Stream your own media
The problem with streaming video services (such as Netflix) is they’re usually restricted – you have no control over the content and you’re tied to a specific provider. If you have a large collection of personally owned digital media, then why not build you own unlimited, non-expiring, streaming media service instead?
Both Emby (emby.tv) and Plex (plex.tv) enable you to build your own media server containing your private content, then stream to devices both on your local network and further afield through the internet. Taking Plex as an example, you install the server on your PC or – if you’d like to run it 24-7 – a compatible low-powered device such as a Raspberry Pi 3 or a mid-range Seagate or QNAP network hard drive (or NAS).
After configuring it with your media, you need to access the Plex server through your web browser or Plex Media Player app, then navigate to Settings > Remote Access to set it up.
If your router supports UPnP forwarding, this should be a straightforward process. Otherwise you can click the link in the Plex app to view more detailed instructions that tell you exactly how to set up the server manually.
You can use the power of the cloud to stream your own video collection over the internet using services such as Plex (pictured here) and Emby.