[mythtv-users] Plex

Greg gregl at nycap.rr.com
Tue Oct 24 21:27:40 UTC 2017

On 10/24/2017 03:40 PM, Greg Oliver wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 20, 2017 at 9:21 AM, James <jam at tigger.ws 
> <mailto: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
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I use Plex in our bedroom's in our house. I use mythlink too rename the 
Myth recordings. I created a Mythtv Recordings library in Plex and point 
the path to the proper file location's where the symlinks are stored.. 
Plex will pull down the meta-data and cover-art.. I use a Chromecast, 
but you can use a Roku or Amazon Fire tv, or any other streaming box 
that Plex has an apt for...
    Mine is strictly wireless and I have never see any buffering or 
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