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    MediaPortal Alternatives

    MediaPortal is described as 'transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and displays your TV Series, Movies, Photos and Music in a much more dynamic way' and is a popular Media Center in the video & movies category. There are more than 25 alternatives to MediaPortal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iPhone. The best alternative is Kodi, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like MediaPortal are Emby, Splash, Google Home and OSMC.

    MediaPortal is mainly a Media Center but alternatives to it may also be Media Players or Media Servers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of MediaPortal.
    This page was last updated May 23, 2022
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    MediaPortal transforms your PC into a complete media solution. It runs on basic hardware, connects directly to your TV and...
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    1. Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS.
      Kodi vs MediaPortal opinions
      Some users think Kodi is a great alternative to MediaPortal, some don't.
      Mickael No dvb-t dvb-s dvb-c tuner support
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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      does not work even as half as good like mediaportal and needs additional software to watch TV which causes lots of trouble
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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      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.


    2. The only player you will ever need. Stunning video quality thanks to advanced engine. Video conversion optimized for social media. Innovative and fully customizable user interface. In one word - Splash.

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      dead after 3 years of no updates!

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      Formerly known as Google Cast, Home provides a control center to setup, manage and control Chromecast, and Google Home devices.
    3. OSMC (Open Source Media Center) is a free and open source media player based on Linux and founded in 2014 that lets you play back media from your local network, attached storage and the Internet.


    4. JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer.
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      Android TV is a version of Android made for TV's.
    5. Kantaris is an all new media player based on code from Videolan client (http://alternativeto.net/software/vlc-media-player/) and Bass audio library. Kantaris has a graphical user interface similar to that of Windows Media Player.

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      Last Update: 2013-04-25. See https://sourceforge.net/projects/kantaris/

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      Sourceforge has detected malware in Kantaris builds.

    6. Oblecto is a media server, similar to Plex, Emby, Netflix and others. It runs in the background on a home server to index your media such as movies and TV shows to make them searchable and streamable through a REST based interface.
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      PlayOn is both browser and media server for your Windows PC which lets you magically stream your favorite shows, movies, even your personal media from your PC to your TV, smartphone or tablet.
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