Plex Media Server v0.9.6.4

06.20.12 64 Comments

Well, it looks like we’re getting the hang of the “release often” maxim, and hopefully you’re enjoying the frequent updates. Mostly bug-fixes in this one, with a slant towards DLNA. This has been deemed a beta-level release, so download from the usual place, or set yourself up for the beta AppCast. Here are the changes:

  • NEW: Added a new advanced preference option to allow remote networks access to PMS without myPlex. You can designate a list of IP/netmasks which are allowed in. We’ll have more information about how to configure this here shortly.
  • NEW: Add basic CORS support for web clients.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Profile option to override device fields.
  • NEW: (DLNA) DlnaDeviceDiscoveryInterval can now be set to 0 to disable device detection.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Sections shared from remote servers now includes the server name.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Support matching devices by other device properties than friendly name.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Ship DLNA profiles with PMS builds instead of Framework builds.
  • NEW: (DLNA) Emit icons using alternative resolutions.
And a bunch of most excellent fixes:
  • FIX: Skip publishing IP addresses from virtual interfaces.
  • FIX: Be faster about extracting thumbnails.
  • FIX: Fix the scanner hanging with 100% CPU scanning some evil AVIs.
  • FIX: (Win) Fix crash when playing some Flash/Silverlight video.
  • FIX: Notify HTTP clients that we close the connection.
  • FIX: Only write the amount requested with HTTP range requests.
  • FIX: Calculate bitrate for videos in a more accurate fashion.
  • FIX: Scanner is smarter about need to reanalyze media.
  • FIX: A few small memory leaks fixed in scanner.
  • FIX: Crashes scanning some IMG/ISO files.
  • FIX: Overeager timeout when waiting for transcoded content.
  • FIX: iTunes plug-in crashes with invalid input key.
  • FIX: (Linux) Crash related to VMware network interfaces.
  • FIX: (Linux) rsync fixes.
  • FIX: (Linux) DLNA crashes on certain systems with ancient compilers.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Non-local servers will display server name along with section titles.
  • FIX: (DLNA) PNs not being set for audio, fixes playback on PS3.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Folders now show up in the folders view.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Posters weren’t showing up on PS3.
  • FIX: (DLNA) DLNA server now cleans up correctly when shutting down.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Xbox now supports transcoded jpeg as icons and thumbnails.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Set seek flags for audio/video (regression).
  • FIX: (DLNA) Metadata for iTunes content now set properly.
We’ll leave you with a tender moment between Barkley and his stuffed monkey. Thanks as always to our wonderful community for the feedback, love, and suggestions!

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  • @elan Doesn’t seem to be in the beta appcast: — unless it’s caching, I can only see in there…

  • @elan I am, but as @james june notes, the AppCast isn’t showing it. i’m on Mac and not seeing it in the XML –


  • Doesn’t show up anymore in XBOX360 as a source to play from, but better handling through Boxee :-)

  • …forgot; on QNAP

  • Crikey, some people are demanding of free software.

  • Which version works best with xBox 360?

  • Still no wall stream uh? I’ll wait.

  • didn’t work with my Sony equipment – this one does! Great work. I’ve found that I can’t create a “Music” sectionin Plex Media manager, it simply does not react to “Create Section” button. Movies, Hopme Movies, TV-series and Photos works just fine.

  • Sorry, I found that I also had to add “Language” under the Advanced tab as well, now it works great!. I will remove the stupid ReadyDLNA from my ReaduNas NV+ V2 immediately.

  • just wanted to say that smartglass has an sdk 😀

  • Good work guys :)

    Thanks for the update.

  • Hi,

    Still the 100% CPU on mac 10.7.4.

    • @Frank: have you posted a thread in the forums about this? We’d love more details.

  • @elan: Not yet.

    I have to check how to send you the log because it’s my first problem with Plex :-)

  • “Skip publishing IP addresses from virtual interfaces” – does this work out of the box, or is it a sekrit config option somewhere? I don’t see this fixed after upgrading (see ‘PMS broadcasting on wrong NIC’ thread on PMS Linux forum).

  • When will the Media Center finally get some love too?

    Apple Remote still doesn’t work with iTunes for going on a year now?

  • Running on a 1010+ I am also getting failed to run package service, error in SQLite line 36?

    • @Cp02: any way you can send us the full log?

  • When i do a “defaults read com.plexapp.plexmediaserver” I dont see TranscoderTempDirectory

    also when I add the I want do I need to start from root?

    defaults write com.plexapp.plexmediaserver TranscoderTempDirectory /Volumes/Disk/rest/of/path

    just wanna make sure before I screw something up


    • @BigWheel: it’s blank by default, you can just add it with “defaults write” and start with root, full path :)

  • I tried to update my plex server yesterday when it prompted me to..left it over night and it was still saying “starting” with no options. So i just deleted my old version and tried to install the new version, but am having the same issue.

    Any ideas? i’m running mac 10.7

    thanks and sorry if this was covered in another comment

  • sorry found answer on forum

  • I have installed the new beta media server on mac osx and i am not seeing it appearing as a DLNA server?

    Any suggestions?

  • Great updates!

    Regarding FIX: Skip publishing IP addresses from virtual interfaces.

    I need plex to listen on multiple interfaces, this seems to be broken now. Is there a way to manually configure what interfaces plex should listen on?

    Kind regards

  • Plex Media Server has password protect for local network yet? I bought Plex unknowingly this was not implemented. I assumed this should be standard because all of my streaming apps, even free ones have it. I guess I expected too much since I paid for it. I wish I could get my credits back. :-(

  • Hi all, My dts audio is missing when played through mac mini, any solutions? Works great through ps3 and Apple TV…

  • All seems to be working fine.
    How ever i am unable to add music content to my library.
    The button simple doesnt do anything

  • how do I setup my authentication for my kids like I use to. Prior to this update (wich is awsome btw) I had setup a myplex account used for my kids. I shared only the directories I wanted them to see like kids shows, kids movies etc. Then had the allowedNetworks reg key setup on my server. They saw on the menue only what I shared with them. Now they see it all! If I add it into the advanced pref’s in the new server ui they see nothing on the main menue and only see there stuff if they go into shared content. Is there a way to setup it up as it was before?

    Thank you by the way! This software is amazing! And great job on the new server client!

  • Password authentication is a must on local networks.

    I invited a friends to my house and give them access to my wireless, suddenly I discovered all my PLEX movie library are accessible by them on their iPads once they launched Plex client… this is not acceptable service.

    You must solve this important problem and ensure any Plex client is authenticated on the network to access the library otherwise, I will stop using the service and request full refund.

    kindly advise.

  • Password authentication is a must on local network!

    I really cannot stop other users on my network to access my entire library. I have a home office setup with around 14 PCs. Most of them have Windows 8 on them. The Plex icon appears right inside My Computer. No matter what settings I try, they do not get any authentication prompt when they open the Plex icon. In Windows 7 they can easily access my Plex Library from the network via WMP.

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