- Nov 24, 2010
Of course, submitting an app for an Apple device and actually being added to the app store is 2 very different things. Before we claim something with such authority, we might want to check with Apple first.
I'm as hopeful as anyone else but this is Apple as gatekeeper.
Plex has several added features that some would consider mandatory, especially in an environment with multiple people...I still fail to understand the added value of Plex. it's a client-server based Mediaplayer and (mostly) relies on transcoding at the server.
For me, Kodi can connect to any network share. I don't need a server thingy on my NAS. Using Infuse I can play any movie (MP4, MKV, AVI) incl. 1080p on my iPad. No need for fancy UIs with albumart, posters etc.
Agreed. I bought a lifetime subscription for Plex Pass when it was 50% off. I like helping out the devs. Plex makes it easy to turn your media into a nice Netflix-like experience. That organization and "fancy ui" is what appeals to people. It's easy to use and let's you view your media on tons of different devices. Not to mention it offers a lot of other features as well like photo backup, music organization and player, synced play positions for different people, offline playback, trailers and extras, sharing libraries, etc.Ok, your "no need" is a need for many.
Plex has been working for me just fine for 2 years.
I admit I am not a fan of Plex (prefer Kodi for my purposes) but will also admit you gave very compelling and well thought out reasons why Plex is a great option for yourself and folks wanting to achieve similar access to "features" on their ATV. On Plex's forums, long ago, I had suggested something just shy of what they are doing now. I had no idea what a behemoth of a system it would become. I'll just say they work hard, generate more and more for their users and hopefully do more justice for the users than Apple has done with the ATV to date.Plex has several added features that some would consider mandatory, especially in an environment with multiple people...
1) Central database to manage the library - 1 central location to manage content, customize artwork, etc. I believe to do so with Kodi you have to build a separate database. With Plex is it standard.
2) Central database to store watched status - You can start a show on your family room TV, stop, go upstairs and continue. Again, a separate database needed for Kodi that you have to configure/manage (and know how to set up in the 1st place).
3) Remote access on your devices, and ability to share your server with friends/family for remote use.
4) Even within 1 household, simple to share with different people so that each maintains his/her own watched status. For example, my son has a Roku in his bedroom, and a separate Plex account, so his TV is, well, his TV. His Plex is his Plex.
On a side note, I actually only use Plex as a secondary server (I primarily use iTunes as the default server). So what I've done is set up iTunes with all of my media, then simply pointed the Plex server to my iTunes folders. Therefore, I use HomeSharing and the native AppleTV menus for my 3 AppleTVs, but my son is able to use Plex on his Roku. My parents also use my Plex server via their FireTV Stick. My iMac is on 24x7.
Given that there are better performing players out there that do let you use Plex, I can't imagine why you would want the ATV as opposed to saythe top performing - Nvidia Shield TV. FYI I have used both Plex and Kodi with the latter and theyt perform brilliantly (I'm staying with Kodi for now). The only two things that might be a plus for ATV (other than a front end for iTunes, is the remote and possibly a nicer menu.Plex is the only reason I'm getting the new Apple TV! I hope it doesn't get rejected.
I am in the same boat. Aside from the 23.976 playback judder, the Plex experience is great on my Mini. The Netflix experience however, is not... I am really trying to get the best of both worlds, and hope this new ATV will be the answer..I'm trying to figure out the advantage of Plex on an ATV, vs what I do now, which is running Plex on a dedicated Mac Mini hooked to my TV. The only thing I can think of is that its one less activity button on my Harmony Remote.