Alternative to iOS Videos App?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by jdag, Jan 8, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2012
    Is there an alternative app to the built-in Videos app that would leverage Home Sharing? The reasons I ask...

    1) The Videos app is terribly slow to display artwork and easily navigate with a large library.
    2) There is no search.
    3) My library does not properly display and I have to log out of Home Sharing, then back in, to get my Videos app to display properly (I've read this elsewhere, it is not just me)

    I know there are other methods of accessing the shared drive, such as via FileBroweser, but that's not really a media app per se (no artwork, metadata, etc.). I can also set up Plex and use the Plex app, but that would not maintain the watched/unwatched status of my library.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1, No other player is compatible with Home Sharing, not even jailbroken ones.

    2, there are a lot of players capable of playing back videos over standard protocols like SBM, UPnP, HTTP, FTP etc. but most of them are, generally, plagued with a lot of problems, particularly if you want to play back e.g. MKV (or any kind of non-iOS-native, that is, non-mov/mp4/m4v) files. (See and for more info.)

    3, unfortunately, none of these players can display artwork (see for more info).

    You could mail the Plex devs to add watched/unwatched status support to their app? They're pretty responsive.
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2012
    Thanks for the quick response...more or less what I expected. I am very familiar with Plex, so may go that route. I used Plex exclusively before deciding to convert all of my library to iTunes compatible format. I just never expected the Video app to be so...blah.

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