A Quick Update - Plex Blog

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  1. jcoff August 25th, 2010 6:29 pm

    Oh yeah! Excited to see what’s new and what’s changed. And whether my plugin still works; and my plugin in development is still worth it.

  2. ted August 25th, 2010 6:30 pm

    Did Apple buy Plex? Or are you just having an event on the same day that they are to mess with us?

    Can’t wait either way I guess…

  3. GordL August 25th, 2010 6:33 pm

    Awesome, thanks for the great news!

  4. Raphael Essoo-Snowdon August 25th, 2010 6:33 pm

    I should be able to give this a go before I head off to New York. Perfect timing!

  5. Chris J. Davis August 25th, 2010 6:35 pm

    Hmm, Apple has a media event, and on the same day you are releasing a new version of plex… coincidence? I think not!

    Seriously though, can’t wait to load my shiny new HDMI enabled Mac Mini with the new codes!

  6. Boots August 25th, 2010 6:49 pm


  7. Heymbit August 25th, 2010 6:52 pm

    Hopefully Plex will be able to read the metadata in iTunes, Zune, etc. mp4(m4v) files. IMDb scrapping might be nice, but I like tagging my own stuff, and I want it recognized! :(

  8. DCstewieG August 25th, 2010 7:05 pm

    Woohoo! It’s been so long since the last release we had a baby to pass the time! :) And he’ll never know a world without Plex…

    Now while I think the date matching with Apple’s is a coincidence, I have wondered if Plex could be ported to the rumored iTV. Probably GPL and architecture issues though. But if it could…man you guys could put it in the App Store for 5 bucks and be rolling in dough. Hell, you could sell it for a hundred if it saved us from forking over for Mac Minis!

  9. Piot August 25th, 2010 7:13 pm


  10. Georges August 25th, 2010 7:19 pm


    Can’t wait to test it!!!

  11. kaiguy August 25th, 2010 7:21 pm

    Nice! Thanks Elan and the dev team!

  12. Jezz_X August 25th, 2010 7:24 pm

    The wait is “NEARLY” over

  13. Apple Media Center August 25th, 2010 7:24 pm

    Expect a full writeup on applemediacenter.com once we have gotten to play around with the latest and greatest!!!

  14. Chris August 25th, 2010 7:33 pm

    very excited to see the first release (alpha? beta?)

  15. Russ August 25th, 2010 7:40 pm

    Well done guys, well done :D You will all love this software!

  16. jgrubiam August 25th, 2010 7:51 pm

    Yes!!!!!!thanks Plex Team!!!!

  17. Clamdee August 25th, 2010 7:57 pm

    I peed a LOT when I saw this.

  18. Simon August 25th, 2010 8:04 pm

    I’ve recently moved over to Boxee for some ease of use and Netflix integration reasons, but I’m hoping with the latest and greatest from Plex that I can make the switch back.

  19. ju1ce August 25th, 2010 8:07 pm

    i knew this would happen! the day i get on a plane to move overseas is the day plex9 comes out!

  20. Pablo August 25th, 2010 8:08 pm

    Great news!

    I hope finally support asian characters and the new skin engine like XBMC.

  21. JPer August 25th, 2010 8:18 pm


  22. Mike Beecham August 25th, 2010 8:18 pm

    I would get excited, but I’m still loving your status image…a bit “third man” type deal.. Very nice.

    Anyway, looking forward to the release and a BIG well done to you all.

  23. Dave in LA August 25th, 2010 8:21 pm

    A W E S O M E !!

  24. dracorubio August 25th, 2010 8:26 pm

    And here I was thinking this was just a new version number ;) must have my coffee before I read the news. Will be an awesome day!!!

  25. Bobby August 25th, 2010 8:28 pm

    Hmmm….nobody that thought that maybe Apple is using Plex as the operating system in the new iTV? That would really be great news if that was true.

  26. Rylin August 25th, 2010 8:28 pm

    “Hell yeah, it’s about time.”.
    Only have a few TB left to sort through and organize on my NAS :-P

  27. Vinnie Terranova August 25th, 2010 8:42 pm

    I think I just ejaculated in my pants… :)

    Great news, Elan!

  28. zn8ke August 25th, 2010 8:43 pm

    Ahhh…. Wonderful news Elan. You are the greatest :)

  29. Jordi August 25th, 2010 8:47 pm

    Great news!

  30. bbue August 25th, 2010 9:02 pm

    this just came in my mind when i read this post:

    and thanks for the great news :-)

  31. Niels August 25th, 2010 9:10 pm

    Based on several assumptions
    I make also the connection Plex > iTV…

  32. Bernd August 25th, 2010 9:23 pm

    I hope PLEX will be run on Apple TV or iTV

  33. JPer August 25th, 2010 9:51 pm

    I hope that Plex remains independent from Apple. I would hate to see Apple buy Plex… It would be like watching your favorite local bookstore get bought out and closed by a Barnes and Noble.

    I’m sure it would be great for the devs because it would allow them to make some money from all of their hard work. But I think what really makes Plex great is that it is entirely a work of love.

    I can’t wait to see what the devs have done!!!!!!!! Donation soon!!

  34. Jonas Nordström August 25th, 2010 9:52 pm


  35. Mazhar Mohad August 25th, 2010 9:58 pm

    Love Plex, but missing few Boxee features like social networking video feeds and bookmarklets. But otherwise, it’s a great start.

  36. Apoc August 25th, 2010 10:32 pm

    Will dynamic compression be supported? Or will we, users of plex hooked to a stereo tv, need to be constantly modifying volume to hear dialogs and not get deaf with explosions?

  37. Jaume August 25th, 2010 11:30 pm


  38. Marc August 25th, 2010 11:52 pm


    No idea what ynamic compression is but I need it as I pretty much have to keep my remote in hand when watching a movie to keep adjusting the volume.

    Roll on next week….

    Big thumbs up to the devs.

  39. lifely August 25th, 2010 11:56 pm


  40. pv_bain August 26th, 2010 12:31 am

    yeah come I hope Elan didn’t talk about the new minis that i bought (very expensive) and finally release a version for ITV which is very cheap.

    That would be very not nice after waiting and supporting plex!

    anyway, we’ll finally have all the answers soon.

    thanks plex dev team for your hard work.

    will the 1.0 be release soon ? just kidding ;)

  41. pv_bain August 26th, 2010 12:37 am

    but the coincidence on the date + the picture very apple event style + the mystery over the release date since months now (again very apple’s style) is disturbing…

  42. duri August 26th, 2010 12:39 am

    Hi Guys! I’m so excited right now! The endless waiting has a end soon!
    I hope, all this 24hz issues has been solved. Coz this is what im really annoyed of at the moment.
    Awesome work!

  43. Martin August 26th, 2010 12:48 am

    Well even if it will be released on the iTV it is still the best solution. If someone wants to run it on their machines Im sure it will be available or there will be a rip from iTV…

    cant wait anyhow…

  44. Sean August 26th, 2010 1:45 am

    This is great news, every since the sneak peak I have let my movie library become such a mess in anticipation for this release. Thank you for this! Looks like I’ll be spending next weekend organizing my movies and shows! Hell Yeah!

  45. omg August 26th, 2010 2:12 am

    Omg.. you apple-people are such attention whores it´s almost disgusting.

  46. Pierre Riteau August 26th, 2010 2:59 am

    I love Plex, and I’m glad that a new version will finally be released.

    However, isn’t it supposed to be an open-source project? It seems to me that the development of the 0.9 version was done completely in the dark.

  47. Dan August 26th, 2010 3:14 am

    BAD ASS! Can’t wait.

  48. NCIceman August 26th, 2010 3:54 am

    Does anyone know if it will be possible to run the new Plex alongside the old for a while? I don’t expect them to share libraries or anything, just not step on each other’s toes…

  49. Slappy August 26th, 2010 4:11 am

    Cannot wait. Congratulations to the dev team for putting this out. Funny about the date chosen and the similarity of the graphic.

  50. Andy August 26th, 2010 4:26 am

    Well done guys. Looking forward to it guys :-)

  51. OwlBoy August 26th, 2010 5:00 am

    PowerPC support on Sept 1st 2010?!? NO WAY!

  52. JayBird August 26th, 2010 5:37 am

    Technically…we are still waiting ;)

  53. Jason August 26th, 2010 5:50 am

    Personally, I hope the only foray into iTV that plex makes would be an app in the app store that is basically a media extender for your real plex box. That’s my vision.

    EIther way, though, YAY FOR PLEX 9!

  54. SteveHiggs August 26th, 2010 5:58 am

    From the day I setup Plex at my place I’ve been telling everyone “well, the next version will be able to…” but after so long I started to worry! Thank you guys! You’re doing awesome work! We’ll have to donate for this one :)

  55. Menteb August 26th, 2010 7:32 am


  56. zAo August 26th, 2010 7:57 am

    Funny how elan & devs not react here :)

    I still don’t think Apple bought Plex since Nine will still use ffmpeg.

    Looking forward to test Nine!

  57. Mickey August 26th, 2010 8:04 am

    Awesome. Many, many thanks for all your hard work. I’m thrilled about Plex 9!

  58. Tony August 26th, 2010 8:05 am

    I been telling you people all along PLEX was bought out by Apple.

    The problem is that the version on the iTV is its file format is limited to what the current Apple TV support is. forget MKV XVID ECT… and 720p is the max resolution.

    Come the 1st you will all owe me an apology.

  59. Snazz123 August 26th, 2010 8:12 am

    This is fantastic news TeamPlex®!

    I bought my new Mac Mini because Plex 8.5 was so killer. That Plex 9 will surpass the current app is hard to believe. Thanks for all the blood, sweat and tears as you developed Plex 9.

    Congratulations to each of you!


  60. Eric Sand August 26th, 2010 8:15 am

    I cross my fingers and hope we’ll be seeing Plex as one of the first apps available for iTV. That would really change the world.

  61. Bellboy August 26th, 2010 8:19 am


  62. sivilcrisis August 26th, 2010 8:54 am


  63. Tony August 26th, 2010 9:12 am
  64. James Kurtz August 26th, 2010 10:18 am

    I’ve always thought that Plex could be the next SoundJam. (SoundJam was bought by Apple and turned into iTunes). Looks like that is a real possibility here although I seriously doubt it.

  65. arithine August 26th, 2010 11:19 am

    yeah, finally a date! the only problem now is ill be dreaming about it every night leaving up.

  66. Rob August 26th, 2010 11:32 am

    What’s so special about the 9th January?

    Ahhh… You’re using that weird month-day-year format that makes no sense at all!

  67. OwlBoy August 26th, 2010 11:37 am

    I don’t think buying plex would be worth it.

    They don’t need the part that plays websites in webkit displaying Flash.

    They don’t want the skin.

    They don’t want to use mplayer.

    They don’t want to have samba support.

    So then all you have left is the software to manage media and a skin engine.

    It would be crazy if Apple bought Plex.

    And the idea of the Plex team releasing it for the Platform that would proly be iOS based. HA! Getting mplayer, python support, etc would never happen.

    If I am wrong in all this, then Apple will have done something Amazing. And against it’s nature.

  68. K.K. August 26th, 2010 12:47 pm

    Can’t wait, great news for all of us…
    Hope that after a long wait this release is “almost” bug free ;)

  69. Sully August 26th, 2010 1:21 pm

    Just in Time for my first Mac !
    Yeahhhh !

  70. Frank August 26th, 2010 2:17 pm

    I think Apple is fascinated by the ability to have a iStream store, and see this as a way to control the marked for video streaming like they do with iTunes etc.

    Putting Plex in iTV will allow Apple to get into every home in the world, and deliver realtime streaming, as long as the streamproviders pay apple 30% of revenues, or whatever AppStore-like model they come up with.

    Although I hate Apples “closed circuit”, I still admire their incredible business talent.

    For you developers ….. get paid …. and WELL …. Congrats if this really is the case.

  71. dev August 26th, 2010 3:49 pm

    Pierre Riteau
    It never was open source.

    Apple couldn’t buy Plex.
    OwlBoy explained all i wanted to say very clear.

  72. James Kurtz III August 26th, 2010 4:43 pm

    @owlboy You are probably right. However, something Apple would certainly find to be worth buying are the talents of the dedicated developers.

  73. kezza August 26th, 2010 5:27 pm

    ??? In the downloads page there is only ver 8.5, No version available I can see of 9.1.10. ?
    Or do you mean it will be “released” on the 1st of September? (can’t be the 9/1/2010-9th of Jan 2010 has already passed!)

  74. Drh August 26th, 2010 6:34 pm

    I think it’s ludicrous for people to think the Plex .9 release and Apples Media event would have anything in common, good god it’s laughable :-)

    Some of you guy’s really vivid imaginations.

    I don’t think the Plex team announcing a specific future date for a release (especially if it’s still only an alpha release) helps these conspiracy theorists brains either though!!

    I love plex and I hope they keep to their promise this time though!

  75. mtnbiker August 26th, 2010 7:25 pm

    Apple already has what they want…FrontRow. The limitations of FrontRow are by Apple’s design. If they wanted Plex, they would have made FrontRow have Plex’s features.

    Obviously we all know FrontRow doesn’t hack it for a serious home theater setup…or we wouldn’t be here and the dev’s wouldn’t be spending their time creating this sweet-a setup.

  76. Tony August 26th, 2010 9:57 pm

    The Apple TV is superior to PLEX.

  77. Spinner August 26th, 2010 10:24 pm

    Tony August, you really shouldn’t be using a computer when drinking ;)

  78. srema August 26th, 2010 10:31 pm

    Plex built into flat panel displays? hmmm

  79. sling August 26th, 2010 11:53 pm

    FANTASTIC !!!!

  80. Tony August 26th, 2010 11:57 pm

    @Spinner, Explain to me how Plex is better than the Apple tv and if the next Apple Tv is what all these people are saying then Plex will fall even further behind.

    Only one area Plex has an advantage and thats for people who download movies illegally

  81. Niels Steinmeier August 27th, 2010 3:11 am

    Just want to thank you guys for making an awesome application … and the new version looks SOOOOOOO great.

  82. Andreas August 27th, 2010 4:29 am


    Just to mention a few:
    * You don’t have to convert your media
    * You don’t have to use itunes
    * You can change the appearance to what ever you like
    * You can easily download plugins
    * You can create your own plugins for your favorite sites
    * You can open another program directly from Plex
    * It scans all your movies/music + adds appropriate info automatically
    * It’s free

  83. Matt Tavares August 27th, 2010 7:15 am

    I cant wait!

  84. Paul Mouret August 27th, 2010 9:16 am

    Well i am happy for the new release and exciting to try it!!
    I have shifted from Boxee to Plex and it has been a good change.

    The thing i ask the developers is somekind of integration of websites like in Miro App , where i add the RSS of many web channels like TBS,TNT,Natgeo and many others international Channels this is the future people (TV from all over the world).
    How come this has not happen yet. I want to see the same kind of content i see with cable !!
    So i can cancel my cable tv company and paid more for faster Broadband

  85. Jonny wray August 27th, 2010 4:34 pm

    @Paul have you checked out the miro and feed me plugins? They both let you add rss feeds and view them in plex.

  86. Frederick August 27th, 2010 6:34 pm

    This is the best news I have had in a long time. All i’m missing is a Drobo.

  87. Rob August 28th, 2010 8:07 am

    This is freakin sweet. Now my 6 months of not rebuilding my media library and recent purchase of the Mac Mini server is going to pay off. It’s like buying a winning lottery ticket 6 months in advance. Thanks for everything devs! Expect a large donation when I’m done covering the expenses of 2 recent auto accidents. Ah hell, those can wait!

  88. Tim B. August 29th, 2010 1:54 am

    Great News! My Mini is desperately waiting for the new release…

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