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Hi guys, this is as much a Windows question as a Plex question, but I currently have on Windows 7 Plex Home Theatre setup with my remote to open when you hit the green MCE button. That works great, using the LM Remote app. But my problem is that if you hit the green button when Plex Home Theatre is already open, you get these error messages that popup, which are a nuisance to have to use a mouse to click off.

Is there a way to ensure only one instance of PHT.exe can open? Thanks.
 

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Whoa I'm lost reading that stuff! What are the actual instructions l need to follow? My googling brought up a lot of stuff like that. Is there a command line argument to stick in the shortcut for the app?

Also, is this not an issue for anyone else with PHT?

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I've actually packed away all my HTPC and gone to small embedded clients (roku or samsung smart hub) for everything


plex is just great, in almost every way possible

the ONLY thing I'm dying for is a way for plex to see a networked tuner as a "channel" somehow (whether by something like HD homerun, Monsoon, slingbox, whatever)
 

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@Tikker Yeah that would be outstanding for me as well. I could shutdown 1 Media Center PC for sure. I'm assuming you are aware of this?

@asif9t9 Sorry I have no experience with that nor do I have PHT setup to play with to try and figure it out.
 

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That HDHR channel mentions the HDHR Prime which is the CableCard version of the HDHR which isn't useful in Canada. But the thread mentions something called TwoOneSix's HDSurfer which seems to work for OTA?

In the last day or two there was an announcement that some HBO content is now available on Amazon Prime streaming. So assuming that there is an Amazon Instant Video/Prime channel in Plex then you should be able to get some HBO content legally (albeit with a DNS/VPN service) in this manner that doesn't require a US cable subscription.
 

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Well I'm new to the HTPC and media server thing.

I just purchased a Roku 3 and set up the Plex media server. I ripped my entire BluRay collection and have it all set up on my new iMac.

All this to say... I'm extremely disappointed with the user interface. The setup was extremely simple and the desktop media server is so slick and amazing. The interface on the Roku app is dull and cumbersome. My main issue was that I was expecting the same as the desktop server.

Question for you experts... I did the conversion for my new home. Would it make more sense to build a dedicated HTPC and just run the desktop on my theatre room? I didn't really want a keyboard and mouse in my HT but if that's how I can get the slick Server then that's what I might have to do.
 

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That always is one option.

I currently use the interface built into my lg tv, it works, but like the roku not all the features of the full PHT. Missing stuff like the recently added, queues etc.

By basement setup has a pc as an htpc with PHT.
What I have with it, is a windows media center remote. A good 1/2 of the buttons don't really work (the categories buttons, etc), but the directional buttons, play pause ff rewind, etc all work.

So something like that is always an option.
 

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Yeah, I used to do the whole mymovies thing with Media Center etc. (similar solution to plex but Windows centric) Sure it was a beautiful setup and worked well, but I grew tired of worrying about it. The Roku Plex app with a Linux server downstairs seems to do the trick these days. I have all but stopped ripping my library even though I have a number of HD DVDs that still need to be taken care of. Using on-line stream services has made me lazy. There is lots to be said for a simpler setup.
 

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All this to say... I'm extremely disappointed with the user interface.
the Roku does NOT have a pretty ui

no doubts about it

it is rock solid for playback though, moreso than any other client I've fiddled with


if you have a samsung smart tv, or blu-ray player, they'll likely support plex, and it's a beautiful interface there

much like the desktop/home theater

I have had some niggling little playback issues with some larger files tho, that don't bother my roku setup
 

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What blew my mind about Plex is how simple it was. I spent days and days fiddling with SageTV to get it pretty, cover art, organizing etc. With Plex, I installed it, pointed it at my library and BOOM, all done! I was in awe when I heard the theme music whenever I went into a TV show. (maybe I'm easy to please).2 things that bugs the life out of my about Plex. One is the rewind and FF functions. I have a 4 year old that likes to skip to her favorite parts of her movies and it's completely hit or miss with Plex, sometimes it does it, sometimes it just stops trying and sometimes it just resumes where it was before you tried to move. 2ndly, I have ongoing issues where particular movies won't play and I have to go onto the Plex server and refresh it there. Has happened more often that I consider acceptable.

Overall however it's a great product and Roku 3+Plex is a pretty awesome combination.
 

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Agreed, running in a VM should be fine.

98% of the time, running ANYTHING in a vm, that relies solely on software, etc, should work just fine.
As far as the software knows, its doesn't even know its in a VM.

its only when you sometimes have to access specific hardware, that using a VM can get a little more difficult/restrictive.
 

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Just thought I would add this update here.

https://plex.tv/xbox

Looks like plex (for plexpass subscribers for now) will be available on XboxOne now, and 360 soon.

This is pretty good news at least for me. Currently in the basement, I have a small HTPC which is really just for Netflix and Plex playback. That I have a 360 there (and likely a ONE at some point).. that it would likely remove the need for the HTPC.
 

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Xbox One client is looking pretty good. Can only play local content no channels but it works as intended. Need a Plex subscription and the latest server installed.
 

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