[mythtv-users] Plex

Justin Alcorn justin at jalcorn.net
Fri Oct 27 01:16:05 UTC 2017

If anyone wants to play with my script:


Justin B. Alcorn
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On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:23 PM, Justin Alcorn <justin at jalcorn.net> wrote:

> On Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 3:40 PM, Greg Oliver <oliver.greg at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM, James <jam at tigger.ws> wrote:
>>> Hi all, opinions please
>>> My Samsung TV chokes on myth’s uPnP files. I need to transcode (or put
>>> my recordings on a thumb-drive !!)
>>> One of the solutions I’ve been looking at is Plex media server.
>>> But I’m naive about this whole area.
>>> Will some knowlegable please comment.
>>> eg I think appleTV’s mythtv app uses mythtv streaming
>>> Is the interface ‘nice’?
>>> What are the options to receive (and watch) a stream.  eg plex has an
>>> appleTV app. eg (australian) ABC has a streaming app on the Samsung so some
>>> sort of SDK must exist.
>>> I want a stream server. Is myth video a good generic library server?
>>> (I do use myth video, but that is my *only* experience of hosting a
>>> stream)
>>> Apple may be akin to shark droppings, but (to seamlessly drain all your
>>> money while you smile) they do make very nice hardware (eg bluetooth mouse
>>> and keyboard work at the bios screen eg their trakpad is a joy to use (left
>>> click, right click, double click, scroll, click-and-drag etc)
>>> James
>> I use Plex for watching anything remotely (off my local network).  For
>> realtime transcoding per watching device, etc - it is definitely the best
>> out there.  I use mythfrontend inside the house, and tinker with Kodi
>> inside the house.  Kodi lacks on comm skipping, or I would use it full time
>> with low power devices / Android devices.
>> Plex DVR sucks a$$ though.  The decisions they make for the user makes me
>> think they are all ex apple engineers who want to make it so easy for the
>> end user, they just figured "no one ever needs more options than this"..
>> etc..  They support a lot of capture cards nowadays, but their guide makes
>> me want to go get a monkey from the zoo to throw feces at the TV.
>> I smlink mythtv recordings into my plex directory with readable names and
>> plex adds and plays them well though.
>> Like another user just posted, there is also Emby.  It does not transcode
>> nearly as well as Plex (not even close actually).  Plex will take a raw
>> bit/s number and make sure that when it transcodes, even the places who
>> need higher bit rate to remain smooth will get pre-buffered in their
>> client.  The yspent a lot of time on that part of their solution and got it
>> right.  No other software out there does this - none that I know of.
>> The only drawback to Plex is if you run it natively on TVs, etc..  You
>> are up to the TV manufacturer to update their app.  I have a high end
>> Samsung, and once the initial year was over, it no longer receives
>> updates.  I can buy a Smart replacement module every year for a couple
>> hundred dollars, but I never use the native TV apps after I learned they
>> were all dipshits who have no business putting products on an IP network.
>> You would think the smartphone arms of all of these companies would be
>> supplying the TV people with IP interfaces to use, but nah - it is just
>> easier to sell really expensive TVs that can be easily hacked :)
>> Just my .02
>> -Greg
> Have to agree about the Plex DVR. Probably great for people who don't want
> to play with options, useless for this audience.   I use MythTV to record,
> allow it to mark commercials, then I review and run a script that
> transcodes to MP4 and puts it in the Plex directories with the names Plex
> likes.   I stole and heavily modified someone else's script, happy to share
> if anyone is interested and promises not to snicker at my scripting style.
> I transcode both because I want it to cut commercials and because my Plex
> server isn't the beefiest box and it works better if I get it out of the
> MPEG format.
> I stick to Rokus (and one Roku TV), they tend to keep the Plex app up to
> date and it works nicely.  Now, if I could get them to make the Roku
> Playstation Vue app usable in any sense.....
> I wish TV Manufacturers would keep making "dumb" tvs for us that like to
> connect them to cheap and easily replaceable content devourers.....
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