8 Best DLNA streaming apps for your Android devicesby Priya Singh October 1, 2014 0 comments
We bet you can’t live without your smart phone but what if you could stream the entertainment available on your phone to the bigger television screen. DLNA or Digital Living Network Alliance allows your smart phone to function as a media server, allowing you to get all the media of your phone on to the television with a simple Wi-Fi connection. DLNA streaming is becoming extremely popular among smart phone users because of the ease in which it allows you to communicate with other DLNA certified devices. There are plenty of DLNA Streaming Apps available for Android phones, simply find a suitable one.
A popular choice is Skifta as it is a certified app for Android DLNA servers. With no wires attached and no downloading needed, Skifta allows you to view videos, photos or music on any device you wish to connect. You will have full control of the media right from your smart phone when it is connected to Wi-Fi. The best part is that Skifta is an absolutely free Android application.
Yet another certified app is the ArkMC DLNA UPnP Media Centre which has a basic user-friendly menu, making it simple to operate media from your phone device. It comes with functions like scroll, forward, backward, pause, stop and also volume control. It makes possible the exchange of media from any DLNA/UPnP device. It is one of the most advanced apps with the simplest functionality. You can get your hands on the free version which is named ArkMC LITE DLNA UPnP Media Centre.
Media House UPNP/DLNA Browser allows you to stream media on any device which is compatible with UPnP/DLNA. When enabled over Wi-Fi, the app scans the surroundings to identify any device that is running on UPnP/DLNA server. It divides your search results into two categories namely Play From and Play To. You can easily add, delete or update devices in your list. This application is available in both free and pro versions.
You could also try Flipps or the previously named iMedia Share DLNA app which allows you to play media on bigger screens. You won’t need to connect any cables to stream videos, simply click on the media and enjoy watching it on your television. This app has a number of channels to make sure there is something for everyone. You can choose from categories like food, health, business, sports, movies etc. Pick whatever suits your mood. You have all the controls from TV volume to playback right from your mobile device.
Air Play Free allows you to stream media from your Android SD card over any DLNA certified device. It is the only Android app that allows you to perform this function. You can play media on your DLNA TVs, Xbox 360, WDTV Live, PS3, Windows 7 Media Player and many other devices. The dynamic Servers Ultimate Pro can function in more than 60 servers. It has over 70 protocols and is relatively cheaper when compared to the other apps available. With such a large number of protocols and servers, you can add IP’s and multiple servers into your network.
If you want to connect your Android tablet to your TV, you can use the Pixel Media Server which functions on all Android platforms including your Set-Top-Box and smart phone. You can share and stream media in a variety of formats and make it available on compatible devices with this DLNA/UPnP enabled Digital Media Server. When you have this app on your Android device, you won’t need any additional media server. The DLNA server app also allows you share media with any DLNA/UPnP compatible device over the Wi-Fi. Here you can select which folders you want to be public for other DLNA devices. It allows you to share three directories using a single DLNA server.
Last but not the least is Servers Ultimate which is available in both free and pro versions. You can run it on a wide range of servers with the ‘Simple’ tab. You can also add users and IP’s with this advanced app. Download any one of these apps and get your dose of entertainment.