5 media servers for the computer that pump your TV

Recently I realized that TVs are still in the last century. If mobile gadgets and computers are becoming more convenient, faster and easier, the only thing that changes in TVs is the screen size and resolution. On the convenience of not yet say.

A TV without a media server on a computer or a special device is almost useless, unless you like to hang in the news and talk shows in the evenings. That’s why I chose the top 5 media servers for the computer, which pump your TV and make it much more functional.

Plex

Plex
Plex

Plex – the most popular and, perhaps, a convenient option. By running the server on the computer, you can manage it from the browser, configure the library, add subtitles and more. All information about the movie Plex loads automatically and makes it perfect in 9 cases out of 10. The TV sees the Plex server without any problems and everything loses. The only drawback of Plex and other similar programs is that the TV does not see the subtitles embedded in the movie, but for most it does not matter.

Plex is distributed free of charge, but for additional functions you will have to buy a subscription.

             Plex             

Home Media Server

Home Media Server
Home Media Server

I used this server for a long time on an old TV. It works well enough and unlike Plex, HMS is a whole combine, the functionality of which knows no bounds. The only downside is the awful interface of the program, but since it is needed to play movies on the TV, it will not be a big problem. The program is absolutely free and there is only in the version for Windows.

Home Media Server

PS3 Media Server

PS3 Media Server
PS3 Media Server

Initially, the PS3 Media Server was distributed as an addition to the PlayStation 3, which allows the console to play movies on the TV. Then the program began to live a separate life. Like previous alternatives, it supports DLNA playback and does not require fuss with tuning.

  PS3 Media Server  

Serviio

Serviio
Serviio

Serviio is by far not the most popular media server, but it also deserves a place in our top. The application is free, but for $ 25, you can buy a PRO version that opens access to your content from any, not just your home network, and allows you to play content from the web (this function is given as a free trial version). Serviio has applications for Android, but they act as an auxiliary control panel for the server part on the computer.

           Serviio           

Kodi (formerly XBMC)

Kodi (XBMC)
Kodi (XBMC)

XBMC was created to introduce the video playback function in Xbox. Then the project has separated and now Kodi is one of the most popular media centers supporting almost all platforms because of open source code. Kodi has applications for iOS and Android, which allow you to use your smartphone as a control panel. The service lives on donations and is completely free.

             Kodi            

For me, the definitive favorite is Plex. And what do you use?