I have been beta testing Chaneru 2.0 for some time and I find there are many features that are potentially of great interest to many here so I thought I should enumerate some of them.
First I want to point out that this version is still a beta but it is pretty stable. If you use it you should expect fairly frequent updates and you should expect to encounter a few glitches.
You can get it through: http://www.chaneru.com/DLNA/
Note: I am not the author of this channel and, therefore, some of my views may conflict a bit with the developer.
The features of note: (I may miss a few)
1: Supports DLNA but it has had a somewhat limited test and the discover feature when the actual Chaneru server is not running can be intermittent and on the Roku 1s sometimes the DLNA device is not detected. The channel has not been tested much with actual DLNA server device but has been tested with DLNA servers. See the above link for what has been tested.
2: Remembers last episode played. That is when you enter a directory to play a video the last one played (or the next one to be played) will already be highlited.
3: Episode auto advance. After you complete playing an episode of a series adt the video exits back to the menu it will automatically advance to the next episode.
4: Movie info on pressing the * key. When a movie is highlited if you press the * key the movie info is displayed. You do not have to do anything special for this to work as it will access IMDB and/or a couple of other internet databases but you can, as I do, use NFO files created by Thumbgen ( See http://thumbgen.org/
5: When showing movie info can optionally show MovieSheets see http://thumbgen.org/
6: Supports bif files.
7: Will transcode avi files and others. Uses VLC on the serving computer for this. Although I have not tested it I think that transcoding via the DLNA server should work.
8: Extremely easy to install and set up. The server is one executable file that automatically creates the needed configuration files and allows setting up and choosing media locations. All you have to do is copy the server program to a place where you want to run it and then run it and choose a couple of setup options and you are good to go.
9: The server will serve files from local directories, mapped drives and network shares. That is in every case I have tested the server will successfully serve any file that can be seen on the network.
10: Seems to require very little power on the serving computer unless you are transcoding. Even then it seems to do a better job that any other solution I have tried as, for example, Plex bogs the computer down when transcoding an avi while Chaneru using VLC to transcode the same file works fine. NOTE: It is always better to convert the file into a compatible format than to rely on transcoding.
There are some things to be aware of as well:
1: Chaneru is not free. There is a 30 day trial period then it is a one time $10.00 fee.
2: There are still some glitches but they are being worked on and the developer will welcome any bug reports/comments/suggestions/requests that anyone cares to offer.
3: Large file numbers (1000+) seem slow to get loaded but are fine after getting loaded.
4: It is better to wait for all the red dots (indicating loading of a directory) to go away before accessing a sub-directory.
Edit to add 5: Chaneru uses the remote in non-standard ways and that takes a bit to get used to but it becomes second nature after a short while. Chaneru looks so different that you quickly associate the appearance with the proper key strokes.
I can strongly recommend Chaneru 2.0 particularly for those owning a lot of TV series I use it exclusively for my TV episodes. However I also use Roksbox for most of my movies but I must admit that Chaneru has the potential to become my sole local streaming solution.
Last Note: I have a total of almost 3000 mp4 files both movies and TV and sometimes any feeling of slowness in any local streaming channel may be related to that large number.
BTW: I will see to it that any comments posted here reach the developer.