Plex can make you stream your massive TV/movie collection from computer to elsewhere. It is easy and simple enough for some people who are not proficient in complicated things. But the mobile apps aren’t free. You have to pay if you want to stream from your PC to your mobile device. So you maybe need a free Plex-like media server app or even a complicated way of being able to stream your video collection to remote devices over the WAN.
Here we gathered some alternatives to Plex to help you enjoy media conveniently.
Top 5 Plex Alternatives and Similar Media Server
Emby, formerly Media Browser, is a media aggregator plugin for Media Center that takes your recorded, digital, or ripped media and presents it in a simple, easy to use interface. Emby prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, media rich experience for the whole family.
Universal Media Server is a media server capable of serving videos, audio and images to any DLNA-capable device. It supports any device capable of DLNA and runs on all major operating systems: Windows, OS X and Linux. It streams to many devices including PS3, Xbox One and 360, many TVs (Samsung, Panasonic, Sony, Vizio, LG, Philips, Sharp), smart phones (iPhone, Android, etc.), Blu-ray players, and more.
#3: PS3 Media Server
PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding any kind of media files, with minimum configuration. It is backed up with the Mplayer or FFmpeg packages.
It features no codec packs to install, no folder configuration and pre-parsing or this kind of annoying thing, all your folders are directly browsed by the PS3, there is an automatic refresh, and real-time video transcoding via MEncoder.
Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network. Serviio works with many devices from your connected home (TV, Playstation 3, XBox 360, smart phones, tablets, etc.). It supports profiles for particular devices so that it can be tuned to maximise the device’s potential and/or minimize lack of media format playback support (via transcoding).
KooRaRoo Media Server allows you to enjoy your movies, music and photos on a wide range of devices in your home, including modern TVs, Blu-Ray players (BDPs), games consoles (PS3 and XBox360), mobile tablets, smart phones and dedicated media players that support DLNA.
Comparison of Some Media Server
|Universal Media Server||PS3 Media Server||Serviio||KooRaRoo||Plex|
A web interface so it supports even devices without DLNA support
|Automatic bitrate adjustment
Automatically changes video bitrate based on your network speed
|Automatic maximum quality
100% video and audio quality is maintained when possible by muxing – not transcoding – compatible files.
View your files without having to wait for the folders to be scanned, which can take minutes or hours with large libraries.
|Subtitles on all devices
When your device does not support the subtitle format in the video, we add it to the video stream to allow you to view them anyway.
Pass along full quality DTS instead of downmixing it to another format.
|Live subtitles from OpenSubtitles
If you don’t have the subtitles for your file, UMS will download and add them for you via options on your device.
H.264 transcoding achieves the same quality as the traditional codec MPEG-2 with much lower filesize, making it a good option for wireless networks.
UMS is and will always be free.
|True Motion (frame interpolation)
This takes regular framerates, usually 24fps or 25fps, and adds frames in between to make the motion smoother and more realistic.
This is done using InterFrame, which is an AviSynth plugin that uses SVP libraries.
If your TV has overscan – which means it cuts off the edges of videos – we can compensate so you see the whole video.
Many people watch with overscan and never realize what they are missing.
|Automatic plugin download/install
Download and install plugins automatically.
|Unlimited folders on PS3 & Xbox
PS3 and Xbox 360 can only display a limited number of folders, but we work around that.
AviSynth is a powerful and flexible video and audio serving program.
Browse your iTunes library by playlist, artist, album and genre.
|Renderer search support
We support renderers with search capability.
|Maximum network bandwidth setting
This allows you to set the speed of your network to ensure smooth playing.
We support playing DVDs whether they are in your DVD drive or on your hard drive.
Support for browsing archives like ZIP, RAR, GZ, etc.
|3D SBS video support
Most if not all renderers do not support receiving full 3D SBS video over a network, but we work around that.
|High-quality video thumbnails
Display the maximum quality and resolution thumbnails that your device can take.
1 Available as a paid plugin
2 Free and paid editions exist
3 No subtitle position correction
4 No multithreading support
5 Not as accurate as the UMS one
Pavtube ChewTunes– Record, convert both DRM-ed and non-DRM video and music to all popular video/audio formats in order to ensure free playback on Media Server for better viewing experience.
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