Because I love Plex so much, I decided to make a list of everything that is so great about it.
-All of your media instantly available to you anywhere in the world on your phone, tablet, and web browser
-Very easy to setup (no messing with VPN's, IP addresses, etc., Plex does all the hard work for you)
-Central management of media through your web browser, with all changes pushed immediately to clients
-Excellent metadata scanner with support for movies, TV shows, and music
-Enormous number of devices supported (PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Windows phone, Roku, Google TV, Samsung Blu-ray players, and others as well as any device that supports DLNA)
-Any files your device does not support will be automatically transcoded
-Progress synced across all devices, so you can start playing something on your phone, and then pick up where you left off on your TV
-Plug-in support (Youtube, Hulu, TED talks, etc.)
-Easily share your media library with friends and family over the internet
-Mostly free (some of the clients cost a few dollars)
There are a few cons:
-No live TV or DVR support (although you can use Plex to access your recordings)
-Doesn’t play nice with ISO's, Video_TS, or BDMV folders (possible though Plex Media Center using Henris' method)
-PC and Mac clients lack advanced features like HD audio (HD audio coming soon!)
PC front end:
Fyi, assassin added an excellent Plex guide to his paid guides at http://assassinhtpcblog.com/.
Fyi, I noticed a lot of the stickied HTPC guides recommend XBMC. I used XBMC for a while, but now I've switched to Plex and will never look back. XBMC is capable of amazing things, but the end user has to do a lot of the setup. With Plex, so much work is already done for you. You can manage your media from any computer on the network, stream to mobile devices (with transcoding), instantly push web videos from your browser, and more. Also, the default skin is very attractive without being too flashy.
Additionally, if you want to add live TV, I recommend configuring Windows Media Center and then using an Xbox 360 as an extender. Then, use a Harmony Remote to switch between them seamlessly.
I mention all this because I've been trying for a couple years now to create the most functional and reliable HTPC setup that will also satisfy videophiles, and I think mentioning Plex in the stickies might benefit some people.
Edited by lockdown571 - 1/15/13 at 11:19am