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So I got the elite and wondering how flexible the rear entertainment console is?

- Does it play enough range of video formats that a USB stick with mp4/mkv movies will work fine?
- Does the head unit show what is on the rear screen at all? I am thinking about getting an android tv box to play vlc movie files, pictures, etc from USB, but worried I will have no way to control it (e.g see whats on the screen) from the front?
- Should I just get some crappy old tablet with HDMI out instead?
- Thought about a chromecast as well, but same issue as not being to see what the hell is playing.

I dont have blu-rays or dvd's to play, so its local videos or bust. Thoughts from the group?
 

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So I got the elite and wondering how flexible the rear entertainment console is?

- Does it play enough range of video formats that a USB stick with mp4/mkv movies will work fine?
- Does the head unit show what is on the rear screen at all? I am thinking about getting an android tv box to play vlc movie files, pictures, etc from USB, but worried I will have no way to control it (e.g see whats on the screen) from the front?
- Should I just get some crappy old tablet with HDMI out instead?
- Thought about a chromecast as well, but same issue as not being to see what the hell is playing.

I dont have blu-rays or dvd's to play, so its local videos or bust. Thoughts from the group?
I'm curious about the same. I'm planning to buy the Elite as well. I noticed a media server button in the center console screen during my test drive, but my dealer wasn't​ sure about it. I use Plex heavily at home and would love to implement it in the car. Native thru RES would be fantastic, but I'd settle for an Android box/stick. I want to be able to either stream thru LTE, or better would be to sync via WiFi and watch from the road.

The most practical/realistic option would probably be a Chromecast and a tablet, but that would be too easy :)

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It is vague in the owner's manual exactly what a "media server" is and "DLNA" does not appear anywhere. It also claims the feature applies to Android devices only. In reality it works with DLNA and I was able to stream video stored on an Android phone running Bubble UPnP/DLNA server. Apps that act as DLNA server do exist on iOS, so I don't know why the manual claims the feature is Android only. The trouble with Chromecast is that it requires a live Internet connection to start playback, even if you are just casting a screen playing locally stored contents - it is no big deal if you subcribe to AT&T's service on the car, but if you use a phone as a hotspot like I do you will need another phone/tablet to do the casting, because the first phone refuses to cast anything because "Wi-Fi is not turned on".

It does not appear to support Matroska Media Container, because files with mkv suffix are filtered out from the list of files. It would nice if it did, because that container supports chapters similar to a DVD/Bluray disc. With MPEG-4 container, which is officially supported, it is impossible to navigate to a certain part of the file.

Plex supports DLNA so RES should be able to access contents stored there, but I see no advantage over storing the files on a USB stick and just plugging it in, except that you won't be able to use Android Auto/CarPlay in the latter scenario.
 

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I'm also interested in this topic - we picked up our new 2018 Ody Elite last week. What are the USB compatible devices? I tried my iPhone, but said it wasn't compatible...will the Amazon Fire Stick work for example?
 

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I have a 2016 Pilot Touring. While, I haven't had a chance to look at the Odyssey's RES, this works for me with my pilot.

Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter for Select iPhone, iPad and iPod Models (MD826AM/A) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009WHV3BM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_9YGrzbV5SGSQS

Twisted Veins Three (3) Pack of (3 ft) High Speed HDMI Cables + Right Angle Adapter and Velcro Cable Ties (Latest Version Supports Ethernet, 3D, and A https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FX6ST8G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_VITGqvfnsEjRj

You plug your iPhone charging cable into the front USB port and then plug it into the lightning adapter. You plug the HDMI connector (I use the right angle adapter as well) into the RES and connect it to the lightning adapter. Put the RES on auxiliary and you load your iPad, iPhone, iPod up with movies and the RES will mirror the movies that you have on your device.
Download the VLC app and you can watch movies that are not formatted for the iPhone.

I am sure there are similar adapters that work on non-iPhones.
 

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does the head unit allow you to see anything being played on the rear unit?
No video, but it will tell you which RES app is being used. If you are within one of the pre-installed apps, it will give you some control (pause, rew, ffw).

FWIW, I run a Plex server, so I hooked a chromecast up to the RES. Works great.
 

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I am looking to pick up a 2018 Odyssey withing the next month. I am very interested in your Plex/Chromecast setup, can you give a little more detail on how you have it setup?
 

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I am looking to pick up a 2018 Odyssey withing the next month. I am very interested in your Plex/Chromecast setup, can you give a little more detail on how you have it setup?
I have a Plex server running at home with my media on it. I can access my media from anywhere as long as I have an internet connection. You can, in turn, cast Plex to a cast target (ie, Chromecast). So in the Odyssey, I plug a Chromecast into the HDMI/usb (for power), and cast to it from either a tablet or a phone. The Plex server will need enough power to real-time transcode into the end quality, so as long as your server is powerful enough, or you choose a low enough quality, it will be fine. Alternatively, if you sync the media to your tablet or phone, when you cast, it will serve the content locally. This will avoid server-side transcoding, as well as save data on the mobile plan.
 

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Ok, I have a Plex server that I can access away from home. I was hoping to find an easy solution to setup a media server within the car and not having to stream over a data connection. Thanks.
 

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Also, anyone looking to hook up a Chromecast in their Odyssey, I used the following items to hook it up/secure it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EPIIELO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WV8XR8N/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/GBSTORE-Plastic-Adhesive-Adjustable-Management/dp/B01GZX6G1W/

I did need to trim a bit of plastic from the 90 degree HDMI adapter to get it to go all the way in, but it's perfect now. No worrying about it getting kicked out/bent.

If anyone wants pics, I can take some later when I get home.
 

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Also, anyone looking to hook up a Chromecast in their Odyssey, I used the following items to hook it up/secure it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EPIIELO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WV8XR8N/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/GBSTORE-Plastic-Adhesive-Adjustable-Management/dp/B01GZX6G1W/

I did need to trim a bit of plastic from the 90 degree HDMI adapter to get it to go all the way in, but it's perfect now. No worrying about it getting kicked out/bent.

If anyone wants pics, I can take some later when I get home.
Please do post photos! I have concerns about the Chromecast getting kicked around and possibly breaking.

Also, is LTE service and/or tethering required? I'd like to connect my sprint cell phone (non-tethered) to the Chromecast thru the built-in wifi Network, not connected to LTE. I would like to use the LTE thru my cell phone's unlimited data plan to cast Plex to the Chromecast. Is this possible? Someone mentioned earlier that Chromecast doesn't work without an internet connection. I don't have enough experience with Chromecast to confirm this.

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Also, anyone looking to hook up a Chromecast in their Odyssey, I used the following items to hook it up/secure it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01EPIIELO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06WV8XR8N/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/GBSTORE-Plastic-Adhesive-Adjustable-Management/dp/B01GZX6G1W/

I did need to trim a bit of plastic from the 90 degree HDMI adapter to get it to go all the way in, but it's perfect now. No worrying about it getting kicked out/bent.

If anyone wants pics, I can take some later when I get home.
Great setup! Are you using the original Chromecast, the one shaped like a (large) stick? I was thinking of doing something similar, until I bought a Gen 2 - it was $5 off over the weekend and I also had $5 in "rewards" expiring in a few weeks, plus I needed another one anyway. The HDMI cable is a flexible ribbon on Gen 2, I used Velcro strips (one side has adhesive) to attach the device and two cables to the bottom of the console.
 

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Great setup! Are you using the original Chromecast, the one shaped like a (large) stick? I was thinking of doing something similar, until I bought a Gen 2 - it was $5 off over the weekend and I also had $5 in "rewards" expiring in a few weeks, plus I needed another one anyway. The HDMI cable is a flexible ribbon on Gen 2, I used Velcro strips (one side has adhesive) to attach the device and two cables to the bottom of the console.
I originally used the gen1 (without the 90 degree extender), since I just had one laying around. It got kicked. Twice. The second time, the pins came out of the plug, so it was dead. I picked up a gen2 (with the $5 off), but am still using the 90 degree extender just to be safe since it sits more flush.
 

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Plex supports DLNA so RES should be able to access contents stored there, but I see no advantage over storing the files on a USB stick and just plugging it in, except that you won't be able to use Android Auto/CarPlay in the latter scenario.
So you are able to have your phone act as a Plex server and stream local media from the phone to the RES?
 

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So you are able to have your phone act as a Plex server and stream local media from the phone to the RES?
I had my Android phone running BubbleUPNP to serve up video files storage on the phone to RES. I was able to play files stored on a PC running Plex server on Linux, when the car is on my driveway and connected to the WiFi access point in the house. It also played files served up by PlayOn on another PC running Windows. What all these media server have in common is DLNA. There are DLNA server apps for iOS as well, so the claim in owner's manual stating that RES can only connect to Android devices is incorrect. Playing from USB or media server is not practical though, due to the lack of FF/RW controls on the remote, and every time the engine restarts you are back to square one, having to pick a file again and start from the beginning. The RES hardware has plenty of muscle to play video at surprisingly high bit rates (way overkill for a 1024x600 screen) - it played everything I threw at it smoothly except 1080p video at 60 frames per second and encoded at 36Mbps (on a USB stick) - but the video player software is very primitive.
 
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