Introducing FireStream: the most advanced UPnP/DLNA media server for the Mac platform. FireStream is written for the Mac from scratch with an "it just works" philosophy, so that you can be sure it provides a true, seamless Mac experience. Enjoy all of your media, including videos, photos and music on all of your DLNA devices. FireStream natively supports music and videos from iTunes and the new Photos app as well as any user specified folders. The media is organized just like it is on your Mac and includes thumbnails and rich metadata. Its a snap to locate and stream your favorite content from the comfort of your couch.
Transcoding allows you to play media files that would normally not be supported by a device by converting them on the fly. You can specify connection speed and quality settings to fit your network and device capabilities with ease or enable subtitles with a single click.
With automatic device detection and automatic transcoding configuration, FireStream makes streaming your media as easy as can be. Just power on your UPnP/DLNA media device and FireStream will instantly locate it. Using the Devices tab you can adjust advanced per-device transcoding, network and quality settings giving you fine-grained control of each device. FireStream also has a built in authorization system that allows you to limit access to specific devices.
Unique just-in-time indexing technology allows FireStream to instantly share your media without having to index your entire Mac first! Changes to your media libraries or folders are instantly reflected in the FIreStream content index.
FireStream works great with Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Sony Bravia TVs, Sony Blu-ray Players, LG Smart TVs, LG Blu-ray Players, Roku, Harman/Kardon receivers, Naim Uniti, Oppo Blu-ray players, Kodi, MediaMonkey, VLC for iOS/tvOS and many, many other devices.
Get FireStream and enjoy the best Mac media streaming experience today!
Note: Xbox 360 is not currently supported.
Note: Users with iTunes or Photos libraries stored on an external drive or network share may need to add that drive/share to Content > Folders in FireStream and Stop, Quit and restart FireStream to ensure the content is accessible.
Fixes a crash issue with the previous update.
Ratings and Reviews
Works well, but...
I have been using it for a couple of years. Works well when it works, but locks up on a pretty regular basis requiring me to force quit it and relaunch it. Also would be nice to have continuous no interface windoiw when launched, so as I don't have to If I choose Run As Service I should not see the UI unless I personally pull it up....
Replacement for Playback
I was using Playback for a few years and was very happy with it. But then I had to reinstall it and it wouldn’t accept my credentials because it needs to ‘connect’ to the developer for verification and they either don’t support it anymore or are out of business. I looked at other products that were clunky or wanted annual fees for support. I paid for FireStream (a risk since there is no trial period), but it works just fine. I would prefer to still be using Playback because I really liked its interface, but this works fine and I’m glad I found it. I’ve used smart TVs to access my media, but my main TV is a Sony Bravia that never has been able to recognize movies. Went round and round with Sony and they had no solution. And for the last couple of years it shows an error if I try to do a software update. My other TVs don’t have a problem. So for the Sony Bravia I have a Roku connected and its media player has no problem with music, photos, or movies. So FireStream is a great Playback replacement for me and fairly simple to set up. As such, 5 stars!
works well but
I stream kid’s DVDs to AppleTV with this, and it works well. There are somethings I would like to be able to do.
1) Password lock certain folders. I have shows like the game of throne on the same HDD, so I have to authorize & deauthorize depending on who’s trying to watch.
2) Rename/Name devices under Devices, I have 3 Basic Drives. I know what they are, but it’s because I went through and marked down which IP goes to which device.
UI is simple & setup is very easy. For $15, there are many conveniences I would expect from a paid app to have is not there.
If there’s any update to the app, I'll edit my review.
Developer Response ,
1) This is not possible as UPnP media streamers generally do not support this feature.
2) Thank you for the suggestion, we will add it to the todo for the next update!
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.