DLNA Video Stream Receivers: BubbleUPnP
BubbleUPnP is different from the other category apps in that it is on the receiving end of the DLNA spectrum. The app is capable of playing video that is streamed from a DLNA (or UPnP) transmitting app or device. As such it lets you browse your video collection without having to carry it with you on your Android device's SD card and thus saving precious space.
BubbleUPnP is still in beta mode and is free to try for 15 days. It will facilitate the streaming of video to your Android device but does not by itself have a built-in video player. An external video player is needed to actually play the video, which is a bit of a hit and miss affair. Like most of the apps discussed here, BubbleUPnP works right out of the box, which is pretty much how DLNA is supposed to work. Nevertheless the app includes quite an extensive set of settings, making it quite versatile.
Similar Applications Include: Plex for Android (only in combination with the Plex desktop software), ArkMC Media Server/Player.
DLNA is a fascinating protocol, which is meant to make your media sharing life easier. As we have shown here, there are plenty of opportunities to stream your Android video to a number of devices. Also, you can receive video from other devices to play wirelessly on your Android phone. DLNA –the association that is --has an application available in the Android Market that provides information regarding which devices are DLNA enabled. Check the reference section of this article for a direct link.
If you are serious about mobile DLNA video sharing, Android is definitely the right platform for you. As more Android device manufacturers are discovering the possibilities of DLNA (or the similar UPnP), there is a bright future ahead where video sharing between devices will only get easier!