Plex: Local & Online Media Server Solution

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It would appear as though home entertainment centers are moving toward a media server solution.

No need to flip through your DVDs, just pull them up on your TV. No need to find the right CD that has that one song you’re in the mood for, just pull it up on your media server.

Plex takes this concept to a whole new level of play, making it a perfect media center solution.


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Plex has flex.

When you’re running Plex on your desktop, laptop, smartphone, tablet and LG Smart TV, you can watch and listen to all your media, including online services, from one media server.

Do you want to watch a movie on your tablet, but the video rip is on your desktop or designated media server?

Easy.

Plex comes in a variety of flavors:

Plex for Mac

If you’re a Mac user, don’t worry. Plex looks good. This isn’t a PC port ;-). Plex can serve a wide range of video, audio and photo formats without those pesky third party plugins.

Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use.

Plex Media Server runs on your mac and serves your media to all of your Plex clients including Plex-enabled mobile devices and 2011 LG Netcast enabled HDTVs and Blu-ray devices.

Plex Media Manager

  • Effortlessly organize your media into a versatile library.
  • Native Cocoa and web-based versions provide local and network access to management features.
  • Automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet.
  • Complete customization of your library with a few clicks.
  • Automatic instant updates when new local content is added.

Plex Online

  • Stream content from over 150 popular online video, music and photo sources.
  • Easy downloading of content plugins from inside the Plex for Mac interface.
  • Automatic updating of content plugins and metadata agents.
  • Many sources are in HD and use the site’s native Flash and Silverlight players.

Plex for Windows

Don’t worry, Windows users, you haven’t been left out. Plex provides both the Media Manager and the Media Server, so you can use a Mac or a PC as your media server.

Plex Media Server

Plex Media Server seamlessly connects your Plex clients with all of your local and online media. The combination of centralized library management, streaming of online content, and powerful transcoding functionality provides an unrivaled level of flexibility and ease of use.

Plex Media Manager

  • Effortlessly organize your media into a versatile library with multiple sections.
  • Web-based for easy access from anywhere.
  • Automatically retrieve metadata from the Internet.
  • Complete customization of your library with a few clicks.

Plex Online

  • Access content from a variety of online video, music and photo sources.

Plex for iOS

View all your media from your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad. Want to finish your movie somewhere else in the house?

Plex Mobile integrates seamlessly with the desktop version. Stop watching a movie in your living room, and continue right where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. All of your ratings, viewed status and more is kept perfectly in sync.

It also works as a remote for the desktop version of Plex. Talk about a nice remote!

Plex for Android

Just like Plex for iOS, you can run this on your tablet. Everything is else is fairly the same, it syncs, doubles as a desktop remote, play a wide range of video, audio and photo formats as well as content from online sources.

Together or Apart

Obviously, you could setup a robust media network in your home. Your own photos, movies and music, as well as 150 popular online video, music and photo sources. Plex recently added Roku, too.

This is also a great app to run by itself, as a complete media solution.

Network or not, Plex is a solid app, that spans multiple devices and OS’s

You can grab the desktop version from the Plex website, while the Android and iOS app can be purchased for $5 from their respective stores.

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Eric Dye

I am an entrepreneur and human rights advocate. I spend most of my time as writer and editor for ChurchMag and Finding Justice, but you can also find me working on Live Theme and for the International Human Rights Group. All while enjoying my family and sipping espresso in Italy.

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