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Plex Media Server for Mac


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4 stars

"Great alternative to iTunes/ATV"

July 03, 2012  |  By TxTom

2012-07-03 09:56:45  |  By TxTom

 |  Version: Plex Media Server


I have a Roku on one of my older TVs which I couldn't justify replacing just because of HD etc. I did want netflix on this set and missed the feature that AppleTV offers in letting me play movies and music from my Mac. Plex lets me do just that.


The initial setup was a little complicated in the server finding all the songs and movies I directed it to, but it does let you set how often it rescans the library. The Roku didn't automatically find the server. I had to enter the IP address.


Once set up, this worked as advertised and I am able to view my Mac's videos (not from iTunes store) and music library (again, not iTunes bought) on my older TV using a Roku. Bliss.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version
  • NEW: Massive performance improvements in scanning engine. We took things apart and put them back together again, and scanning should be much faster. Like much faster. You'll notice it especially when scanning item-heavy sections like music. Speaking of music, we just pushed an much-improved Last.FM agent as well. Oh, and we also pushed a new Scanner which fixed an issue reading ID3 tags. So lots of love for music this release.
  • NEW: Support for Virtual Scanners. Up until now, Plex Scanners have been limited to scanning the files directly, but with Virtual Scanners you can be much more creative. We've included an example (the Plex iTunes Scanner) which is a quick and easy way to scan in your iTunes collection much more quickly than using the regular music scanner. In under 50 lines of code, too.
  • NEW: Other metadata loading/saving performance speedups.
  • NEW: Location header exposed to CORS requests.
  • NEW: Added a new advanced preference (TranscoderDefaultDuration) for specifying default duration for Flash/Silverlight videos. Useful for videos that exceed two hours in duration.
  • NEW: Added a new advanced preference (TranscoderTempDirectory) for specifying the temporary directory for the transcoder. Useful for all those with SSD drives.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Add support for device matching on serial number and manufacturer fields. Really, guys, did you implement the spec in a slightly different way on purpose? Just to mess with us?
  • FIX: Music scans refreshed artists/albums for no good reason, again and again. Think of it like a nervous golden retriever which kept poking the dead squirrel. Bad dog. Sit. Stayyyy.
  • FIX: Minor fixes and memory leaks in the Quicksilver transcoder.
  • FIX: Do scanning depth-first instead of breadth-first. Details matter.
  • FIX: Make sure we return not-deleted media items before deleted media, fixes iOS playback failure in some rare cases.
  • FIX: Pass back the correct deletedAt time in the metadata item.
  • FIX: Be careful not to overwrite good GUIDs, could lead to episodes losing poster/status when replacing SD ones with HD, e.g.
  • FIX: A case where certain audio files could fail to analyze, causing repetitive analysis during audio scans. Points for persistence!
  • FIX: Fixed a deadlock when calling into the system bundle early in startup.
  • FIX: Fixed a hang scanning DVR-MS content. We've been doing lots of work lately to get those files to scan in properly, we'll be pushing new scanner/agents shortly! Thanks, Ian, you know who you are.
  • FIX: Pass more hints along to agents, useful for WTV work.
  • FIX: Browsing by rating wasn't exactly right.
  • FIX: Failure to log in certain cases on OS X.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Getting metadata can result in empty parent ID.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Lack of posters on PS3 (really fixed this time, so sorry).
  • FIX: (DLNA) Tweak to album art for XBoxes. (XBoxen?)
Publisher Plexapp
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Release Date July 03, 2012
Date Added July 03, 2012
Category Video Software
Subcategory Video Players
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements None
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File Size 69.26MB
File Name
Total Downloads 18,804
Downloads Last Week 44
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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