For individuals who love more than just the usual cable television entertainment, using media streaming devices like Roku has become a way of life. This is even more so for those who a lot of movie collections, television shows, music albums, DVD rips, games, and so on. But while these set-top boxes and streaming sticks are amazement in themselves, the use of media center software will help make optimize the experience. So why not access all your media entertainment needs from a portable device via a user-friendly interface like Plex? With its new Roku application fee being waived for all users, it is time to set-up and maximize Plex experience on Roku.
If you are not familiar with Plex, this cross-platform media center is yours to behold. Based on XBMC, it collates your choice of media and matches it to its own database and downloads synopsis or ratings (metadata) as well as media visuals like posters or themes to keep you or your library bursting with information.
This versatile and customizable smart media management solution makes use of 2 important parts: server and apps. You will need a computer connected to the Internet with a fast CPU to work as a server, a good Internet connection, and a streaming device like that of a Roku set-top box or streaming stick. Over the years, Plex has moved from being a detailed media manager to bolder Plex Channels and apps compatible with most devices to deliver global entertainment in your doorstep.
How to Setup Plex on Roku
To setup Plex on Roku for the first time, you will need to first sign-up with Plex. Sign-in to the link by using the 4-character code via https://plex.tv/link. Once the code is submitted, the channel will then refresh itself and get linked to your account. You will discover then that as soon as starting, it will try to automatically find the Plex media server.
Sometimes, finding the server may not work due to network issues. To rectify this, all you need to do is add the Plex server manually. You can do so by going to Preferences > Plex Media Servers > Add server manually. Enter the IP address of the Plex Media Server. This will then, show some XML. Once it works, enter the same IP address into your Roku to link the two. Take note that server issues may sometimes be caused by an antivirus, firewall or a VPN client.
Maximizing Plex Experience
The Plex-Roku tandem allows you to better organize videos, music, movies, DVD rips, games, and so on, for streaming to the big screen. Now that you are ready, maximizing your Plex experience on Roku can be done in more ways than one.
- Share it with family and friends.
- Queue videos for future watching on your Roku to save you time.
- Bookmark favorite shows and videos, music, etc. in just a single click.
- Stream photos and videos from personal escapades straight from your tablet or smartphone via Camera Upload feature
- Organize movies, videos, television series, and so much more by folder and genre.
- Plex allows you to install the Unsupported AppStore for instant access to ginormous TV channels and video-on-demand services on a global perspective.
- Plex also allows bilingual libraries customization.
- Make sure to use its own file-naming scheme for better tagging and organizing.
- you may also pre-encode all your media via Plex transcoder which converts media libraries into a compatible format with your Roku.
- Create skins or themes for your creative and distinctive viewing experience.
- To fix “slow” buffering, simply unplug your Roku and let it rest for 2 to 3 minutes and plug again.
Be reminded, too, that the more media servers to use, the better. So download as many Plex servers as you want.
In a Nutshell
Without a doubt, Plex-on-Roku is one of the most exhilarating ways to enjoy media entertainment these days. By setting up Plex on your Roku device, you get to enjoy and maximize your experience on viewing local and international entertainment. So, sign-up for a free trial now and watch to your hearts’ content!