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Jim Styn works on marketing at DivX. He can usually be found working hard at his desk, giving gum away to fellow employees, or quoting ‘The Big Lebowski’.

Two Simple Ways to Cast Video to Your TV

I’m no psychic, so don’t be freaked out, but I’m guessing you have videos saved on your computer. And even more videos – maybe a million or so – on your phone. Was I right? You probably also have a TV that is a larger and more comfortable screen to watch your videos. You also like bacon and gummy bears and sometimes lay awake at night wondering why they haven’t made a remake of “Demolition Man” yet. Okay, maybe I’m a little psychic.

Demolition Man
What’s not to love? It’s got Stallone and Snipes cryogenically frozen … and even Dan Cortese (from MTV Sports fame in the ’90′s) as a ‘Taco Bell Entertainer’. Need I say more?

So, you have all these videos on small screens – let us help you enjoy them on your big screen! There are two easy (and FREE) ways to do this with DivX tools.


1. CAST WITH DIVX MEDIA SERVER IN DIVX PLAYER

Get comfortable on your couch and watch your videos (not just DivX files) from your computer to your TV. Cast to a connected TV, Roku, Chromecast, PS3, Xbox and more. Available on Windows and Mac

How?
1. Make sure DivX Media Server has sharing turned on. To do this:
Open DivX Player, rollover the DivX Media Server icon in the bottom right of the control bar and select “Settings”. You can also access the settings using Player> Tools> Stream Videos…
Stream
   Streaming icon on DivX Player for Mac

Make sure “Sharing” is turned to ON. Note that your TV or device must be on the same network as your computer.
DivX Media Server
   Sharing on DivX Player for Windows

2. From the DivX Media Server icon in the bottom right (again), select “Stream To” to select a video and choose your cast device. If a video is currently playing in DivX Player when you select “Stream To”, that video that will be casted. (You can also right-click on a video in your library and select “Stream To”.)

3. Your video should start playing on your TV!

If you run into any challenges, please check out our Support site for more help with DivX Media Server. Note that instead of casting, you can also change your input on the TV or device to find DivX Media Server and pull videos directly from your computer. Your TV or device should be a DLNA Client in this case.

What devices work with DivX Media Server?
Lots of devices! Many smart TVs (LG, Samsung, etc.) as well as most media streamers (Roku, Chromecast, etc.) plus game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation).
Free Software
DivX Media Server comes with free DivX Software.


2. CAST WITH DIVX MOBILE APP

Connect to your TV and cast your videos (taken by your phone or saved to your phone) onto your TV. DivX Mobile works with Android or iPhone

How?
1, Download the free DivX Mobile app for Android or iPhone.

2. Open your shiny, new app and choose a video from “My Videos” (or a photo from “My Photos”)
DivX Mobile
   Yes, I know, I have a lot of photos. My food doesn’t take pictures of itself.

3. Once you’ve picked a video, choose “Cast” and pick a device that’s on your network
Cast
   We’ve cleverly named the casting button, “Cast”.

4. Your video should start playing on your TV!

What devices work with the DivX Mobile app?
The app works with Android or iPhone, but you can cast to many different devices including smart TVs (LG, Samsung, etc.), media streamers (Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Fire TV, etc.) and game consoles (Xbox, PlayStation).

Download DivX Mobile for FREE today:
apple_app_store google_play_store

Now go out there, sit your butt on your coach and cast some videos!

DivX 10.7: Head in the Clouds, Eyes on the Screen

DivX 10.7 is now live! (Feel free to stop reading to go download the free update.) So why is this news? Well, there are several new features that we’re excited about. First off, if you use a Roku box, you can now easily stream video to Roku through DivX Media Server (in DivX Player). But the feature we’re most excited about is Cloud Connect.

Free Update

Cloud Connect enables DivX Software to sync videos from Google Drive and Dropbox. This means you can easily import videos from cloud storage to watch in DivX Player, or convert them into any profile with DivX Converter. You can even save converted videos directly to cloud storage to save space on your computer.

cloud_connectCloud Connect

When you download free DivX Software, you get a 15-day trial of Cloud Connect. If you like it, you can purchase Cloud Connect separately, or as part of the DivX Pro Bundle. (Keep in mind that when you buy DivX Pro, you save 50% compared to buying each pro feature separately.) If you already own DivX Pro, you’re in luck … Cloud Connect is included when you update to DivX 10.7. Learn more about DivX Pro.

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See what else is new in the latest version of DivX Software … then download it and start making the most of your media.

Should I Download DivX Mobile? (Yes, and here’s why…)

If you haven’t downloaded DivX Mobile, you should really go ahead and do so now. It’s free, it’s available for iPhone and Android, it’s got some great features and it’s free. Did I mention that it’s free? (And if you’ve already got the app on your phone – thank you!)

So why should you trust me and rush off to download DivX Mobile? Great question – and thanks for the convenient prompt.

First off, what is this app? In the simplest terms, DivX Mobile lets you cast video (in up to 4K resolution) to your TV and play video (including DivX files) on your phone.

Let’s look at that more closely…

VIDEO CASTING
What this means: You can cast video from your phone directly to supported smart TVs OR you can use a variety of media devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Xbox, Chromecast, etc. to watch your videos. The app can even handle casting 4K video.

Why this is cool: This means that you can watch video from your phone on your TV regardless of brand or device types. Now you can cast from an Android phone to an Apple TV, or to your connected Samsung TV from your iPhone.

For example: No need to huddle around your phone – share the great (and not-so-great) videos and photos you’ve captured on your phone with your family and friends on the big screen.

Cast

VIDEO PLAYBACK
What this means: Enjoy popular video files, including DivX video, on your phone. Some files may require DivX Mobile Pro ($3.99 USD) to enable Dolby and DTS audio or to play MPEG-4 AVI files.

Why this is cool: You can now enjoy videos on your phone that your native video player can’t play. Just get the videos from your computer, DivX Media Server, Dropbox or Google Drive, and it’s like having DivX Player in your pocket. If you have a video that won’t play, you can also use DivX Converter (in free DivX Software) to convert your video so it will play in the DivX Mobile player. (See the FAQ for the full list of what files are supported.)

For example: You have movies/shows you’ve saved on your computer that won’t currently play on your phone. Download your files to your phone and take them to go.

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There are more features to talk about (e.g. easily upload and download media to/from Dropbox and Google Drive, use the free DivX Media Server to browse videos on your computer and download or stream them to your phone), but we’ll save that for another day.

Just a reminder, DivX Mobile is free (I know I already said that several times) and available in the  iTunes App Store or from the Google Play store

Learn more about DivX Mobile

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Take 40 seconds to see what the DivX Mobile app is all about…

DivX Mobile lets you cast video (in up to 4K resolution) to your TV and play video (including DivX files) on your phone. 

Download it for FREE today:
apple_app_store google_play_store

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