Plex Home Theater for Mac

Plex Home Theater for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3
Good
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 21 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
1.0.4.144
File Size:
51.99MB
Date Added:
November 30, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
15,438
Downloads Last Week:
32
Product ranking:
#15 in Media Players
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Plex Home Theater for Mac supports a wide range of audio and video formats, providing a complete playback experience, but suffers from a perplexing interface and other quirks. This review is for the free version, which lacks the synchronization, automatic uploading, and cloud storage services of the subscriber's edition.

Pros

Great online content handling: Plex Home Theater for Mac does a great job of playing and organizing online content in a variety of formats except FHD videos in Matroska containers. It helps you maintain a large video library without any hassle.

Content sharing: This player allows you to share and exchange photos and videos online -- not through social media, but by sharing your libraries with other Plex users.

Cons

Perplexing interface: While the interface appears neatly arranged, finding the right buttons for the controls can be perplexing. For instance, we found it impossible to access channels without consulting the online support pages. The utter lack of tooltips only makes matters worse.

Be ready for some heavy reading: To use this program you have to read the help file as well as the support information and frequently asked questions available online. This application is anything but intuitive.

Relatively heavy on the system: During installation, you're compelled to install a "media server" that runs every time you turn your Mac on. What's more, the player, itself, uses a lot of resources, which occasionally results in non-responsiveness and instances of "failure to quit."

Bottom Line

Plex Home Theater lacks polish. Though its online streaming features are appealing, its inaccessible interface and many kinks will disappoint you. That said, this app remains a promising media player with plenty of features. Let's just hope it will get better with future releases.

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  • 1 stars

    "Sometimes, Plex works!"

    January 22, 2013   |   By sashamanda

    Version: Plex 0.9.0.21

    Pros

    Great streaming YouTube on the tv (Roku). I couldn't get Facebook to sync.

    Cons

    Channels tend to disappear either on the tv screen or on the computer server. Often, when they show onscreen, the directory is empty and nothing on that channel will play. Updates have been frequent in the three weeks I've had the software; they rarely work on my computer, and I have to uninstall and re-install the software.

    Summary

    Great for YouTube. Or, if you love software forums. Save hours of frustration installing and software, adding and deleting channels, and tinkering with the settings and get another server.

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  • 1 stars

    "Waste of $"

    January 10, 2013   |   By Tattmom

    Version: Plex Media Center 0.9.6.3

    Pros

    There aren't any if you have a Mac, unsure if there any if you have any other hardware.

    Cons

    Too many to mention individually, the company are more than willing to take your $29.99 USD but if you have a problem, which you will, as the this programme is VERY hard to operate there are NO operatives for help, no online support and NO emails for you to contact the company! So basically once so hand over your credit card details say goodbye to your cash. You may as well give the $ to charity and feel the warmth of that knowledge then the bittersweet taste in your mouth that you've been fleeced.

    Summary

    Basically this is a con, any online company in today's world who do not offer online support telephone help or at the very least a contact email address are a sham. SAVE YOUR MONEY! If you've read any good reviews then they are more than likely written by paid individuals.

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  • 3 stars

    "Not As Easy As It Looks..."

    May 11, 2012   |   By darkguardian

    Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

    Pros

    Easy to pin Internet videos from any site to watch later

    Cons

    Never able to watch videos from hard drive but I can see them in My Plex account
    Could only watch videos I pinned on internet with my computer on

    Summary

    I seen 5-Star ratings on Roku for streaming like Air Play.
    I have used these types of apps before for iPad to view content from my computer hard drive as long as both share the same router. Those apps were easy compared to Plex. I installed the apps on my computer and Roku and set up an account on Plex website and created a bookmark to tag videos in my browser. Everything works except the viewing video from my computer hard drive part. I see the videos on the website but Roku doesn't see them even when manually setting ports and entering it's address. I could view the web videos that work very good. I trusted them but allowing Plex to scan my hard drive and yet I couldn't do what I set out to do and watch videos from the computer. The web videos were only available with the computer on and I had lost the link twice and had to generate a pin, go to the web site enter it to reconnect. This is a good idea but it's not ready for prime time with the headaches users have to go through to view videos. I'm back to saving videos on the USB drive and plugging them into Roku. Safe and secure.

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  • 1 stars

    "complete solution = sign your life away"

    January 28, 2012   |   By cottchen

    Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

    Pros

    seems to promise a richer movie experience?

    Cons

    difficult to understand and get support.
    complicated and heavy.

    Summary

    I was attracted to this by the idea of watching netflix on my laptop with a better experience than firefox. But I could not figure out if I needed the server, the client or both. DEspite several hours research, I couldn't find the info on their 'wiki' and their instructions to add plug-ins did not work with whichever app it was i downloaded (not labeled on the app, just says 'plex'). after attempts web research, wiki research, forum research, chat-room (unanswered), and forum posts (standard response, watch the videos), I am giving up. From what little I can tell, the netflix plugin (I gues there is only one available but i could not even get this straight!) doesn't work well anyway. I was not interested to stream to a TV, ipad or iphone, so these aspects do not count in my review.

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  • 2 stars

    "Takes Over and Slows Down"

    October 28, 2011   |   By marcharmondesign

    Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

    Pros

    Great idea

    Cons

    Launches itself, and doesn't fully shut off even when you Quit. Causes Safari to hang because it's hogging bandwidth waiting in the background. GUI wants you to use keyboard, but you have to use mouse to hit icons on toolbar and it can be difficult to get the pointer back onscreen. I tried for a week and gave up.

    Summary

    I keep reading great reviews, but I think this bites

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  • 3 stars

    "Too much stuff, hard to uninstall"

    August 15, 2011   |   By elksm

    Version: Plex 0.9.3.4

    Pros

    Looks nice, has lots of features. Probably great if you have a computer dedicated to TV/media.

    Cons

    Tries to take over your life by installing things that start up on their own. And hard to uninstall.

    Summary

    Nice interface/graphics, and has tons of features but it was too much stuff for me. And for some reason it installs a "media server" that launches by default whenever you start your Mac. That irritated me enough that I decided to uninstall the whole thing, but instructions to do so aren't included and requires a bit of searching to find out how.

    Also I was hoping Netflix would work better than it does in a web browser (Silverlight seems to make my computer overheat and drain the battery) but Plex offers no improvement. Boxee for mac uses less of your CPU power for Netflix but has problems of its own when it comes to browsing for movies.

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  • 5 stars

    "Phenomenal Software"

    March 18, 2011   |   By ddrucker

    Version: Plex 0.9.2.3

    Pros

    Plays most kind of media, streams from any Mac or PC on your network to any Mac, iPad or iPhone (or outside your network if desired). Plugin architecture, and integration with iTunes and iPhoto.

    Cons

    No sort by composer for iTunes, requires some skills to set up, some customization requires knowledge of system software and a little Python

    Summary

    Plex is remarkable software that turns a Mac Mini connected to a TV into an Internet-based Media Center that makes the most of the Mac's software and integrates metadata (information about movies and TV shows from Internet databases) into a beautiful user interface that you can operate with your Mac remote. This software gets us much closer to the future of television, and does so in a very 'Mac-like' way. Imagine FrontRow on steroids, plus an added plugin-in architecture for Internet video and audio (like Hulu and Pandora in the US, other streaming content like YouTube and TED Talks) and an attractive and highly customizable on-screen guide.

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  • 1 stars

    "invasive; can't uninstall. Is this a scam?"

    December 27, 2010   |   By Richard Goldwater

    Version: Plex 0.9.1.13

    Pros

    I have found nothing to like

    Cons

    Shows me media that I do not have. Its app support files are hidden. It threatens that my media are unavailable if I close it. Even App Trap cannot uninstall it.

    Summary

    this is a nightmare -- it's like being in Windows again. What does it want to do? Why is there no uninstall? If I try, it wants me to cancel my account with "ILighthouse" or something -- i never opened an account.

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  • 2 stars

    "User unfriendly"

    November 07, 2010   |   By mackaay

    Version: Plex 0.9.1.1

    Pros

    Nicely collects information about performers

    Cons

    Too difficult to use with mouse (and keyboard)

    Summary

    Needs more work to become really good

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  • 4 stars

    "Very nice multimedia center"

    October 04, 2010   |   By salvo981

    Version: Plex 0.9.0.21

    Pros

    Automatically movie information from the web. Nice looking interface

    Cons

    little heavy.

    Summary

    Perfect if you have a spare machine you would like to use as multimedia center.

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