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Promoted 01-05-2015 by Discombobulated at 11:19 PM View Original Post
Amazon.com or Google Play Store has Mediabrowser Client App for Android Devices for Free. Thanks ironbyron

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Grab this free, open source MediaBrowser Server allowing you to enhance your media content including movies, TV shows & more. App also supports any Android, Chromecast, DLNA devices & more. - Discombobulated

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Edited January 5, 2015 at 10:36 PM by johnny_miller
http://mediabrowser.tv

If you've ever heard of Plex for transcoding your home server or NAS content to different devices inside and outside your LAN, then you should really consider using Mediabrowser as an alternative. Many reasons, one being they have a nice, free Roku client as well as these currently free Android offerings

Plex for Android has sold as low as $0.99 and up to $4.99 if I recall correctly, but I've not seen it for free. I paid $4.99 for the mediabrowser android app and highly recommend it.

The app has a newly added 10' UI that you can use on the Fire TV, Fire Stick, and upcoming Android TV devices that support Google Play like the Nexus Player. You can use the TV UI on a tablet or the tablet UI on your Fire TV as well Stick Out Tongue plenty of choices really

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/app...mb.android
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Linton...B00GVH9O0I
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Last Edited by MozartA January 7, 2015 at 08:20 AM
Good info about Mediabrowser
http://mediabrowser.tv/community/...ntry144431

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Mediabrowser 3 is a client/server architecture, so first thing first is you need to run the mediabrowser server (windows, linux or mac). Once you install the Mediabrowser 3 server, that will give you the ability to configure your media and consume your media through common web browsers on pretty much any device (computers, droids, IOS).

If you want to add Live TV (including HDHomerun) to your server, you will need to install a back end, such as Windows Media Center (WMC), install ServerWMC (on the same computer as WMC) and then install the ServerWMC plugin for Mediabrowser server (in the plug-in section). There are guides to all this I believe in the tutorial sections of the forums. Edit: This is the guide I followed when I first was learning how to setup Live TV: http://mediaputer.com/guides/2014...serverwmc/

This will add Live TV to your web client. At this point, assuming you have pointed your server to your media, you could have movies, TV, Live TV, music and pictures setup, as well as any channel plug-ins you have installed through the server.

Now on to clients: Mediabrowser Classic (MBC) is an add-on for WMC that allows you a 10' UI instead of using the standard web client. It is designed for remote control and large TV screens. Mediabrowser Theater(MBT) is pretty much the same thing (10' UI for TVs) but can be loaded as a stand-alone app and doesn't require WMC on the computer.

As an example, I have mediabrowser server running on one Win7 computer that I also run WMC, ServerWMC, and MBC - it serves to my main TV in the family room. For a TV in my master bedroom (high WAF required), I have gigabyte brix that runs Win7, WMC and MBC. I also have MBT on both computers but as it is still in development, I utilize MBC 99% of the time at the moment.

For other TVs in the house (kids TVs), i have Roku's on them running the Mediabrowser channel.
http://mediabrowser.tv/community/...rwmc-info/
ServerWMC is a windows program that allows a Windows Media Center (WMC) installation on one machine to act as a PVR backend for MediaBrowser-Server (MBS). This enables MBS to provide live tv and PVR functions to its client apps that support it. To set it up, you need ServerWMC installed on the machine that has WMC installed and configured. Then in MBS you need to install and configure its ServerWMC plugin.



Google Play https://play.google.com/store/app...mb.android
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Linton...B00GVH9O0I

Also free on iOS https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/m...58087?mt=8
iPad version is not free however


Please ignore all instructions below. There is a FAR easier way to install this to Fire TV. There is an app called AGK fire available on xda. You can install from any android device directly to Fire TV with just a couple taps

Try AGK fire here
http://www.amazon.com/Gopi-Adusum...s=agk+fire




ironbyron - Others saying this is not supported on the Fire TV according to Amazon's App Store "device compatibility." However, I can confirm this works on the Nexus Player and Fire TV. Sideloading on the Fire TV will take a little bit of effort. First you need an app like Titanium Backup or ES File Explorer to create a backup of the .apk which you can move to a windows/linux/osx computer. ES File Explorer is fairly straightforward, go to the sidebar select Library->App then "long press" the mediabrowser app and select the "Backup" option at the bottom. Your apk should then be under /sdcard/backups/apps/ -- Then I recommend the easiest way to adb-install an apk file to the Fire TV or Stick as simply running adbfire from the xda forums on your windows/linux/osx computer http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2786505 ~ adbfire will let you browse to the apk backup you created of this mediabrowser app (and really any other app you want to try on the Fire TV or Fire Stick) then simply click "Install APK." Sideloaded apps won't show up under "apps" on the Fire devices unless you sideload the Amazon App Store, but that is reported to mess with amazon video content. You can use something like FiredTV Launcher if you have root (I prefer this anyway as it's a much simpler looking menu, and the relative's who use my mediabrowser server have less menus to navigate through to get to the mediabrowser app)

To anyone wondering still, these are a few of the companion apps for the open-source mediabrowser server you can read more about here http://mediabrowser.tv

The tl;dr version of mediabrowser and plex is --> You have movies and tv episodes stored at home in a hodge-podge of codecs, containers, etc. AVI, MOV, MKV, MP4, M2TS, etc. What some recommend is to clean this up and use a consistent format that works for the devices you want to use in the end ~ a.k.a. planning to use Apple then convert over to MP4, etc. Mediabrowser and Plex defy that logic and say, "Just leave that part up to us." Instead of running a video "encoder" like handbrake, media espresso, etc you can just leave all of your content exactly how it is (with a few exceptions like iso files and folder structured dvds) and let the "transcoding engine" of mediabrowser automatically convert your existing content into device-friendly formats in real-time when you need it. That is what the android, ios, windows phone, web client, roku client, etc mediabrowser-companion apps provide you with. An adaptable way to use your content on all of your devices on all platforms without ever running handbrake again!!



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Thank you I just download the app
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Thanks for the heads up!

I'm a HUGE Plex fan (and the app regularly goes free, it's just TD'd to death Stick Out Tongue)

I've always wanted to try MediaBrowser, so thank you for taking the time to let us know!
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If you uninstall it, it won't be free.
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I'll try to explain what I've observed for anyone wanting a more in depth comparison of the difference in transcoding performance between Plex and Mediabrowser. The gist is that Mediabrowser will go full force to create a cached file that will be packeted and sent (to either LAN or WAN and according to your max quality settings) while Plex will continue to meet a user-defined playback cache (of 5% by default) then wait for the client side to catch up.

This difference easily makes mediabrowser look less efficient, though if you look at something like a simple TV episode transcode job about 12 minutes into playback the Mediabrowser transcode process (ffmpeg.exe) will no longer be working, but instead feeding from the cache area. If you were to compare side-by-side client transcodes then at whichever time the mediabrowser ffmpeg application ends you'd still see Plex's "newtranscoder.exe" chugging along until playback is complete


None of this makes a dent on a hefty CPU, but if your server or NAS is on the lower power CPU side then it is worth knowing. Also, many plex clients offer direct stream but unless you are inside your LAN it is unlikely that you will get anywhere near decent performance as it requires your upload speed to support the max bitrate of your content (most ISP upload speeds are extremely poor in comparison to their downstream rates). The mediabrowser app does not yet offer a direct play option though
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If you uninstall it, it won't be free.
With amazon at least, you can always reinstall stuff once its on your account.
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If you uninstall it, it won't be free.
I'm not entirely sure what you mean. If you purchase it right now for $0.00, I would think it stays in your purchase history

If another developer comes along and makes a completely different app with mediabrowser's available android apis then they could very well charge for that separate app

However, this version from this developer should remain in your Google Play or Amazon history and be downloadable AFAIK. I've used it on my 3 different devices and never had to re-purchase it (though that was sometime ago)
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With amazon at least, you can always reinstall stuff once its on your account.
Can't do it with in app purchase crap.
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Can't do it with in app purchase crap.
Well there are none of those here (as far as I know)... and I think most games/apps will let you restore IAPs.
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I'm a HUGE Plex fan (and the app regularly goes free, it's just TD'd to death Stick Out Tongue)

I've always wanted to try MediaBrowser, so thank you for taking the time to let us know!
I'm a huge Server/HTPC fan in general, so I like that Plex has a little competition. I used Plex from 2011 until this year and I've switched over full time to MB3. Plex does what it does extremely well, but things like disc art, clear art, cast/crew images, trailers, etc have either taken a long time to be implemented or have yet to be added. I like all the extra artwork and trailers, which was something they got pretty quick over at MB3.

For transcoding, there is actually already a quicksync accelerated ffmpeg floating around that may be soon added to MediaBrowser. That would be insane, and hopefully encourage Plex to add the same. Better for everyone really

Also, I've never asked before, but what is TD'd?
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Also, I've never asked before, but what is TD'd?
Thumbs Down. Check the link in my sig for other common abbreviations.
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Big +1 for MB from me. Great, responsive devs, features, and ui. At this price, try it. Be warned, you will fall in love with it. I have donated yome and again for the Windows app. Well worth it.

Can't say enough good about it.
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I don't know what this is, but I'll download it. Looks like something for smart TV which I don't have or any of those chromecast, roku, dongle USB thngs
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