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Serviio 1.4.1.2

Stream media over your network for free with this DLNA server

by Nick Peers

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License: Freeware
Operating Systems: Linux, Mac OS X, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Java 6

Languages: English
Software Cost: Free
Date Updated: 11 April 2014
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Downloads To Date: 4017
Developer: Petr Nejedly
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Serviio console on OS X
The Serviio console gives you limited control over your media collection, but you can’t update metadata manually, for instance.

The best way of sharing video, music and photos over your network is by using a media server. And if you want your media server to work with a wide range of devices – mobiles, computers, consoles, smart TVs and more – then you want to pick one that’s DLNA certified.

There are plenty of DLNA-certified media servers out there – even a recent update to Plex Media Server added DLNA support – but they’re not all equal. The better ones tend to cost money, but while Serviio comes as a 14-day trial of a Pro version, after that date it’ll revert to the fully functional free edition, which contains all the functionality developed during the app’s beta.

The free version lets you stream both local and online content over your local network, supports a variety of third-party devices as well as your PC and mobile, and includes on-the-fly transcoding. It’s also capable of pulling metadata from internet sites such as thetvdb.com, so you simply name up your files correctly (typically moviename or tvseries-s00e00) and it’ll pull all the details you need to browse your media collection from another device.

Serviio comes in two parts: the server itself, and a console for configuring it, such as choosing which folders to include. It requires Java, which makes it cross-platform, and can technically be installed on ARM-based NAS drives, allowing you to run a server directly from your network drive. Sadly, it overwhelmed our under-powered ShareCenter DNS-320, forcing us to retreat to TWONKY on that device.

No DLNA media server is going to compare favourably to Plex’s wonderful user experience, so perhaps it’s a little unfair to compare Serviio directly to it. It’s worthy of consideration, particularly thanks to its internet scraping capabilities, and decent codec support, but there are still glitches, both in playback and correctly identifying content from its metadata, that count against it. It also rankles that certain features – specifically the lightweight web-based media browser and ability to access your media from outside your home network – are restricted to the $25 Pro version only.

Version 1.4.1 changes:
 - MediaBrowser player window now displays the context of the playlist items; ticket #745 (Pro only)
 - MediaBrowser playlist is scrollable using arrow keys; ticket #752 (Pro only)
 - updated iOS profile to transcode less files (requires iPad2 at least); ticket #753
 - if album artist is missing, use artist value instead; ticket #747
 - added support for MySql queries; ticket #750
 - added MediaFormatProfiles for video files with DTS and DTS-HD audio
 - added support for transcoding DTS-HD MA audio; ticket #710

Verdict:

A good stab at providing a feature-rich and reasonably lightweight media server, but its internet scraping capabilities are too unforgiving when it comes to media file naming.

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