There are many services out there that aren’t intended to be a cord-cutting alternative. Media servers such as Tversity are designed to help you watch local content along with streaming online content. However, they cannot replace a cable, satellite or premium streaming service. Sure you can watch streaming services such as Hulu or YouTube via Tversity but you can’t subscribe to live feeds.
What is TVersity?
TVersity is a media server that allows users to view local content. However, it’s not just restricted to local offerings. Users can even stream content online on compatible platforms. To make it simple, this media server will stream media to the device, however, if the device on which you want to stream isn’t capable of handling the stream then TVersity will transcode and adjust the content to be able to stream on that device. TVersity works with a wide range of platforms such as PC, TV, gaming consoles, and mobile devices.
TVersity started its journey back in 2005. The first version of the software was released on May 10, 2005. At the time, it was well-known for offering real-time transcoding of personal media and web media. For instance, Xbox 360 is known for not supporting most codecs. Under this circumstance, Tversity would transcode the video on the PC and will make it compatible with Xbox 360. This might not sound like a big deal in today’s time but it was massive back in the day.
Why should you use TVersity?
There are plenty of reasons why you should use TVersity. Firstly, this amazing audio-visual compliant server makes viewing media extremely easy. All you need to do is to install the application software on your Windows PC and you’re good to go. Here are several reasons why you would love Tversity:
Digital Content Hub
Tversity once its set up creates a hub for all the digital content across all your devices. Be it TV, movies, music, images, podcasts or videos, you’ll have everything lined up for you in a seamless manner. Once arranged, accessing content becomes super easy from the digital library. Thus, with Tversity by your side, you no longer need to scratch your head hunting for content and checking out individual hard disks. You can simply head over to the library and search for the media you’re looking for.
Automatic content channeling
Regardless of where the content is located – locally or online, Tversity streamlines the entire content streaming process. The media server saves all your preferences and various channels that you want to access and stores it on your server. Even if a particular file is difficult to parse because of the codec issue, it’ll help solve the problem. With Tversity, you get various platforms such as YouTube, NBC, CBS, and Flickr in one place for all your entertainment needs.
Bug & Lag-Free
The reason why I included this point is that there are many freeware out there which come with adware, malware, and spyware. Thankfully, Tversity is not one of those. Not only do you get clean software free of any malicious activity, but you also get an efficient media management tool that works towards enhancing your content viewing experience. And do not forget that you have complete control over this server. So you can add and remove stuff based upon your preference.
Speed & Performance
An amazing element in these downloadable software applications is that they don’t have many performance issues. Your hardware and speed of your network are solely responsible for the performance. Having said that, Tversity is one of the best free software for media servers that I’ve come across. We’ve all been through the nightmare of sharing media through Windows Media Player and thus once you start with Tversity, there’s no looking back.
Tversity is fairly easy to use and configure. If you have a stable network with a powerful host PC, you’re not going to face any issues. Even if certain audios and videos aren’t in the same format as supported by your viewing device, the encoding will get the job done. If you have a PC with decent spec, this shouldn’t be a platform at all. And we do need to give credit to Tversity for being such a flexible home theater media sharing platform.
Setting up TVersity
Usually, setups aren’t a part of the review. However, many people who are just starting out find setting up to be complicated. Thus, you can follow the steps below to ensure that you can set up Tversity in a hassle-free manner.
To run this software efficiently you need to have a processor better than Pentium 4 with a 2.8GHz processor. Apart from that, you need the latest version of Flash, Firefox or Chrome. The real-time transcoding of HD videos requires a multi-core system and thus consumes a lot of space. Thus 1GB memory is the minimum requirement for the CPU. In today’s time, all of it should come with any basic entry-level PC or laptop.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements, you need several third-party DirectShow filters. You’ll find many of them on Tversity forums. These include codec packs for video transcoding such as ffdshow tryouts. Once you add these packs, make sure you reinstall the software.
If you meet all the system requirements and have added third-party filters to the mix, installing Tversity shouldn’t be problematic. You can get the software from the website, click on download and once it’s done start installing it. At the end of the installation, you’ll get a pop-up suggesting that the installation has been completed. Remember, if your PC does have its own codec pack, you won’t need ffdshow but if it doesn’t and you can try installing the software without it, you’ll get a notification suggesting ‘ffdshow was not found’.
How to access TVersity?
You can access Tversity either by searching for the term ‘Tversity’ or by clicking the screenshot of Tversity on the left. If you’ve read the steps above, downloading and installing Tversity would be extremely easy.
In terms of design, TVersity definitely isn’t the most modern-looking website. It looks 2010ish with its fancy banners and dual option body section. But it’s hard to deny that it does pack a clean interface and the design doesn’t look bad.
The header section has a logo on the left and five options – Home, Download, Buy, Support, and Blog towards the right. Besides these options, you can find a search bar if you want to learn about something specific on the website.
The hero section has a shimmery banner with a headline that reads ‘TVersity Media Servers – Media Sharing and Screen Mirroring’. Under the headline, you have three CTA buttons – ‘Free’, ‘Buy’, and ‘Learn More’. As you scroll further, you’ll find ‘Media Server’, and ‘Screen Saver’ and a short description under each of these points.
The body section has two elements – Tversity for iPhone and Tversity Pro for iPhone with a link towards the App Store. Under these CTAs you’d find a featured section with logos of the websites where the platform has been recognized. These include TechCrunch, PCMag, and Gizmodo among many others.
I had a great time using Tversity to consume local and online content. Using the program guide, you can browse through all the local files. You’ll find all the popular US-based content such as NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS News’s podcast. One thing you need to know is that not all content is available in the free version. If you want to access channels such as BBC and other premium networks, you need to upgrade to TVersity Pro. The best part about the free version is that you get access to YouTube.
Personally, I never considered online streaming to be the biggest strength of these media servers. I’ve always used them for media management. The library, customization options, easy access and organization of media is why I love Tversity. It is a perfect platform to set up your audios, videos, and image file that you can stream later. Apart from local files, you could even have content from Flickr (Images) and YouTube (Videos).
Once you’ve configured the library, you can stream all the content on various devices on your network. These include TV, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, PS3 and PS4, Smart TV, Android and iOS devices among many others. You don’t even have to worry if the device does not meet the requirements because Tversity will transcode media to suit the device which will automatically make it compatible. How awesome is that?
Plans & Pricing
There are two offerings – Screen Saver and Media Server. The Tversity Screen Saver has a limited trial for free and a full version at $14.99. On the other hand, the Tversity Media Server has a free software version and a premium one priced at $14.99.
Suggestions I have for TVersity
Though everything seems to work just fine on the website, I have to admit that there were certain nibbles. For instance, when I added my YT account it only showed the videos that I’ve uploaded and couldn’t browse the platform. I hope this issue gets fixed soon because on PlayOn this feature seems to work fine.
Tversity Media Server is a great media management hub if you want your own server. Its amazing flexibility and performance really make it a must-have. The media center allows you to combine your local and online media source helping you keep everything organized.