Alternatives to Plex for all platforms with any license

  • Emby

    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...

    • enable subtitle, imdb sync, and more DalcolliDec 2017 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Very good alternative to Plex media server and free multi-user (for Plex one needs a Plex account first and a Plex pass). Guest • Oct 2017 • 9 agrees and 9 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Exactly like Plex, but without the central server for connections. Alos, takes longer for updating the files information for the first time. Has lot more configurations available. Guest • Jul 2017 • 4 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • A superb alternative to plex, much faster streaming start of the video over internet. Guest • Feb 2019 • 0 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Plex is horrible at consumer privacy! Emby just a perfect solution especially for NAS. While Plex logging and collecting data, Emby won’t and then device can go into sleep mode perfect. dzevel5Mar 2019 • 1 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • open source and self authentication Guest • Jun 2017 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • don't need to authenticate with an outsource server, the problem emerges when a network like Iran filter the server like Iran and PLEX Guest • Feb 2017 • 0 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree

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  • Universal Media Server

    Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. It was originally based on PS3 Media Server by shagrath.

    • Extremely easy install. Completely seamless connection to Roku Media Player. Very lightweight, but fully functional. jebofponderworthyNov 2018 • 1 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • No faffing about and less intrusive and no personal data shared like plex does. Guest • May 2019 Disagree   Agree
    • ums is only a dlna server but plex serves the clients with custom apps, video transcoding and other features. Guest • Feb 2019 • 0 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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  • Jellyfin

    Jellyfin is a personal media server. The Jellyfin project was started as a result of Emby's decision to take their code closed-source, as well as various...

    • Jellyfin is a very nice project with much potential. Unfortunately it lacks many client apps; there is only an android app in development. Guest • Mar 2019 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

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  • OSMC

    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...

    • From the FAQ of the project: What is the difference between OSMC and Kodi? Kodi is a media center application and OSMC is the operating system that runs Kodi and brings it to your device. OSMC is not a fork of Kodi but rather a Linux distribution that ships Kodi as the main application. Guest • Jul 2016 • 15 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • totally different piece of software Guest • Nov 2017 • 3 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Apple TV Raspberry Pi

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  • MiniDLNA

    MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients. It is developed by a NETGEAR employee …

    • Plex is too commercial too many nags - also smart tv apps are variable SAMSUNG smart tv app hasn't worked for years :( Guest • Sep 2017 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Overly complicated and conditional 'compiling' required. A very out-dated approach for today. Much as I hate Plex, this doesn't come close to its convenience, power, and simplicity in execution. Guest • Dec 2017 • 1 agrees and 6 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Linux

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  • Ampache

    Ampache is a web based audio streaming application and file manager allowing you to access your music from anywhere, using almost any internet enabled device. Common...

    • Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming) Guest • Feb 2018 • 3 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree

    Free Open Source Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Self-Hosted PHP

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  • Playon

    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...

    Commercial Windows Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... iPad Blackberry 10

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  • LibreELEC

    LibreELEC is ‘Just enough OS’ for Kodi, a Linux distribution built to run Kodi on current and popular mediacentre hardware. We are an evolution of the popular OpenELEC...

    Free Open Source Linux

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Comment by katefox
about Plex and younity · Jan 2016 · Helpful Not helpful 5 Helpful Report as spam

What about younity? I use it all the time as an alternative to Plex Pass, and it's 1000x easier to setup and use. Oh, and did I mention, it's free?

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younity isn't free!

Front Row

Comment by Artua
about Plex · Dec 2011 · Helpful Not helpful -3 Helpful Report as spam

How is this different to Front Row?

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Well, both have the same purpose: to organize music/videos into a good-looking interface for home theaters. However, Front Row is very basic. Plex has far more features, and simply looks better, too. I won't get into specifics, but I would definitely recommend using Plex over Front Row.

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Comment by beeda2004
about Plex · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful -4 Helpful Report as spam

not working with cryptobox DLNA

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