Yesterday, Roku owners who utilize the awesome Plex Media Center/Server software as their home media center hub got a little gift of awesomeness from the devs over at Plex. The team released a new Plex channel which among other things supports the terrific remote sharing myPlex service. In addition to now easily sharing your media with other Roku owners through the simple myPlex login, addition features updated include:
- Audio and Photo support – All of your sections (and channels) work now! This includes the hundreds of Plex channel plugins available through Plex Online.
- Revamped UI – Using Netflix- (and PlexGrid-) style grids on a lot of screens now, and using a darker, more Plex-like theme throughout. Opening screen is the familiar iOS/Android screen.
- Direct Play – If Roku can handle it, it’ll try to direct play media instead of transcoding. Note that the Roku doesn’t actually support a lot of video formats, so this basically means mp4/h264.
- 100′s of other little tweaks and fixes.
While still a beta, Roku owners can head to https://owner.roku.com/add/PlexBeta and install the new channel (and then enter and exit the channel store to force your Roku to refresh).
I’ve been testing the channel quite a bit since its release last night and its a terrific improvement on prior releases, and further confirms Plex’s commitment to extending the reach of users media to anywhere the internet is available. You can also follow the channel’s progress by visiting the Plex Forum thread here.