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21 Responses

  1. SCCCam Server says:

    I like only Kodi Home Theater Software, because this software is very powerful.

  2. Ant Media Server says:

    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for the details. You can also review Ant Media Server.

  3. Marcos Nakamine says:

    Kodi is the best!

  4. Alater says:

    Check out MythTV and let me know how that compares. I have used it for more than a decade and have some of the same media from that time – pretty amazing considering the number of hardware replacements, O/S and version upgrades. – Much appreciated.

  5. Sam g says:

    Plex and Emby are crippled media servers without paying for their premium plans. It would be nice if the apps were called out as having their features locked behind premium gateways.

    • Aaron Kili says:

      @Sam g

      Very good concern, many thanks for sharing this. We will consider this in upcoming reviews.

    • jadeopia says:

      Plex runs fine without paying you only need to pay if you want to stream your media over the internet to other devices. if you’re only using it as a home media server you don’t pay anything

      • Aaron Kili says:


        Thanks for sharing this useful information.

      • Ken says:

        That’s not true either. You can stream your media over the internet without paying. Most Plex apps are free. Only Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps are crippled until you pay for a Plex Pass.

        Paying for a Plex Pass gets you uncrippled mobile apps (noted above), live TV and DVR functions (with a separate tuner, like HDHomeRun), LyricFind lyrics for your music, and some other enhancements.

        • AllKnowing says:

          Or, you know, just use Kodi, which gives you all those things out the box. Uses DB compression (to avoid lots of GB worth of database files), is 100% open source and free, forever. Oh, and it’s been around (in one form or another) for 15 years… A good 7 years longer than any of these “competitors”.

  6. HBaena says:

    Popcorn Time’s app is great, too.

  7. Laci says:

    Where would UMS be located in the above list?

  8. Martin says:

    From what I heard, libreelec is better variant of openelec. For myself (subjectively) I can confirm it

  9. tsl says:


    Thank you for your Article. I need setup Linux server like youtube/hotstar live streaming. Accessible from web.

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