Plex Media Server is a free and open-source media center software that lets you easily create a local or an internet media server, onto which you can stream almost anything. This easy-to-operate software allows you to stream pictures, movies, videos, songs or any other media on your own self-hosted server. The installation is very easy, and you don’t feel like you are setting up a server which is a very tough job, it is a simple installation with all the steps and instructions provided along.
Plex Media Server
Plex automatically hosts its files onto the server created by it on the 32400 port. You can easily manage your server from your local network address. You can add as many channels to your server; there are lots of channels available that you can install on your server. You can even create a media library from the media files available on your computer. There are five types of media files that Plex Media Server allows streaming on your server: Movies, Music, TV Shows, Photos and Home Movies.
You can also extend your content and your server to the web by joining the My Plex Community and sharing your content to other My Plex users. Plex has an amazing responsive UI that can be loaded on various devices of various platforms. The UI is completely customizable; a user can customize the server’s looks, appearance, and skins.
The inbuilt web scrapping function automatically fetches the information about the media from websites such as iMDB,. etc. You can further extend the functionality of the media server by downloading the Plugins available on the internet. Plugins are generally coded in Python and XML.
Plex is a multi-platform application. It is also available for Android, iOS, Windows Phone. The mobile applications also allow to remotely manage a Plex server via the internet.
Plex is a complete media solution for everyone. You can create a media server with ease, and you can easily stream your media content on the internet or in your local network. Plex also helps you to extend your TV’s functionality by allowing server streams on a TV. Forked from XMBC Media Center, this free software has lots of features that help you share any media among people.
Plex has just updated and launched a dedicated version of Plex Media Center for Windows 8 devices – and also updated its web client, media center, and media server.
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