Stream your own me­dia

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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.

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