In an effort to dismiss the myth that Plex is complicated to set up, here are my 2c
Originally Posted by santiago79830
In the last few months I had xbmc running on a Mac mini, a boxee box and a jailbroken apple tv.
Xbmc was great but I had to be available to use it as the rest of the family is not as tech savvy. Boxee box is by far the most user friendly opton but recently it has started crashing for no reason.
In the last few days I took advantage of the recent jb for my ATV 2 and since then the boxee box has not been turned on. My ATV now runs Plex and xbmc. Of the two I prefer the Plex solution. As others have said you can run the server and the client on the same machine but on my setup I run plex server on my iMac. However, there are versions of the plex server for.some.popular NAS servers as well as linux if you want to go that route. Having a central Plex server means I can simultaneously watch video on my iPad, HTC flyer, TV and have family members stream video to their homes by utilising my myplex login remotely(this is a killer feature by the way). My brother in law currently uses the iOS plex app to stream video from.my house to his and then beam.it to AppleTv with airplay! And all this happens seamlessly.
No complicated set ups.
Don't get me wrong, I like my boxee box but before people jump into any conclusions, I would urge them to look at other options such as plex. Running the server can be an overhead but the benefits far outweigh the inconvenience. Even the latter...it only took me 5 minutes to set up the plex server and it took the server another 20 min or so to identify and download 1000 movies and 1200 tv episodes. Of that it had 95 % success rate!
As a sidenote, my iMac is 2 years old with an I5 2.66quad core processor and I do not have any HD video. All my videos are mkv rips straight from DVD.
Hope I have helped a little bit in supporting the Plex alternative.
Boxee Box, Yamaha Aventage RX-A810, Monitor Audio Radius R90HD 10, Panasonic Viera TX-P42V20B, Humax HDR - Fox T2