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Plex Media Center bridges the gap between your Mac/Windows and your home theater, doing so with a visually appealing user interface that provides instant access to your media. Plex can play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as online streaming audio and video. The real power of Plex is found in its library features: Organize your media into versatile libraries, automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet, and display your libraries using one of the visually stunning skins. Plex Pass costs around $5/month.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Nov 25, 2015
Improve reliability of free disk space check.
Fix broken playback on PlayStation and possibly the iOS v3.5 app.
Resolved subtitle issues in files without audio.
(Sync) Subtitles were sometimes not enabled when they should have been.
Nov 24, 2015
Media Optimizer - stream the best version of your media to any device
Playback issues on servers with small temp partitions.
Playback issues with videos with non-standard orientations.
Fixed an issue with Cloud Sync reliability.
Embedded metadata in video files wasn't being read correctly.
Media analysis could crash on PPC NAS devices when media contained embedded artwork.
Nov 17, 2015
Allow client profiles to prefer MP3 over AAC audio when transcoding stereo sources.
Allow client profiles to specify a protocol when declaring Direct Play support.
Write server and operating system version info to every log file.
Advise clients when HTTPS is configured to be required.
(Sync) Sync v1 clients wouldn't download new files until server restart.
(Sync) Fix composite images for photo albums.
Fix iTunes channel playback issues
Fix filter requests with studio names containing commas.
Refresh cached transcoded thumbs when underlying photo changes.
Don't show older unwatched episodes in OnDeck after watching a newer one.
Media analysis could generate duplicated streams in some rare cases.
Media analysis could crash on PPC NAS devices when media contained embedded artwork.
Sort Artist metadata could be overwritten when updating other metadata.
Fix a socket leak that could cause the server to become unresponsive.
Fix an issue with transcoded subtitles on Firefox
Disallow transcoding online content for non-owners unless channels are shared.
Don't start streaming transcode sessions when disk space is too low.
Nov 12, 2015
Xbox 360 playback issues
Apple TV playback issues with MP4 videos containing MP3 audio
Prefer MP3 to AAC when transcoding for Apple TV
Occasional failures moving items within a play queue
Nov 7, 2015
Translations for Estonian, Japanese, Romanian and Russian.
Rich support for "soft" subtitles, including WebVTT.
Upgraded transcoder.
Allow user to install a custom SSL certificate.
(Windows) Partial directory scanning support added.
Improvements when Direct Streaming high-quality files for Roku devices.
Support for OCSP stapling.
Add support for flagging "sidecar" subtitles as forced or default.
Add support for compressed responses to the HTTP client.
(API) Support for recursive play queue generation (useful for photos).
(API) Add repeat=1 to play queue endpoint.
(API) Add count parameter to search endpoint.
Get all genres for album and artist from tracks.
Increase maximum available video quality
Add support for generating chapter thumbnails.
Use language settings from for server owner.
Support transcoding of theme music.
A number of transcode and analysis crashes on Windows.
A transcoder crash involving large WTV files.
Fix a crash during multiple simultaneous calls to /prefs endpoint.
Some issues around MPEG-DASH playback.
Improved reporting of bandwidth in HLS manifests.
When enabling remote access failed, the web UI might not show the error.
Album artwork could go missing in searches.
Fix incorrect reporting of transcoding in the web activity page.
When otherwise equal, prefer sidecar subtitles.
When signing out having enabled "only secure connections", you could become locked out.
Support "original" quality for audio.
Searches including an apostrophe character would fail.
Restricting music by sharing label didn't allow access to tracks.
Refresh "Recently Added" discovery areas more often.
Make sure Plex Mix doesn't duplicate the first (seed) track.
Search also looks in original title field.
When changing fields and artwork in quick succession, sometimes a change would be lost.
After resetting password, plugins could stop working.
Return similar artists in related discovery items.
(Windows) Don't prompt during install of autoupdates.
Audio languages now include "Uncoded Languages" and "English (Unlocalized)".
If SSL certificate doesn't match cloud's fingerprint, request a new one.
Home video discovery area didn't work with restricted accounts.
(iOS) Fix an issue where (i) button on a track doesn't work.
Improve auto-selection of multi-channel audio streams.
Videos inside discovery areas could incorrectly report being multi-part.
Set year when setting air/release date.
Prefer albumartistsort tag above artistsort for m4v music files (same as mp3).
Only use iTunes-style metadata for movies when not empty (fixes blank writers/directors/actors).
iTunes channel might not work with non-default iTunes library location.
For albums with tracks from different years, use highest for album year.
Fix for artist names in flac music files.
Fix for TheMovieDB season and episode images.
Make "respect tag" preference work for basic music library.
Clearing an originally available date could reset the year to 1900.
Detect when index files are manually deleted.
A case where composites for photo albums didn't display correctly.
Fix for resuming video on an unreleased app for an unreleased fruit-themed device.

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Alternative to Plex:
Emby Server
TVersity Media Server

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Acronyms / Also Known As:
Plex, Plex Media Server, Plex Media Center


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This tool allows you to stream your movies, home movies, pictures, music, and even live tv providing you have an HD Homerun.

It streams to computers, android, apple, roku, playstation and Xbox.

Quality of streaming is limited only by the original resolution of the source and bandwidth on both sides.

A little tedious to set up but once done, it is a fantastic server system for your media.

Posted October 08, 2015 by . Tool version using OS Windows 8 64-bit
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

I tried a previous version and it was very slow starting videos due to waiting while it transcoded. Perhaps there were profiles that would allow it to skip transcoding but I didn't see any in the menus. Also I noticed Plex wants media files to have names in a specific format. I had no interest in renaming all my media. Serviio was much faster for me so I uninstalled Plex and went back to using Serviio.

I now tried the updated version I got the following error message "A problem has been detected with a core component of Plex. Please visit the forums". So with the newer version I couldn't get it to work at all. The program may be good once they get the bugs out. Of all the DLNA servers I've tried Serviio works the most reliably.

Posted January 04, 2013 by . Tool version using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 3 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 5 of 10

Please make it work on 1 million Roku players, and many more Wii's and you really got a winner. I gave it a 9 across the board because you are on the right track.

Posted April 13, 2011 by . Tool version using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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