I want to stream a video file I have locally to show it to a friend, e.g., to watch a movie together.

Is there such a program?

I use Ubuntu but I don't know what OS my friend uses.

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    Do you have a budget? Is your friend on the same Internet connection as you?
    – hhaslam11
    Commented Jul 21, 2016 at 5:24
  • Find out what OS your friend uses and update the question.
    – user416
    Commented Jul 22, 2016 at 12:38

2 Answers 2


Actually, yes.


I have noticed that the popular, alternative media player: VLC, appears to provide options for this. If the menu is hidden, you should be able to access it with the alt key.


Other than that; you can implement your very own, custom, client/server model with Python 2.7/3.x ((python2.7)/(python3.5)) and these modules:

  • OpenCV (cv2).
  • Flask (flask).

Apparently it's a popular approach among CCTV / security-camera systems.

Check out these references:


You could set up a Plex Server and then allow him access to it but it's going to be difficult as I guess you have a dynamic IP.

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