Synology to launch Plex Media Server competitor

Synology, the maker of some of the best NAS hardware and software on the market, recently announced the release of their latest operating software, DSM 4.1 to beta, and with it comes a brand new feature, Video Station, which looks very similar to the Plex Media Server.  While there are still many outstanding questions, here’s the first published look comparing the two pieces of software with the understanding the full Video Station specs aren’t available:

 

 

Plex Media Server

Synology Video Station

  1. Transcoding

Yes

Yes

  2.  Mobile Clients

Android/iOS

Android/iOS

  3.  Live TV Record

No

Yes

  4.  Local Playback

Windows/Mac/Roku/LG/Samsung/GoogleTV

?

  5.  Remote Playback

Yes

Yes

  6.  Content Sharing

myPlex

?

  7.  Meta Data

Yes

Yes

That’s all we know for now, here are screen shots of the two pieces of software:

Synology Video Station

 

Plex Media Server

I am currently testing the 4.1 beta and find it to be pretty on par with Plex Media Server data collection and ease of use.  I am still trying to get the LiveTV recording working with my HDHomeRun, and other than the web interface, have yet to identify a way to playback video, as the companion iOS app has yet to be released.  Synology NAS owners should give DSM 4.1 and Video Station a try, keeping in mind that 4.1 is still officially beta, so backup protocol still applies.  Here is the link to the blog post over at Synology.  http://blog.synology.com/blog/?p=1267

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