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sassysue wrote: i need some help setting up a plex server on the nvidia i keep reading its only for the pro is that true? i have my 2tb hd connected and i cannot do nothing with it.....

Any ideas?
I'm under the impression this will be possible when 3.2 comes out.
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sassysue wrote: Ordered from bhp such a great deal gonna sell my ps4 getting tired of the same old games, plus u can use plex which makes a box the best on the market
You can actually run Plex on PS4.
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sassysue wrote: i need some help setting up a plex server on the nvidia i keep reading its only for the pro is that true? i have my 2tb hd connected and i cannot do nothing with it.....

Any ideas?

Great fast unit for kodi
You can run the Plex client app on the Shield (and/or any number of streaming boxes/tablets/phones/computers/etc.), but you need something to run the Plex Server. I'm 90% sure that the server will only run on a desktop (Win, Mac or Linux) or NAS. A regular HDD doesn't have any of the processing hardware necessary to run a server, so you're SOL unless you pick up something more like a My Cloud or a full-fledged Synology NAS.
Plex was built as more of a server-based streaming solution, whereas KODI is more client-based, which is why on the Shield TV, KODI recognizes all of you media and plays it back no problem, while Plex just sits there. KODI is pretty great, but you have to really tinker with it in order to get some of the functionality of a server-based app, like, say, resume on different devices; because Plex deals with that on the server side, anything connecting to it can see where you've left off on your media --- I can start watching a show in the basement, stop it, turn everything off, and resume watching from the exact same point in the bedroom. With client-based apps like KODI, you have to setup a workaround using MySQL in order to do the same thing, or to have all of your devices recognize which media you've already viewed.
There are benefits and downsides to both Plex and KODI; to get the most out of your media player, you have to sit down, figure out which one would be best for your usage scenario, then pick up the appropriate hardware. That's actually how I settled on the Shield; Plex can only play a couple of formats natively, and relies on transcoding-on-the-fly to run everything else. My NAS doesn't have anywhere near enough power to transcode anything other than shitty SD video, so I needed a Plex client box that could handle a ton of different codecs on the client-side.
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Crazy that the shield can't run as a server u need either a nas or pc

Ive noticed my mag 254 box vs my shield the shield is way better but the app I use for tvonip buffers on the shield where as the mag 254 doesn't buffer at all
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sassysue wrote: Crazy that the shield can't run as a server u need either a nas or pc

Ive noticed my mag 254 box vs my shield the shield is way better but the app I use for tvonip buffers on the shield where as the mag 254 doesn't buffer at all
Not true, soon both the Pro & 16GB NVidia Shield TV's will fully support the Plex Server app, not just the client...straight from the horses' mouth:
https://blog.plex.tv/2016/06/09/nvidia- ... mplete-us/


PLEX MEDIA SERVER ON THE NVIDIA SHIELD TV:
"If you’re not familiar with the NVIDIA SHIELD, we think it’s one of the most exciting streaming devices on the market. Combining support for 4K video, features like voice search, and a crazy-powerful NVIDIA Tegra® X1 brain, this thing was born to run Plex.

As you might know, we’ve had a lovely Android TV app for quite some time now, and it’s getting better all the time. But the NVIDIA SHIELD, with its 64-bit CPU and massive GPU, allows us to make it extra special by letting you run the entire Plex Media Server directly on the device!

You read that right: the SHIELD is so powerful that it can not only run our Android TV interface better than just about anything out there, it can also run the full media server, including support for hardware-accelerated video transcoding (H.264, MPEG2 and HEVC)! With multiple simultaneous streams! As for storage, you get up to 500GB right on the SHIELD, and you can easily add more via USB or over the network.

The 500GB NVIDIA SHIELD Pro is really the first all-in-one Plex box that combines the power of the Media Server with awesome media playback capabilities. Did we mention it supports 4K video @ 60fps?

We’re working on some final bits with the awesome team at NVIDIA which will be included in their next firmware update, scheduled for later this month. At that point, the software that makes the media server run will be updated over the air!

A-FAQ (About to be Frequently Asked Questions):

Will you integrate the media server into [insert favorite device]? The NVIDIA SHIELD had all the right components to make the integration successful, most importantly its extremely powerful CPU/GPU. We’ll continue to evaluate other platforms.

When will we get the hardware transcoding for [insert other platform]? Again, the SHIELD offers the perfect mix of capabilities for us to be able to enable this functionality. In the future we’d like to expand to support accelerated transcoding on other platforms as well.

(Update with more FAQs :)

Will the 16GB SHIELD version be supported too? Absolutely! While it has less internal storage, you can always connect a USB drive or network storage location (via SMB) with either version.

Can I use content from a network location (NAS, computer, drive connected to router, etc.)? You’ll be able to connect to network storage locations via SMB on the NVIDIA SHIELD.

How do I manage Plex Media Server when running on the NVIDIA SHIELD? You’ll use the Plex Web App to manage the server just like when running on any other device. You enable/disable the server from running through the regular Plex client on the SHIELD but management is through the Plex Web app in a browser.

Can I access the plugins folder to install channels/plugins manually? We’re investigating the possibility of being able to manually install channels and plugins outside of the Channel Directory, but we don’t know yet if that will be available at launch.

More info can also be found on NVIDIA’s FAQ page."
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I bought this before for around $300. The first one came dead on arrival, the second one after some use I decided is not worth it. I returned it and bought the m8s for $60. The m8s is just as good as the shield and does everything you will do with the shield. The distance gaming is a gimic or if you like playing old games emulated than go for the shield. I also heard not all games work with the distance gaming thing (forgot name of feature)
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Something's wrong with my shield my controller keeps shutting off and loosing signal I'm not happy with it the remote is fully charge

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