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  • Kodi

    Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS. Kodi is designed to be the perfect...

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    • Kodi does not transcode and stream media like plex. At least not yet.... 8-) Guest • Sep 2015 • 34 agrees and 11 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Kodi is a media center client while Plex is a media center server. Plex is used to share content, Kodi is used to view content. Guest • Jul 2017 • 28 agrees and 8 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • kodi is not a media server, it's a media viewer not designed to share content Guest • Nov 2017 • 16 agrees and 7 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Freemium Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... BSD Windows Phone iPad Self-Hosted Apple TV Kindle Fire Playstation Roku Xbox

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    • 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 • 4 agrees and 0 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 • 3 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 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Stremio

    Media center allowing to watch movies, series, YouTube channels instantly. You can watch in HD, with subtitles, and easily cast any file to TV through DLNA, Chromecast...

    Free Personal Mac OS X Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet

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    • Does not play local content, only paid online content. Guest • Oct 2017 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • 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...

    Free Open Source tvOS Raspberry Pi

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    • 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 • 8 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Subsonic

    Subsonic is a free, web-based media streamer, providing ubiquitous access to your music and video. Use it to share your music with friends, or to listen to your own...

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Windows Phone Self-Hosted

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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 …

    Free Open Source Linux

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    • 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 • 1 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 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Infuse

    Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone or iPad. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS...

    Freemium iPhone iPad

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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...

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

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    • Ampache is an audio server, while plex supports both audio and video (and it is heavily focused on video streaming) Guest • Feb 2018 • 1 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • younity

    younity is your free personal media server: Access, stream, and share all your videos, music, photos, and files from any device.

    Freemium Mac OS X Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet ... iPad

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    • It's free, totally uncomplicated to setup, and requires zero knowledge of home media servers. katefoxJan 2016 • 1 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Lets me stream my movies from my computers to my iPad over LAN, WAN & P2P. brandonsearcherFeb 2016 • 0 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Works as a great alternative to plex. Has an easy set up in comparison. gabeleahyFeb 2016 • 0 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
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  • HomeNet Local Media Server

    HomeNet Local Area Network Media Server - lightweight alternative to Plex - ( HTML5 + Chromecast support ) A relatively simple, minimalist, lightweight media center...

    Free Mac OS X Windows Linux Chrome OS Self-Hosted ... PHP

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  • MediaTomb

    MediaTomb is an open source (GPL) UPnP MediaServer with a nice web user interface, it allows you to stream your digital media through your home network and listen...

    Free Open Source Mac Linux

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    • Discontinued Shut down per notice on homepage, but has been forked via http://alternativeto.net/software/gerbera/ See http://mediatomb.cc/
  • Semper Media Center

    Semper Media Center (SPMC in short) is a Android-minded fork of Kodi, by the former Kodi android maintainer, Koying.

    Free Open Source Android

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    • For Android TV you get the best and smoothest picture Guest • Apr 2017 Disagree   Agree

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