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Plex Media Server v0.9.12.5 – a tasty update!

07.24.15 26 Comments

We haven’t blogged about a media server release in a while (even though we’ve been churning them out; check out this thread). But there’s so much good stuff in this otherwise unassuming release, we thought we’d take the time to walk through some of the changes. The release is available for Plex Pass users and will be available for the general public shortly.

First of all, one of the most requested things after our giant music release was support for Last.FM scrobbling, and as a heavy scrobbler myself, I’m thrilled to let you know you can now hook up your account with Last.FM via your account page on plex.tv. Not only is it easy to link your account, Last.FM scrobbling will work with any Plex app, and even works if you’re listening to music on a shared server!

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There’s another thing people have asked for, which is the ability to set audio and subtitle language preferences when accessing shared servers. We figured we’d make this really easy, and allow you to configure your language preferences globally (again, on plex.tv). This way your settings travel with you to any servers you access, magically.

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Next up, we’ve added an advanced Network preference which allows you to register any number of custom connection URLs with plex.tv. This can be very useful in a few cases: if you’re using a VPN to get back home, if you’re using a reverse proxy in front of the media server, or if your networking configuration is otherwise unique. It’s now simple to publish any connection you want for all clients to use (N.B. if you don’t specify a port, it’ll automatically use the port it opened up in your router.)

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Finally, we’ve added the ability to make Mood mixes from the albums view, which means it’s now possible on apps which don’t support a track view yet.

Less visible to the user, we’ve made a big change to the core components we ship with the server (scanners and agents). These used to be updated and installed separately from the media server itself, but we’ve moved to bundling them and locking them to each server release. This will increase reliability, since there were cases where the components could be corrupted due to interactions with antivirus and backup software, e.g.

You can find the full list of changes in this this release (which is available right now for all Plex Pass users) in the release forum!

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Plex for Android’s Material Design makeover

07.16.15 134 Comments

Don’t stop me, I know what you’re thinking: How could the Android app possibly get any sexier than it already is? It’s like Ryan Gosling suddenly getting a Michelin star, or Brad Pitt being awarded a well-deserved Nobel Prize in foot massage.

All completely unrealistic scenarios aside, we’ve been continuing to embrace Android’s gorgeous Material Design guidelines, and all of the media preview screens have been upgraded to look amazing on both phones and tablets small and large.

There are a bunch of other great changes in this release, including multi-part video playback, a long-requested feature. On the Android TV side, we’ve added channel searching, and rich sorting and filtering capabilities. And on the Chromecast, you can now switch quality and select audio and subtitles during playback!

Rounding out the release is the usual assortment of tasty bug-fixes.

Have a look over these screenshots (if you must, lick your screen, we understand), and then run, don’t walk to Google Play (coming soon to Amazon) to get the update.

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(Aside to iOS: Dear iOS, we know it’s been a bit rough. Those long walks in the park and boomboxes underneath windows in the rain, well, it’s been a while. But soon, very soon, all the other mobile platforms are going to be very jealous. That’s right, we’re gonna put a ringtone on it.)