I have a large external drive with all my media (video, photos, music, etc...) connected to a MacMini. The MacMini is running PS3 Media Server (essentially a DLNA server), which allows DLNA compliant clients to consume the data.
And that worked well up to now. I mostly consumed content via a PS3 connected to the TV.
However, now I have an iPad 3 and an iPhone in the household. I think, I've tried every DLNA client in the iOS App Store and none of them seem to work reliably.
So I setup home sharing in iTunes and dragged in my videos and music into that app. That allowed the iPhone and iPad to see the collection. However, iTunes Home Sharing is much less than satisfactory. For instance, there is no way to break up the videos into categories (Kid Movies/Regular Movies/Karaoke/etc...) - it's just one long list.
So I have several questions:
- Is there a more effective way to share media to the clients I have (PS3, iPad, iPhone) than what I described?
- Is there a way to setup iTunes Home Sharing to have categories?
- Are there better alternatives to Home Sharing and/or DLNA?