Plex Media Server v0.9.6.3

06.04.12 90 Comments

Can you feel the momentum? We’re back with a new media server release, and we’re just about ready to submit the next iOS version to the store. We’re calling this release stable (lots of fixes!), so you’ll see it show up as an autoupdate.

This is a big release for DLNA, we’ve fixed a bunch of stuff, and extended our configuration language to allow more devices to be supported.

(Also, we’ve updated the Plex for OS X download to fix the code signing issue that was causing the violent disagreement between it and the OS X firewall. Sorry about that!)

  • NEW: Allow loading background art for individual seasons (as soon as agents support it). You requested it, we’re adding it.
  • NEW: Also by popular request, we added a “By Resolution” filter for browsing your media in a new way. Great for finding whatever SD media you still have around, or for showing off that 1080p TV with some actual 1080p content (“My god, it’s full of pixels!”).
  • NEW: Added the ability to do remote logging for easier support. This is a cool new feature which will make it much easier for us to observe log files in real-time while helping you out.
  • NEW: Initial support for a new transcoding system we call “Quicksilver” which among other things, will soon provide greatly enhanced video quality for the Kindle Fire.
  • NEW: (Linux) Builds are no longer compiled with Intel specific extensions, should work better for AMD users. There are still some of you out there using AMD chips, right? I mean, at least they don’t have floating point bugs.
  • NEW: (Linux) Startup/shutdown improved, PID file is written to $PLEX_MEDIA_SERVER_APPLICATION_SUPPORT_DIR. Fixes shutdown issues on Synology.
  • NEW: (Linux) We now offer a unRAID package thanks to Dirk Spittler. Now will you send us cool photos of your unRAID setups? Blue LEDs are worth extra points, as are cute kittens sleeping on the machines. Mmm, warm kittehs.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Enable PN overrides in profiles.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Support for AudioContainers, similar to VideoContainers.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Add profile option to remap blank object ID requests.
And lots of things are fixed as well:
  • FIX: Some playback and browse issues in the 0.9.6 series related to database slowness.
  • FIX: Database performance should be much faster overall in this release. Like, much faster, retrieving all 800 or so movies from my local server takes about half the time it used to. Give it a few seconds on start to optimize your database.
  • FIX: Some media wouldn’t get a thumbnail image, if it was on the dark side (like full of vampires or something).
  • FIX: Fixed redirects in channels, which was breaking lots of channel playback.
  • FIX: (OS X) Fixed a new issue where occasionally the posters wouldn’t display in the media manager on initial scan.
  • FIX: (Linux) Don’t write settings file every hour if nothing has changed, should prevent disks from spinning up for no good reason. Some hard drive company bribed us to add that bug, but you know, we just don’t roll like that.
  • FIX: (Linux) Use system bundled rsync if available, otherwise fallback on bundled version.
  • FIX: Better handling of sleep prevention.
  • FIX: Scanner log was filling up with ‘ignoring atom of size 0′.
  • FIX: Scanner could get stuck using up 100% of CPU.
  • FIX: WMV MediaInfo profile/level not always read correctly.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Generic transcodes to mpeg/mpeg2video didn’t work.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Transcoding multichannel content to MP3 didn’t work.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Generic transcoder failed to encode mpeg4.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Server gave access to shared sections, but not myPlex owned sections.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Add friendlier error message when port 1900 is in use.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Fix stack corruption with seasons > 100 episodes.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Apply actual mime types from spec.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Identification mechanisms is now case insensitive.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Implement friendly name matching for devices without unique user-agent headers.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Episodes was displaying out of order.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Add profile option to override icon size.
There’s so much yummy deliciously to this media server release that I’ll throw in two photos of Barkley:
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  • Excellent! It seems like the issues I had with glitching and uneven playback of movies and tv-series of high quality are fixed! Thank you so much! You deserve a donation! :)

  • You guys are the BEST. I use Plex on every device and tell everyone about it. Keep up the good work. I’m going to leave a donation today.

  • Is there an install package for Debian or will the Ubuntu package work?

  • Hello thanks for the great work, only issue since version PlexMediaServer_0.9.5.2-7a_x86 on the QNAP something has changed as my LG TV media centre can no longer find the server. I have tested all versions to the current none can be found on the LG TV, and this is one of the prime reasons for the TV purchase. Note I have lost my library 3 times going backwards and forwards trying to find a version that still works. Please help/advise. Thank you.

  • on Synology Server DS2411+ does not run after installation.
    Tried to Uninstall and install from Package Center, still no luck. Reverting to previous stable version until you fix this.

  • Just installed PMS on a fresh ubuntu machine according to the article posted a couple of days ago. I added just one folder with mp3s, total of 8 tracks. The metadata does not appear. I tried updating but no luck. All I get is 0. no track name and 0:00 for time. I am behind a firewall but I can see Any ideas?

  • Please add the ability to select multiple files in the Media Manager in order to speed up adding movies/TV shows to a created collection.

  • Can I get my HGTV using Plex?

  • why cant i see any media files on my ps3 through this server?

  • My Philips DLNA recognizes the Plex Server but unable to play any video file. It takes long time and then says “Format not Supported”.
    Can anyone to give a clue to solve this problem?
    Will it be part of a Plex future fix?


  • I’m still facing problems with the spinning down (no spin down) of the HDD’s in my Syno (DS-712+ – DSM 4.0). I had them with the version before and they’re still the same with the latest release. I update the database manually and not during a certain time. Without PMS the drives spin down normally. Is it a bug or a mistake from my side?

  • I have the same issue with spinning up on my Synology DS-411+

  • What am I doing wrong? I have installed the server software on an almost clean spare machine. running XP and “Sometimes” I can see the server but most of the time I get a message saying Server not found ….. It’s probably something stupid but It’s driving me nuts.

    • @richard: without more information (what client? what does your network look like?) it’s hard to answer the question.

  • I have to say I agree that I want my media server to run as a service on windows as well.

  • Hi love this Software i have Roku box’s (wireless) all through my home and my family and kids love i but..When i am watching a movie or whatever i get a Message all the time “movie cant be found make sure server is running and movie is available”…Server is running check and drives/computer are running.I have done everything i can think of to fix this..this my only problem with this software and i don’t know how to fix it.
    I can keep pressing the reload button but it does it so much i cant stand it.
    it keeps dropping the Movie it does it in every room with roku box..sometimes when i watch on the HTPC it locks up the plex mediaplayer and say’s the same thing
    I have more issues it does

    I7 quadcore
    16gigs ram
    windows 7 ultimate
    62 TBs Raid 5

  • Plex no longer recognizes new shows after this release, had to delete and install an older version to detect new episodes.

  • This is a great product. I also bought the iphone app and it works great !
    However I cannot access plex through DLNA using Philips tv: can browse the media but when trying to play/open it does not work. It works just fine with other media server software (which i do not like as much as plex). Is there anything i can send to help fix the issue (e.g. tcpdumps) ?

    • @mrt: best bet is to collaborate with someone on the forums, your device likely needs a profile.

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