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.


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


  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

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)


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 – xyz 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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