Plex is an application useful to set up and manage your own media center, and connecting several devices within your network (or outside of it) to your home server, to stream media and enjoy your content wherever you are. In this regard it is similar to Emby, and you could compare both to find out their strong and weak points against each other. In this article we tell you about the changes introduced on the Plex Server 1.0 release. [Read: Plex vs Emby: A Comprehensive Comparison]
Plex lets you install channels, in order for you to be able to get interesting content. You can also enjoy your media library collection, and there are options to do it even if you are not at home. Some of the channels let you listen to music from independent artists around the world, such as the Plex SoundCloud Channel. Others let you look at live TV streams; this is the case of the Plex FilmOn Channel.
What’s New in Plex Server 1.0 Release?
This Plex Server release marks a split in Plex development, signalling that the Plex media server project has picked up to an extent previously unimagined by its developers. Because of this, there are many improvements, such as the use of opus for Chromecast instead of mp3 when transcoding music, as well as a change in Sync database format, and an update to Plex web, taking it to version 2.7.0. There are also several bugfixes in this version. Plex Server 1.0 is not supported anymore for use with Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and OS X 10.6/10.7. To better allocate resources across all platforms, Plex team ended the support and maintenance of versions prior to 1.0, in order to focus on bringing new features and enhanced stability to Plex media server.
New in Plex Server 1.0 release
- Update Plex Web to 2.7.0.
- (Chromecast) Use opus instead of mp3 when transcoding music. (#4805)
- (Sync) Changed Sync database format. Downgrading to older Plex Media Server builds may cause Sync problems. (#3959)
Fixes in Plex Server 1.0 release
- (Sync) Synced content wouldn’t show up on iOS in some rare cases. See https://forums.plex.tv/discussion/175998/planned-features-known-issues/ (#3959)
- (Media Analysis) Crashes analyzing certain .wtv files. (#4789)
- (Network) Update plex.tv server information when port mapping fails. (#4758)
- (Metadata) Speed up album refreshes in some cases when using Last.fm agent.
- (Transcoder) Playback failures skipping to near end of video. (#4803)
- (Transcoder) Rare crashes with unreliable internet connections. (#4803)
You can read more about these changes in the Plex Official Forum, or read the related Plex Blog Post. If you’re interested in finding out a good device to stream from your Plex server, you could take a look at the best Plex client devices and see if any of them suit your needs.
Best Plex Client Devices
- NVIDIA SHIELD TV Streaming Media Player 2nd Gen - $199.99
- Amazon Fire TV Box 2nd Gen - $99.99
- Roku 4 Streaming Media Player (4400R) 4K UHD - $123.99
- Google Chromecast 2 - $33.98
- Intel Compute Stick CS125 Computer with Intel Atom x5 - $129.99
Install or upgrade Plex Server
You can follow the instructions in our guide to install Plex Server on Windows, if you use that operating system. Alternatively, stay tuned for more guides to install Plex in other devices such as Plex server on NVIDIA SHIELD. Enjoy managing and streaming your media with Plex Server!