How to Stream Videos from Different Operating Systems, by Fom Gyem
Operating systems (OS) are a collection of programs and act as an intermediary between a user of a computer and the computer hardware. The operating system is software that manages computer hardware and provides an environment for running application programs.
The operating system makes the computer system convenient and easy to use for the user, runs programs and makes it easier for users to solve problems. Operating systems have evolved over the years from plug-in cards to batch systems, multi-programming and the personal computer.
An operating system provides services to programs and to the users of these programs, most often such as the execution of programs. The operating system loads a program into memory and executes the program, and it must terminate normally or abnormally.
Also, if a program needs a file to read or write to, the operating system allows the program to operate on the file. An error may occur in the central processing unit (CPU). The operating system is constantly aware of possible errors and takes appropriate measures to ensure correct and consistent calculation.
Several operating systems have been developed for the purpose of managing computer software, hardware, and other resources. They include Linux, Ubuntu, MacOS, Windows, SymbianOS, Embedded System, Netware many more. But the most commonly used nowadays are Windows and MacOS.
To stream videos on any type of device, first of all, the video format needs to be converted to common video format like (MP4) which works with most platforms and devices. Once the video is formatted, you should be able to choose which client device you want to use.
A client in this term can be anything from your phone to a laptop/USB drive connected to your living room TV.
Your streaming method depends solely on whether you’re using a Windows or Apple computer, or whether you decide to use another third-party application.
On a Windows system, streaming is quite easy. You should organize your video or movies in a default video folder. Next, search in the control panel and search for “Media streaming options”. Click the Enable Media Streaming button to enable Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA).
The contents of the default videos folder associated with your user account are ready to use and will be viewable on a range of devices on your local network. Because the Windows Media Server is very welcoming to other customers and they can watch the movies and TV shows without any additional configuration.
Apple devices tend to run smoother when it’s only Apple gear. So a MacOS cooperates with them quite easily than working with other Oss. It turns out to be quite difficult. If all your media files are on a macOS computer rather than Windows, the best streaming standard to use is Apple Airplay.
Airplay lets you use a Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly stream music, videos, photos and more from your Apple TV. If you have an Apple TV on the same Wi-Fi network, you should see the Airplay button in the top right corner of your Mac’s navigation bar. Enter the PIN code that appears on your TV screen, helping you avoid accidentally streaming content to your neighbor’s TV and once connected, you’re good to go.
In streaming, there is something called third-party streaming. These services are independent, often for-profit companies that allow users to stream media from their movie and TV catalogs. They pay for streaming rights through the use of subscription fees with ads (sometimes a combination of both).
If there is a title you want to stream that is well-known and widely accessible, it may be necessary to use a third-party provider. Thus, third-party apps offer much greater flexibility. They are easier to use and can stream files from Windows or Apple devices and other hosts including game consoles and cell phones.
There are great streaming services out there today like Box office, Netflix, HBO Max and others but all the shows and movies are licensed and they don’t tend to stick around for long as they expire when the license is not renewed.
So, for better options, one can always have their shows and movies or even home videos on their computer and set up portals like the Apple TV and set up your home streaming service.
So, technically, your computer becomes your server which transmits content to other devices around you.
Fom Gyem, a Written Communication graduate from Wuye District in Abuja [email protected]