Plex Home Theater
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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
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.
Fixes:
  • Fixed deadlock in "Please Wait" dialog when navigating TV Shows.

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 more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • 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.





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Plex Home Theater User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 1.x:
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polocanada commented on 16 Mar 2014
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.)
[Version 1.0.9]

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polocanada replied on 16 Mar 2014
Version 0.9 no flicker. Shall I go backwards on this one.. Looks like I stick with XBMC for whatever it's worth.
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Jazzyguy reviewed on 23 Feb 2014
This App is Great! End Of Story!
[Version 1.0.9]


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Mrtomato commented on 14 Feb 2014
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.
[Version 1.0.9]

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Jeff-H. replied on 17 Feb 2014
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.
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Milan Dandukovic reviewed on 23 Jan 2014
I suggest that you guys get a PlexPass. In combination with an iOS App, this piece of software is awesome!
[Version 1.0.9]

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JCH2 replied on 26 Mar 2014
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.
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Sunriser reviewed on 22 Jan 2014
Simply the best media player
[Version 1.0.9]


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Jozgta reviewed on 10 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.0.7]

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MediaFan replied on 20 Jan 2014
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?
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JCH2 replied on 26 Mar 2014
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.
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MediaFan reviewed on 08 Jan 2014
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.
[Version 1.0.7]


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Jazzyguy reviewed on 19 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.7]

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OSX-FTW! replied on 21 Dec 2013
Stop stalking me you freak.
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Jazzyguy replied on 21 Dec 2013
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.
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OSX-FTW! replied on 22 Dec 2013
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.
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Jazzyguy replied on 22 Dec 2013
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!
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
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]
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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.
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
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.
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OSX-FTW! replied on 23 Dec 2013
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.
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
@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!
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OSX-FTW! replied on 23 Dec 2013
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.
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
@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!
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Pixeltrance replied on 02 Jan 2014
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...)
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Spudboy replied on 22 Jan 2014
Joins Pixaltrance to what the show!
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OSX-FTW! reviewed on 18 Dec 2013
NBC and ABC don't work, makes the app a lot less useful.
[Version 1.0.7]

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Jazzyguy replied on 19 Dec 2013
BIG DEAL!!!!!So what !!!! It does everything else real good!
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OSX-FTW! replied on 21 Dec 2013
@ Jazzyguy A bunch of channels don't work.
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Jazzyguy replied on 23 Dec 2013
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.
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JCH2 reviewed on 18 Dec 2013
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.
[Version 1.0.7]

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JCH2 replied on 18 Dec 2013
Excuse typos... didn't get enough sleep.
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Mtcobra had trouble on 01 Aug 2012
Downloading from the link above will give you the May 16th's 0.9.5.3 version (old), NOT 0.9.5.4. (August 1, 2012)
[Version 0.9.5.4]

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MacUpdate-Warren replied on 01 Aug 2012
Corrected. Thanks! :-)
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Gérard_Cousin had trouble on 23 Oct 2010
Crashes on launch. Just a little pop up screen for half a second and that's it.
[Version 0.9.1.1]


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Agmaster had trouble on 29 Jul 2010
Does anyone have a clue as to why Plex always automatically changes the Audio MIDI from 2ch-24 bit to 2ch-16 bit whenever you open the program? I have not been able to find a fix for this anywhere.
[Version 0.8.5]


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Dcdance had trouble on 27 Dec 2009
Could not find the mouse support option.

And the app goes not off from the semi-sleep mode. The screen turns fade-transparent and this get's no back to the normal colors after starting using it, for like 5-7 minutes. Then, it does get's off, the program hangs up and quits unexpectedly right after the colors go back.
[Version 0.8.5]


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Stormchild had trouble on 11 May 2009
Still no fix for crash-on-quit behavior? This has been happening since the very first time I installed Plex, many versions ago. I've deleted the preferences and started fresh, but nothing helps. I have literally never seen this program exit cleanly. It has crashed 100% of the time when I've tried to quit, from day one. This was on a brand new MacBook Pro bought less than two months ago, and this behavior was happening within the first two days I had the new machine, before I had even installed or used much of anything else on it.

Bottom line: Plex is just not very well made software. I really wish it would work reliably, as it's a nice idea and clearly better than what Front Row has devolved into, but so far it just hasn't been worth the trouble.
[Version 0.8]

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rampancy replied on 10 Aug 2009
It's worked solidly for me since the 0.7.x releases, and this is on a MacBook Pro and MacBook with more background hacks, InputManager extensions, SIMBL plugins, and APE modules than you could shake a stick at.

Have you tried contacting the developers and sending them a bug report? Complaining about it "not being well-made" is one thing, but actually trying to work the developers to solve your problems is a much better solution.
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Paladino had trouble on 06 Feb 2009
It crashed on me, then after relaunch I couldn't access the various settings. Arrow keys didn't work. Tried to exit the app but could find no way to do so. Pressed escape key on my Macbook Pro but no response. Finally had to do a Force shutdown of my machine to get out of Plex.
I wish Plex worked for me; looks quite intriguing, well designed and esthetically appealing.
I trashed the app but will check it out again once a newer version appears.

Macbook Pro Intel core 2 duo, OS 10.5.4
[Version 0.7.6]

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2shae replied on 27 Feb 2009
Why are you using 10.5.4 instead of the latest 10.5.6 ? o_0
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bugeyedmonster had trouble on 24 Jun 2008
It's got a nice gui, etc, but the one feature I wanted from it (upnp client) seems not to work with my mediatomb server. I know the server works, because I already use it with my PS3, but on the Mac I seem to get nothing. CPU goes NUTS, and I get some audio, but nothing else.

Most disappointing. When will a decent upnp client for Mac appear??
[Version 0.5b9]



Mt3 rated on 23 Mar 2014

[Version 1.0.9]



Damian Steele rated on 12 Feb 2014

[Version 1.0.9]



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Pedro-Fardilha rated on 22 Jan 2014

[Version 1.0.9]



MarisArbidans rated on 02 Jan 2014

[Version 1.0.7]



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OSX-FTW! rated on 21 Dec 2013

[Version 1.0.7]



AlexFC rated on 07 Dec 2013

[Version 1.0.4]



Defcon-7 rated on 06 Dec 2013

[Version 1.0.4]



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darkdoc rated on 18 Nov 2013

[Version 0.9.5.4]



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Cottser rated on 29 Oct 2013

[Version 0.9.5.4]



AlWafi999 rated on 01 Aug 2013

[Version 0.9.5.4]


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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 easy to use application. Plex supports a wide range of video, audio and image formats without having to install any additional third party plug-ins or programs. Plex will make the days of trying to find the right plug-in to work with the right application a thing of the past.


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