Network Video player app?

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by jaysen, Jun 20, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Looking for an app that will allow me to access my smb (samba) and NFS shares... via LAN home network? I've got a ton of kids videos that my son likes to watch.

    Prefer not to install server side software like plex?
  2. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Thanks... Totally forgot about xbmc... Sucks it's not optimized for new iPad. Also havin audio issues...
  4. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    CineXplayer only supports Web streaming, not "true" Samba.


    You may want to check out the "Samba" section of my multimedia chart ( ). Of the truly(!) SMB-capable players, I recommend the following because they support HW decoding of MP4 / MOV / M4V files:

    XBMC (of course)
    eXPlayer HD by Zhigang Chen


    Yup, unfortunately, it's still not Retina-enabled, not even in the latest nightlies - see Memphiz's 4-day-old post at
  5. macrumors 65816


    Jan 6, 2005
    i'm not 100% sure what you are after, but I use AirVideo to stream movies of my MBP/external HDDs to my iPhone.

  6. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2011
    Man, I gotta read up on my technology-speak.:)
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Thanks for the other option...

    Still trying to figure out why my audio is not working - assuming the container is the issue?

    Finishing up my OpenIndiana ZFS box, so this is not a priority at the moment... getting my ZFS to serve my WDTLives (another SMB issue - haha)
  8. macrumors 604


    Jul 10, 2007
    Goodplayer and Buzzplayer both support network playback.
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2010
  10. macrumors newbie

    Aug 14, 2012
    VM Player

    Using VM Player - supports a lot of video and audio formats and direct playing (and of course downloading) from network shares.
    Moreover they promise smb file uploading and playing music directly from iTunes library in the upcoming 1.7 update.
  11. macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2006
    #11 .. Runs on SamsungTV, AppleTV, GoogleTV, iPhone, iPad, iOS, Windows Phone and more ..
  12. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    1, are you working for Velestar Private Enterprise? You have four posts; every single of them recommends a product of them (VM Player and vSSH). You should at least post a quick remark like "I know I may be biased but..."

    2, I do NOT recommend VM Player. Theoretically, it's a nice app but, in practice, both the video decoders and the streaming module have a LOT to be desired. For example, its SMB compatibility is far worse than that of GoodPlayer / XBMC - it didn't work with my password-protected OS X share. (GoodPlayer worked just fine.) Its UPnP support is also pretty bad - it showsjJust a dark screen when streaming (downloading works). After switching to SW decoding, it works. GoodPlayer works just fine in streamed, HW-accelerated mode under exactly the same circumstances.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2013
    AVS Media Player solves the issue. just download the app for free. You have to change the audio to be sent to AirPlay besides the normal AirPlay icon but it plays mounted disks, DVDs, and vid files just fine. Hopefully Apple fixes the issue but it is at least a workaround.

    This is MacBookPro to AppleTV by the way
  14. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    This won't really help the OP as it requires a "middleman" (an x86 desktop to do the transcoding).
  15. macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2013
  16. macrumors 603

    Jun 7, 2011
    Won't work as a SMB client as it does require a server-side, x86-only component. Please read the entire thread.

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