In many households there are more TV sets than persons living in it. In my house it’s the same with computers. Almost in any room is one - and of course because of me, this is a Linux world proper. But nobody is missing out TV either since the day I installed VideoLAN on all of them. The amazing thing about the VLC Media Player is, that it takes care of almost anything, from playing Video/TV streams, playing DVDs or MP3 music to acting as a streaming server itself, the options and possibilities are immense!
On the negative side, it takes some time to figure what it all can do and how, but after consulting with the quite extensive and useful online documentation and some experimenting, this tool proves to be incredible useful. And it’s not for Linux only, but almost any popular (and less popular) operating system is covered in the download section.
Currently I’ve setup one streaming station which broadcasts TV by schedule and also on demand. But also the local mp3 music library which I ripped of my CD collection is available. Other DVDs and movies will be available - all accessible by a published play list. The quality is excellent even in full screen mode and the local network is almost not affected even by more than four streams simultaneously. CPU usage on client and streaming station (not calling it a server really) aren’t an issue either even on somewhat older machines. If you ever wanted to share live TV, movies or music on your local network, I suggest to have a good look at VideoLAN.
For users of StartCom Linux or RHEL/Fedora compatible systems, there is now a complete set of the required files via YUM from our download mirrors available. For StartCom MultiMedia Edition 5 (Fedora 5 compatible) all you have to do is issue yum install vlc on the command line. For StartCom Enterprise Linux and RHEL 5/ Fedora 6 compatible systems add the following section to the repo file you find in the /etc/yum.repos.d/ directory. On StartCom Linux this would be the startcom.repo file.
name=StartCom Linux - Extras
Now issue yum install vlc.i386 (or yum install vlc.x86_64 on AMD 64 bit machines) and look for the VLC Media Player icon under the Sound & Video section to start.