Cord Cutters: Plex adds DLNA support

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Media center startup Plex is adding support for DLNA-compliant devices to its software, making it possible to stream videos directly to a Sony(s SNE) PS3, a WD(s WDC) TV device or a connected TV. Check out our exclusive preview of this new feature, slated to launch in the next few weeks, in the latest episode of Cord Cutters:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMmV5eJjd70]

Show notes for this episode:

  • Plex is media center software that offers access to both local and online media. It can be downloaded for free on the Plex website.
  • DLNA stands for “Digital Living Network Alliance” and is basically a way to move media around your home network. The DLNA standard is supported by Sony’s PS3 and WD TV devices as well as numerous connected TVs from manufacturers like LG, Panasonic, Toshiba and others. The DLNA alliance website has a detailed database with all the supported devices.
  • Plex’s server software with DLNA support is slated to be released within the next few weeks. Check their Twitter feed for updates.

Are you a Plex user? Or are you using a different DLNA server? Please share your thoughts in the comments, get in touch with us on Twitter (@cordcutters) or email us at cordcutters@gigaom.com.

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chris

cant find PLE either… all I am getting is Windows media player… nothing else :(

don

ps3 is not finding my plex it just shows window media player,could it be cause im using google chrome

Igs

The DLNA feature is nice but it’s the third party clients like the Apple TV-2nd is what make PLEX stand out from the rest.

There is a PS3 media server that plays MKV file but it’s not very good. I hope the new PLEX Media server with DLNA support is better.

Andrew

The Plex developers seem pretty intent on adding new features at a furious clip. However, I do wish they’d fix some of the larger bugs (such as the AAC audio bug) than keep adding new features. I’ve had to move on to XBMC from Laika due to this bug.

I’m glad to see the DLNA feature (hard to believe Plex hasn’t had it before), but will the client be able to playback non-supported files via Plex’s ffmpeg implementation? For example, the PS3 doesn’t playback streaming MKVs. Will this version of Plex allow me to do that?

Any update on Plex being integrated into LG TVs? That was something the Plex devs were talking up before they did Laika. I get the impression that most video component manufacturers are moving to Google TV rather than rolling their own HTPC options.

Janko Roettgers

The Plex team is probably better suited to answer the other questions, but I know that the LG integration is up and running for some moths now. I tested the LG Smart TV Upgrader with Plex a few months back…

http://gigaom.com/video/lg-st-600-review/

… and didn’t like it all that much, but I have heard that the integration is actually working better on LG TV sets.

Andrew

Yes, I’ve read the support forums. Samsung’s implementation on their Blu Ray players apparently isn’t much better.

It will be an interesting year or two as the HTPC market gets swept into other components. So far, Plex comes the closest to what I want to see, but even that leaves much to be desired.

Michael Weir

Agreed! This stuff is the shizz. Thank you Sr. Plex!

Zarani Barrow

Plex is a gift from the GODS!!! It keeps getting better!

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