What options are available for playing media hosted on my local network? Specifically, on my MacBook Pro.
I know the Roku requires specific channels to do this, and the MBP would need the appropriate server installed. I'm just asking what channels are available (and if you have experiences with them, I'd like to avoid ones that aren't worth the trouble).
Plex looks like one option, and I already have the server and client installed on the MacBook, so that's a no brainer.
NokNok might be another, though I've not had any experience with it.
I'm fine with re-encoding my media if required, though the MBP should have the power to do it on the fly. Looks like Plex will do it either way (direct play for Roku supported formats, or on-the-fly re-encoding for unsupported formats). Not sure about other channels/servers?
Edit - in case it matters, most of my media is some flavor of 720p in mkv containers. Mostly TV shows that were available OTA in Europe but not broadcast in the US (lots of live cycling, rugby). No need for sub-titles - if I watch a foreign language film, it will be via Netflix, Amazon, etc.