Haven’t you been aching and pining over iTunes inability to stream your movies and TV shows to wherever you are that your Mac isn’t? Here’s an app that does that.
Expanse Expands iTunes
Most of us keep TV shows and movies in iTunes on the Mac. What do we do if we want to view those TV shows or movies while using iPad or iPhone on the road?
That’s what Expanse does. It turns your Mac into a personal server, grabs the TV shows and movies on your Mac, and streams them as video podcasts to your iPad or iPhone while you’re traveling.
If all that sounds a little odd, well, it is.
Expanse creates a personal web server on your Mac, then creates video podcasts from the TV shows and movies in your iTunes library.
Open up Safari on your iPhone or iPad, enter the special URL and subscribe to and few your own videos from your own podcasts.
Expanse works on your local network at home or small office, and can be accessed over the public internet (make sure your Mac at home as a modern router).
Expanse comes with a few easy-to-navigate options, including a list of the movies and TV shows, the 10 Most Recent, 10 Most Watched, and so on.
Expanse uses your Mac to stream the videos– as a podcast– to nearly any Mac or PC or Android or iOS device which can support a browser which supports HTML5.
To be honest, the Expanse website is a bit difficult to follow (kind of like what happens when Google Translate goes from Russian to English– the gist is there), but the F.A.Q.s make it easier to setup and follow.
In the end, Expanse works. Usually. Some home routers don’t support connectivity from Mac to the public internet, firewalls can inhibit connections, too. Otherwise, when Expanse works, it’s a pretty cool way to view TV shows and movies from your home Mac to whatever’s in your pocket on the road.
But this is a road less traveled.