• MacBook Pro (15-inch, Late 2011) OS X 10.10.5
  • Samsung TV UN32J5205AFXZA
  • Both devices working on a 1,000 Mbps home network


I am trying to stream video from the Mac to the TV but have not been successful yet.


My first attempt used VLC (version 2.2.1) on the Mac to stream a video to the TV. I followed these instructions. Then on the TV, according to the user manual, I should go to Network > Multimedia Device Settings and see the Mac listed there. The list is empty though. The video being streamed is in .mp4 format. According to the TV user manual, that format is supported.


  1. How do I make VLC stream video to the TV?
  2. If VLC cannot do it, which other free options can?
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    You're better off using third party applications such as Plex Media Server. You'd think it should be quite straightforward by the end of first half of second decade of second millennia, but it's not...
    – user14492
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 4:13
  • @user14492 - grumble cakes. Not what I like hearing :( Any idea why VLC can't make it happen?
    – fire_water
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 4:17
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    Closely related: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/335/…
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 9:09
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    Wondershare (the site you linked in your question) is probably not the best place to look for VLC instructions (their primary goal is to pitch their own products). Did you check out wiki.videolan.org/Documentation:Streaming_HowTo already?
    – nohillside
    Commented Dec 23, 2015 at 9:12

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Thanks for all the recommendations and troubleshooting tips. Eventually I ended up using Universal Media Server. It's been working well so far, and it's free.

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