I don’t like to write about the X or Y application on Linux, Android, or any other platform because I think there are specialized sites for that. But this time I think it’s worthy to mention how I did to watch movies on my tablet (it also valid on phones) from my multimedia UPnP server. Pros? You don’t need to copy the movies to the tablet or phone because they are sent via streaming by the server.
- To have installed a UPnP server. In Linux you can use MediaTomb (in fact its the one I used in this article).
- To have any Android device (it could be a phone or a tablet).
- On the Android device, download these application from the Market: SoftMedia Player y MX Video Player (the video player could be anyone you like)
- On the PC, share the movies on the UPnP server. With MediaTomb this is done from its web interface (for example: http://localhost:41952).
- Now on the Android device open SoftMedia Player and select the option Choose a Media Source. Your UPnP server must appeared listed here.
- Choose Browse and play media option and to select the movie you want to watch.
- Enjoy :)
MX Video Player has the option to include well-known subtitles formats into the video: SubRip(.srt), Sub Station Alpha(.ssa/.ass), MicroDVD(.sub/.txt), SubViewer2.0(.sub), SAMI(.smi/.sami), MPL2(.mpl/.txt), PowerDivX(.psb/.txt), TMPlayer(.txt), Matroska (.mkv) and Subtitle Track. (for text, just ass/ssa). But the subtitles must be in the Android devices because the player only knows the local file system.
You can see some screnshots here: