I just installed Opera Unite's video streaming service. I can access my video files through my phones web browser (Galaxy S), but it starts to download instead of playing.
Is there a player I can use to watch streamed videos from my PC?
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Subsonic is a free, open source, web-based media server in Java. It is easy to install and runs on various platforms. There is also a Subsonic Android App, which allows you to stream audio and video from the server. Video streaming is done with Flash. You should disable transcoding for MP4 files, since Android's Flash Player can play MP4 native.
Use VLC Remote. Instructions are on he homepage. While this is mainly a remote control app for VLC it's also able to start a stream which you can receive either also with VLC Remote or with any other streaming capable player. I suggest RockPlayer.
To start the streaming, open VLC Remote, connect to the VLC instance on you streaming server, browser the files and press long on the file that you want to stream. A context menu should appear, from where you can choose
One option, that needs root, is to use cifs manager to mount the windows share with you video data, which enables other players to play the video as it was stored locally on your device.
This would be Plex.
You could use the file sharing features of your OS to share the folders and then browse them with ES File Explorer. Just tap the
Local text in the top left corner and select
LAN, press menu and add your shares. In addition you need a player that supports the formats your videos are in, I use DicePlayer. It's not free, but there's a 3 day trial version on the market.