Philomorph wrote:How good is the Plex channel now? I tried it awhile ago and it was fairly meh. But if it's improved maybe I'll try again.
I try Plex from time to time to see if there is any real improvement but I have yet to find it useable in my setup. The serving computer is just too bogged down by the clumsy interface.
The alternatives include My Media, Chaneru (Has a MUCH better transcoding function using VLC) and Roksbox. Any of those offers, IMO, a better user experience and requires less power in the serving computer.
There are many Plex devotees on this forum but I am not one and I am sure that several will chime in with suggestions and recommendations. My suggestion is to try several solutions and decide based on what system can accomplish your goals the best.
You might even end up using two as I do. I use both Chaneru (Mainly for TV shows) and Roksbox. (mainly for movies) The two servers for these run on the same fairly low power computer and I can still use Chaneru's transcoding. (But I rarely use the transcoding as virtually everything I have is encoded for the Roku.)
BTW: Chaneru beta supports DLNA fairly well if you need it but the DLNA support requires that the DLNA server handle the transcoding. If you use Chaneru's server then you can use VLC to get any needed transcoding accomplished.
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