Download Streaming Media - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    42844 votes
    • PROS: Supports a wide range of formats, Good hotkey support, Easy to use, Very flexible and lightweight, Integration with web channel streaming services, Improved interface in version 3, More format support in version 3, Plays BluRay and HD, Completely free!
    • CONS: User interface is quite basic, User interface slicker in Mac version
  • MPlayer

    RC 2 1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Pocket PC
    Windows Mobile

    A great free player with support for hundreds of formats

    8
    410 votes
    • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
    • CONS: Dull interface
  • Nero Streaming Player

    1.0.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Android
    iPhone

    With Nero Streaming Player you can play photos, videos, and music from your Android smartphone or tablet on any UPnP/DLNA compatible Smart TV, or other Wi-Fi® Media Players.

    10
    3 votes
    • FireANT

      Beta

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac
      Windows

      RSS video reader and highly versatile media player

      6
      3 votes
      • PROS: Plays any format of video, Tracks programming from content providers
      • CONS: Bit dated now in design and functionality, Yahoo video search not very useful
    • Adobe Media Player

      1.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Navigate online videos using this multimedia player

      6
      99 votes
      • PROS: Create lists of favourites, Apply keywords and ratings to videos, Natural, Dashboard-style interface, Playlist manager
      • CONS: Video not always available
    • Appy Geek for Windows 10

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Streaming media program for Windows

      6
      10 votes
      • Octoshape

        1.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        Peer to peer streaming media server plugin

        5
        48 votes
        • NetCamCenter Basic 3.0

          3.07.1

          License
          buy Download
          Platform
          Windows

          Professional Video Streaming And Storing Software For Businesses

          7
          34 votes
          • PROS: The software creates Windows Media files that are easily viewed and converted, It has an easy-to-use interface that makes camera management very simple, The system allows you to record multiple channels at one time
          • CONS: It is tricky to set up, The licence for 36 cameras is rather expensive, They do not have a trail option for people to test the system before buying
        • VidOn Player

          2.1.1

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          iPhone
          Android

          Free HD movie and streaming media player, supports Upnp, Samba, Ftp, DLNA, Nas device.

          10
          1 vote
          • Boxee

            0.9.23.15885

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Mac
            Windows

            Open source media center with Apple remote access

            3
            6 votes
            • PROS: Brings all your media together, Glossy interface, Remote control integration
            • CONS: Only available in full screen mode, Apple remote may not work with other apps while using Boxee
          • iWisoft Free Video Downloader

            2.1

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows

            Download manager for streaming audio and video

            7
            88 votes
            • PROS: Easy to use, Monitors browsing for media, Keeps a capture history, Can download multiple videos simultaneously, Works with all popular media formats
            • CONS: Doesn't allow you to select multiple files, Doesn't include a format converter
          • Configurator for Kodi

            47.47.47

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Windows
            Android

            A Free Kodi Configurator To Get The Most Out Of Your Media Player

            6
            17 votes
            • PROS: Watch movies and TV shows in other languages, Easily manage your add-ons, The home screen looks better and is easier to use
            • CONS: Technical support refers you back to FAQ sections, Not needed for people that know how to configure Kodi, Confusing for people that have no configuration experience
          • Wild Media Server (UPnP, DLNA, HTTP)

            3.20

            License
            buy Download
            Platform
            Mac

            Play music, videos and photos on your UPnP (DLNA) home devices from your computer

            10
            1 vote
            • The Times of India

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              A Free Streaming media program for Windows

              8
              13 votes
              • PS3 Media Server

                1.72.0

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Mac
                Windows

                Create your Own media Streaming Server

                8
                25 votes
                • PROS: Automatically encode in the following formats MKV/FLV/OGM/AVI, Ready to launch and play no codecs needed on the receiving end
                • CONS: Although this package has everything you need setup is required and some expertise is necessary, Must already have hardware setup for Media servers this is only the distribution method
              • Wirecast

                pro-wirecast-6

                License
                buy Download
                Platform
                Mac
                Windows

                Excellent professional live web streaming solution

                6
                27 votes
                • PROS: Easy to use and understand for a broadcasting app, Excellent for webcasting, Allows you to stream from iPhone and Adobe Flash media servers
                • CONS: May not support all web cameras or DV types, Only works with QuickTime
              • Replay AV

                8.20

                License
                buy Download
                Platform
                Windows

                A trial version Streaming media program for Windows

                9
                2 votes
                • Subsonic

                  4.6

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Windows

                  Excellent free streaming media server

                  6
                  36 votes
                  • PROS: Includes everything you need to start the server, Works with popular media players, Lots of features for both administrators and common users
                  • CONS: Configuration takes a while
                • Flipboard for Windows 10

                  2.0.3.0

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Windows

                  A free news and general interests explorer

                  7
                  14 votes
                  • PROS: Scrolling between stories is very quick , Each story has an attached image , Ideal for people with nothing to do , Scrolls rather than flips
                  • CONS: Has excessive adverts with no way to remove them, Cannot group similar news platforms , Cannot filter to stop you seeing the same story repeatedly, Includes some low quality sources like Mashable
                • Universal Media Server

                  Varies with device

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Mac
                  Windows

                  Free home media server streaming with Universal Media Server

                  -
                  No votes yet
                  • PROS: Automatically scans content on home networks, Free and open source tool
                  • CONS: Somewhat confusing setup, Does not work with some compatible devices
                Softonic’s Best Rated Software for this topic
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                13.0.3428447.7Windows, Android, Mac, iPhone
                2RC 2 1.04107.5Windows, Pocket PC, Windows Mobile
                32.1887.2Windows
                41.1996.3Windows, Mac
                51.0485.1Windows
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