I've had my own 'streaming' service for a while now. Setup a Plex server. It takes a bit of work, but once done, its magic. Works just as well as any other streaming service, but I control the content.
Plex Media Server you download the server to your computer. You tell it the directory you want and what type of media, and like Windows Media Player of the old days and music, Plex finds a dvd cover artwork, along with all sorts of information including a short synopsis, and attaches it to the individual file. If you set it as a tv show it will find the theme music for the show and play it as you browse the selection. It will also take individual jumbled folders and organize them into series for you. Than, all you need to do is download Plex for Android($4.99 but worth it)and login and boom, there's all your content just waiting to be streamed.
Edit: TLDR; turns your downloaded videos into a Netflix type experience.
So I've had one for months now thanks to a friend with American contacts, and I have to say it's pretty awesome.
The holy grail for me was when Plex finally opened up support for it, which they did recently. Plex + Chromecast is like the god-tier combo for home media consumption. I can not recommend it enough to my Canadian brethren who can now readily obtain a Chromecast.
This issue comes up from time to time, and basically what you are requesting is that Plex acts securely when you are giving the user/password to people. You ARE giving the user/password to people when you store it in their Chrome.
Don't give out your passwords.
Make a new Plex.TV account for the user, link it to your account, and be the admin of that new account in addition to your main server admin account.
Plex. It goes on sale for $1.99 quite often, and is $4.99 most of the time. Setup a home plex server, open a port on your router and all your movies, tv shows and music are available anywhere.
It interacts with apple tvs, rokus and chromecasts. EDIT: Also of course iPads, tablets, etc and they have a free front end for HTPCs.
>Now, I know the Xbox is probably keen to try and get you to run everything through some sort of DLNA network with your xbox one, but I own a mac and not some sort of windows driven PC, so that sort of idea is pointless to me
You lost me there.
Those are just a few.
I mean, I know that doesn't solve your particular problem with USB drives or the media player. But the way I see it is, you can sit around and be angry and switch from device to device waiting until they finally fix it...or you could be proactive towards eliminating the problem with USB drives yourself by setting up a media server.
Plex (Free) - This is one of the most popular apps to stream media from your PC to your aTV4. You set up a Plex Media Server on your PC (any OS) and add folders for your movies, tv shows, music, etc. and it will automatically organize your media based on the file names. Then you can simply download Plex on whatever device you want to stream the media to (iOS apps are also available) and browse your library.
I bought PS4 as a gaming only device and I'm happy and satisfied with it. That's not to say it's perfect, it could use many updates to catch up to XBone on the software feature front.
Sony is falling terribly behind Microsoft in terms of software. I guess that's the advantage Microsoft has being a software company first and foremost. Sony's UI is far from great, they're still more or less pushing that media crossbar shit. Luckily beyond firing up a game and checking out my friends list their isn't much to do so I don't have to interact with it much. With the Plex app on the XBone it's not only a gaming console but a home theatre device with easy access to every movie and TV show you have displayed with pretty cover art. Tell me this isn't cool?
The previous person mentioned Plex, but without enough detail to answer your question. Plex is free software that runs on your pc and lets you stream to the Roku. It is a very nice addition.
Plex Home Theater (OS X, Free) is amazing. Using Plex media server with a Plex client is ok, but was always clunky when considering I had to make sure my main PC was awake and running the server, the limitations of the client hardware and whatnot. I just picked up a cheap 2011 Mac Mini off craigslist and popped it into my home theater rack running PMS/PHT for a fantastic home theater platform. It's so nice to have everything in one place (storage, client, server, processor) so its always connected and ready to go, plus it has more horsepower than most any other client option such as Roku, Apple TV, Fire, etc so the responsiveness is super snappy.
Mac Mini and Plex Home Theater works great with the new Harmony Smart Control remote also.
I just sold all my DVD's and BluRays after ripping (and downloading a few cars) to help offset the cost, figured I should unload them now while I can still squeeze some value out of them before they become worthless in a few years as more and more people make the jump to digital.
Stream media files from a Plex Media Server running on your computer, or mark them "Sync" to take them with you to watch on the go. Most devices have a Plex client these days, including Roku, Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, and I think even gaming consoles.
I use Emby over Plex primarily for three reasons:
1) Plex has slowly been shifting towards ad-supported streaming content instead of self-hosted media. Emby is just your own content and nothing else.
2) Plex is trying to force all users to have a plex.tv account, whereas Emby supports local accounts. Additionally, Emby supports LDAP, so I can run the LDAP server on my NAS and use it to share credentials between the NAS and Emby for users.
3) I prefer Emby's interface for music (JellyFin doesn't have this UI yet).
It's the GOAT. It's a media server that you host on a PC. It's accessible anywhere in the world if you set it up correctly (port forwarding). All you have to do is drop media files in a folder you've designated and it'll index them and make them available to anyone logged in with your Plex account.
There are Plex apps for Roku and many smart TVs, meaning you can manage your media on your desktop and instantly stream (over your local network if you're at home - so really good quality) your media. If you're not at home you can stream over the internet. It's fucking amazing.
Here's the website.
That's a pretty good question, I tested it real quick just now with the network monitor in chrome. The pin is stored on plex's servers, and funnily enough they transmit it as a url parameter, so i guess they don't consider it security (I've been corrected about how https works, so this can be safe) -:
You'll also need to include your token in the header -: https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/129922/how-to-request-a-x-plex-token-token-for-your-app/p1
My Linux ISO collection. I swear.
Contrary to the label, I don't have nearly 8TB of music -- that's just the total size of the RAID in the NAS. The network map is to a specific subfolder where I store my music.
My music and... Linux ISOs... are all then indexed by Plex so I can stream to any device including my TV or phone.
Out of curiosity I installed the extension in a VM and looked at the source. I'm not seeing anything shady going on, it just injects an SVG download button on /details pages, then calls into another script (https://piplong.run/plxdwnld/bookmarklet.js?v=0.3, also here on GitHub) to do the actual download, which parses the current URL to get the metadata ID, queries https://plex.tv/api/resources to get the location of the server, then combines them to query your server for the item's metadata, which includes a link to the file.
It's also not minified/obfuscated, which many malicious extensions do to hide the bad code. While it could be some other extension that's logging keystrokes/sending data, and I always advise not adding extensions that aren't well known/only have a few reviews, I don't think it's that extension specifically that's doing it.
If you're willing to turn off your Windows Firewall on your PC (most likely won't cause any issues unless you are into some very shady sites/activites) you can use PLEX to stream to the PS4 via the web browser. I've been doing it for months now and I love it. The interface is fantastic, and PLEX just updated their player letting it work even better now.
Make sure you're logged into plex.tv with your account that has a Plex Pass, and from there plex.tv/subscription should show an option to cancel: https://aws1.discourse-cdn.com/plex/original/3X/d/9/d9dbe9af5241099d6cfde80afcc058c67b2780f3.jpg
Use Plex. Your NAS doesn't have enough power to transcode, so you'll have to install the server on your desktop and point it to the NAS for its library. That's what I do and it works beautifully.
Nope. The mobile apps and certain features they do charge for, but you can run a server and watch your content from any computer for free. Try it out https://plex.tv/
I bought the lifetime pass because I run a server with 15 different users connecting to it. I prefer the plex interface over netflix now.
Ik heb zelf een plex server opgezet op een computer die Ubuntu draait. Je kan ermee streamen in je browser en er zijn apps voor Android/ios/windows ook voor Smart tv's.
Mijn familieleden hebben gewoon plex accounts aangemaakt en die heb ik toegang gegeven dus ze kunnen er ongelimiteerd gebruik van maken. (als de nieuwe game of thrones uitkomt moet mn server hard werken :p)
Plex heeft zelf geen content, dat moet je zelf erop zetten.
Ik heb dat hele gebeuren geautomatiseerd, is helemaal niet lastig op te zetten.
Ik betaal iets van 7 euro voor de Usenet server per maand (eweka) wat ongelimiteerd downloaden is.
Verder heb ik 15 euro gedoneerd aan nzb.su voor een jaar lang vip waardoor je sonarr en couchpotato gebruik kunnen maken van de api.
Klinkt misschien toch wat moeilijk maar het valt echt heel erg mee. Ik heb er nu iig geen omkijken meer naar.
The program is called Plex. It manages your downloaded shows and movies and downloads metadata for them. If you download the app for your tablet/phone, you can stream the shows from your PC to your device.
It's also compatible with Chromecast.
Sign up with plex here. When in the http://plex.tv/web/app interface you can add channels to your plex account, CBC being one of them. When the games are on just go to the CBC channel and cast the stream. If you have trouble casting with your pc download the plex app in the play store, it works much better.
Sorry dude - but its you ;)
> accounts with their gmail email address and share the libraries I have set up just for them?
Did you actually create a PLEX account with these emails.. To access your plex, you can only share to a "plex" account... You can create plex account with whatever email address you want. But the account has be linked to a plex account, you can't just randomly share access with just any gmail or apple account.
When you do - they will get an email with link to plex.tv to create an account or sign into their already existing account
Both of my grandkids have access to my plex on their fire tablets, it took all of 2 minutes to setup.
So, you didn't actually upload your files anywhere. You just pointed the server application to the folders where your media is located.
You are running your own server. That's what the Plex Media Server is, and that's why you installed it. That server application is listening for any Plex clients to talk to it, so that the server can "serve up" your media.
Plex clients include: a web browser (http://plex.tv), your smartphone/tablet (buy the mobile app), your Smart TV (install the Plex app on your TV's hub/store), your media streaming box (Roku, FireTV, Android TV, etc.)
With the server running on your laptop, just open a client on any device to browse your library. Then pick something to watch.
With that said, if the files are on the machine that you're taking with you, then there's no need for the internet. You really only need an internet connection to download the metadata (movie posters, list of cast, year of release, movie ratings, TV show info, etc.).
If the files are on your laptop, and you're leaving it at home, then you do need to pay for Plex Pass. This will unlock features like a free mobile app to use, the ability to pin content to your portable devices, and for syncing certain content to the cloud for access outside of your home network.
Two good options here that I know of:
Google Music gives you the ability to upload up to 50,000 of your own songs for free
Plex isn't free (or browser based, but it is available on every platform, if that's why you wanted that) , but it's basically built for this, and for the streaming of all of your other media as well (music, movies, you name it). Really good reviews on this service.
€5 is the true cost, the Plex server app on Windows/Mac is totally free.
There is a premium offering, Plex Pass, but you don't need it to watch your films on the Chromecast.
None of what you listed requires a plex pass
Also, you really need to read this https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us
>I know the Xbox is probably keen to try and get you to run everything through some sort of DLNA network with your xbox one, but I own a mac and not some sort of windows driven PC, so that sort of idea is pointless to me, unless I buy an app from the app store
I can't help you with the crashing, but I can help you free yourself from USB sticks for FREE while still using OSX. Extremely simple to setup/use
Pick one, lately Plex is my choice for no particular reason.
You could always subscribe to a monthly plan ($4.99 - https://plex.tv/subscription/about) until they release the app for all users, then just buy the version then and cancel your sub.
I have a yearly subscription on old pricing. Wish I had jumped on lifetime as I use Plex so much I don't mind supporting them. But now at $150 its a bit much.
Plex is really a companion channel to a PC app. It lets you stream media from your hard drive, via your wifi connection. It also lets you queue up [youtube videos](
/r/fullmoviesonyoutube/) to watch on your tv.
It has more features than that, but I think it's worth having just for that.
I would like to comment on the Roku. I got a refurbished one on woot a while back and love, specifically for Plex. It lets you stream all of your media from a desktop/laptop to the TV.
I am having the exact same issue... Nothing changed. Updated to verify. No change. Same issue. I can connect directly, but using plex.tv fails every time. Remote access is set and verified. Security is set to preferred.
All accounts are authenticated though plex.tv. So even if you only use the Web Application that comes bundled with Plex Media Server 2FA will protect that account.
If you do not have a plex.tv account and use your Plex Media Server unauthenticated then there is nothing for 2FA to protect, since both the server and web application is not logged in.
PLEX recently signed up on the "Unicorn support tier" at MetaBrainz: https://metabrainz.org/supporters
The site says "Plex.tv will use the MusicBrainz data to match users' personal music collections."
We'll have to wait and see what this all means, but apparently they're working on something ;-)
Woo! Gold! I hope reddit doesn't mess up the code too much. I haven't cut off the /web/ part (yet), but I'm not sure if you need that. Ports is gone though, so try it as-is. I can add it in a bit, as this is just the quickest example I can come up with. You can add whatever you like. Nginx also offers support for SSL off-loading (meaning you can directly approach your server on IP, and have SSL protection (instead of going through plex.tv)
My URL now looks like this when I stream, after applying Nginx: myhostname.com/web/index.html
Nginx install is easy, just apt-get install nginx or yum install nginx, find /etc/nginx/sites-available/default, and replace the contents of default (or make a new vhost), and service nginx restart
If I'm reading you correctly, you are saying that the login process takes place completely outside of CloudFlare, and, consequently, nothing could have been leaked.
I just did a login and it looks like username and password are posted directly to: https://plex.tv/users/sign_in.json
While it's probably possible that this address is configured not to pass through CloudFlare, the only information Plex offered suggests that it still might. Are you being optimistic, or do you know that it is exempt?
(Also, thanks anonymous Redditors for the downvotes... is this not a legitimate line of questioning? Too negative?)
If your goal is to have access to your media library on the go, Plex might be a better choice. It also allows you to access your itunes library as well.
But if you just want to run a vpn server, you should be able to install a vpn server (like openvpn) from macports or homebrew for free.
It seems this has been an issue since Plex moved from paid app to in-app purchase. I will ask directly in Plex forum, since there is no email address for Plex support. Plex only offer support through their forum (https://plex.tv/contact)
Improved music experience (Plex Mix, music videos, and rating of tracks)
Cinema Trailers and Extras
Fast User Switching - FINALLY!!!
Plex Companion (Remote Control) (requires Plex Media Server v0.9.12.8 or newer)
Full support for Play Queues
Full support for Playlists
Added "Stop” button in music player
Added "Network Logging" option to assist with troubleshooting
Allow the subtitle size to be changed
Watch Later, Recommended, and Channel content is now playable for all sources
Improved browsing experience
NOTE: This update may require you to reconnect the app to your Plex account via the https://plex.tv/pin method.
It allows for easy streaming of video and audio from a home server.
People use it to do things like watch files from a desktop/NAS on their TV with e.g. a Roku. Install the app on your desktop and the roku, point to a folder with your files, and away it goes. You can just as easily watch on your phone or tablet, or away from your local network if bandwidth allows.
install Plex Home Theatre on your laptop from here
sign in with the account name and password you used to set up the server. done.
*PHT is full screen, no mouse. have fun. it's the up, down, left, and right arrows, and the enter and backspace keys!
Instead of trying to make a solution just for the shield, I would recommend you use plex. Plex can be a solution for every device in your home: the shield, tablets, phones, chromecasts, rokus, apple tvs, etc. All your media stays on one computer in the house, but watchable anywhere. You can switch between devices, and resume where you left off. Even allows offline syncing to devices to watch on your next plane ride.
While trying to connect via https://plex.tv/web fails...cannot connect to server, if you use the public IP for your server, you can connect without issue. Seems like this maybe a Plex issue with DNS.
ok i just did this last night for two raspberry pies an android phone an ipad and an xbox one so i think i can help you out.
first you have to have your pre roll video in a library on your plex server and that library has to be shared with every user who you want to be able to see it.
then click on your pre roll video so your at its detail page where it would normally show a plot summary and everything for a normal video. copy the URL of this page it should look something liek this:
go to your server settings and under the extras tab paste the url into the pre roll box. also be sure to uncheck all the other boxes shown there otherwise it will pick a random trailer and play it instead of the pre roll one you want.
the last step is that you have to now enable Cinema Trailers on all of the client devices (or switch them from none to 1) that you want to view the pre-roll on this varies by client but on x-box it was under main settings and on the pi's it was under a setting labeled extras and the ios one had a little bar slider
now your pre-roll should play before every movie!
Go to https://plex.tv/api/resources?includeHttps=1 and find YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN and the EXTERNAL_CONNECTION_URI for the server (the external one is the connection with local="0").
<Device name="server" product="Plex Media Server" productVersion="22.214.171.12402-a8accf1" platform="Windows" platformVersion="6.3 (Build 9600)" device="PC" clientIdentifier="*" createdAt="1476061999" lastSeenAt="1482274998" provides="server" owned="0" publicAddress="" httpsRequired="0" ownerId="2443392" home="0" accessToken="YOUR_ACCESS_TOKEN" sourceTitle="" synced="0" relay="1" publicAddressMatches="0" presence="1">
<Connection protocol="https" address="" port="32400" uri="" local="1"/>
<Connection protocol="https" address="" port="32400" uri="EXTERNAL_CONNECTION_URI*" local="0"/>
Combine all the info from steps 2 and 3 into one URL.
Example, the URL should look like this:
What IP shows up under here? Plex Together pulls solely from the data from that Plex API so it should show that IP there. You'll have to be logged in to see that link however.
Alternatively, you could use OpenPHT just for now. It's the most reliable for this from what we've tested :)
Aside from supporting the developers for this amazing software, there is not a huge boon in subscribing.
Honestly, it's a great deal if it's legit. Your benefits are all listed here: https://plex.tv/subscription/about
The long and the short of it is this... if you like early access to new builds (beta), if you like premium support online, if you like to manage users and restrict content and sync to mobile devices, it's probably worth it.
I believe it's worth it to simply support them at all. But such is the reality of the internet age... we enjoy products and then make people convince us why we should pay for it.
The forums have a list of third party clients and sections for discussing third party development, it seems to be condoned. The Terms on the legal page have a Developers and Interfacing Software section that outlines a bunch of rights and responsibilities that would be relevant to you. There's a specific copyright notice that they expect you to include, and depending on exactly what you're doing possibly privacy notices for your users. Also noted here is: "You must seek prior written approval from Plex to display Plex's Brand Features". I really just skimmed, but I don't see anything restricting publishing (possibly with compensation) third party clients.
Got the disks but too lazy to dig them out? Plex. Rip all your disks (using handbrake or makemkv or something), point Plex at the folder with all the episodes, stream to your device of choice.
It's changed my TV viewing. I own all the Trek that I'd want to rewatch anyway. Now it's all available any time from any room, it remembers where I paused.
Plex runs on Roku and you can run the Plex client on iOS, but you have to put the video files on the Plex server.
Otherwise, yeah, there's no real way to stream from iOS to a Roku.
AirPlay (built-in to iOS) streams only to AppleTV. Chome on iOS can stream to ChromeCast.
I use trakt and automatically scrobble everything I watch using Plex. I started using it about 2-3 years ago and manually marked everything I had seen. I've seen about 900 movies and 9500 episodes (in total; not since I started using trakt).
These figures should be fairly accurate.
> where else is he supposed to post it.
> Recently https://plex.tv/ (s) forum & website was compromised by me. I managed to obtain all of your data, customers as well as software and files.
> there will be no more plex.tv
Those are some pretty bold claims to make when you have merely compromised the forums. If he really had controller over the whole website he would have put it on the damn home page.
I meant on the settings page, it just says there's an update and you need to manually install it. It'd be better if the link just went to the plex pass page automatically if you had a plex pass account signed in.
Currently it links to https://plex.tv/downloads instead of https://plex.tv/downloads?channel=plexpass
Skype isn't available on chromebooks, although google hangouts video chat is. If they were willing to switch, it is basically a first class citizen. If you were technically minded, you could use a regular linux distro on it via crouton and use skype there (note, this would require an x86 based chromebook), although skype for linux is really quite awful due to terrible UI and being buggy by default for a lot of audio setups (screw you microsoft!)
As for downloading files and using them locally... The experience isn't really great, but it is usable. Potentially, if you had a computer to set up plex on, you could view both movies and music through your browser. Look at https://plex.tv if you wanted to explore this route (basic version of plex that will do everything you need is free).
Not in the manner you are suggesting. However, you can stream the torrented media from the PC to the Wii U with Plex Media Server and Plex Web App.
Set up Plex Media Server on your PC (https://plex.tv/users/sign_up)
Add torrented media to the Plex Media Server's library
Open Internet Browser on the Wii U and go to plex.tv/web/app (this is the address for the Plex Web App) and login.
Enjoy your content
NOTE: You must keep your PC on in order to watch the media.
You can achieve this by having two sections of media, one 'private' and one 'public'. You would also need to store your 'private' videos in a different location though.
First you need create a second movie/tv show library, like this. Then you can go into your Plex.tv account here, click 'edit sharing', then 'edit' once again and only share your public library, not your private one (pic).
I not sure why Plex replaced the plex-media-player with the new 'plex for Mac' and 'plex for windows'. My understanding is underneath they're not too different. The impact of this is that there's no 'plex for linux' which sucks.
I'm still using the old plex-media-player on Linux. It decodes hevc, which is all I really care about. I don't care about all the new stuff (like live TV), so I'm not yet affected. I suppose at some point in the future plex-media-player will stop working. That's going to be annoying, as I do not want to switch to plex.tv and lose hevc decoding.
It's utterly retarded that a self-hosted server has issues with the same devices on its local LAN. I've had numerous problems over the years with deprecated Plex clients or builds on older devices and setting up Plex to connect directly to the server. On one hand, I like that you can sort of manage things via Plex.tv but on the other, the online component is a hindrance. I haven't had to mess with mobile much but I have seen issues with some mobile devices connecting remotely off and on if ports and whatnot aren't perfectly forwarded. If it's hosted on Windows you also have to contend with the idiotic updates that revert changes off and on as well.
There's Jellyfin (an Emby fork), which you could use with Kodi as the clients on your Pi. It's not as polished as Plex, and overall less fancy/stable (in my experience -- it's hard to compete with a codebase that has dedicated, paid developers working on it), but you gain independence from a hosted service (plex.tv for authentication), and it's fully open source.
Can't really comment on the other options, but in general I'd say Plex is the most polished and stable self-hosted service out there (with the disadvantages I mentioned and the issues you have with PMP), and Jellyfin the most promising open alternative (esp. in combination with Kodi as a client). I'm still using Plex personally, because it's much easier to share my library with others (native apps in TVs, etc), but hope I'll be able to migrate at some stage.
I only have one Plex server, and Varys says it is not accessible. PIN registration worked. Plex.tv web app says it is fully remote accessible. I'm using a Synology router with the port manually specified and maually forwarded.
With 4k you want to be direct playing only, so your pc specs are mostly irrelevant. First up is open plex.tv/web (or Tautulli if you have that installed) and look at the activity - dashboard to make sure your apply tv is direct playing the file. If not, change your client settings to direct play, and turn off subtitles for now just to test, as burned subtitles can force a transcode and transcoding 4k is a no-no.
Make sure your server and Apply tv are hard wired, get wifi out of the picture. It is the easiest test and what should always be your second check. We want this working flawlessly wired before we attempt anything with wifi.
After that we can move on to fixing issues like getting wifi working (this may not be possible no matter what if you have too much interference or otherwise weak wifi.) The subtitle issue is more complex to fix, but let's cross that bridge when we get to it.
i agree with /u/kevmacmills... this does the trick
for chrome users, just go here: chrome://settings/siteData and enter "plex.tv" into the search field and click on "Remove All Shown"
Hey man no problem. I got a bit enthusiastic - when you're new to this stuff it can be intimidating. You wouldn't believe how much I fucked around in the beginning. But I do have some good resources so if you feel like giving it a try.
I assume you are on windows: https://www.cuttingcords.com/home/ultimate-server/getting-started
But before you start automating I recommend trying Plex first, to make sure you like it otherwise it's a waste of time lol. Installing plex (https://plex.tv) is easy just make account (it's free for watching via web (using Chrome or Firefox to watch) and casting (via the free app Chromcasting it to your TV)), download the exe , install, and point to folder where your movies are.
You can just do it on the PC you are on now. It will install the server. Once that is installed and you logged in (usually on http://localhost:32400/web) and you can watch the videos. It will remember progress and show fancy movie art haha.
Oh and if you just want to check it out there is /r/PleX
The "Official" one, closed source. Free on desktop, but the iPad app costs money. Really good GUI, really good sorting, probably the best, if only by a little. Fully compatible with Chromecast.
Open Source, but still wants money to play on their iPad app. Otherwise pretty much every bit as good as Plex with a few more options. Recently had an upgrade that streamlined the GUI somewhat and made HD files run faster. Fully compatible with Chromecast.
Ive been using both recently trying to figure out which one I want to end up with. Probably leaning towards Emby just because its more politically correct with open source I guess. If I were to say anything negative about it I'd say the GUI can be a little clunky, the Update Library button is hidden 3 menus deep for instance, which sucks for a button you gotta push every time you DL a new episode.
But other then that, they are both pretty great.
Plex is what you're looking for, and there's an option to "sync" things to your local device (iphone/ipad/etc.). It can be used to host your music library :).
It also serves at serving media (like movies, videos, etc.). I'd ask two things:
What are your internet speeds for upload/download.
Do you have some spare parts to build a computer, or have an existing computer you can run 24/7 as the Plex server?
If you want a cloud solution (i.e. using a VPS), what is your budget?
>Metadata and Statistics. While Plex does not generally collect or keep any information that can identify files in your media library, Plex may store information about media items that you choose to use with certain Plex features. For example, if you are using the Plex Watch Later feature, which allows you to save online videos from your favorite websites, or other features that require your Plex account to be linked with third party providers such as Google Drive, Dropbox, or Last.fm, Plex may store information about the affected media items. This information may include metadata about the media (such as title, duration, author, cover art, dates associated with the media, and other relevant information) and information about the media itself (such as resolution, bit rate, format, location, etc.).
Yep we're in exactly the same boat. The stereo I got is 5.1 surround sound, and I can play movies with surround sound on the chromecast. I also use Plex, which is awesome. You can install it on any computer to organize your movies and TV shows, and then play them on your Chromecast. And Netflix also sends 5.1 sound through the Chromecast.
I'd also recommend checking out the Nexus Player, which is like a Chromecast with apps and a remote. It supports Netflix, Hulu, and Plex.
No, you don't need plexpass. You will need to buy the app with a one off payment though (that would be free if you had a plexpass).
Your question makes sense, because preview functionality is often restricted to plexpass, and then released more widely once it's ready. This happened recently with android TV (it used to be preview and plexpass only, now it is neither).
There are a lot of miconceptions about what you need plex pass for. The complete list of plex pass benefits is here: https://plex.tv/subscription/about
If it's not on the list, and plex does it, you can do it without plexpass.
> - Unlimited casting of any media on your Plex Media Server (free download available at https://plex.tv/downloads) to other Plex Apps.
> - Unlock unlimited streaming to your phone or tablet with a Plex Pass subscription that includes many other premium features (available at https://plex.tv/plexpass) -OR- a small one-time in-app purchase.
>Plex appears to be free
Plex has a free service tier and a paid service tier. If you pay for a subscription or lifetime pass, one of the perks is that you don't have to pay for the app. If, like me, you don't need the paid services then the app costs $4.99 (IIRC)
You can download the whole series in one batch from
If you want to watch it on mobile you can stream it from your pc using plexmedia server. Plex also lets you stream from your pc when you're outside. If you want to sync videos to your mobile device to play offline you will have to pay for that. Streaming is free. https://plex.tv/
I have a slightly different setup from the other commenters. I use a system called plex. On the pi, I run Rasplex which was easilly installed using the tool on their site. I also have a wireless dongle attached to it.
In the other room, on my main desktop PC, which has my various hard drives attached to it anyway, I run Plex Media Server. This makes anything I put in the drives accessible over the network, no need to be moving hard drives around. I also have the plex app installed on my phone (Which cost about a fiver), so I can stream to that too.
As far as I know, XBMC is pretty much capable of everything plex is.
Plex is a piece of software you can install on any old Linux or Windows PC you have lying around to convert it to a media center. Plex is so widespread it comes pre-loaded with most smart TV's too. It allows you to stream movies, music and series to your tablet, smartphone, laptop, pc, smart tv,.. not only locally from anywhere (given your router is configured for that setup).
It's great, really. I turned my old gaming notebook with the broken screen into a media server this way. It's sitting quietly in a cupboard somewhere in my apartment and streams 1080p over wifi flawlessly to my TV.
Check it out at https://plex.tv/
Plex is by far the best app for this kind of thing. Netflix gets a little dicey, but it's an issue with basically every HTPC frontend. You could even install a channel like SS-Plex (alternate, less legal streaming add-on) and bypass Netflix entirely if you wanted.
Sure, Roku is a device that you use on your TV to watch video from online sources such as Netflix, Amazon Video, and tons of other channels. They come in different models, some do WiFi only, some have Ethernet ports. Some also only do up to 720P and others do 1080P streaming.
I'm a /r/cordcutter so I don't have any cable or OTA TV signal. My kids usually use the Roku to watch Netflix of movies/TV off of my Plex Server
You can view the different models at the link below. Let me know if you have any other questions about it.
I was paying $160/mo on avg. for 1 HD DVR, 1 HD STB, 1 Standard STB, and 20/5 Internet. This was supposed to be a deal (Double Play bundle). I estimated that if I went with the Quantum upgrade I would pay about 60-80/mo.
I called them up and [insert 1.5 hour conversation with 2 retention reps and 1 supervisor to get "new customer" price] switched my plan to the 50/25 Quantum.
I think the key is to know what you want before you call and just don’t hang up. Plug your phone in and make sure you got a lot of rollover minutes. Repeat yourself a lot. Stay cool as a cucumber the whole time.
I'm sure I'm forgetting some details, but feel free to ask any questions!
Edit: I'm saving $100/mo which will more than make up for the cost of the equipment/services.
When you just want to play movies that are hosted on plex.tv it will work just fine but when you want to play something that is stored on your server it will not work. Most people use Plex to play movies, shows and private videos they do store on their NAS. This is what Plex was intended for.
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Its about as unlikely to happen, as you getting into trouble by jay walking in a deserted town in the middle of siberia.
Streaming from plex is vastly different then torrenting, by default all traffic is encrypted by SSL, its not possible for your ISP to check what you actually stream, the only thing they can see are DNS queries, they will know you visited plex.tv, and they will know you went to https://plex.tv/app/desktop/#!/server/somerandomserverid/359315915
The above url is simplified, the numbers at the end represent plex's internal ID for a given movie in a library, what you see when visiting this url, is a movie playing - But to plex, its an identifier, and to your ISP, all they see is the above url. They dont know whats behind it, or whats happening behind it.
Are you using the Synology Package Center version of Plex, or the Plex version from https://plex.tv ?
If the former, you just update it from the package center.
If the latter, then you download the spk file from the plex website, then open the Synology Package Center in your webbrowser, and click Manual Installation at the top right of the Package Center, and upload the SPK file to your synology NAS.
The Plex version supplied by Synology in the Package Center is older than the version available at the Plex.tv website, so if you want to be able to use the current officially released Plex server version, you have to manually install/update Plex as described above.
I personally remove media once I've finished watching it, and I do this via plex so I can watch from anywhere, anytime on any device. Other people hoard data and have thousands of movies saved. You do seem to kind of misunderstand what plex is. With plex you can share media from your personal server, and from that server you can stream it to all of your own devices. You can take a look at https://plex.tv if you want to know more
You probably have only the Plex app client installed. You need to go to Plex.tv and download Plex Media Server and install that in addition the client app.
After getting that going, it'll walk you through the process of adding media to Plex through library creation. You don't actually upload anything to it. You tell it where your media already is and it gets to work building a database of what you got.
I can't access anything via web browser at all. I can still however use the Plex app on my phone and it works just fine. This is all remotely as well.
plex.tv doesn't even load at all.
There are two different ways you can add users to your Plex. You can add them using Plex "Home", which is part of Plex Pass. Those are like sub-accounts on your main login. Adding them for each person within your home results in prompting users for a PIN when they fire up Plex. Each client can be setup to auto-login for a specific home sub-account. I have this setup on my daughter's Fire tablet so her sub-account always logs in and she only sees the "Kids" library.
The other type of account is when a user goes and makes their whole own account at Plex.tv just like you did when you made your Plex account. You have to add them as a "friend" when they do that.
Either of those would work, but for your family it's easiest to do the Home accounts because you have total control over them and do not need to use a separate email account and password for logging in.
Settings -> Server -> Show Advanced -> List of IP addresses that are allowed without auth.
Add your local network to this box (e.g. 192.168.1.0 for most home networks) and you will be able to load Plex without plex.tv authentication on your local network. I suggest adding the network to the LAN Networks field, too, to avoid any remote stream bandwidth restrictions from applying to your local network.
How are you trying to get to the web page? Are you going direct via IP? Looks like you are trying to lauch the web player via Plex.tv and you don't have port forwarding set up on your router.
Go to your account info (via the little icon in the top right hand in the web app) and go to 'other services'. There you can link or unlink your Last.fm account.
This direct link should work too:
>Jul 15, 2017 22:18:30.694 [0x7f628c3ff700] DEBUG - HTTP 429 response from GET https://plex.tv/api/codecs/h264_decoder?build=linux-ubuntu-x86_64&deviceId=ad28ad5f-0923-424c-9dfe-e584feb2e56d&oldestPreviousVersion=legacy&version=46b03cf-1241
You're getting a HTTP 429 or Too Many Requests, meaning the Plex.tv service is telling you to fuck off. It might be that they are throttling whatever seedbox provider you use if their IP-addresses are creating a shitton of traffic.
> You may not share any content with others via the Services if you do not have the right to grant this license to any user with whom you share the content.
"Terms: Your Content", Section C. https://plex.tv/legal
The major architectural difference between Plex and Kodi is still the same.
Plex is server-based, whereas the Plex Media Server does all the heavy lifting, including the serving up of the media to any of the Plex clients out there on various platforms (Web, iOS, Android and so on). Each client needs only have access to the Plex server (intermediated via https://plex.tv for the most part).
With Kodi, the client is also the server, and you have to set up each client to point to the media (meaning each client needs to have direct access to the media files). Quality depends on the strength of the device you're playing on, as it does all the work.
Each has its strengths and weaknesses (Kodi is immensely configurable, with tons of plugins, but also fiddly. Plex has a one-way-or-the-highway setup, with very few toggles and tweaks) and you have to look at what you want out of it.
I'm a die-hard Plex user (I love tweaking and building, but when I want to show a movie or the latest short to friends/family, I have little patience with fiddling around any longer) but I yearn for the great potential Kodi has (PseudoTV is amazing).
Got it working on my own, see the forum: https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/comment/1081897#Comment_1081897
For those who google, you can get your old machine ID back by visiting https://plex.tv/pms/servers
Not to toot my own horn but I think the Streambox I offer might be what you want. It supports Plex which lets you stream your downloads and it has torrent and usenet applications to bring in the content you want to watch. It also supports other applications to help you download your content with more ease.
If you have any questions about it feel free to ask/pm me.
Nope the channel is a 1 time fee. Plex pass is the monthly charge but you don't need Plex pass to use the Roku Channel. Plex pass adds some extra features but you don't need it, I myself don't have it. The Plex channel has a 30 day free trial then you pay I believe it's $5 or $6 to continue using forever. It's sort of like an app on your phone you purchase it and that is that.
plex + chromecast is such a godly combination.
for those who don't know, plex is a neat program that organizes and lets you stream your media from anywhere. My dad affectionately calls it "our own little netflix," since I'll just get whatever TV and movies he wants and load it up on the plex (which runs on my desktop which is online 24/7)
First of all, that screenshot is Windows, which doesn't run on Chromebooks (Only Google's linux based Chrome OS does.)
The iOS app cannot control the web interface. However, if that is a windows computer, you can download the Plex Home Theater application and run that on your Windows laptop. The iOS app can connect to and control that application.
1) Download non-shit releases (x264 + DTS/DD5.1 in MKV) using Transmission.
2) Stream them to the ATV using Plex. No need for a PlexPass subscription.
Aside from Netflix, Plex is what I use. It's not a streaming site but instead provides you with the ability to set up a server on your computer to stream whatever you want. (It's completely free.)
A great option if you torrent content, and it has a web interface that you open via Plex.tv to watch your content on any device -- I use it on both my Wii U and PS4. :)
You can install the Chrome extension and stream just about anything to it from a browser. To play files you'd need to install something like PLEX that will make that conversion.
As described here, Google made the Chromecast with online streaming as the main goal, but with a little extra legwork, you can get it to play local files.
> I bought it mostly so I could download shows to my phone to watch at work with no service, but what other features are there?
Check out this link: https://plex.tv/subscription/welcome
You now have access to the latest version of PMS. You can download it here: https://plex.tv/downloads?channel=plexpass
Here's another good link explaining the features of Plexpass in more detail: https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/categories/200139156-Plex-Pass
Edit: added last link.