Windows Media Center Alternatives for Mac

    Windows Media Center is not available for Mac but there are some 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 ten of them are available for Mac so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Mac alternatives to Windows Media Center are Plex (Freemium), Emby (Freemium), Universal Media Server (Free, Open Source) and Serviio (Freemium).

    This page was last updated Sep 21, 2021

    1. Kodi, formerly XBMC, is a free and open source media player and entertainment center for Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, XBox, and iOS.
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      Most users think Kodi is a great alternative to Windows Media Center.
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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.
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      plex's website does not mention anything of live tv.
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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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.
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    2. 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.
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    3. 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. Basic features * DLNA 1.
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    4. JRiver Media Center is a multimedia application that allows the user to play and organize various types of media on a computer.
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    5. 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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    6. 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.
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      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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      Freevo is an open source HTPC media centre software integrating PVR / DVR funtionality along with music, video, gaming, home automation and more. It is written in python and uses existing popular software such as mplayer, xine and vlc.

      Discontinued

      The project seems to be no longer maintained. Last stable version, 1.9.2 Beta, released in March 2011, can be still downloaded from GitHub.

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