DVD movies over network?

By dadecamp
Sep 5, 2003
  1. Is it posible to run a dvd movie from one computer and watch it from another on the network?
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Because of the kind of direct access needed to the DVD ROM (encryption and other security features), probably not.

    And if there is, it will involve a special program or a lot of hassle (such as ripping the movie first).

    However, you can try sharing your DVD ROM on the host computer. Map the DVD-ROM on the client computer as a network drive and then perhaps you can play a DVD movie. It's worth a shot at least.
  3. dadecamp

    dadecamp TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 30

    Thanks Rick,

    I have tried at least as much as you have suggested as well as load the DVD software (PowerDVD) on the client. I can browse the DVD disk from the client but it will not play. From the PowerDVD interface it will say that it doesn't recognize the file type or something like that.

  4. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    VideoLAN can stream DVDs over networks.
  5. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +7

    And also, if you ripped the DVD to your HDD, then you would be able to watch those files over a home LAN connection on another machine from a mapped network drive, provided you have a nice 100mbps home network.
  6. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    But what if you shared the drive, then put the DVD in it. Can't you simply browse to that drive and open it up and watch the DVD that way? I'm sure it would be laggy, but it might work.

    I know you can do this to share a regular disk for someone over the network, but I"m not sure about a dvd.
  7. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    It's not that simple because of CSS encryption on most DVDs. The player needs raw access to the DVD drive. Unencrypted DVDs could work, but I guess that depends on the player.
  8. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Yeah after I posted that I thought about it. I don't think it would work, unless you could specify a network drive to look at as well. I know with most, they will only look locally.
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