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A client of mine has a digital TV broadcast center that distributes TV channels to multiple rooms. This broadcast center can also distribute up to 10 UDP multicast streams.

Right now I've set up a laptop with VLC to stream a given playlist of MP4 files to the broadcast center over ethernet. It works OK, but to add or remove a video from the playlist we have to stop broadcasting and go through the setup process again. This involves setting IP address and port number and isn't for non-technical users.

What I really want is a nice UI that people without technical knowledge can use to add and remove video's to the playlist. Do you guys know any software that does this? Preferably free and Linux-based with a web interface.

Thanks!

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You can use plex to make simple media center that all people without technical knowledge can use and stream over the net or local network

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/200288666-Opening-Plex-Web-App

Also, this is good to see kodi.

For multicasting or another media server you should see:

wowza - a media server for Flash, Silverlight, Apple iOS (iPhone/iPad), QuickTime, 3GPP mobile, IPTV and game console video/audio streaming.

icecast - a GPL streaming media server

helix - delivers MPEG-DASH, RTSP, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS), RTMP.

Red 5 server - Apache-licensed media server for RTMP and HLS

Also, it's may be helpful:

http://blog.eltrovemo.com/364/diy-broadcast-how-to-build-your-own-tv-channel-with-open-source-other-goodies/`

  • Thanks for your answer but unfortunately Plex doesn't support live multicast streaming. Plex is only on-demand streaming and that's not what we're looking for. – Savjee Dec 29 '15 at 13:10
  • I improved my answer as my best. I hope it's be helpful. – Ali Tavallaie Dec 29 '15 at 13:45
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You can use VLC remote control. It has different interfaces: HTTP, RC. You can find more information here https://www.videolan.org/doc/play-howto/en/ch04.html

Or you can write simple program to control VLC. Here is link to C# program: https://github.com/UnickSoft/VLCControl

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