If you haven’t heard of Plex, you must have been living under a rock. Plex is probably one of the most complete media streaming solutions available today. Plex comes in the form of a media server and media clients for almost every client device you can imagine. From your Samsung and LG TVs to Roku, Chromecast and everything else under the sun. Thanks to a community member by the name of Tyson Edwards and Microsoft’s ID@Xbox developer program, it’s on its way to the XBox One.
There is a long stream of chats going on in the Plex forums about the Plex client coming to the XBox One and the progress of the application development. Its still a ways off reading all the chatter, but it’s great to know that its on its way.
Here’s just a little bit of what the process entails and what Tyson has had to say about the development path hes taking.
Let’s say that instead of developing for Xbox, I was developing for iOS.
Apple has a policy where they have certain restrictions as to what you can do on the platform, and require that you go through a review process that in some cases can go a month or more, only to be told that “you are using Framework X, which is a private framework and thereby not authorized for use within the App Store”, and “Feature Y is buggy and does not meet our quality requirements for the platform”, and “Feature Z is not implemented in your app, however as it is a Media Player it must support Feature Z to be in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act”, and …
Then you fix those, resubmit and start the waiting game all over again.
Xbox is a platform where you need to spend several months applying to receive the development tools where they will “evaluate each developer individually on its own merits. In the initial phase of ID@Xbox, we’re looking for professional independent game developers who have a proven track record of shipping games on console, PC, mobile, or tablet.”
Do you think that they are likely less stringent, equally stringent, or more stringent than Apple, the company known for “pay us $99 and you’re in”?
I know it’s hard to wait, but I can say that you will be thrilled when you see what is on it’s way
So its not an easy path for him by any means, but it probably means we should end up with an excellent product.
Plex gives you one simple interface to organize all of your media: your movie and TV collection, your music library, and all of your photos and home videos. Plex enriches your media library by adding descriptions, plot summaries, posters, and album covers. Enjoy your media on every TV in the house or on any mobile device on the go.
A typical setup for Plex is for you to install the Plex Media Server on one of your home computers or servers. The Server is available on many platforms like Windows, OS X, and many flavors of Linux, as well as many NAS devices like ReadyNAS or Synology. The server will index and streaming all sorts of media content to your Plex clients. Plex also provides an extensive set of cloud-based services for free that allows connection and whole world of content outside of your own media.
I have almost everything you can think of. In my home theater I use a Chromecast, in my daughters rest area they have an XBox 360 streaming from Plex using DLNA, in our living room we have a Roku 3 and in our bedroom we have a Sony Google TV box. Everyone one of these is using Plex to stream, Full HD content to every room we need to in our house.
Once the XBox One client is ready, I’ll be using my Microsoft XBox One to stream content into our Home theater room and probably use the Chromecast in the kids area.
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