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Plex Media Server

NEW VERSION 1.1.4 / 1.2.2 Pass

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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OS:Windows MacOS Linux
Version:1.1.4 / 1.2.2 Pass
File size:93.4MB
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1.1.4 / 1.2.2 Pass (October 05, 2016)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Plex Media Server 1.2.2 is now available for Plex Pass members.

(Web) Updated Plex Web 2.9.3, which was missing from the previous release

Plex Media Server 1.2.1 is now available for Plex Pass members.

Blog Post:
New Feature - Streaming Brain.
(Streaming Brain) Preference for limiting bandwidth on WAN uploads. Limits can be per-stream and total.
(Streaming Brain) Playback session termination reasons are sent to the client and displayed to the user. This may require an updated client.
(Streaming Brain) Removed 'Prioritize streaming transcodes' preference. Background transcodes such as Sync, Media Optimizer, and video preview thumbnail generation are always prioritized behind streaming transcodes, and will pause completely if the simultaneous transcode limit is reached.
(Streaming Brain) Removed 'Cloud Sync upload speed limit' preference. Sync traffic automatically scales based on streaming WAN usage, and uses whatever bandwidth is left unused.
(Web) Updated Plex Web to 2.9.3.
(Relay) Allow multiple connections from PMS to relay servers. (#4894)
(Windows) Localize installer for Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese locales. (#5189)
(Linux) QNAP x64 packages for the new QTS 4.3 64bit firmware.
(NVIDIA SHIELD) Support premium Plex music libraries. (#4991)
(NVIDIA SHIELD) Relay was crashing on startup. (#5419)
(Transcoder) Failures transcoding video files that lack a video stream. (#4503)
(Transcoder) Stuttering video transcoding HE-AAC on macOS. (#5376)
(Transcoder) Completed transcodes might continue to block static transcodes. (#5423)
(Subtitles) Inconsistent automatic subtitle selection for media containing multiple embedded subtitles. (#5011)
(On Deck) Handle specials and episodes without a known air date better in On Deck. (#4661)
(Camera Upload) Fix a couple of edge case scenarios when resuming uploads. (#5152) (#5218)
(Pub-Sub) Better load distribution selecting servers. (#4915)
(Relay) Relay process might not be killed when the media server shuts down on certain Unix platforms. (#5173)
(Butler) Issues deleting old files in cache directory.
(Media Analysis) Scanner crashes analyzing mp4 files lacking moov atoms. (#5373)
(Media Analysis) Some 1080i media wasn't being recognized as being interlaced. (#5279)
(Media Analysis) Crashes analyzing certain photos with malformed metadata tags. (#5461)
(Metadata) Issues recognizing episodes of shows whose names contain multiple numeric digits. (#5377)
(Search) Duplicate results from different libraries now indicate the library of origin. (#4949)
(Search) Treat searches using a single non-ASCII character the same as a single ASCII character. (#5319)
(Linux) Local Media Agent errors when paths/files contained non-ASCII characters. (#5470)
(Linux) Fixed Readynas RN2xx build to work on ReadyNAS OS Firmware 6.6.0 (#5512)
A number of user-reported server crashes. (#5042) (#5459)
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It amazes me how people bash Plex. I assure anyone that came across this link that negative reviews of Plex are due to a lack of patience. Configuring your Plex server does take some time and patience but it is great once you're done. A friend of mine recommended it after I placed my TBs of media on a Synology NAS and using Synology's Media server that is actually pretty good.
The ease of Plex to share outside of your network cannot be topped. Plex has allowed me to share my videos with around 10 friends/family around the country with an excellent simple user interface on almost any device that you can think of. The devices that connect to my servers are Roku (sticks/boxes), Androids (phones/tablets), Google Nexus, Amazing Fires(stick/tablets), iPhones/iPads/AppleTV, PS4, 360 and a good web interface (and AWESOME Chrome app. Plex works great with Chromecast, including subtitles.
Why would you use an app that still is still Java-based? I already hate that Synology will not update their interface to stop requiring Java. Some people have much simpler needs and like Kodi, Emby, MediaPortal, Infuse and apparently this Serviio but I recommend giving Plex another try (especially if you share your content).
Personally I have learned so much about codecs, containers , subtitles, etc.

Posted May 29, 2016 by sundi712. Tool version 2.6.1 using OS Other
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

Plex is fine except for the bug that keeps ffmpeg running even when no transcoding is required and it hogs your CPU. Serviio is much better if you put more value on speed and simplicity and don't need a lot of metadata.

Posted January 12, 2016 by rogeroo. Tool version using OS Windows 10 64-bit
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 7 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 8 of 10

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 Eyedoctor2. 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 danzeb. 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 sum_guy. 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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