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redaktorn

Hi,

 

I am a Premiere member and I have set up Emby Server mainly in order to use it with my (several) Kodi installations.

It works just fine with my over 4.000 Movies and 20.000 TV episodes. (Even though setup process took several days in order to get it perfectly working and understand all parts of the Emby Server system)

 

Now I have tried to setup Emby in my Windows phones and must say that I am extremly disappointed with the "Emby App". It has several huge problems desribed below. Optional there is also Emby Theater but it is mainly intended for use on TV or Home monitors that are bigger so it is not so nice and easy to use on a phone. Emby Theater works and let you login with Emby Connect and it let you play movies without any problems or limitations. However Emby Theather seems less developed than Android App. Final option is using Microsoft Edge internetbrowser which looks nice and is funtional BUT does not let you play any movies (not supported) and it does not let you go fullscreen.

 

Problems with Emby App:

 

First problem is that Emby App refuse to login with Emby Connect so I don't get full functions as I should have as a lifetime Premiere member. (More about login problems below). As it is now I can just play one movie per day.

 

Second problem is that the Emby App for Windows phone is not all all so nice like the same version for Android.

Menus and pictures are oversized and makes it look ugly and difficult to navigate.

It also has problem to handle my big Movie collection and shows simple archive maps instead of nice Movie covers.

(Which is not a problem in the Android version of the same app)

Listing of movies is shown in "List view" instead of Androids nice looking "Cover mode".

Some navigation options are not functioning (bugs). Example going by "Folders" from homepage you cannot open your maps inside there. Touch a map and "nada" happens.

Windows App is also missing the nice and functional menu buttons that you see down in the Andoid version.

(Meaning that you actually cannot do as many thinigs as in Android)

 

Third problem is that Movie player get stuck on one and the same trailer and refuse to play anything else. So I can not even see my 1 alllowed movie. And I cannot try another movie because of the limitation.

 

Summary is that the Emby App for Windows Phone needs a major upgrade and as it is for now. Emby Theater is the only working choice for a Windowsphone. To ask people to actually buy the Emby App in Microsoft Store is actually nothing but a robbery. (Pay for such shit - really! Come on it should be free until it has same functionallity as the Android version.

 

Here follows some details of the problem with Emby Connect and Emby App:

Emby App (not Emby Theater) refuse to login with Emby Connect.

Reading the forums and google around I have tried several things.

Connect with internal end external WIFI network makes no difference. Using the phones 4G also does not work.

Trying with server external address as fixed IP number or dynamic DNS makes no change.

I have used a Windows 10 Phone Lumia 950 XL Dual and a Windows 8 Phone Lumia 920.

Windowsphone 10 version = 10.0.14393.321

Windowsphone 8 version = 8.10.14234.375

I actually also created a second Emby account just in order to try if something was wrong with my account.

But I could not login with Emby Connect from that new account either.

Also I cannot login inside the app with Emby Connect (after login by skip) 

 

P.S. I did upload the logs from my Win 10 Phone.

Pictures are enclosed Windows vs. Android App.

 

All the Best

Redaktorn

 

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Luke

The app was developed by a community member and is now defunct I'm afraid. Let's talk about the web app and why you're not able to play video, which works fine in my testing on a lumia.

 

Also, please refrain from the use of profanity. There was a time when the developer worked pretty hard on the app. It's just happened to have fallen out of date. I think that's pretty insulting honestly.

 

Thanks !

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redaktorn

The app was developed by a community member and is now defunct I'm afraid. Let's talk about the web app and why you're not able to play video, which works fine in my testing on a lumia.

 

Also, please refrain from the use of profanity. There was a time when the developer worked pretty hard on the app. It's just happened to have fallen out of date. I think that's pretty insulting honestly.

 

Thanks !

 

Hi Admin,

 

Sorry if my language was a little hush. But that App was a disappointment.

Now I have found out that the Ember for Emby app (also in Store) is another choice and that works perfect.

It is nice and very similar to the web-version.

Since I had tried that app before just a few days ago I could not download it for free (trial) so I had to pay for it.

(Is that app supposed to be free for Premium members?)

 

In the web-browser Edge everything is working nice except playing movies.

It works with Edge in the normal Win10 in my Laptop but not with Edge in the phone.

I have tried as well automatic bitrate as 720p with 1,5 Mbit and now after your reply also 480p with 420kps.

None of them wants to start movie.

As mentioned before I can not change to full screen but maybe that is  because movie is not starting.

 

Anyhow I am happy to see if we can get it working.

It is not so urgent now when I found the Ember app but it could be a nice option to play in Edge.

 

Any suggestion on what to test/do with my Winphone 10?

For information it does not play in my Winphone 8 either but that is Internet Explorer and not supported as I understand.

(At least it says so when I try to play in Internet Explorer)

Winphone 8 has no upgrade possibilety so I guess that is a lost case.

 

P.S: Picture of frozen moive attached

 

All the Best

Redaktorn

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Luke

Ember is also a developed by a community member and thus is not covered by emby premiere I'm afraid. If you're really stuck on windows phone 8 though then it might be your best bet as we're not going to be doing any new development for internet explorer mobile.

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redaktorn

Ember is also a developed by a community member and thus is not covered by emby premiere I'm afraid. If you're really stuck on windows phone 8 though then it might be your best bet as we're not going to be doing any new development for internet explorer mobile.

 

Oh No - I am not stuck on Winphone 8. It is just a spare phone.

I have a Winphone 10 Lumia 950XL Dual that is my normal phone to use.

If we can get Emby functioning in Edge on that phone I am grateful.

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redaktorn

Problem in Winphone is solved

Just needed to use the Edge browser in "computer mode" not in "mobile mode".

It is a choice in teh settings.

 

Now I am all happy again.

 

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Luke

That's odd. I dont' see any issues either way. For reference, I am testing with the cheapest possible lumia so any other device ought to be able to handle it as well.

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redaktorn

That's odd. I dont' see any issues either way. For reference, I am testing with the cheapest possible lumia so any other device ought to be able to handle it as well.

 

Hi,

 

In my phone that setting has no effect until phone is re-started.

I have tested again both settings with re-start in between and it works only in computer mode.

 

Did you re-start when testing?

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Luke

I restart it all the time so it's definitely been restarted and tested. The majority of my testing has been in default mobile mode though.

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FrostByte

Still using the Win app on an old HTC 8.  I'm not usually using connect though so will try that

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redaktorn

I restart it all the time so it's definitely been restarted and tested. The majority of my testing has been in default mobile mode though.

 

Okay,

Must be different depending on model then.

Tested one more time now and it really just works in computer mode.

Mobil mode freezes a.s.a.p. when movie starts.

(My version of Win10 OS is 10.0.14393.321 if you want to compare that) 

Another difference might be that I have Cortana disabled in my region (Sweden).

I know from other issues I have worked with that Cortana can be "the bandit".

Some things don't work very well without - example Windows Spotlight was out of order long time without Cortana activated.

(They have fixed it by now)

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