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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.

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Aug 2, 2015
Fixed some regressions in Linux and NAS packaging in
(OS X) Fix a case where deleting a media file failed.
Fix for remote access in certain cases involving proxies.
Jul 30, 2015
- (Web) Restore the player on launch if the app was playing when page was reloaded/closed.
- (Web) Added shuffle and repeat modes to the music player.
- (Web) Added an "Allow Channels" restriction for shared users.
- Deleting media files moves them to trash (restoring old behavior).
- Manually specfied ports for remote access are sent to the cloud correctly.
- Upgrades work properly for Drobo, Thecus, Ubunutu and other platforms.
- Fixed a case where hitting APPLY button showed no remote access incorrectly.
- In some rare cases, multiple versions of a plugin could be started at once.
- (Web) Prefer AAC by default in Microsoft Edge.
- (Web) Better expose the enable / disable buttons in Remote Access.
Jul 24, 2015
Some packages were missing critical system bundles (e.g. Asustor, CentOS, Ubuntu i386, and others).
Disabled an expensive database migration which caused high CPU on start.
Jul 23, 2015
Support for moods in album view.
Last.FM scrobbling!
Allow filtering shows by Network.
Allow filtering episodes for duplicates.
Allow publishing arbitrary connections for servers.
Support for shared users' language and subtitle preferences from
All plugins/agents now bundled with and locked to server releases. Should be the end of having to delete System/Framework.
(Web) Remove AAC bitrate limitations.
(Sync) Assorted fixes and improvements.
(Sync) Fix an issue when syncing back play status.
(Transcoder) Fix a few deadlocks.
(Transcoder) Some videos play in slow motion.
(Transcoder) Improve video quality when converting from HEVC, VP9, and 10-bit H.264.
(Transcoder) Fixed an issue involving VOBSUB subtitles on interlaced video.
Improvements to NAT traversal, especially using UPnP.
Potential fix for an rare issue resolving EventSource server.
If Internet access comes back after outage, make sure NAT port is still mapped (thanks, sa2000!)
For unmatched media, the Local Media Agent data wasn't properly loaded.
When signing out and in again, make sure we properly publish TLS availability (thanks, sa2000!)
(Local Media) Read sort titles from MP4 files.
(Local Media) Fix a bug where album art wasn't getting cleared out.
(Plex Music) Improved artwork downloading.
(Plex Music) Fix "None" genre preference for artists.
(Plex Music) Don't add data/posters for Soundtrack and other such generic artists.
Better analysis of MP3 files for duration.
Improve quality of downscaled images.
Fix an issue where cached tags could get out of sync with full tag set.
Fix a regression where every play was showing as Direct Play in the web app.
Improve ID3v2-skipping code.
Don't move deleted bundles to Trash, delete them right away.
During analysis, make sure we check the existance (or lack thereof) of media index files.
Season posters weren't always showing up in season editor.
On Deck wasn't working for users with restrictions.
(FreeBSD) Fix to work.
Optimize the library after deleting a library.
Make sure selected artwork is downloaded locally, fixes cases where selected posters can be reset.
(Linux) Further improvements to filesystem-watching code.
Make sure we update when disabling remote access.
(Windows) Adding/removing a library doesn't cause it to scan all other other ones.
Revamped iOS device profiles to provide better quality streams to newest (and unreleased) devices.
Publish connections to when connected directly to the Internet.

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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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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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