Plex can replace Front Row as Mac’s Media Entertainment Interface!

I was reading wilco’s “Media Server Solution” when I saw his recommendation of Plex for Mac. I’ve been looking for such an app, and so I checked it out and boy is it cool. It makes me want to run out to buy a mac mini just so I can hook it up to the TV and have my own Media Entertainment Centre!

What is cool about Plex, is that it’s not as limited as Apple’s Front Row. You can tell Plex where you store your media, and it can play all sorts of formats. For example, I added my TV Shows onto Plex, and it had the option to pull TV show data from the internet. It automatically creates a nice menu page for you, with background pictures, posters, and even information about your TV show! It even pulls some theme music and plays it while you are accessing the menu, making it feel like a dvd menu.

It works for movies as well. Movie data is pulled from IMDB.com. It even tells you what the movie is rated at, and which movie you’ve viewed before. Awesome.

Run out of storage space? Just hook on an external hard disk and point to your media. I tested out a 2.5″ portal hdd, and it worked fine – no lag!

I think the thing that caps it all up, is that you can install other plugins and applications made for plex. It allows you to view things like Apple movie trailers, Youtube videos, channels like Comedy Central, South Park and if you are in the US, Hulu offers many US TV series like 24.

And did I mention that the app is FREE?

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