Well, ISO and BR folders are file playback
. They are played from the HDD not from your BR disk, with the AACS DRM removed via various methods.
Anyway, i did recommend Plex a couple of times when i was asked about streaming to tablets/phones. This is what i also use Plex for, streaming to my iPhone via WLAN/3G, but truth to be told, aside from the times when i am away from home, i`ve rarely used it. I mean, at home i have a 60incher and 600W of power in my speakers, why would i choose to watch movies on a 10 inch tablet or 3.5-5 inch phone with 1W speakers the size of my nail? Doesn`t make any sense. It is useful however when i am not at home and want to watch a movie on the road (and don`t have my laptop on me).
The media server comes with very good design, i like it alot, but the issue is, on Windows unlike OSX, it is web browser based, meaning it`s kinda slow and clunky, compared to the Cocoa based OSX version. Also, it doesn`t save the metadata locally, only inside the Plex MySQL (i think that`s what they use) database.
The Windows/OS X client just feels like dumbed-down XBMC, same design ideas (since it is based on XBMC) but with less features (like for example the TV Show Next Aired feature that gives you a TV Guide for your TV SHows). Also it lacks HD audio bitsreaming. While the native XBMC build also lacks it, you can use DSPlayer to get HD audio bitstreaming or an external player like MPC-HC (i tried getting MPC-HC as an external player working using the playercorefactory.xml for XBMC and it didn`t work, and there is no documentation regarding external players in the plex wiki)
The default skin does look better than the default XBMC one.
Re-ripping to LPCM would take me weeks, around 180 movies atm, but it is indeed an option if you`re starting fresh with your collection.
, Plex uses a lot of code from various projects, the current release is based on XBMC Dharma 10.1 (which means it is also slower than XBMC 11 Eden since there have been serious improvements in Eden in terms of performance on low power sistems), this was mentioned in the release notes for the new version, Laika, ffmpeg for transcoding on the server side and i think some form or MySQL for the server database (not sure though)
Why Plex isn`t mentioned so much here? Well, probably because the Windows client was only recently ported to Windows and is still in beta stage, so there are still some bugs in it (compared to the OSX client or iOS/Android clients).
Originally Posted by NewOrlnsDukie
It's not just Apple in this case. Ask the Plex developers about HD audio, and the response has always been "99% of people can't tell the difference unless you have like a $20k audio system." Not even speaking to whether or not that statement were actually TRUE, what about those of us that DO have $20k+ setups???
And as a note, this kind of attitude also keeps me from using it. I mean, they got the 99% of people unless you have a 20K system statement from where exactly ? What research did they base that affirmation on? I haven`t seen any research pointing to this i.e. take 100 random people of the street and do a blind test on them, and post the research results.