Media Streaming Suggestions

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by rowley, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. rowley macrumors 6502

    rowley

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    What I would like:
    To stream music and videos to each of these devices with the minimal of fuss, and minimal processor power
    This content is fed from a Mac Mini, and from a PC.

    This is what I have:
    Ipod Touch 2G (x2)
    Iphone 3g
    Iphone 3gs
    Mac Mini
    MacBook Pro
    PC's and various laptops.
    A decent broadband connection
    Wifi

    I have tried:
    - AirVideo Server (on both Windows and Mac)
    - Abyss http server - with directory aliases to the iTunes Directories on the PC and Windows
    - iTunes Home Sharing via iTunes to PC, Mac, and iPhone 3gs (4.3), but not to touches

    Experiences:
    - AirVideo - Using App, stream over local and web to iOS devices is great, but no stream desktop.
    - Abyss Server - Using Safari local and web, stream on iOS, download on desktop. Accessable over internet, but security an issue.
    - iTunes Home Sharing - Great for just one iOS device in my list and desktop kit using iTunes. Not good for older ipod touches. Nothing over web.

    My question.
    Has anyone tried something like this, and what level of success has anyone had to get streaming to all devices.
    Has anyone tried anything different.
    What, if any do you think is the best solution for all types of devices over local and/or web
     
  2. AppleDApp macrumors 68020

    AppleDApp

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    Once iCloud is available you should be able to do that.
     
  3. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

    gorskiegangsta

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    I don't recall iCloud having streaming capabilities.
     
  4. rowley thread starter macrumors 6502

    rowley

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    Iclouds not going to work on my older devices is it?
    I'd like to include them in my streaming solution.
     
  5. robgendreau macrumors 68040

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    Maybe you should license your own TV station ;)

    Have you tried Plex, Boxee, XBMC? I've used them mostly for online content, but I believe they'll also do local stuff.

    There's also setting up your own intranet.

    EyeTV works great for video, and they have EyeConnect which I think streams to most DLNA devices.

    I don't think you can a one-size-fits-all for all these functions; for example, for screen stuff usually people use a VNC solution because of the need to have appropriate controls for the desktop in question. People usually don't "stream" desktops since they're interactive, but perhaps if you check education sites they have something used in teaching (but I imagine most of this stuff is composed of screen recordings in flash format or something else).

    Good luck,
    Rob
     
  6. rowley thread starter macrumors 6502

    rowley

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    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Certainly seems air video is better than all the others, but streaming to desktops/laptops still limited.
    I'd there was a windows client then that would be my solution.

    I will have to keep trying. Thanks for all your help.
     
  7. rowley thread starter macrumors 6502

    rowley

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    ok, I have done the following.

    A Mac Mini
    - Running itunes set to share, and home sharing enabled.
    - Running Air Video Server
    - Running an Abyss Webserver, links to the library, passworded
    - no-ip client
    - VNC Server
    - LogMeIn

    So
    - iOS: AirVideo, Abyss, logmein or VNC to administer
    - Android: Abyss, VNC
    - Blackberry: Abyss
    - Windows: iTunes, VNC, LogMeIn, Abyss
    - Mac: iTunes, AirVideo, Abyss, LogMeIn, VNC
    - Linux: Abyss, LogMeIn, VNC

    I think there is a Linux Music Player (Amarok?), that can read iTunes Shared over bonjour, but I've not checked that yet.

    Seems like a good solution all around - keeps everyone in the family happy
     

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