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Stream to TV with PS4 and DivX Media Server

By Jeremy Park

If you’re like me then you have years and years worth of digital videos stored on your computer hard drive(s). Files upon files of family vacations, kids growing up, plus that hearty collection of Internet videos. Whether it’s to comment on my changing hair color or to see themselves as babies, my kids love to watch the videos I took of them over the years. Sometimes we just watch those videos on the computer using DivX Player, however my kids prefer when I cast those videos to our big screen TV in our family room. To enjoy my home movies on the TV, I simply use the DivX Media Server to stream video to our Playstation. Don’t have a gaming console? No problem, DivX Media Server will work with nearly any smart TV that’s connected to the same WiFi network.

What is the DivX Media Server?

The DivX Media Server is part of our free DivX Player and it allows you to serve and send video files on your PC or Mac to a device on your home network (for example, your smart TV or gaming console). If you’re curious about how this works, the playback is done through DLNA. Remember that the device you’re streaming to must also be able to support playback of the format of your video file. 

I use a PS4 to stream my content from my computer to my TV … which is more relaxing than getting yelled at by angry teammates during Call of Duty. Here’s how I use the DivX Media server with my PS4:

1. Make sure that the PC and PS4 are on the same WiFi network.

2. Install DivX Player (part of free DivX Software) and enable the DivX Media Server.

3. Add the folders containing your videos to the DivX Media Server

4. If needed, install Media Player on your PS4. This can be downloaded from the PlayStation store (see below)

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5. On the PS4 open the Media Player and select the DivX Media server from the list of available media servers.

6. Navigate to your videos and enjoy them on the big screen.

PS4 streaming with DivX Media Server

Keep in mind that whether you can play your videos will depend on the video formats supported by the device you are serving videos to. You can expand support to include .mkv files by also installing FFMPEG for transcoding.

For more information of the DivX Media Server check out our FAQs or take look at our previous video tutorials on using the DivX Media Server:

Main header image by press 👍 and ⭐ from Pixabay (with TV image modified)

The First (and Second) Rule of Installing

Not to get all Brad Pitt in Fight Club on you, but … the first rule of DivX Software is there are no viruses in DivX Software. The second rule? THERE ARE NO VIRUSES IN DIVX SOFTWARE. Even though it’s been written here in all-caps, why do some antivirus software programs flag the DivX Software installer? Fight Club PosterThe reality is some users may see a ‘false positive’ for malware from their antivirus software (e.g. McAfee, Symantec) when downloading the free version of DivX Software. Why? This is likely due to third-party offers within the DivX installer. As you’ve probably seen, when you install our software we may offer you an ad for an optional software product — which you can always decline. For what it’s worth, it usually takes a few days after a new version of our software is released to get whitelisted.

So if offering these ads causes issues, why include them? Quite simply, we include offers or ads in our software so we can make it available for free. (If you choose to purchase DivX Pro or Ad-Free, you will no longer see any outside ads in the software or installer.)

As you can imagine, there are costs associated with running DivX. There are employees (including high-priced blog post writers), technology fees and licenses, offices and more. One main way we cover these costs is to include partner offers during installation. Of course, if you aren’t interested in the product offered by our partners, just decline the offer. 

One way to get past this inconvenience is to make sure you’re running the most up-to-date antivirus software, which may fix false positives. Please try updating your antivirus and/or try temporary disabling your antivirus software when running the DivX Software installer. Also, be sure you have downloaded an authentic copy of our software from DivX.com or are updating through our in-product updater. We don’t recommend downloading a copy from any other site.

We know this situation can be frustrating and we’ll keep trying to resolve it as quickly as possible. If you have any troubles installing, check out our Support article. Please keep enjoying the software and, unlike Fight Club, feel free to talk about the first and second rules of installing DivX Software. 

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