem due to the client. I know my XBOX360 has this problem. You don't have to rearrange your actual directory structure. Go to the KRR GUI and in the upper left corner it should show your folders (I am going by memory here, so apologies if I am wrong). Drag and drop your other folders under the "My Videos" folder (or it might have been "All Videos" under that). That should allow you to see all the folders.

If it doesn't work, I am probably just getting the details wrong (I'm not at my home computer). I am sure Dennis will help you when he wakes up (he IS in Australia after all).

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
#33

@29 tried to find the post you said was mentioning that it renders your previous version useles, couldn't find it (in fact...you state "some posts" meaning more then one)
only thing I see is someone with the same version as you have not able to install it because of a corrupted download (post #13). Why you would wanna keep an old version if you have a brand new version here is beyond me but if you don't wanna lose that old version...don't update. In any other case... just install it like you would install any other software from this site.

of course you can always try to install it into another location then the default one, on another drive for example.

Reply   |   Comment by NoName  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)
#32

For those of you who have Windows 7/8, there is a built-in DLNA media server. It's pretty easy to set up and defaults to the folder structure under 'Libraries' in your Windows Explorer. So for example, if you drop a movie into the 'Videos' folder, your device should be able to pick it up and play it. Type 'Windows 7/8 dlna' into google and you will find some blogs on how to install.

As for today's giveaway, I installed and then tried playing a few different movie formats on my Panasonic BluRay DVD with wifi dongle. One problem I encountered was that the picture sometimes froze and broke up for a few seconds - which spoils the viewing experience somewhat. Not sure is this is something to do with my wifi or whether the PC I'm running Kooraroo on is not capable of handling the stream rate.

Reply   |   Comment by Valley Boy  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#31

Within minutes of installing this software I was streaming a video from my wireless laptop to my TV connected to Dish's Hopper system. It was very easy and I was totally impressed. I'll have to explore further but this software certainly did what was written on the box.

Thank you.

Reply   |   Comment by Manny Carvalho  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#30

A DLNA server allows you to send over WIFI or LAN video, pictures and audio to a TV, Bluray player, Smartphone or any other device that is DLNA compatible. I have tried many DLNA servers and I prefer Serviio. It is fast and allows some internet media to be sent. It is not the easiest to use but has an excellent forum for help. Universal Media Server is also good. Both are free.

KaaRaRoo loaded fine on a Windows XP PC. When it first loads it creates a media library of your files and that is a slow process. After the library is created it works fast. It recognized my TV, Bluray player and Smartphone. I tried AVI, M4P and MKV files and they played fine. The response from my TV was faster than some DLNA servers I've tried. Serviio, Universal Media Player and KaaRaRoo running on my PC at the same time do not interfere with each other.

The interface has many features which is a sign of a mature program. It will take hours of use to determine how good it really is but my initial impression is that it is very good. I have tried many DLNA servers that I have uninstalled but for now I give KaaRaRoo a big THUMBS UP!

Reply   |   Comment by danzeb  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+28)
#29

I have version 1.2.0.0 and would like to upgrade to this version. Some posts indicate that if I install this version I would render my existing version non workable. Are there any instructions on what the procedure would be in install the latest version of this software.

Reply   |   Comment by anhba  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#28

To the developer. Can this software stream to my Chromecast device?

Reply   |   Comment by Keith Monson  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#27

I have been playing with this now for a couple of hours. It successfully listed ALL the media in the seven folders that I added and I can now play material on my TV. However, my media player only lists the video contents of the first folder which I added, not any of the six others in which I also store videos, no matter which are selected, or highlighted in "My Folders" or in the "Title" list.
I suppose if I re-arranged my own system of filing to one single large file then I could use this program, but I don't wish to do this. Or am I missing something, somewhere?

Reply   |   Comment by david wright  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#26

Can it stream ISO DVD and ISO BluRay?

Reply   |   Comment by Oliver Cannady  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#25

PS3 Media Server is free and has evolved to include more than the PS3.

Reply   |   Comment by VaughnF  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-6)
#24

@16
I use Kooraroo, I can stream to my PC's, TV, WDTV, Bluray (Media Player), Android (via free Bubblesoft UPnP). (I don't own Apple but assume there's free UPnP/DLNA utilities).

I can choose whether I want to stream in HD and/or transcode to native or reduced formats (for which KRR will generally know the best fit for the device). HD streams glitch free for me over 300n wireless.

Today it's free and lunch money ($10) a year beyond for excellent service and updates ... or wait until the next freebie.

Reply   |   Comment by ShellstaX  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+11)
#23

@aba: "Pimpstreamer is extremely CPU intensive..." - KooRaRoo also! By building the library the program "frozes" and can only be closed by taskmanager. I deinstalled this rubbish because I don´t understand when I add a folder that it needs a lot of time to take the files in the library (what analyses this tool?!?). It only should add a few of videofles - not more - what makes it with the files that it takes so long?

Reply   |   Comment by thatsall  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-23)
#22

I tried this software several months ago and the main reason was it supports direct streaming and transcoding of ripped DVD folders (i.e. VIDEO_TS). I archive my DVDs on a server and hoped to directly stream them without first converting them to a video file. Things didn't quite work for me as there were (and still are) issues with some main movies not properly picked out of their folder (remember a DVD contains many video streams) and forced subtitles not supported. I am not sure there is a good alternative for this application on the market today (in response to Giovanni's point). I don't think Plex supports this.

I will say that I spent several weeks trying to get my application to work and Dennis' support was EXCEPTIONAL. He was easy to contact and I would often email him a problem in the evening (Canada) and would have a response and sometimes a patch from him waiting for me in the morning. I was extremely impressed with the support level I received. No one should be concerned about the integrity level of this company (speaking to comment #3).

Reply   |   Comment by Dan  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)
#21

Will this work on windows home server(WHS)?

Reply   |   Comment by Brian  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)
#20

I've been using a paid version of Kooraroo for some time with no regrets! The product just works and works well.

Denis's support and updates goes beyond expectation - second to none.

A hard grafting Aussie bloke who stands behind his worthy product.

Jump aboard today and flick him a few bucks down the track, when you appreciate what you've got ... for free!

Reply   |   Comment by ShellstaX  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)
#19

While this is a decent application, I use PlayOn and can stream to my PC's, iPad/iPhone, Android, and to my Roku. It's not free software but for the $49.95 (and HD streaming capable), it's by far the best streaming application out there.

Reply   |   Comment by Fasstdak  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-21)
#18

@12 - The download is hosted by GAOTD, so perhaps there's some issue on their server? Sorry, I can't help there, but maybe try contacting GAOTD support about this. It may also help to clear your browser's cache.

@14 - Thank you, I'm glad you like it.

To all - it's late night here, so I will be signing off soon. If you don't see replies from me for the next 8-10 hours, it's not because I don't care, it's because I need to sleep ;)

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+27)
#17

Definitely worth a try. Works well. I am looking forward to the streaming of youtube.

Big plus to me is that there is an interactive dialog with the creator of this software in this GAOTD comments forum. They sound intelligent and seem to know the score.

Reply   |   Comment by freecat  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)
#16

I read comments 1-14(all that was posted at this time)and I must say people had some very valuable questions and suggestions, but that being said you answered admirably and in a timely manner. I wish more developers were like you. Thank you for this and hope to see more from you here in the future.

Reply   |   Comment by Jahquel Johnson  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)
#15

Excellent software. Just what I was looking for and really simple to set up and use.
I download lots of movies and play through ps3. Sometimes having to convert to a format that the ps3 will play and had to transfer to usb stick. Tried a few different formats, which the ps3 wouldnt play, however by using KRR, they all played perfectly. I will definitely be using this on a regular basis.
Many thanks

Reply   |   Comment by Jon  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+16)
#14

@8
Pimpstreamer is extremely CPU intensive, else good I may say.

Reply   |   Comment by aba  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)
#13

Love this program. Been using version 1.2.0 when it was last given away on here. Wanted to update to this version but it wont let me. Says the download file is corrupted and to download it again. I did. I got the same result. Damn!!

Reply   |   Comment by Gary Tew  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-7)
#12

@6 - Thank you! :)

@7 - Yes, the "trial" is there until you restart the server (after you enter the license code). The Xbox should allow you to play all files in a folder, I'll need to fire mine up to check, but if you go into the menu (using the remote) while playing a file, it should have an option to play either one or multiple. You can also push files from KRR's GUI to the Xbox, if you wanted to, using the Remote Player pane.

@8 - No, sorry, KRR needs to build up a media library. This allows it to use metadata stored in files to build up dynamic playlists based on that metadata (you can of course create your own playlists as well). KRR provides a function to automatically sync up your disk folders with the library either in real-time or at a set interval, so it'll be very close or always on the spot with your updates. With building up a library first, how would that server know which files to transcode? Does it read file containers, codecs, subtitles, etc... on-the-fly?

@9 - Yes, there are always alternatives, but I believe that KRR has a unique set of features as well as support for many devices and I stand behind the product by providing personal support to users as quickly and professionally as I can. All for a price of a couple of lunches :)

@10 - No, not at the moment, but this a planned feature.

Reply   |   Comment by Dennis Volodomanov  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+44)
#11

Can it stream the actual Windows Desktop (like a remote Desktop)???

Reply   |   Comment by A. Michael  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-14)
#10

So for what it does it deserves a THUMBS UP.

There is also a FREE version of this app:

http://www.kooraroo.com/compare_features.php

That being said, I was wondering why pay money for an app like this GAOTD if you can do more or less the same things for FREE.....

https://plex.tv
http://www.makeuseof.com/pages/plex-a-manual-your-media-with-style

See also:
http://www.universalmediaserver.com
http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/lximedia/index.php?title=Main_Page
http://hmc.codeplex.com

Enjoy!

^_^

Reply   |   Comment by Giovanni (so many demons around....) ^_^  –  6 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+116)
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