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    Best Universal Media Server Alternatives

    Universal Media Server is described as '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' and is a very popular Media Server in the Video & Movies category. There are more than 25 alternatives to Universal Media Server for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Mac, Windows, Android and iPhone. Most alternatives are Media Servers and Media Centers. The best alternative is Stremio, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Universal Media Server are Plex (Freemium), Jellyfin (Free, Open Source), Emby (Freemium) and Serviio (Freemium).

    This page was last updated May 17, 2022
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    Universal Media Server is a media server capable of serving videos, audio and images to any DLNA-capable device. It...
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    1. 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, AppleTV! Stremio also gives you notifications for new episodes / movies.
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      Plex bridges the gap between your computer and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video.
      Most users think Plex is a great alternative to Universal Media Server.


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      Jellyfin is a personal media server and client. The Jellyfin project was started as a result of Emby's decision to take their code closed-source, as well as various philosophical differences with the core developers.
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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. Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to any DLNA-certified renderer device (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console) on your home network.


    3. Ignite your video content with Infuse – the beautiful way to watch almost any video format on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. No need to convert files! Infuse is optimized for iOS 12, with powerful streaming options, trakt sync, and unmatched AirPlay & subtitle support.
    4. 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 Universal Media Server opinions
      Some users think OSMC is a great alternative to Universal Media Server, some don't.
      it's a media player, not a server
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

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    5. MiniDLNA (aka ReadyDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients.
    6. PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer developed, but last version, 1.90.1, released in August 2013, can be still downloaded from the official website.

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      Ever had a huge bookshelf full of shows and movies? Ever wanted to digitalize them, but didn't have a good way of organizing the files? Worry no more! Streama is your own personal Netflix for just such a purpose!
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