Streaming video around the house
July 22, 2014 8:12 AM Subscribe
I ripped a bunch of my DVDs to my Mac so that I could put the cases in storage. Currently, the files sit on my hard drive on my Mac Pro, and when I want to watch something, I copy the relevant file to a USB stick and walk it upstairs to the TV, where the Blu Ray player has a USB input. Is there an easier way to get these files onto my TV (and ideally, iPads/iPhones) than walking the file around the house? We're an all-Mac household.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a Mac Pro that's wired into a Verizon-supplied router; my wife has a MacBook Pro that's connected wirelessly to the router. We each have iPads and iPhones on the home network. Our TV is an older Sharp LCD from around 2004; Blu Ray player is a 2009-ish LG (which can connect to the network, but is not currently). We also have an XBox 360 (also not currently connected), and I expect to get a PS4 in the next year or so. We also have some Airport base stations that are not currently in use, if that's relevant.
We don't currently have an Apple TV or a Roku, or anything like that.
What's the easiest way for us to get the videos from the computer to the TV and the iOS devices without moving the file (i.e., copying to the USB drive or moving to the iOS device via iTunes)? Ideally, I'd like to have the ability on the TV and the iOS devices to browse the directory from the device and start streaming, rather than "pushing" the file from the Mac Pro (like I might do with Spotify and Airfoil). And it would be great to have different streams going to different devices simultaneously.
Possible complicating factor: I think the videos are all in m4v format. When I watch on my TV, I have to copy to the USB and then change the suffix to mp4 for the Blu Ray player to recognize them.
I am solely interested in getting the videos around the house, not having them be accessible via the internet or to anyone other than my wife and me. I guess I need some sort of home media server (maybe?) but I'm not sure how that works. I'm ok with spending some money to make this happen. I'd strongly prefer a Mac-based solution (or, at least, a non-PC solution). Thanks!