Open Source Playon Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Playon is OSMC, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Playon and 14 is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Playon are MediaPortal (Free, Open Source), Kantaris (Free, Open Source), Android TV (Free, Open Source) and Oblecto (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jan 29, 2021

    1. 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.
      OSMC vs Playon opinions
      This alternative is disputed. OSMC is still a legitimate alternative to Playon, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
      Playon is a streaming recorder.
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    2. MediaPortal 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.
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    3. 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.

      Discontinued

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

      Warning

      Sourceforge has detected malware in Kantaris builds.

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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Android
      Android TV is a version of Android made for TV's.
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    4. 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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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      It communicates with its own API written entirely using our custom built command-line web crawler designed to scrape information from trusted files, updated every day.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Moovida is transforming the way consumers experience digital entertainment media.

      Discontinued

      The official website is no longer available. Last version, 2.1.1, released in October 2011, can be still downloaded from Wayback Machine.

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    5. PseudoTV Live is channel-surfing for your media center. Never again will you have to actually pick what you want to watch. Use an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) to view what's on or select a show to watch.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      MythTV is a free, open source media center and digital video recorder (DVR) distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL.
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      MythTV vs Playon opinions
      pros, cons and recent comments
      MythTV doesn't record streaming media, which is PlayOn's prime function.
      Negative comment over 4 years ago

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    6. uShare is a UPnP (TM) A/V & DLNA Media Server. It implements the server component that provides UPnP media devices with information on available multimedia files. uShare uses the built-in http server of libupnp to stream the files to clients.
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