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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 Premium Pass costs $5/month.

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OS:Windows Mac Linux
Released:Feb 19,2018
File size:72.6MB
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Latest version

1.11.3 (February 19, 2018)


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Download Plex Media Server 1.11.3  [72.6MB]  [Win]

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

Plex Media Server is now available to everyone

Plex Media Server is now available to Plex Pass users in the Beta update channel


(Photos) Show recently favorited items in discovery hub (#8101)

(DVR) Back-to-back recordings would sometimes lose the second recording (#8168)
(DVR) Cancelling a recording when comskip is enabled shouldn't result in an error (#7926)
(DVR) Episodes of the same show that air on the same day now record correctly (#6668)
(DVR) Parsing of dates in EyeQ data could potentially fail if format changed (#8209)
(Filters) Dates before Jan 1st 1970 would not work properly in some filter fields (#8077)
(LiveTV) Crash when stopping LiveTV (#8169)
(Photos) Autotagging for some items could become stuck in a throttled state (#8068)
(Photos) Changes to EXIF date fields edited in certain applications would not get picked up correctly (#8125)
(Photos) Photo albums in folder view will now show thumbs for Posters and Backgrounds when editing and will correctly retain changes between scans (#7947)
(Photos) Show video items in Recently Added hub for photo sections (#8101)
(Photos) Timeline entries before Jan 1 1970 would not be displayed consistently (#8152)
(Streaming Brain) Could deadlock in certain circumstances when ABR was in use (#8124)
(Transcoder) Playback could fail or behave erratically near the end of videos when Direct Streaming to certain clients (#8042)
(Transcoder) Soft subtitles could sometimes fail to play on iOS/tvOS (#8022)

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I have been using Plex on a Windows Home Server 2011 with over 20Tb. of storage for a couple of years and I absolutely LOVE it. I have ripped a bunch of movies and TV shows and put on it (my 20TB is almost half full). It works flawlessly with my Iphone,Ipad, and cable boxes (which are Tivo. When I buy a new movie I rip it and put it on there.

Feb 1, 2018 Version: PlexPass OS: Other Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 9/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 9/10

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.

May 29, 2016 Version: 2.6.1 OS: Other Ease of use: 8/10 Functionality: 8/10 Value for money: 9/10 Overall: 9/10

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.

Jan 12, 2016 Version: OS: Windows 10 64-bit Ease of use: 7/10 Functionality: 7/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 8/10

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.

Oct 8, 2015 Version: OS: Windows 8 64-bit Ease of use: 9/10 Functionality: 10/10 Value for money: 10/10 Overall: 10/10

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.

Jan 4, 2013 Version: OS: WinXP Ease of use: 5/10 Functionality: 3/10 Value for money: 7/10 Overall: 5/10

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