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Backyard Theater discussions => Media servers, streamers and networking => Topic started by: lowcrawl on March 27, 2017, 02:26:19 pm

Title: Plex Media Server
Post by: lowcrawl on March 27, 2017, 02:26:19 pm
Didn't see it mention, but I've had great results using Plex.  I now have a DAS attached to my wife's computer and all our movies, old TV shows and music on it.  The player works on all different devices.  Until I am able to buy a new PJ and upgrade my whole BYT equipment, I will still be using my laptop as the source for the PJ.  I wil evenutally use an Amazon Fire Stick or Fire TV directly into the PJ.  For those that like to have music, show pre-views and then the movies, I've had great success with it's playlist racking and stacking it all.   

Just thought I mention it as another option for streaming video you may have on hand.  This will take me one step closer to a no setup BYT where I can go out on the deck and turn it on and go to town.

Title: Re: Plex Media Server
Post by: Redsparow1 on March 30, 2017, 01:59:16 am
Thanks for mentioning it.  I also have Plex and have been pretty happy with it, the Fire and Roku both have apps for Plex, so that is nice that you can wirelessly access your library.  I don't have a way to copy content any higher than DVD quality, so I have not used my Plex server for backyard movies though.

Title: Re: Plex Media Server
Post by: lowcrawl on March 30, 2017, 07:06:16 am
The more I use it the more I love it.  It's going to help change the way I do my BYT and other things.  I have the app on my phone and love that I have access to all of my media on the go.  I canceled SirusXM in my car because between the 64GB USB stick and having access to my music on my phone with Plex I didn't need it; and the best thing is I don't have to hear some stupid DJ after every song.   

I have a 21.5TB storage at about 55% full.  It took me months do convert all of my CDs, VHS, DVD and Blueray's to digital but it was worth it for the convenience of it all.  I can even "DVR" TV and Movies from over the air and keep it (after a slight bit of editing commercials). 

I go overboard with it but even for someone with a small digital collection it can be helpful in a BYT environment.

Now it's just a waiting game to save up enough to buy the PJ with a 50ft throw and a new receiver/outdoor speakers and have a permanent setup... if I can just keep the wife from buying so damn many shoes... lol