Looking for Cheap plex media player

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Che Castro, Dec 19, 2015.

  1. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    i need to get plex on a tv that we use once in a while
    So I need a media device that has plex
    Has to be cheap in price and have a simple to use interface for old people ,so not a chromecast where you need to use your phone

    Simple to use interface and low cost plex media player

    Any recommendations ?
     
  2. pollaxe macrumors 6502

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    How about a Roku box of some type? I use one (a Roku 3, IIRC) on a Sony TV. It performs pretty well (I have a Mac Mini 2012 as the media server and storage on a Synology.)

    I also have a Samsung tv which has a native Plex app. That's pretty straightforward, my elderly technophobic father has used it to watch stuff so if you're using a 'Smart TV' of some sort, a native app might be good, too.
     
  3. Che Castro, Dec 19, 2015
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    Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    Fire stick or roku stick ?

    Also can't use Ethernet in the location of the tv and plex needs to be free
     
  4. pollaxe macrumors 6502

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    I've not used the Fire Stick but a colleague has one and she's enthused about it but she's more about streaming from Netflix and Prime and doesn't use Plex.

    I hear the Roku sticks are good, I've just checked and my Roku box is a Roku 3 Streaming HD player; I assumed that these would have come down in price since I bought it (due to release of the Roku 4) but on Amazon UK they're still £99, which is quite steep. Maybe a used model would be cheaper? I rather like the Roku, it's quick and intuitive and it behaves better than the native Samsung app on the other tv.

    I suppose another option if there are iOS devices around would be an older Apple TV and try to AirPlay from it?
     
  5. Che Castro, Dec 19, 2015
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    Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    I went with the roku special edition for $30 on Walmart website
    Is basically a roku 1

    This was the cheapest roku that's new around

    This special edition came out in November of this year for $25 on Black Friday ,so $30 is a good deal still

    The roku stick was $45 and the fire stick is $40

    So if you need a roku Walmart still has them online for $30

    The roku SE has the same specs as the roku 1 from 2013

    Edit : it was actually $29 before tax
     
  6. mcdj macrumors G3

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    How do old people get content onto a plex server?
     
  7. Che Castro thread starter macrumors 603

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    You can add people as friends in plex and they can stream your movies from anywhere


    All they have to do is create a free plex account which you can do for them , they just have to open the app and hit play nothing else

    You can setup your family this way if you use plex
     
  8. ggosson macrumors newbie

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    The Roku lineup is the king of simple, inexpensive Plex players. Multiple price points so buy according to your needs and budget.
     

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