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I was wondering if there exist a application on linux or android to broadcast a video stream. I want to stream a .mkv file over the home network to different clients. So it acts like live tv.

The reason is when we go on holiday with the van the kids can watch the same video, the video can then be started on the front seat and picked up by android tablets through wifi.

Is something possible, I googled around but didn't find a decent result. Seems VLC can do it, but it's not so easy.
Mar 4 '19 #1
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Yes, it is possible to broadcast a video stream over a home network to different clients using various applications available on Linux and Android. One popular option is to use VLC media player, which is a versatile multimedia player available for both Linux and Android.

Here's how you can achieve this using VLC:
  • Install VLC: If you don't have VLC installed already, you can install it on both your Linux computer and Android devices. You can find VLC in the software repositories of most Linux distributions, and it is available on the Google Play Store for Android.
  • Set up the server: On your Linux computer, open VLC and go to "Media" -> "Stream" option. Select the video file (.mkv) you want to stream and click on the "Stream" button. In the "Destinatio n" section, choose the streaming method, such as HTTP or RTP, and configure the desired options. Click on the "Stream" button to start the server.
  • Connect the clients: On your Android tablets, open VLC and go to "Stream" option. Enter the network address of the Linux computer running the VLC server. This can be the IP address of the Linux computer on the local network. For example, if the Linux computer has the IP address, you would enter "" as the network address.
  • Start playback: Once you've entered the network address, VLC on the Android tablets should be able to connect to the server and start playing the video stream. You can control playback, pause, or stop the video as needed.

Please note that the specific steps may vary slightly depending on the versions of VLC and the operating systems you are using. However, the general concept of streaming using VLC should remain the same.
Jun 22 '23 #2
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Thanks. Its helpful info
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