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  1. Member fritzi93's Avatar
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    Like the thread title says...

    Maybe it's not news to some of you, but it is to me. Got a notification today that my trial had expired. To get Plex to work again I'd have to pay a one-time fee of $4.99. That was something of a surprise.

    Don't get me wrong, I think it would be worth it. I'm just annoyed since I don't recall reading anywhere that the Plex channel on Roku was anything but free. Apparently, it's only new users that are affected, and of course the Plex Media Server is free. After going to the trouble of setting up and editing my database, I can't help but feel I'm being held for ransom.

    Fortunately, there's an alternative: RARflix, a modified Plex/Roku channel.

    http://www.rarflix.com/

    It found my server straight away. Works and looks just like the Plex Roku channel. Plex channel uninstalled.
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    Plex is not that good anyway.

    What are you streaming from/to?
    I prefer Serviio for streaming from Windows or Mac to a WDTV or Blu-ray player.
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    I'm streaming from this computer (in details) to three Rokus. It seems a common complaint is that Plex Media Server is resource-hungry, but that's not a problem on this computer

    I'll take your word for it that there are better media streamers, but any alternative will have to work with Roku.

    The Plex channel works well once everything is set up. My one minor gripe is that it's difficult sometimes to correct errors in the database. Like duplicate artist entries for music or wrong movie and poster for a movie when there's another (or several) with similar name. The former can result from a freeDB error in punctuation or a letter capitalized where it shouldn't be. Such errors are not uncommon, apparently. The latter comes from Plex Media Server selecting the wrong entry in the imdb database.

    Again, editing/correcting errors is not very straightforward in Plex Media Server. I spent a fair bit of time fixing things. Nevertheless, I would still recommend Plex for Roku users unless someone can suggest an alternative that works well on Roku specifically.

    [EDIT] I did try another media streaming channel on Roku, though for the life of me I can't remember the name now. It was in the Roku channel store. Not as good as Plex.

    I read that there was a beta Roku channel called NokNok that could work with Serviio, but it appears to have been abandoned.
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  4. Yes, I'm also using Plex with a Roku 3 and find it pretty darn good, with the sometime (but rare) problem fritzi93 mentioned of the wrong poster for a video. I did try the RARflix mentioned in the first post but Plex is still working for me so the nearly identical RARFlix will have to wait until everyone is forced to pay to use Plex.

    Plex also works fairly well on my son's (and my) Playstation 3.
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    Why wouldn't Serviio work with Roku?
    Serviio is a standard DLNA.
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    I tried serviio,ps3 media server and ums media server are better and free.
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  7. Originally Posted by lordsmurf View Post
    Why wouldn't Serviio work with Roku?.
    There's no Roku Channel (called an App elsewhere) for it. Maybe there will be in the future.

    Originally Posted by johns0 View Post
    I tried serviio,ps3 media server and ums media server are better and free.
    On a Roku box? Please note the thread title. This isn't a general media server thread. I mentioned the Playstation 3 working with Plex only as an aside. Plex is still free for me. Based on what fritzi93 said, it's only recent converts that have had the problem.
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    I was replying to lordsmurf on serviio as a standard dlna server so it pertains.
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    The thing is, Roku is not DLNA compliant. People have been asking about it for years now, and the answer is always: no plans to make it so.

    It's a pretty good internet streamer, that's it. Private channels like the Plex channel are...hmm, I guess you could call them workarounds. Or a bridge.

    I forgot to add, the Plex channel (and RARflix) has one sovereign advantage: a techno-phobe like my wife isn't put off by it. If she can figure out how to use the Roku (which is dead simple), she can use Plex, and she does.
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    Originally Posted by johns0 View Post
    I was replying to lordsmurf on serviio as a standard dlna server so it pertains.
    lordsmurf's comment, well intentioned or not, was pointless since Serviio doesn't work on Roku and this is a Roku thread. manono correctly called you out because you aren't paying attention to lordsmurf's attempt (perhaps accidental) to hijack this thread.

    Anyway, I have an old version of Plex maybe 2 years old. It still works for free on Roku. I used it last night. I have the impression that my version is so old that they can't stop it from working for free but if I upgraded I would quickly be in the same situation as fritzi93. I stopped upgrading Plex quite some time ago because the upgrades were a bit of a hassle and I wasn't noticing any benefit from spending the time to do it. If I had to guess, I'd say that I did my last Plex upgrade well over a year ago.
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    You know, that might be it. I could have sworn that I first installed Plex well over a month ago. But I did update Plex Media Server some weeks ago, hoping that the editing process would be improved. No improvements to that as far as I could tell, and none to how it operates.
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    Originally Posted by fritzi93 View Post
    The thing is, Roku is not DLNA compliant. People have been asking about it for years now, and the answer is always: no plans to make it so.

    It's a pretty good internet streamer, that's it. Private channels like the Plex channel are...hmm, I guess you could call them workarounds. Or a bridge.

    I forgot to add, the Plex channel (and RARflix) has one sovereign advantage: a techno-phobe like my wife isn't put off by it. If she can figure out how to use the Roku (which is dead simple), she can use Plex, and she does.
    Funny...I thought the Roku Media Player update says it is now DLNA compliant. Has been for some time now. Check again...
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    Originally Posted by oldfart13 View Post

    Funny...I thought the Roku Media Player update says it is now DLNA compliant. Has been for some time now. Check again...
    DLNA is useless for me so I can't comment on this as I simply don't know, but Roku is a bit notorious for not pushing all possible updates to older hardware. It's possible that the DLNA stuff only works on the Roku 3 and nothing else. I can't prove it, but it seem reasonable to me to conclude that Roku does this as a way to get you to abandon older hardware and buy newer models when the older ones would still be functional.
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  14. Solution -

    Plex stopped working on my Roku 2 after about a month of use. I received a notification on the device stating I needed to purchase the app.
    So, my initial reaction was I would take it back (to the retail store) and trade it in for a WD live TV instead; being I don't really use the TV services plex has. I only purchased it for streaming media from my PC to a tv for the little one.

    -So why should I pay more for a service I initially expected to come free with the $80 device?

    Anyhow, on to the solution/s.

    I installed the Media streamer app in the store (for free) and it allows me to access my Plex Server and my other PC's. So this saves you the time of having to install Servio or UMS and then configure the server and- blah blah blah.

    This WILL work - However, it's not as easy to navigate as the Plex app.

    The funny thing is - when I uninstalled my Plex APP - I decided to reinstall the app again and see if that would change things.

    It did!

    After I uninstalled Plex from the Roku and then reinstalled the app stopped trying to force the fee upon us and worked fine.
    I don't know why it did. Maybe it's not suppose to and maybe it won't for you, but it works for me.
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