19
Thank you for your review
Free
http://www.macupdate.com/download/27302/plexhometheater-1.0.13.222-ff029016-macosx-x86_64.zip
Email me when discounted: 
Plex Home Theater (was Plex [Media Center]) bridges the gap between your Mac 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.

Organize all of your media, from local drives, network shares, optical media and the Internet, in one more...

What's New

Version 1.0.13:

New:

  • Internal testing showed that Matroska streaming that was announced in 1.0.12 release notes did not work well with aspects of seeking and resuming. It has therefore been disabled while we figure these issues out. You can still try it out by adding on in your advancedsettings.xml but it will not work well with seeking and resuming. You have been warned.
  • more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.3 or later
  • Core Duo 2 GHz processor or better
  • Note: Hardware-based video decoding is supported by Mac models equipped with the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M, GeForce 320M, GeForce GT 330M; ATI HD Radeon GFX; or Intel HD graphics.

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

Plex Home Theater User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!

Most Helpful Reviews...

MacUpdate most helpful reviews user icon

Confused by the (relatively) low ratings as I think this app is amazing. Have a Mac Mini (64-bit, 10.9) set up with Plex server and a bunch of movies and TV series. Plex plays ANY format, the server is working 24x7x365, and I can watch everything on more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 1.0.7
MacUpdate most helpful reviews user icon
from Mikael B

What's with the mandatory registration? I don't need to sync anything. I just want to watch some video.

Also, even after I got an account, Plex can't log in and steals my mouse pointer. Deleted. Good riddance.

4 people found this review helpful
Version 1.0.4
Sort by: Time | Smiles
polocanada Member IconComment+26
polocanada
+1

I used XBMC in the past. This is my first time with Plex. Immediately after Plex starts, the bottom part starts to flicker. It looks like it doesn't like the resolution, it's only the bottom part. Unfortunately I am not able to take screenshot of the flicker but here is screenshot.

Anybody had similar issue?
I'll try to get the older version of Plex but where? It seems they tuck it away on Plex website.

Pic:

http://oi62.tinypic.com/icsflt.jpg


My machine is Macbook Pro 2010, running 10.6.8 (yeh, I know, but I don't have time to upgrade for hustle of finding drivers for stuff I got hooked up.)

Reply1 reply
Version 1.0.9
polocanada
+0

Version 0.9 no flicker. Shall I go backwards on this one.. Looks like I stick with XBMC for whatever it's worth.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3698
Jazzyguy
+4

This App is Great! End Of Story!

Reply0 replies
Version 1.0.9
Mrtomato Member IconComment+77
Mrtomato
+0

Rather than submit a starred review of an app I haven't tried in a few months, I thought I'd leave some comments to see if someone could set me straight. I started using Plex when Apple removed Front Row (I still don't get Apple's decision on that, BTW, it was useful for me). It was a reasonable solution as far as I was concerned. Then a few years ago things started going wrong. The first problem I had and still have every time I install Plex is that it messes up the Apple remote functionality. What I liked about Front Row and the earlier Plex was that I could sit down and scroll through the menu with my remote, but once this problem started up, sometimes the volume would go up or iTunes would start playing music or the remote simply wouldn't function.

On the Plex forums, people recommended some Apple Remote app, the name of which I can't remember, but that just made things more complicated. I just want to sit down and watch something. I don't want to waste time programing a remote that I use at most once a week.

On top of that, I had decided to keep some shows outside of iTunes. However, Plex uses some arcane method of storing and naming files that is not quite XBMC, so my shows were recognized as all kinds of strange things, but almost never what they were. In the end, I gave up. Although the shows were recognized properly in XBMC, I really did not like that app.

Also, streaming functions were always breaking. Netflix and The Daily Show, the only things I watched on Plex, would work for a week, break for a month. It was a cycle I grew tired of.

In the end, what this comes down to is that I don't want to spend time messing about with an app for TV and film. I want it to work when I open it, like Front Row did and Plex used to. I am not serious about TV and Film and rarely have time to watch anything anyway, so to me it seems unreasonable for an app to ask me to invest more time working out how to use than I will ever spend using it.

Reply1 reply
Version 1.0.9
Jeff-H.
+0

I completely agree with all points, especially the apps/functions breaking. If I have an hour or two to flop on the couch and watch Netflix, I don't want to spend 40 minutes of it messing about. I just said heck with it and bought a refurbished Apple TV 3 from the Apple store.

Milan Dandukovic Member IconReview+3
Milan Dandukovic
+3

I suggest that you guys get a PlexPass. In combination with an iOS App, this piece of software is awesome!

Reply1 reply
Version 1.0.9
JCH2
+2

That's not a real solution and not a justification for 5 stars. One should not have to use an app that goes on onto the internet in order to come back into the local network to get things done right. That has always been the drawback with Plex, though I continue to wrestle with it in order to watch online news that XMBC can't play anymore.

Sunriser Member IconReview+4
Sunriser
+2

Simply the best media player

Reply0 replies
Version 1.0.9
Jozgta Member IconReview+23
Jozgta
+5

Confused by the (relatively) low ratings as I think this app is amazing. Have a Mac Mini (64-bit, 10.9) set up with Plex server and a bunch of movies and TV series. Plex plays ANY format, the server is working 24x7x365, and I can watch everything on iPad, iPhone, iMac and my WiFi connected Samsung TV. Beautiful and easy to use interface and all of this completely FREE. What is there not to like?

A minor bug with subtitles (on the TV app) is the only issue I can think of.

Reply2 replies
Version 1.0.7
MediaFan
+1

I first thought to give a respond to Jozgta and ask him why he can not understand the low ratings. The reasons are given by people on this web page and it can not be so difficult to scroll down a little bit. But of course everybody has his own opionion - and his review sounds reasonable.

But then I was really confused by statements from Mikael B (mandatory registration) and JCH2 (The new login requirement is an atrocity).

I installed "Plex Media Server 2", but fortunately I had nothing to do: no registration at all - but may be this is only for new users?

On the other hand I would like to get some info: why does Plex contact "cloudfront.net", a service from Amazon which "is an advertising company that is part of a network of sites, cookies, and other technologies used to track you, what you do and what you click on, as you go from site to site, surfing the Web." (Statement from "http://www.donottrackplus.com/trackers/cloudfront.net.php").

I already learned that Plex gets metadata by sending all movie titles to its sever to get best result - which I can understand (but do not like). But what about user registration data and may be working together with Amazon (and may be sharing data)? Does anyone have infos about this? May be a comment from the developers?

JCH2
+1

Don't expect any answers from Ples, MediaFan. They have proven themselves typical in their poor support by simply through users into a forum to help each other if possible. In other words, fake support. But you are right onl all other counts. I have been working with plex on Mac-Mini for almost two years. It is still more versatile than XMBC, but it is also suspicious in many of its operations.

MediaFan Member IconReview+7
MediaFan
+1

5 stars for the fight between Jazzyguy and OSX-FTW. As Pixeltrance said: who needs to watch TV when you have this to read? Reaching for the Popcorn, too...

But less stars for the features - even if it is free of charge:
1.) As Mcjf said: DVDs (and EyeTV movies) are displayed as folder and not as one movie file. I do not want to open folders for these kind of movies and select a file - this does not make any sense.
And if the usual advice is, that I should extract & convert the movies to mkv, then it is less than acceptable.
2.) The idea of a library to store informations might be good (or necessary) and it might fit for many people, but it is complicating my life because I have already an organization / structure for my media. To keep this structure I have to add these folders by selecting "add…" multiple times (about 30 to 50 times). Front Row did allow it to select iTunes library media AND the movie folder, not just the library.
3.) All file names are send over the internet to one server to get metadata. There might be a setting to stop this, but I do not like the default idea to inform "the world" about all the media which I have. Do not get this wrong - I guess they are not saving these informations. But there might be someone else?
4.) If the metadata is wrong, then my media titles are renamed. I was impressed about movies I have never seen and do not have. There might be a setting to stop this… and may be I should rename my file names to get better hits…
5.) The interface is very cool, but I have problems to read the important informations. The contrast could be better… and there could be less gimmicks (aka cool layout) and more space for the informations I need. Just take a look at the second screenshot here: 1/3 of the screen is used for gimmicks and the description on the left side is very small.

Reply1 reply
Version 1.0.7
RavenNevermore
+1

Are you also using Plex Media Server? Or just the Home Theater?

I keep all my movies and TV shows on a separate hard drive. None of them are in iTunes. I have one folder for TV shows and one for movies. I just drop the movie files in that folder and 99% of the time Plex Media Server recognizes them and assigns a correct title, and artwork, etc. Every so often I have to fix the metadata. But that's rare.

I don't think Plex Media Server can play video_ts folders, but there's also no point in leaving DVDs in that state. You can use something like MakeMKV to package the VOB files. It does not re-encode them, so you get full quality. Also PLex Media Server will play some ISO files.

I convert them to a different format with HandBreak. They look great and take up less space on my media drive. But I do recognize that some players like VLC can play video_ts folders.

I actually rarely use the Home Theater. I either play movies and TV shows directly from Plex Media Server, or mainly streamed to my Roku.

Jazzyguy Member IconReview+3698
Jazzyguy
+2

5 Stars to OFFSET OSX-FTW's poor Rating. This is a good app and what it does it does for FREE. Unfortunately some users expect PERFECTION from the free application. They would never support an app or a Developer all they would do is criticize unless the app is PERFECT! Like OSX-FTW.

Reply12 replies
Version 1.0.7
OSX-FTW!
+1

Stop stalking me you freak.

Jazzyguy
+2

I'm not stalking you but I can't let your.stupid and moronic remarks pass while you try in your idiot way to deflate the reputation of this app.Your remarks show what your really are.

OSX-FTW!
+2

Says the jerk who berates the Dev of FStream for weeks on end and gives that excellent app a half star rating. What a hypocrite.

Jazzyguy
+1

Your problem is ME....so GET OFF MY BACK.The Developer of Fstream refuses to respond to eMails which I personally sent to him over the years that I tried to configure his app.It will not configure certain streams that I sent him. That is why I gave him a Half stager and he deserved it. Why doi have to explain to you anyway? You are picking hairs on an app that is a good one. It is free just like you always like it why should you send money when you can get EVERYTHING for FREE!

Jazzyguy
+1

THIS IS OSX-FTX:
OSX-FTW! reviewed on 31 Aug 2012
As some one else said. Half-star ratings dont seem to work in voting this crapware down. So, a 1 star rating it is.
[Version 1.1.6]
Reply1 Reply
burypromote
-2
Magican Software Ltd (developer) replied on 04 Sep 2012
You have repeatedly marked Magican with one or a half star with no program problem mentioned. For any problem of Magican, we are willing to improve them. But you did not put them forward, but just maliciously gave us a low grade. For example:
For our product Magican AntiTrojan, you gave it a half star and commented as “Already covered by more reputable vendors”. But for the same function program “Flashback Malware Removal Tool”, you wrote comments as: “I think Apple has handled this issue in a responsible and timely manner. I think they deserve some credit for that” and then you gave it 5 stars.
You comment on Magican does not warrant a negative star rating, and your reviews about “Flashback Malware Removal Tool” is not worth 5 stars neither. So I believe your comments are worthless. This also expressed your irresponsibility on reviews and rating. For such of your bad behavior, we will report to Macupdate and report your account.

Jazzyguy
+2

I guess that Developer Of Magician Software had something to complain about to MU! Are you going to call him a freak too? Apparently your behavior would make anyone upset. Because you couldn't get a couple of channels you are berating this app that you got for nothing. Totally absurd.

OSX-FTW!
+1

You're a disgusting SOB, and I truly hope this community takes a look at some of your inane rantings at devs and other users and "gets it" . Furthermore, I hope they down-vote every single post you make. It probably wont shrink your swelled head, but it might send you a message. That is, if you aren't to dim to "get it" yourself, and I have my doubts.

Jazzyguy
+2

@OSX-FTW You are the very epitome of exactly what you posted.I don't take down the free apps that you criticize. Ask the Developer of Magician for his opinion of your crazy opinions . I hope he did report you to MU all the Mac users can get a good idea of the insane people that are present among us. BTW Merry Christmas!

OSX-FTW!
+1

The Magician crew was ticked off because they got caught posting and having posted shill reviews, for their suspect software. I certainly wasn't the only one with that opinion.

Jazzyguy
+2

@OSX-FTW That is what you say but others would have a different opinion .Your motive is to defend yourself but unfortunately your own words work afainst you. I copied and pasted exactly what you said and unfortunately (for you) it is an accurate representation of your bitter prejudice toward others. Have a Merry Christmas!

Pixeltrance
+3

No clue about the software but this thread is awesome. Who needs to watch TV when you have this to read?
(Reaching for the Popcorn...)

Spudboy
+0

Joins Pixaltrance to what the show!

OSX-FTW! Member IconReview+222
OSX-FTW!
+1

NBC and ABC don't work, makes the app a lot less useful.

Reply3 replies
Version 1.0.7
Jazzyguy
+1

BIG DEAL!!!!!So what !!!! It does everything else real good!

OSX-FTW!
+1

@ Jazzyguy A bunch of channels don't work.

Jazzyguy
+2

A bunch of channels don't work for YOU . Read the instructions, Stop criticizing this app.It is FREE and you don't appreciate it. You have to criticize an free app because you expect it to be perfect in every way.Your opinions are not agreed to by most of the users here.

JCH2 Member IconReview+392
JCH2
+3

Tried it and dumped it to return to the non-application full screen version. This is not what I want for accessing my Plex Media Server and my content. Just like Miro and DoubleTwists, Plex is not concentrating on the wrong things to keep me (and others) plugging it to friends, relatives, and others.

The new login requirement is an atrocity. The lack of development to handle such as TS_Folders and playlists continues. (Come on now! Playlists are textfiles any application can be taught to access.) And the support forum discussions of these and other issues are pretty much given lip service and that's it.

If Plex messes with the server package the way it has messed (up) with the client, then it will be time to move on.

Reply1 reply
Version 1.0.7
JCH2
+2

Excuse typos... didn't get enough sleep.

user icon+17
Garagethrash
Version 1.0.13
user icon+0
P01nt
Version 1.0.13
user icon+8
Mud212
Version 1.0.13
user icon+0
Mt3
Version 1.0.9
user icon+222
Pedro-Fardilha
Version 1.0.9
user icon+0
MarisArbidans
Version 1.0.7
user icon+0
AlexFC
Version 1.0.4
user icon+0
Defcon-7
Version 1.0.4
user icon+1
darkdoc
Version 0.9.5.4
user icon+36
Cottser
Version 0.9.5.4
> 4 124

Ratings

Overall
(124)
Current Version (1.x)
(19)

Details

Downloads 175,768
Version Downloads 10,612
License Free
Date 26 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price Free
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install Plex Home Theater with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated. Play video...