Friday, January 13, 2023

Plex Media Server

Today we're going to dive into the world of Plex media server and explore how this powerful tool can revolutionize the way you stream, manage and record your media.

First and foremost, for those who may not be familiar, Plex is a media server software that allows you to organize your media library and stream it to any device, anywhere. Whether you're at home or on the go, Plex makes it easy to access and enjoy your movies, TV shows, music, and photos. It's available for Windows, Mac, Linux, and several NAS devices. Personally, I run it on an Intel NUC which supports Intel Quick Sync Video, to do transcoding in hardware when needed for playback.

One of the best things about Plex is that it can automatically organize your media library. It can fetch metadata like cover art and descriptions for your media, making it easy to find and enjoy your content. It can also automatically filter out duplicates and dead links. Plus, when you add new media to your library, Plex will automatically update your library, so you don't have to manually refresh it.

Another great feature of Plex is that it supports a wide range of file formats. This means that you can store your media in any format you like, and Plex will be able to stream it to your devices. Whether you have a collection of MP4 files, MKV files, or even ISO files, Plex will handle it.

Now, let's talk about one of the most exciting features of Plex: its support for television tuners and DVR functionality. With a Plex Pass subscription, you can connect a compatible tuner to your Plex server and watch live TV on any device with the Plex app. You can even schedule recordings and watch them later, just like a traditional DVR.  I have found the HDHomeRun Flex 4K network tuner works quite well.  One thing about it is that I can put the tuner somewhere near the antenna, which can in a different location than the Plex server

One of the biggest advantages of using Plex for live TV and DVR is that it integrates seamlessly with your existing media library. All of your recorded shows will be added to your library, and you can even watch live TV while browsing your library. Plus, you can watch live TV on multiple devices at the same time, so you and your family can enjoy different shows simultaneously.

Another great feature of Plex's DVR support is the ability to pause, rewind, and fast-forward live TV. This means that you can pause a show if you need to take a break, or rewind to catch something you missed. You can also set up series recordings, so that Plex will automatically record new episodes of your favorite shows. And for Plex Pass subscribers, there's even an "Auto-Skip" feature that will automatically skip commercials during playback of recorded shows.

Lastly, Plex allows you to share your media library with friends and family. You can create user accounts for other people, and give them access to your media library. You can also set up different levels of access so that some users can only view certain parts of your library.

In conclusion, Plex is a powerful and flexible media server software that makes it easy to stream your personal media library to any device, anywhere. With its support for television tuners and DVR functionality, it's the perfect all-in-one solution for your media needs. Whether you're at home or on the go, Plex makes it easy to access and enjoy your movies, TV shows, music, and photos. So, go ahead and give it a try, you won't regret it!

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