AlternativeTo Logo

Windows Media Center Alternatives for Mac

Windows Media Center is not available for Mac but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on macOS with similar functionality. The best Mac alternative is Kodi, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Windows Media Center and 11 are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Windows Media Center are Plex, Emby, Universal Media Server and Infuse.

Windows Media Center alternatives are mainly Media Centers but may also be Media Servers or Media Players. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Media Center.
This page was last updated

Windows Media Center (WMC) turns your computer into a home entertainment hub, compiling media from your computer and the...

Learn more about Windows Media Center

  1. Kodi icon

    Kodi

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Fire TV
    71 alternatives to 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 companion to a home theater PC - it supports an almost endless range of remote controls, and combined with its...

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  PortableKodi can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    2.  AirPlay SupportKodi can stream or share content to your Mac, Apple TV, or compatible smart TV.
    3.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsKodi can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Kodi vs Windows Media Center opinions
    Most users think Kodi is a great alternative to Windows Media Center.
  2. Plex icon

    Plex

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Chrome OS
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Daydream
    • Kindle Fire
    • Android TV
    • Kodi
    • Roku
    89 alternatives to Plex 

    Plex is a one-stop destination to stream movies, TV shows, sports & music. Check good movies to watch on Plex and stream all your personal media libraries on every device.

    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
    Plex vs Windows Media Center opinions
    pros, cons and recent comments
    Guest

    plex's website does not mention anything of live tv.

    Negative comment ago
    Copy a direct link to this comment to your clipboard   
    If this Comment contains spam or other abuse, notify admins about it.   
    -4


  3. Emby icon

    Emby

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • Self-Hosted
    • Apple TV
    • Kindle Fire
    • Cloudron
    • Playstation
    • Xbox
    43 alternatives to 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 interface. Emby prides itself on delivering a fast, intuitive, media rich experience for the whole family.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  Kids ModeEmby allows you to create and manage your kids' profiles in order to protect them.
    2.  Chromecast SupportCast your content to a Chromecast connected device with Emby.
    Screenshot
    Emby on Windows Phone(1)
  4. Universal Media Server icon

    Universal Media Server

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    48 alternatives to Universal Media Server 

    Universal Media Server is a 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.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    Screenshot
    Xbox 360 Ps3 and SmartTv
  5. Infuse icon

    Infuse

    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    • Mac
    73 alternatives to Infuse 

    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.

    Screenshot


  6. Serviio icon

    Serviio

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    47 alternatives to Serviio 

    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.

    Screenshot
  7. JRiver Media Center icon

    JRiver Media Center

    • Mac
    • Windows
    52 alternatives to JRiver Media Center 

    JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    1.  PortableJRiver Media Center can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Screenshot
    Screenshot
  8. PS3 Media Server icon

    PS3 Media Server

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    38 alternatives to PS3 Media Server 

    PS3 Media Server is a DLNA compliant Upnp Media Server for the PS3, written in Java, with the purpose of streaming or transcoding.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    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.

    GUI
  9. Squire icon

    Squire

    • Mac
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Apple TV
    79 alternatives to Squire 

    Squire is a media center to stream movies and shows from torrents or local files. It’s an always-running menu bar app. The brain where all the local video files or installed streams are processed and sent to the clients.

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    Screenshot
  10. MythTV icon

    MythTV

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    40 alternatives to MythTV 

    MythTV is a free, open source media center and digital video recorder (DVR) distributed under the terms of the GNU GPL. With its plugin architecture, MythTV can be transformed into a home media center suite, capable of managing your personal photo, video, and music collections...

     Suggest and vote on features
    Features
    Screenshot
Showing 10 of 11 alternatives
AlternativeTo