Not seeing much in this forum on it.. so I thought I would make a post, posting my experiences, etc with it, for any others to see, ask questions, start discussion, etc.
PLEASE, I don't want to make this into a "XMBC is better thread, etc" sort of thing. I have used XMBC for a while, media portal, and WMC. Please keep it to PLEX if you can
Who is Plex for?
Someone looking for the FULL all around solution, likely Plex isn't for you.. it doesn't have all the same sorts of plugins and extras like XMBC for live TV, recording, etc.
Plex, is primarily someone who is looking for PLAYBACK/streaming of separately downloaded content, etc.
What is lacks in extras.. it excels in simplicity. Of all the different ones I had tried, I found it the easiest to set up.
Setup, was extremely simple.
Run the installer and start the server. It runs on whatever you are using as
your 'server' as a web service. All management for it generally, is done from a web interface. You can run the interface from the tray icon, or point to the URL from that PC or any PC on your local network.
Create a new section.. choose from choices of "Pictures, Music, TV, Movies". This chooses which agents it uses, to go out and collect the info on it for the database.
Choose the folder where that media is stored, and away it goes, it will start building that section, and downloading the data for each of the things it finds.
(as with any media server.. the better formatted your movies, etc are.. the easier it will find them, less having to rename, re match, etc)
If you are running playback on the same box, you will have to install the player program there as well.
Pretty decent interface, with a bunch of options. Generally works with the basic buttons of a WMC remote.
Allows selection of languages, subtitles, audio settings, if present in the file from the movie/series detail screen.
Seems to output all DD, 5.1, etc just fine from my testing (as long as your PC is set up right and assuming the file has it)
Playback software can be run on any PC.. will auto find the server when on the local network.
There is a windows 7/8 phone, android, and iOS app. Have never used the windows phone one, android is VERY flakey at least on my device. iOS app works flawlessly.
Playback, can also be done through the WEB interface.
Very simple to be able to access the media server outside of the house as well. You only have to forward one port, and this allows the webserver to communicate externally.
Can access the web interface for management/playback.
You can use the mobile apps, as well externally. You can point to your home location, when its forwarded, and will allow you to stream wherever you are.
(obviously, cellular charges may apply.. as well, will use UPLOAD usage on your home internet connection)
Google TV, LG and Samsung smart devices, and Roku have also integrated apps specific for playback (so possibly no extra PC needed for playback if you have one of these devices already)
It will also run if you wish, a DLNA for the media, for devices which can connect possibly only that way.
Again, not the most POWERFUL media player out there by far.
But simple and easy. Easy and quick to set up. (even my brother who is not every tech savvy was able to set it up on his own). And has a WIDE range of playback options.
I have thrown just about every file/format, with different audio and subs, and has played them without issue.