I have a xbmc media center set up and wanted to play back movies from my android device. I had used BubbleUPnP before, which seems to work perfectly for music and streams, but it seems that I have to pay to use the video playback functionality. The same goes for the Yatse remote app. Is there a free UPnP android app out there I could use to do video playback?
- Acts as DLNA server: streams local media (audio + video) to DLNA clients.
- You can use the "Open With..." feature to stream files from other apps through AirWire.
- Also streams media from Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and Yandex.Disk.
- Can also act as DLNA client.
In other words, you can also stream media to your Android device as long as AirWire is running
How to stream to a DLNA client from AirWire
- Some preparations:
- For XBMC/Kodi (henceforth Kodi): make sure that the device is turned on, that it's connected to the same network as your Android device, that Kodi is running, and that the "Allow control of Kodi via UPnP" option in Settings → Services → UPnP is turned on.
- For other DLNA clients: make sure that the device is turned on, that it's connected to the same network as the Android device, and that it's able to receive DLNA streams
- Open AirWire and go to the "My Files" tab.
- Select the kind of media you want to stream, browse to the location of the file you want to stream, and tap on the file.
- Select an option (one of the first two if there already is a playlist, otherwise one of the latter two):
- "Add to playlist": adds the file to the end of the current playlist.
- "Add to playlist and start playing": adds the file to the beginning of the current playlist
- "Create new playlist": creates new playlist and places file in the playlist
- "Start playing in new playlist": basically the same as the previous option, not entirely sure what the difference is
- Wait until AirWire has finished searching for DLNA clients, then select the client you wish to stream to
- Et voilà, the file should start playing now. You can control playback through the app or through the DLNA client
How to stream from another app to a DLNA client through AirWire
The same as the previous section, but instead of step 2 and 3 follow these steps:
- Open the app which contains the media you want to stream (a file manager, for example) and browse to the location of the file
- Tap on the file you wish to stream, and select AirWire in the list of applications.
- Streams local media (audio + video) to DLNA (so also XBMC1), AirPlay and Chromecast clients
- Also has the ability to stream remote media (on Google Drive or Dropbox, for example)
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- Enable the "Allow control of XBMC via UPnP" setting in Settings → Services → UPnP
- Start LocalCast on your Android device (after you've installed it)
- Tap on the orange "Cast" button in the bottom-right corner to select which device to stream to (in this case your computer with XBMC)
- Navigate to the file you want to stream, and select it
- Voilà, the file should now start playing in XBMC. You'll be able to control playback through XBMC or the LocalCast app
1: Starting with version 14 - codename "Helix" - XBMC has been renamed to Kodi.