Download Streaming Media - Best Software & Apps

  • VLC media player

    3.0.4

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Android
    Mac
    iPhone

    Simply the best free multi-format media player

    8
    43960 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
    423 votes
    • PROS: Support for hundreds of formats, Very fast response, Light on system resources, Extensive support for keyboard shortcuts
    • CONS: Dull interface
  • Adobe Media Player

    1.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    Navigate online videos using this multimedia player

    6
    101 votes
    • PROS: Create lists of favourites, Apply keywords and ratings to videos, Natural, Dashboard-style interface, Playlist manager
    • CONS: Video not always available
  • 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
    18 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
  • iWisoft Free Video Downloader

    2.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Download manager for streaming audio and video

    7
    91 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
  • Wirecast

    pro-wirecast-6

    License
    buy Download
    Platform
    Mac

    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
  • Octoshape

    1.0

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows

    Peer to peer streaming media server plugin

    5
    48 votes
    • The Times of India

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows

      A Free Streaming media program for Windows

      8
      15 votes
      • Flipboard for Windows 10

        2.0.3.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A free news and general interests explorer

        7
        15 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
      • PS3 Media Server

        1.72.0

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        Create your Own media Streaming Server

        7
        219 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
      • RSS Builder

        2.1.8

        License
        free Download
        Platform
        Windows

        A free Streaming media program for Windows

        6
        11 votes
        • Xnews

          5.08

          License
          free Download
          Platform
          Windows

          A free Streaming media program for Windows

          7
          33 votes
          • AirMore: File Transfer

            1.3.8

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Android

            A free file transfer app for Android

            10
            2 votes
            • PROS: Free to use for any android user, Unlimited media streaming from your home PC device
            • CONS: Limited tech support, Somewhat time consuming set up
          • Nero Streaming Player

            1.0.8

            License
            free Download
            Platform
            Android

            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.

            9
            5 votes
            • BBC News Mobile for Windows 10

              License
              free Download
              Platform
              Windows

              A Free Streaming media program for Windows

              4
              4 votes
              • Universal Media Server

                Varies with device

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Windows
                Mac

                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
              • VidOn Player

                2.0.2

                License
                free Download
                Platform
                Android

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

                -
                No votes yet
                • HD Player

                  1

                  License
                  free Download
                  Platform
                  Android

                  A free program for android

                  -
                  No votes yet
                  • Jaksta Streaming Media Recorder

                    6.0.1.2

                    License
                    buy Download
                    Platform
                    Windows

                    Easily record any streamed media

                    7
                    16 votes
                    • PROS: Supports many, many media formats, Monitors websites in the background, Includes format converter, Search the Web for videos and music
                    • CONS: The monitoring tool is heavy on resources
                  • Web Media Player

                    0.64.1

                    License
                    free Download
                    Platform
                    Windows

                    A Free Streaming media program for Windows

                    7
                    20 votes
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