Originally Posted by rjhseven
Can someone tell me in simple language what Plex is and does?
Plex, in simple language is a media server and player suite for Windows, Linux, Mac and Android for people who are tired of using disks.
Not so simple language, Plex
It allows you to store your movies and TV shows (pictures, music etc) in digital form on a media server, and then stream them to your TV's or mobile devices as apposed to using the disks. Three years ago we put a stop to using physical disks (for the most part) by adopting Plex, Netflix, Hulu+ and building a dedicated quad core media server and ripping all new shows/movies to the server and streaming them instead. For very large families like mine (who are addicted to buying movies and shows, music etc) who can not seem to take care of the several thousand DVD's/BD's we own together it is nothing short of a miracle. Although, I still have roughly 1400 DVD's and BD disks that I have not bothered to rip yet, just to lazy, and don't want to buy more hdd space (when something that does not reside on the server is needed a family member will bring the physical disk to me and my Hexa-Core Xeon ripping machine goes to work). lol, at last rough count we have almost 1900 disks (I have tried half a dozen times but I can not get an accurate count no matter how hard I try), maybe 1%-2% do not play anymore due to damage, and another 1%-2% are just missing out of their cases forever (and no one ever seems to know what happened to it) and Dad has DVD storage units scattered everywhere in the house. At least 450 movies, and 20+ Shows are currently residing on 8TB of hdd space on the Plex server. Now the actual disks get to stay pristine permanently thanks to Plex Media Server, and their Plex players (which display the content into a beautiful layout complete with movie information, ratings and the trailers) and anyone who tries to borrow them are usually told NO... lol it just makes the Movie watching experience much more pleasant, and much faster using Plex and not having to get up to search through thousands of disks, in three different family rooms.
I still have not ripped my brothers complete set of Star Treks (which he wants me to do, grr), or my complete set of all the Star Gates, but I refuse to do large seasonal shows (the ones that have 20+ eps per year and have 5 seasons or more). That is where I draw the line, I usually tell the family I have a life... So its mainly for movies, pictures, home movies and music (which we also have FAR FAR too many music disks to rip). We have more than that by far but those are in Betamax and VHS form and who wants to invest in figuring out how to rip those? NOT I! I'd rather buy it off of Amazon and rip it to the server, if its a good enough movie/show to reside on the server (if you know what I mean). That is Plex...
Here is a great short Youtube video on "What is Plex"