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I am running Kubuntu 12.10 and have a 350gb hard drive that has a bunch of videos on it and I am wondering if it is possible to stream the movies over my local network. I think it would be really cool if there was a way to do this so I could wathc the movies wherever I want on my Nexus 7. Is this possible? Does it make sense what I'm looking to do?

Thanks in advance,


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I prefer PS3 Media Server myself, but check out for a question on Media Servers. – James Dec 15 '12 at 4:36
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We sucessfully stream video to our Android devices with a combination of

After installation of minidlna you will have to edit the configuration file /etc/minidlna.conf (as root) to give your media content directories:

media_dir=V,/home/<user>/Videos  # for video content

The streaming service will be run or stopped with

sudo service minidlna start
sudo service minidlna stop
sudo service minidlna restart  # for changes in config to take effect

See also:

As an alternative you can also stream media content with vlc Install vlc, available for both, Kubuntu, and Android.

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Perfect this works just like I wanted it to. Great job – jjesse Dec 15 '12 at 17:10

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