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I am lazy, so I download stuff to my laptop, and stream these to my tablet (and smartphone).

I am looking for a DLNA/UpNp server that can help me do the following.

Musts:

  1. Streams anything, including MKV
  2. Support for AC3 transcoding

Awesomeness:

  1. Support for transcoding with multiple bitrates (from 11ac speeds (866mbps) to 11n speeds (72mbps)
  2. Transcoding on the fly, with support for SEEK

I have tried:

  • Minidlna, (only 1).
  • Windows Media Server (only 1 and 2)

Can anyone point out some FREE utilities to achieve these. I know about ffmpeg, which I currently use as a fallback for AC3, but seems too much effort.

  • Not tried it myself, but did you take a look at Kodi (formerly known as XBMC)? Supports all kind of platforms, is feature rich, free. – Izzy Jul 3 '15 at 21:06
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UMS (Universal Media Server) Should cover all your points.

In particular I never had problems seeking, it supports almost any existing video format (ffmpeg-powered) and it automatically uses all the available bandwidth for maximum quality (but you can set a max bandwidth/bitrate if you want)

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I have been using it on and off for quite some time now. And Plex should have you covered on all your requirements. https://plex.tv

Plex also offers paid features to use their interface to bind devices together remotely, but for your needs it should be free.

  • Pled transcodes for the browser version, but not dlna – ps95 Jul 17 '15 at 8:13
  • As I understand, plex is using profiles to decide whether to transcode or not, including on DLNA – null4bl3 Jul 17 '15 at 8:24

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