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Universal Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server. It was originally based on PS3 Media Server by shagrath. UMS was started by SubJunk, an official developer of PMS, in order to ensure greater stability and file-compatibility. Universal Media Server supports all major operating systems, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X. The program streams or transcodes video, audio and image formats with little or no configuration. It is powered by FFmpeg, MEncoder, tsMuxeR, MediaInfo and more, which combine to offer support for a wide range of media formats.

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5.3.1 / 6.0.0-a1 (November 25, 2015)

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Windows Mac OS Linux

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Version 6.0.0-a1 is released

Note: This is an alpha version, which means the feature list is incomplete and may be unstable. Use at your own risk.

Note: These unstable releases are for versions of Java from 7 upwards, but we will continue to release all stable versions in Java 7 and 8 variations.

Changes since 5.3.1:

Added "Fully played action" setting to control what UMS does with media that has been fully played. The options are:
Do nothing
Add an overlay to the thumbnail (default)
Hide the file
Move the file to a different folder
Move the file to the recycle/trash bin
Added "Thumbnails" renderer config option, to specify whether the renderer can display thumbnails
The Status tab updates when media is fast-forwarded or rewound
Audio and image thumbnails are output at consistent dimensions
Improved Status tab display for Panasonic TVs
Synchronized translations with Crowdin

Version 5.3.1 is released

This release improves support for high-DPI displays, Linux, Samsung TVs, translations and more!

Changes since 5.3.0

Window state is saved when maximized
Improved font-scaling on high-DPI displays
Improved file permissions checks
Improved filename prettifying
Fixed Linux not finding FFmpeg (thanks, Oxalin!)
Added detection of the Edge browser
Fixed support for subtitles on Samsung J series TVs
Synchronized translations with Crowdin
External Components:
Updated icu4j version to 56.1
Updated JGoodies Looks to 2.7.0
Updated JNA to 4.2.1

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Alternative to Universal Media Server:
PS3 Media Server

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The newest version has a bug where it won't play any files with a srt subtitle,gives an error message saying file not found.

Posted March 26, 2015 by . Tool version 5.1.0 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I've tested Universal Media Server and it works well with my Samsung Bluray player. My primary DLNA server is Serviio since it's faster for me but occasionally Serviio has a problem with a video file type and I then switch to Universal Media Server.
I've tried many of the DLNA media servers and the only ones I like are Universal Media Server and Serviio.

Posted July 12, 2013 by . Tool version 2.6.5 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

This is by far on my top 3 list of media servers, this one and Serviio does the job for me. On my wishlist for this software it will be a cleaver metadata system such as serviio has, maybe make it work together with IMDB.

I have NEVER had any problems with this software. I used to use PS3 mediaserver but I uninstalled it when I found Universal Media server and I will never go back to PS3 Mediaserver.

Posted July 12, 2013 by . Tool version 2.6.5 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

This is probably the worst dnla server, its just a ps3 media server clone!
Video freezes and even slower than even ps3 media server. Whoever did this just cloned ps3 media server with fancier buttons.

Doesnt come close to Serviio Media Server - the best and most feature packed server.
Serviio is soo much easier to use.

Posted April 22, 2013 by . Tool version 2.6.2 using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 1 of 10 Functionality 1 of 10 Value for money 1 of 10 Overall score 1 of 10

UMS is the best media server, it is packed with features and customizations that allow it to run just how I want it to.

Posted February 18, 2013 by . Tool version 2.4.2 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

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