Streaming Media Servers
Considered by many as the most complete streaming media server, Plex is an effective, practical and exciting way to organize your media, enhance it and share it across all your devices. Plex is developed and supported by a team that is passionate about offering a high quality solution to enjoy your music, videos and photos anywhere. Here is what you need to know about Plex.
Plex combines versatility and convenience. It supports a wide selection of platforms and devices including Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows Phone and game consoles. Plex also works on Roku, Chromecast, VIZIO and most models of Smart TVs. This extensive compatibility ensures that you can access your media at home, or on the go. Plex is true to its commitment of providing a simple, enjoyable experience, right form the start. The installation is straightforward and the interface is very easy to use.
After downloading Plex, you will need to create an account and let the tool know which folders contain media. During the Basic setup, you will be asked to assign the server name, then you will be able to assign your media folders. Plex can also be configured for Internet channels and it also finds information about your media online and adds it automatically.
Plex can play a large selection of video and audio formats including avi, mov, asf, mpeg, aac, mp4 and mp3. It allows you to organize your collection of movies, TV series, videos, music and photos, in a simple and effective way. With Plex, you will be able to add useful details like descriptions for your videos, album covers, posters and plot summaries. You can access your media easily as it lets you set up specific folders for different categories. This ensures that you can find what you are looking for without any hassle.
To make things simple new media is displayed in the front and center for instant access. Plex also identifies the shows and movies that you are currently watching and lets you resume from where you left off. You can also organize your media and create playlists based on genre or type. With Plex, it is possible to import existing iTunes/smart playlists, as well as ratings and other information. Although at the moment Playlists are only available for iOS and the web app, it is expected that other platforms will also support the feature in the near future.
Plex Companion is another good option that gives you flexibility to manage your content. You can access information about your favourite media, skip music tracks, pause episodes and much more with this useful feature that works as a convenient remote control. Additionally, Plex lets you share photos, videos and music from your library with your friends and family. Enjoying great online content from sources like Vimeo, TED Talks and Revision 3 is also possible thanks to Plex Channels. You can save content from websites and watch it at a later stage.
While Plex can be downloaded for free and it allows you to use all the main features without additional cost, in order to get additional options you have the chance to upgrade to PlexPass from $3.99 per month. This is what you can do with PlexPass:
– Create and manage customized accounts. This will give you control over the content that can be accessed by the accounts’ users. You can create accounts for your friends and family and limit the media available, based on different criteria. Creating and controlling customized accounts is a great option to ensure that your kids cannot watch content that is not appropriate for them.
– Sync content across your devices and access your media offline. You just need to select the content that you want to access in your mobile devices, even if you don’t have an internet connection and Plex Sync will make it possible. You can also sync the photos from your tablet and phone wirelessly and automatically with the Camera Upload function. This allows you to share and access your images while freeing up space on your mobile device.
– There is also a feature called Cinema Trailers that allows you to watch trailers before your movie starts. Plex brings you trailers for movies in your library, as well as upcoming releases, giving you a true cinema experience. The service automatically gathers quality movie trailers, interviews and more bonus material for your movie collection. It also adds great quality to any extras that you already have in your library.
– With Cloud Sync, you can upload media to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox, Bitcasa and Box.
Plex is a complete and remarkably easy to use way to enjoy your media. It has a beautiful interface and includes a great set of features that allow you to manage your favourite content effectively. Plex is the most advanced and powerful DLNA server available. It also provides the most convenient streaming experience to enjoy your favourite media in pretty much any format.