We went from a fresh install to a server that is now finding and downloading all of our TV, movies, and music automatically.
We only have one problem left to solve: how do we actually GET TO the content?
A big thanks to the new platinum sponsor Paul Johnson who made a considerable donation to the project - very generous. Google has disabled my adsense account 3 days before they had to actually pay me, with no warning and no reason provided.
If you read through and decide you’d rather check out some of the alternatives, have a look at Bakari’s round of streaming and converter apps for Os X last month.
Plex produces a media server and client app for Mac Os X, however there is only a server app for Windows currently available.
To view your media on the Windows side of things, you can use a Plex plugin.
Since Plex is essentially a fork of the XBMC app, there is very little difference in the client/player side of things.
The first step of the process is giving your Plex server a Friendly name. Once you are logged in, check Manually specify port, and make sure its set to 32400. As you start watching things in Plex, it will start recommending other things to watch and this window will fill out a bit.
Make this whatever you want, this is how Plex will identify itself to your players. If you wanted to watch something right now, simply find it in your library and click the play icon. If you hover over the video, there is an option in the upper-right to change the quality.After rebooting, the Plex setup should launch automatically. Now click Add Folder and navigate to your Movies folder, mine is S:\Movies. For the third time, click Add Library, and select Music. These are custom Plex "sub-apps" that will stream content from the internet. Here you can sign up for a Plex account and log in. Click Save Changes and then the home icon in the upper left. On your left side, you have your different Libraries.If it doesn't for some reason, double-click it's system tray icon. You should now have all three libraries listed in Plex. We will be skipping them for the purposes of this guide. Before we get too far, lets take care of a few settings. On the settings window, click Server at the top right. This isn't required, but is very handy, so I recommend that you do it. Also check Include music libraries in automatic updates. On the main window, you will see Recently Added and thats it.In my video I use my computer to share its internet connection with the Fire TV Stick so that I have full control of the connection. Instead, you can use your routers settings to stop the connection, or even just pull the power to your modem or router. You can try to follow this method without blocking updates, but be aware that the Fire TV Stick continues to try downloading updates in the background, even after you pass the “Checking for Updates” screen. You might want to change the Library name or include a new source folder, for instance.If you are blocking updates, the Fire TV Stick will not allow you to complete the initial setup.