Part 1: Plex Media Server v0.9.6.8

08.28.12 86 Comments

OK, we have a bit of a trilogy for you. A trinity of blog posts, if you will…

This is the first part, in which we release a new version of the Plex Media Server, fixing a number of issues, and adding a few tasty nuggets.

  • NEW: Support for [big surprise] (explained in part 2).
  • NEW: Mega-awesome [big surprise] (shown off in part 3).
  • NEW: Added new (advanced) preferences for enabling/disabling Bonjour/GDM.
  • NEW: (API) Support for JSON in non-channel endpoints.
  • NEW: (API) WebSocket support for sending events to clients.
  • FIX: Plex Media Scanner would occasionally crash on exit.
  • FIX: Large reduction in memory/threads usage.
  • FIX: Fix for missing posters when top agent failed.
  • FIX: MP4 files with chapter tracks were analyzed as having subtitles.
  • FIX: Some files (mostly WMV3) could fail to get framerate analyzed.
  • FIX: Make sure photo agents get hit to refresh when scanning.
  • FIX: Always send myPlex username when doing network logging.
  • FIX: (Windows) Crash when analyzing some TS files.
  • FIX: Be more lenient when parsing URIs which end in & or ?.
  • FIX: (DLNA) Minor fix to Samsung profile.
  • FIX: (Windows) Transcoder can handle RTMP now.
  • FIX: (Linux) ReadyNAS ARM builds working again.
  • FIX: (API) Fixes to preference serialization.
  • FIX: (API) Fix for paging where some items were (partially) missing (and 10% speedup).
  • FIX: (API) Signing into myPlex with ‘+’ signs in email/password was broken.

This new release can be downloaded from the usual place. We’ve moved from S3 to a new CDN, so please let us know how the download speeds are in your neck of the woods!

All this time, while we were working hard, Barkley was enjoying our new living room chair. We just sold our couch, so there’s literally nowhere to sit except for this chair, and he’s claimed it.

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  • Hi,
    Download speed from new server is terrible here in Denmark.
    Old server i could download with about 2-3 mbit/sec
    New server i only get 200 kbit/sec

    you asked :)

  • Signed up and it is working great! The web interface is something I wanted for years!!!!! Thank you guys. Totally worth the cost. Finally, love this so much!!

  • @elan

    where do I find that 230 release for the readynas (X86) because on the download page its the 288 and that chrashes my NAS ???

  • Never mind , found it

  • Just upgraded on Ubuntu 32bit 12.04. Very smooth transition! As in imperceptibly smooth. It does seem to only want to open in chrome even though firefox is set as my default browser. This is the easiest media server I have ever used.

  • Does anyone have an alternative mirror for the Plex Client?
    I’m getting 4 to 5.2 kb/s on my 100 Mbit connection from Switzerland. (wtf?)

  • Just wanted to mention that I will remain on PMS 9.5.3 for the time being.

    I applaud all the efforts made to Plex since that release, but for me it is not worthwhile yet to upgrade. Many of the plugins I use (CTVGlobeMedia, TOU.TV, Global, etc.) stopped working since 9.6.0 and have not worked on any version since. (I have tried every update, and rolled back each time) (starting a plugin channel from ATV2 will actually crash the PMS server).

    I can see some postings which seem to indicate this may be an issue between PMS, the plugin and flash.

    This week, I finally upgraded my ATV2 clients to iOS 5.1.1 and the new client version. This has given me new hope that I will not simply be left behind forever, but I need to see the plugin issue resolved before I upgrade the main server.

    Will subscribe to Plexpass once this is resolved.

    Again, I would still like to thank you for this great product.

    • @François: I’m not aware of any compatibility issues after; if you’re getting crashes, we’d love to see the crash reports.

  • I’m experencing very frequent freeze problems when watching a movie or tv-show. The source is located on my LG NAS N2B1 and I’m running PMS from my macbook pro with OSX 10.8.1.

    Anyone got the same issue or maybe a solution to the problem?

  • I will try to upgrade and generate a log later today or tomorrow.

  • Hey, does this work with Mountain Lion? I upgraded and now my server is not found by MyPlex.

    • Rob: don’t know of any issues on Mountain Lion, and definitely not related to connectivity.

  • Ok, I found the logs from the crashes when I tried the upgrade, and have put them in a zip file.

    I created this ticket:

    You could also close this ticket I had opened when I thought the problem was with ATV2.



    • @François: the transcoder is crashing somewhere deep inside the scaling code. The only thing I might suggest is trying without subtitles (if they are enabled). Otherwise, looks to be something in that video file which is offending the transcoder.

  • I forgot what I was going to say… Ohh yeah, did you add a remember movie title?

  • After this recent update on my Nexus 7, I’m not able to access any files and just see Channels which doesn’t do anything.

  • Just got my Nexus 7 and installed Plex onto. I’m not able to access any files and just see Channels which doesn’t do anything – just returns me to browse page with “tap to cancel” frozen on the screen.

  • It would be really cool to get user profiles to save watched/unwatched movies for every user. I’m using plex on a whs and would like to share my content to 2 neighbors, but until they’re crashing my watched status they’ll have to be ok with the ugly explorer, c&p and play with VLC 😉

    • @Komacrew: @ unwatched status, agreed :)

  • Hi,

    I was horrified when i discovered a web interface. What are you thinking? This is sooo bad.

    I am actually crying right now and my first thought was that now i have to abandon PLEX.


    • @Bob: I’m sorry we made you cry, but luckily 99.9% of comments on Plex/Web have been super positive. If you’d like to keep using the Cocoa manager, which is slower, and less functional, please hold down the Option key when selecting media manager :)

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