Video Station

Features

  • Manages all the movies, TV shows, and home videos stored on your Synology NAS with metadata automatically retrieved from the Internet
  • Plays and streams video collections on your computer, DLNA/UPnP-compliant DMAs, AirPlay devices, and iOS/Android devices with a transcoder for videos not supported by devices
  • Organizes your videos into Watchlist or playlists to categorize videos and help you easily access the favorites
  • Records digital TV programs with a USB DTV dongle or HDHomeRun plugged into your Synology NAS
  • Generates video sharing links for people who are not on the same network or do not have a Synology NAS

Specifications

  • Organizes videos into Movie, TV show, Home Video, and TV recording libraries as well as user-defined libraries
  • Recommends videos on the homepage according to your personal preferences
  • Recommends videos similar in genres, release dates, and other attributes on the video detail page
  • Retrieves movie information from the online metadata databases
  • Displays video posters using image files stored in the same folder as video files ( Applies only to "Movie" and "Others" video types)
  • Organizes videos into personal playlists such as Watchlist, Favorites, and user-defined playlists
  • Categorizes video collections in thumbnail, tile, or list mode for easy browsing
  • Transcodes videos in advance so that you can download the transcoded videos to your mobile device and play them offline
  • Provides privilege settings for DTV Control, Airplay/DLNA Renderer, Public Sharing, and Offline Transcoding
  • Parental Control rules for the restriction on specific users' accessibility to videos
  • Retrieves subtitles from online databases such as OpenSubtitles.org
  • Advanced search that combines multiple filters and keywords
  • Displays watch status as well as the watch progress bar under the posters
  • Plays videos in a web browser on Windows PC or Mac
  • Adjustable subtitle size/style and timing adjuster for subtitle sync
  • Streams videos to Apple TV via AirPlay (Apple TV firmware version 5.1 above required)
  • Generates video sharing links for individual files or a whole collection with a customizable validity period
  • Supports two standards for the broadcast transmission of digital terrestrial and satellite signals: DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting-Terrestrial) and DVB-S (Digital Video Broadcasting-Satellite)
  • Supports recording or live streaming DTV programs according to the schedule and update frequency settings
  • Supports Hyper Backup for libraries, metadata, and configuration backup
  • Plays a single video or an entire playlist on repeat
  • Supports audio tracks embedded in files for multiple languages
  • AC3 passthrough on Apple TV can be enabled for better audio quality
  • Stream playback quality (original/high/medium/low) can be adjusted according to the network conditions (only on models belonging to Group 1. See group categories here)
  • Supports external subtitles and embedded SRT, ASS, SAMI, and SSA subtitles
  • Saves the following settings of the last playback: subtitle source, audio track, and subtitle syncing
  • Streams videos from Video Station to Chromecast with the Google Cast extension (available on Chrome Web Store)
  • Supports streaming original files and transcoded files (See supported formats here)

Limitations

  • The maximum number of tuners that can be connected to a Synology NAS is 8 (Please note the number of tuners supported by each dongle varies. To check out the number, please consult the user's guide that comes with your DTV dongle)
  • Digital TV recording via DTV dongles has had limited support since September 2017

DS video (for mobile)

Features

  • Shows your video libraries with full metadata retrieved from the Internet on iOS and Android devices
  • Streams your video collections on the go from Synology NAS and casts to screens via Chromecast or Airplay
  • Organizes your videos into Watchlist or playlists to categorize videos and help you easily access your favorites
  • Generates video sharing links for people who are not on the same network or do not have a Synology NAS
  • Plays offline videos downloaded to your mobile devices

Specifications

  • Organizes videos into a personal playlist such as Watchlist, Favorites, and user-defined playlists
  • Creates Smart Collections that contain videos that match the specific criteria
  • Displays video collections in thumbnail or tile modes
  • Downloads the transcoded videos to your mobile devices and plays them offline
  • Parental Control rules for the restriction on specific users' accessibility to videos
  • Advanced search that combines multiple filters and keywords
  • Shows watch status as well as the watch progress bar under the posters
  • Streams videos to Apple TV via AirPlay (only available on iOS devices)
  • Streams videos to Chromecast
  • Retrieves subtitles from online databases such as OpenSubtitles.org
  • Generates video sharing links for individual videos or a whole collection
  • Plays a single video or an entire playlist on repeat
  • AC3 passthrough can be enabled on Apple TV for better audio quality
  • Stream playback quality (original/high/medium/low) can be adjusted according to network conditions (only available on models belonging to Group 1)
  • Saves the following settings of the last playback: subtitle source, audio track, and subtitle syncing
  • Supports streaming original files and transcoded files (See supported formats here)

DS video (for TV)

Features

  • Displays your video libraries with full metadata retrieved from the Internet on TV box (Apple TV, Android TV) and Smart TV (Samsung TV)
  • Organizes your videos into Watchlist or playlists to categorize videos and to help you easily access your favorites

Specifications

  • Organizes videos into personal playlists such as Watchlist and Favorites
  • Parental Control rules for the restriction on specific users' accessibility to videos
  • Retrieves online subtitles from online databases such as OpenSubtitles.org
  • Advanced search that combines multiple filters and keywords
  • Shows watch status as well as the video progress bar under the posters
  • Play a single video or an entire playlist on repeat
  • Supports audio tracks embedded in files for multiple languages
  • Stream playback quality (original/high/medium/low) can be adjusted
  • Supports external subtitles and embedded SRT, ASS, SAMI, and SSA subtitles
  • Saves the settings of the last playback: subtitle source, audio track, and subtitle syncing
  • Supports streaming original files and transcoded files (See supported formats here)

Limitations

  • The functions vary on different TV OS. For details, please refer to the table below.
  Android TV Apple TV 4th Samsung TV
Direct streaming
Browse and stream videos All common formats with MX Player installed on the device See specs of your Apple TV model for exact capabilities See specs of your TV model for exact capabilities
Select audio tracks
-Built-in players, DS file player, or Airplay devices only
V V V
Online subtitle search V V -
Subtitle support
-External subtitles and embedded SRT, ASS, and SSA
-Streaming to DLNA/Apple TV not supported
V V V
Playback quality options
- Auto/high/medium/low
V V -
Enable transcoding/remuxing Transcode only Group 1 only -
Managing your video collection
Manage movie collections
-Favorites, Watchlist and user-defined collections
V Favorites/Watchlist only
View and edit the watch status of videos V V V
Show the last watched episode of a TV show V V V
Parental control
- Enter a PIN code to watch restricted videos
V V V
Advanced Search
- Combine multiple filters and keywords
Keyword search + filter
Delete videos - V -
Others
Continuous play
-The next video of a collection or a TV show episode will play automatically
V V -
QuickConnect supported V V -
HTTPS connection for browsing/recording (streaming only available over HTTP) V V V