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All of the methods described here work best on wi-fi, but
can work on 3G network if your computer is available directly through
the internet. Ezshare (http://www.antecea.com/) is an app that allows
you to mount remote CIFS/SMB, Webdav, NFS and FTP drives. You can then
browse/open or copy video files (or any files) directly from your
computer through your iPhone. The nice thing about this method is that
there is no new software needed on your computer if it already supports
one of these protocols. It is the only method that works natively on
Linux. The major downside to this method is that you need to have you
video files in the native apple (mp4) format.
Orblive (http://www.orb.com/en/orblive) is an iPhone app
that requires the orb video streaming server be installed. This server
then streams your media through the Orblive app. The app work pretty
well and is supposed to stream live TV if you have a compatible TV tuner
card on your computer. Again, the files need to be in apples native
(mp4) format. The Orb server is only available on Windows and the Mac.
Air video (http://avatron.com/apps/) is an app that also
requires a video streaming server to be installed. It is very similar to
the orb server except that this server can convert the video files to
play on your iPhone in batch or on the fly. On the fly conversion is
great for short videos, but batch conversion works best for large
videos. Like the Orb server, the Air video server is only available on
Windows and the Mac.
Tversity (http://tversity.com/) is a video streaming server
only application that can stream video and music to various devices.
The movies play on your web browser. It supports the iPhone through the
its browser interface. The application can convert the files into
suitable iPhone formats, but this can take a while. Unfortunately,
Tversity is only available for the windows platform.
Dropbox (https://www.dropbox.com/) is a service that stores
your files (you get up to 2GB for free) which can be accessed by various
devices including your iPhone. To stream movies/music, just upload them
to your dropbox and then you can watch and listen to them on your
iPhone. Obviously, you have to go through the process of uploading the
files as well as making sure they are acceptable iPhone formats. Dropbox
is available for Mac, Linux and Windows computers.
Finally, an honorable mention should go to the Slingbox
iPhone application (http://slingmedia.com/go/iphone). It allows you to
view all your media through the Slkingbox video streaming server.
However, you need to have a buy a Slingbox appliance.
There is nothing wrong with your internet connection. The server that serves the music feed catalog decided to permanently fail on us. We have fixed this problem by updating our app's code and have already submitted the update for Apple to review and approve. Unfortunately, Apple's review team is on vacation until New Years and will not approve the update to our app until the first or second week of January 2011. Sorry for the inconvenience. We understand your frustration, as we are frustrated with the situation we're stuck in as well. Thanks for your patience.http://www.smartestapple.com/support.html