It's June 8th--Has Anyone Gotten Plex?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by mbernste, Jun 8, 2015.

  1. Jun 10, 2015 #61 of 103

    tivoknucklehead Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2002
    Orlando Florida
    the more I use the Tivo Plex app the more I hate it
  2. Jun 10, 2015 #62 of 103

    scubajwd2 New Member

    Dec 18, 2014
    I have Plex app on my ROKU 2; the UI is vastly more functional at the
    moment than that of TIVO; howevewr, I expect the TIVO app to get better
    over time as PLEX becomes more and more mainstream for streaming
    my $.02
  3. Jun 10, 2015 #63 of 103

    sheshechic Member

    Apr 14, 2012
    PlexPass on Roku is just like the one on Tivo. I suspect that it's not fully cooked yet.
  4. Jun 10, 2015 #64 of 103

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Yeah, this is the first pass, minimal functionality Plex product. It is consistent across all the Opera Store Smart TV apps now.

    Plex has plans to build out the rest of the tent pole features for that platform.
  5. Jun 11, 2015 #65 of 103

    tomcrable New Member

    May 13, 2015
    Columbus, OH
    I have been running Playon / MyMedia on my Roku 3 for video and audio and it really can play just about anything I can throw at it. I had never tried Plex before.

    When I saw that Tivo released a Plex app, I decided to give it a try. Anything to decrease the use of a second remote and an HDMI input switch is a positive thing.

    First impression was that it was a vastly BETTER UI than what I had with Playon. I know that previous posters have said that this UI is not as good as other Plex clients but it is much nicer than PlayOn. I usually don't install first releases of anything but I was pleasantly surprised.

    The setup was simple and I have it running on my Tivo Roamio Plus and two minis. I also loaded the Plex app on my Galaxy S5 and it seems to work well either connected to my wireless network or over 3g/4g. If testing continues to be positive, it will keep me from having to buy two additional Roku boxes to run alongside my Tivo minis.

    I am not quite sure how to determine how much video transcoding is going on compared to PlayOn but I expect more as PlayOn with the Roku 3 does support full 1080p and a lot of my videos are 1080p.

    The issue I have is that my audio library is 95% flac. I understand that the flac codec is not supported by Tivo (I tried with USB). Is there any way to get Plex to transcode to 320 mp3 or do I have to make an mp3 copy of my library? Just a note, the flac files play fine on the Android client.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2015
  6. Jun 11, 2015 #66 of 103

    garyschmidt78 New Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    I just got the email from TiVo. Plex is now here in latest TiVo Update. I hope Plex will be willing to offer a better lifetime subscription than $149.99. Less than $100 is required for me to sign-up with Plex for the full featured paid version.

    Is there a priority page yet?
  7. Jun 11, 2015 #67 of 103

    tomcrable New Member

    May 13, 2015
    Columbus, OH
    I got it working with the free version of the server. I don't know if there is an expiration on that or not.
  8. Jun 11, 2015 #68 of 103

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    The Plex server uses ffmpeg to transcode, and from all I see online, flac is supported. So I would expect any Plex server that can transcode would support transcoding flac audio. Tonight I'll try creating a flac file and see what it does with it.
  9. Jun 11, 2015 #69 of 103

    gweempose Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2003
    Northbrook, IL
    I'm super confused. When I use the Plex app on my Roku, I can search my videos by year, director, genre, etc ... I can't for the life of me figure out how to do this on the TiVo. As soon as I launch Plex, it takes me to a screen that shows my "Home Videos" library. If I click on that, it shows me some other options like "recently added" and "unwatched videos". I really want to be able to search my videos by folder like I do on the Roku, but I can't find that option anywhere. I am obviously overlooking something.
  10. Jun 11, 2015 #70 of 103

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Nope - not missing anything.

    This is the first run, "smart tv' app that Plex has put out. They do plan on building it out to include that additional functionality.

    Baby steps.
  11. Jun 11, 2015 #71 of 103

    tivoroamio New Member

    May 9, 2015
    I'm not seeing this app at all on my OTA.
  12. Jun 11, 2015 #72 of 103

    bradleys It'll be fine....

    Oct 31, 2007
    Are you looking under Music & Photos?

    I bet you have it...
  13. Jun 11, 2015 #73 of 103

    monkeydust New Member

    Dec 12, 2004
    I know there's a lot of haters in this thread but the more I use it, the more I like it. Main complaint is speed but I'm using it mostly on my Elite which has to account for a lot of the speed issues. I like the visual browsing of titles and have been building up my library this week since its release. My daughter likes the screenshots and the descriptions of the episodes to help her decide which show she wants to watch.
  14. Jun 11, 2015 #74 of 103

    tomcrable New Member

    May 13, 2015
    Columbus, OH
    I know from the documentation that the Plex Server is capable of transcoding flac to MP3. What I am wondering is why it is NOT doing that transcoding when streaming flac audio to the Tivo client since the Tivo box has no flac support.

    I figured it was a configuration switch on the server side, but I could not find anything. There are threads for tweaking the XML definitions of the clients that are discussed on the Plex forum. I might have to go that route to force a transcode.
  15. Jun 12, 2015 #75 of 103

    mvalpreda Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Had to force a network connection, but I have Plex now. It's not the fastest thing in the world, but one less thing to do certainly makes me happy!
  16. Jun 12, 2015 #76 of 103

    Baseballsucks New Member

    Apr 22, 2014
    Noticed Plex on my TiVo this afternoon. Signed up for a free account and after a simple installation and some port forwarding on my router I am streaming movies through the interface on my TiVo plus. Great alternative to pytivo! :up:
  17. Jun 12, 2015 #77 of 103

    Gavroche Member

    May 26, 2007
    State of...
    I wouldn't really mind if it were just slow... but I'd say it's more of a "it rarely works" thing for me.

    For example...

    To stream a 1080p movie from my PC, it took me 6 tries before I didn't get an error message saying the movie didn't start in time.

    Once it did start, it would stop and buffer every 30 seconds or so.

    My Tivo Roamio Plus and Plex machine are both connected via ethernet directly to the router. The file is just a standard mp4 h.264 with AC3.

    Of course this plays fine on a PC... even over wireless, but plex on my Roamio Plus just doesn't seem to be able to handle it.

    It seems better with SD content, and I haven't really tried with anything that's native 720p yet.

    Hopefully we'll see some improvements over time?
  18. Jun 12, 2015 #78 of 103

    tivoroamio New Member

    May 9, 2015
    Yes I did. There are only three apps there, pandora, spotify and one other one I can't remember but it isn't plex lol.
  19. Jun 13, 2015 #79 of 103

    aggets Member

    Sep 24, 2006
    sun prairie wi
    I don't have it either. I have forced a connection and rebooted several times over the last couple of days.
  20. Jun 13, 2015 #80 of 103

    NYCGirl New Member

    Jan 6, 2006
    Strangely, my old Premiere (which I am retiring) got Plex, etc., but my new Roamio, which has been activated for three weeks, hasn't received it yet.

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