Businesses are storing their data on the network for ages now, but the past few years, there has been a trend in home networking to put all content on a central server and distributing it to the home computers and dedicated appliances on the network. This page offers an overview of the possible packages to stream digital media (video, audio and images, and in several cases also online content) from your server to your clients.
- 1 Serverside
- 2 Clientside
Using a uPNP or DLNA-compliant server
- Your server should be set up to use multicasting. This will ensure that your clients will always find the server automatically on the network:
- Setting it up manually in /etc/rc.conf:
ROUTES=(!gateway multicast) gateway="" multicast="-net 188.8.131.52 netmask 255.0.0.0 eth0"
- Using avahi and mdns
- Some of the hereafter mentioned software packages do not get along together. If you are experiencing problems, make sure you are not running two of them at the same time.
Fairly new server, implemented in Python. Should be handling transcoding in the svn-version. Looked very promising, but development seems to have stalled somehow.
PS3 Mediaserver 
See PS3 Mediaserver
Universal Media Server
A DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server 
Server and client based on GUPnP and written in Vala - will be used in Gnome 3.0
Using other software
See article at Mpd
The VLC media player includes a Universal Plug'n'Play module and can browse and play from a server.