Interesting. Thanks!Plex, jellyfin, emby. I use jellyfin cuz I like FREE, and no internet neded once you have it downloaded and your library info downloaded. It's been great when internet goes down to watch stuff on local. You can get the app on fire tv and all sorts too
Internet connection is for when it need the internet (say you do not access to the server locally), but on the same network it can work without it.Yea, I'm gonna give Plex a try. I've been avoiding it due to it's need for an Internet connection.
What's a good HTPC program? Don't need a lot of bells and whistles, just a basic easy to use program that will manage my media collection and retrieve info from the web.
Transcoding only if the player is not able to play the content, i.e. that only a plus no ?
What clients and what codec are you using? 90% of my content is HEVC and I'm seeing direct plays from pretty much all clients (any TV e.g. LG/Samsung/Vizio built in Plex app, people "casting" to a TV, web browsers on desktops/laptops etc....)
Most of my stuff is now 4k hybrid Dolby Vision/HDR10 .265What clients and what codec are you using? 90% of my content is HEVC and I'm seeing direct plays from pretty much all clients (any TV e.g. LG/Samsung/Vizio built in Plex app, people "casting" to a TV, web browsers on desktops/laptops etc....)
Just to mention that you can remote access into a Plex server and share your libraries perfectly fine without actually *needing* a Plex Pass - you do however miss out on hardware transcoding which may or may not be an issue depending on how strong your CPU is, the client's codec support and bandwidth availability, and how many clients you're trying to serve simultaneously. You also don't get fine-grained access permissions for said clients or the ability to autoskip intros, but for many people they're probably "nice-to-have" features rather than absolutely essential.If you end up liking it and don't want to pay anything, you can do a VPN back to your home network and watch it from anywhere. If you want "native" remote access buy the Lifetime Plex Pass, it's usually $120 but goes on sale sometimes. This gives you "easier" remote access that just requires a port forward. Also with the Plex Pass you can share your library with other people (assuming you have the upload bandwidth and horsepower necessary if transcoding).
The IMDB integration and being able to skip intros is awesome. Bonus points if you set it up with Sonarr and Radarr to automatically grab things, and super extra bonus points if you setup Ombi to integrate with those.