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OS Compatibility (Server) : Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, a few routers and NAS devices.
OS Compatibility (Client) : Windows, OS X, Smart TVs, Android, iOS, Most Browsers via Web Client.
Plex is a complete home multimedia service, with client and server applications. If you sign up for their paid subscriptions, they even have DVR features you can use.
Plex Media Server can be installed on every major OS, as well as some network devices. We're actually starting to see new routers with it built in.
To check it out for yourself and get a better idea of just how great Plex is, or to download it, follow the links below.
OS Compatibility: Windows, OS X, Linux, Android, iOS
VLC is easily the most versatile and capable media player we've come across. With codec packs found online for the rare format it doesn't support natively, it can play nearly every format currently in use, and some that haven't been used in quite some time.
Video, audio, no problem.
It's available for every major OS, and has various skins available to change up the theme if you don't care for its default look, and you can even create your own.
Give VLC a shot, and you'll never fight with another media player again.