Plex Media Server v0.9.6.1

05.08.12 108 Comments

We’re happy to announce a new release of the Plex Media Server; this is a followup to the last beta release, which was the first to support DLNA and Silverlight Smooth Streaming, and fixes a number of issues in those areas, along with some other things.

Overall the feedback for those new features has been really awesome. I’ll let our community do the talking:

 

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Thanks so much for all your feedback, we really appreciate all the support!

Without further ado, here are the changes in the latest release. I’ve also included more detailed changes for the 0.9.6.0 release as well at the bottom. The new releases are available in the usual spot.

NEW: Mac OSX releases are now signed with Developer ID, making it Mountain Lion and 10.7.4 friendly.
NEW: We now allow the selection of higher quality streams over 3G with the latest iOS client.
NEW: Show “Plex Media Server” when mapping a port via UPnP so it’s nice and pretty on the router.
NEW: Plex Media Server is now available for ReadyNAS Duo v2 (ARM).
NEW: (DLNA) Support matching headers by regular expression in DLNA profiles.
NEW: (DLNA) Allow MIME types to be flexibly overridden by DLNA profiles.

FIX: Don’t return empty Silverlight Smooth Streaming (SLSS) manifest files, crashes some clients.
FIX: Bad transcoder regression that made remuxing produce ugly artifacts on iOS clients (purple/green).
FIX: Transcoder regression where WEB-DL files (and others) could crash the transcoder.
FIX: Fixed a bug where a large number of sections could make the server not show up in clients.
FIX: Make sure media files sent back can be cached by clients.
FIX: Speed up deletion of (especially large) library sections by at least two orders of magnitude. Fast!
FIX: Fix for subtitles not being enabled automatically in certain cases.
FIX: When we have *known* foreign audio, and a single unknown subtitle, enable it.
FIX: Handle SIGTERM, this is the default kill signal and we should do a proper shutdown.
FIX: (Linux) Plex Media Server now bundles rsync.
FIX: Don’t allow the OS to go to sleep while streaming media.
FIX: Crash that happened when manual NAT setting was used.
FIX: Silverlight and Flash channel crashes on Windows and OS X. (e.g. Netflix)
FIX: Audio transcoder fixes.
FIX: SLSS crash fixed and support for files which claim crazy frame-rates.
FIX: Long shutdown on Linux.
FIX: Some videos not Direct Streaming with LG TVs.
FIX: Crash when /etc/mtab doesn’t exist, use /proc/mounts instead.
FIX: /search endpoint supports single quotes in queries.
FIX: (DLNA) Fix dimensions for DLNA videos of unknown size.
FIX: (DLNA) Don’t error out on unknown DLNA profile tags.
FIX: (DLNA) Give up on starting the DLNA server if it fails too many times in a row.
FIX: (DLNA) Windows setup now creates a firewall exception for DLNA.
FIX: (DLNA) iTunes artist titles was not read correctly by DLNA.
FIX: (DLNA) Return a better protocol info for picky clients.

And for 0.9.6.0:

NEW: DLNA support.
NEW: Silverlight Smooth Streaming support.
NEW: Audio transcoder (not yet used).
NEW: Many enhancements to generic transcoder.
NEW: Support for gzipped replies, making mobile browsing much quicker.

FIX: Image thumbnails are rotated according to EXIF data.
FIX: (Transcoder) Resuming certain videos on mobile clients didn’t work.
FIX: Crash in network detection code.
FIX: Cases where scans can abort prematurely.
FIX: On Lion, don’t require the more powerful GPU.
FIX: Detect local network access via IP/netmask.
FIX: (Linux) Crash scanning when permissions were wrong.
FIX: Sometimes auto-generated thumbs turned out too dark.
FIX: An issue signing into myPlex (“Plex Headers are Required”).
FIX: Don’t return disabled build-in plug-ins (e.g. Aperture).
FIX: (Windows) Kill phantom transcode sessions.
FIX: A number of other crashes and minor bugs.

Since we’re detailing the changes behind not one, but TWO releases, I figured you deserved something more than a photo of Barkley, so we made you a video. No, he’s not fishing, he’s just confused by objects on the bottom of the lagoon looking closer than they actually are.

 

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  • I’m currently running 0.9.5.3 as a package on my Synology NAS DS 710+. Works like a charm.
    However, can I upgrade this package pointing to the Linux version from within my Synology ?
    Or is there going to be a separate Synology package ?

  • This is great news but was really hoping for a client update for windows, the delay in SD content is driving me nuts but the server was fine.

  • Bombs away…

  • Great job. Many thx

  • Nobody talks about the last updates on DLNA server features?
    Normal, as it still does not work with my Sony Bravia
    Serviio remains in first place for me.
    Wait and see progress hopefully.You are on the way

  • Since the update of PMS to 0.9.6.1 I can’t open the media manager on my server (running Windows 2008 R2 Standard). It ran on all versions of PMS I’ve been running from 0.9.5.2 to 0.9.6.0 OK. The server runs ok in the system tray and the encoder and DNLA processes run, but I just can’t open Media Manager. The error I get is:

    Plex Media Server has stopped working….

    This is in the event log:

    Log Name: Application
    Source: Application Error
    Date: 14/05/2012 22:46:12
    Event ID: 1000
    Task Category: (100)
    Level: Error
    Keywords: Classic
    User: N/A
    Computer: VS1.cg.local
    Description:
    Faulting application name: Plex Media Server.exe, version: 0.9.6.1, time stamp: 0x4fa77120
    Faulting module name: Plex Media Server.exe, version: 0.9.6.1, time stamp: 0x4fa77120
    Exception code: 0xc0000409
    Fault offset: 0x0016f562
    Faulting process id: 0x33ac
    Faulting application start time: 0x01cd321af5ea94be
    Faulting application path: C:Program Files (x86)PlexPlex Media ServerPlex Media Server.exe
    Faulting module path: C:Program Files (x86)PlexPlex Media ServerPlex Media Server.exe
    Report Id: 38edb91e-9e0e-11e1-aed4-0017a4f8869e
    Event Xml:

    1000
    2
    100
    0x80000000000000

    407682
    Application
    VS1.cg.local

    Plex Media Server.exe
    0.9.6.1
    4fa77120
    Plex Media Server.exe
    0.9.6.1
    4fa77120
    c0000409
    0016f562
    33ac
    01cd321af5ea94be
    C:Program Files (x86)PlexPlex Media ServerPlex Media Server.exe
    C:Program Files (x86)PlexPlex Media ServerPlex Media Server.exe
    38edb91e-9e0e-11e1-aed4-0017a4f8869e

    Help please as the streaming is far better in 6.1 so I’d hate to have to revert to 6.0 just to manage my media.

    Thanks and keep up the amazing work!

    Mark

  • [quote]Since the update my computer won’t sleep anymore as programmed. I use the system to control the sleeping and not the Plex client. With the PMS off the computer sleeps als expected. Anyone else experiencing this?
    [/quote]

    I have the exact same simptons. My Windows 7 won’t sleep ever after the latest update.

  • > where is the ReadyNas v2 ARM package?

    I took a look at http://www.plexapp.com/linux/linux-pms-download.php and only saw the i686.bin download. Is there another link pending that will reveal the ARM package?

  • @elan: I have enabled crash dumps and have some output. Can you let me know where to send it please?

    Thanks

  • Since the update adding new TV episodes won’t get picked up by media manager. I have added two new episodes. I can see media manager scan it when i hit update but the new episodes won’t show up as new. They have the same file name and all as the others so nothing new there .. it just won’t update with new episodes.

    • @Joel: I just tried scanning and new episodes scanned in just fine and showed up. Any chance you can provide more details, I’m not quite sure what you mean by “won’t show up as new”.

  • Hi.. u just deleted my whole TV section and created a new one and none of my TV shows showed up.. hmm this is wierd as it has worked just up until i updated.

  • Must be something else. Will try a couple of things and come back

  • When i press the update section button it runs and then stops and says last update 01011970.. i press the update kog thing down in the left corner and it updates and the same date is presented again. I do a full media update and still it says updated 1970. I reboot the machine again same thing. I delete the section add it again and update and it finds nothing as above and the date for last update is 1970

    • Joel: any chance you can share a scanner log?

  • Hi all,

    Plex is amazing I use it to run my media through our house !

    A couple of questions though ?

    We have an LG tv and I wanted to know if the client is ever going to get an update ? As I feel I’m missing compared to the normal ATV client.

    Also will the iPad software ever allow me to create custom collections on the media server ??

    Cheers

    Dan

  • Also, one quick question can someone point me to the link for the x86 version of 0.9.6.1?

    I need it for my Ready NAS ultra2

  • Great update guys. DLNA support is awesome. You just completed the package imho. I’ll share profiles on the forum! ^_^

  • Sorry to ask this silly thing, but what is the breed of Barkley, I really love him!

    • @leonardo – Barkley is american staffordshire x bullmastiff with possibly some ridgeback.

  • thanks, I will try the same! 😉

  • Log
    May 22nd, 2012: Flex is still awesome! Thx guys

  • Wanted to drop a remark and let you know your Rss feed isnt working today. I tried including it to my Yahoo reader account and got nothing.

  • Latest build still not working in Sony Bravia KDL. Using Plex Server in iMAC Lion OSX, external FW 800 drive with exFAT FS.

  • Plex constantly freezes/crashes while playing videos. I have already upgraded to the most current PMS 0.9.6.3, and have Windows XP. My Roku is the XS. Is there a remedy or patch for this? I would really like to enjoy this! Thanks for your time!

  • @elan: Hi Elan, can you share any road map intel when Plex will be made available on ARM-based Synology NAS-servers? Can’t wait to try it out! Thx

  • Looks great but hoping to get on ARM based QNAP 419P II. Would this be far off? Thanks for all your teams have done.

  • Hi, when ARM package will be available to Synology ARM?Where is?

  • Hi, My family loves the plex media player for Roku. Is there a way to make a secured channel. We have placed most of our DVD library on our home server. But our son is 10 and he accesses the R rated movies is there a way to secure folders or channels and leave access to kid friendly material?

  • Ok nice work :-) But why is yahoo now trying to become homepage and preferred search engine every time the media manager is opened?

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