This page lists StreamToMe/ServeToMe features, supported media types and requirements on the server and client for certain features. For more information about support features, please look through the Getting Started with StreamToMe and ServeToMe guide on the Support page.
The biggest requirement of the StreamToMe player is that you must have a Mac or Windows computer that can run the ServeToMe server. It is not possible to use StreamToMe without a computer running ServeToMe so please check the Requirements for the ServeToMe server and ensure that you have a computer that meets the requirements.
When connecting StreamToMe to a television via cables, iPhone 3Gs, iPod Touch 3rd gen and older devices can only use analog cables (component or composite) and will not have access to playlists when using cables.
iPhone 4 or iPad or newer is required to use and of the digital (VGA/DVI/HDMI) output cables but these devices will not have any additional limitations when using output cables of any kind.
AirPlay requires iOS 4.3 or newer (AirPlay is not supported from the Mac StreamToMe player).
The iPad 2 and newer and the iPhone 4s and newer can play video via AirPlay mirroring but non-mirrored AirPlay video is recommended since it may result in a higher framerate.
Non-fullscreen (aka embedded) playback requires iOS 4.1 or newer.
Requirements to run the ServeToMe server on a Mac:
Requirements to run the ServeToMe server on Windows:
For both Mac and Windows, the "Recommended" specification must be met to allow transcoding of 720p quality video.
StreamToMe strives to be as simple an application as possible. Despite this simplicity, there is support for a large number of features and settings to control many aspects of the streaming setup.
The following is a list of key supported features across StreamToMe and ServeToMe...
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The most important point to remember is that StreamToMe is an application for streaming files stored on your Mac or PC running ServeToMe. Most of the scenarios that StreamToMe cannot handle are scenarios where ServeToMe is not involved.
StreamToMe is not a program for streaming from generic websites on the internet like Netflix, Hulu or YouTube. StreamToMe cannot stream from Icecast servers or ShoutCast servers. StreamToMe cannot stream from services like Pandora, DropBox or iCloud. Most of these services have their own dedicated iOS applications.
StreamToMe cannot stream from any live source of media (Internet radio, video cameras, webcams, TV tuners).
StreamToMe cannot stream directly from a DLNA server.
StreamToMe cannot stream directly from a NAS drive or AirPort Extreme attached drive unless that content is mounted on the desktop of a computer running ServeToMe and streamed through ServeToMe running there.
Even when streaming from a ServeToMe server, StreamToMe cannot stream from DVDs, BluRay DISCs, ISOs, RAR or ZIP archives. For more on unsupported file formats, please see our list of File formats that will not work with StreamToMe.
StreamToMe supports the following file formats:
Files must have one of these file extensions to be seen by ServeToMe.
StreamToMe has full support for PCM, MP3, AC3, AAC, WMA9, MPEG1, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV9, DivX, VP6, VP-8, VC-1, MJPEG, Theora, Vorbis and Xvid codecs.
Unfortunately, due to the diverse nature of video codecs, it is possible that even though a codec is listed in this supported list, it may have playback issues or not work with StreamToMe.
StreamToMe supports SRT, SSA/ASS, SUB and MOV/SUB TXT subtitles.
SSA/ASS subtitles and can be embedded in an MKV file or they can be in an external file with the same name as the file they are associated with but with the extension "ssa" or "ass".
SRT subtitles must be in an external file with the same name as the file they are associated with but with the extension "srt".
Plain text subtitles (this is how SRT and SUB subtitles are normally embedded) may be an embedded track in an MKV, MOV or MP4/M4V/MPEG4 file.
NOTE: DVD format subtitles, aka VOBSUB subtitles, do not work with StreamToMe.
Apple's M4V/M4P/M4A (protected) files do not play inside StreamToMe itself but StreamToMe can redirect these through Safari to allow playback over WiFi networks.
The following file formats do not work with StreamToMe:
Further, any media file with discontinuities (timestamps that reset or contain breaks) may not work or may not be seekable.
Live streams of any kind are not supported at this time.