3 Free Media Center And Streaming Options To Get The Most Out Of Your HTPC

by Sherry Hart

If you are building a home theater, one of the main features that you may be adding is a custom HTPC. There are many services that you may have preconfigured on your computer, but there are also some that you may want to add, such as streaming and live media programs. Here are some of the best free streaming solutions that you may want to add to your new HTPC:

1. Media Servers To Store And Access Your Content

Media servers can be a great addition that you may want to consider adding to your home. There are many choices of software that you can choose from. If you have technical experience, you may want to use a file server or FTP server on your local network. If you want  a solution that is more plug-and-play, consider some of the open source media servers like Plex or Kodi, which can be installed and work with many devices in your home like video game consoles and smart TVs.

2. Access Everything With Complete Media Center Software Solutions

There are also media server software solutions that can give you a complete solution for everything your need. This can be something like a dedicated computer and operating system for your HTPC. There are many open source solutions, as well as commercial products that you may choose for this. Another option that you may want to consider is using a server to stream media to the home theater, which will allow you to have better hardware and storage for all your entertainment media.

3. Use A Mini PC With Pre-Loaded Flash Drives To Stream And Connect To Media Centers

Another option is to create a small media center PC and use preloaded flash memory for different entertainment purposes. This can allow you to store different things on small memory cards, such as an operating system with retro games, another for media and movies and another for other purposes. This can be a great option if you like playing with different technology and want to be able to try new entertainment software when it is released. This can be something that you can have added in addition to a main HTPC and server.

These are some tips to help you with getting the most out of your media center PC. If you need help setting up a home theater, contact a home theater installation service and talk with them about some improvements that can give you a better home cinema experience. For more information, visit websites like http://www.atechels.com.