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Interesting. Maybe I just get a NUC or similar. I usually am transcoding one stream to the kid's iPad at most. Everything else is direct play.

An Intel NUC is a great choice for a Plex media server but I would do nothing less then Core i5 with a Samsung 840/850 Pro SSD if real-time trans-coding is needed.

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Before you go jumping to a Shield TV as a Plex Server, have a read around. There are many many people unhappy with the PMS side of things, amongst other complaints.

 

https://forums.geforce.com/default/topic/949590/shield-android-tv/what-have-you-done-with-this-3-2-crap-part-2/

 

I have a Shield TV, but just continue to use it as my client, and my Gen8 (E3-1265LV2) as my server.

 

I suspect the Shield TV is ok when mainly direct playing, be interesting to hear how it fares with multiple transcoded streams.

Very disappointing, I had high hopes for the Shield with Plex media server on it. As a test have you tried Plex media server on yours? If not would you mind testing it an sharing the results with us? I do still want to try the Shield as a front end for Plex.

 

Here is what NVidea said to me about a month ago when I asked about real-time trans-coding

 

"Thank you for your patience.

You can watch Plex + Transcode 1 Video + Direct Stream another one.

Also note that the experience will vary based on the network and bitrate of the content.

 

Best Regards,

Subhanshu, 

NVIDIA Customer Care"

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I'll be honest - I have no desire to have PMS on my Shield TV!

 

I have a pretty big library so trying it out on the Shield would be a pain.

 

Also there is a problem with PMS on the Shield TV at the moment, whereby every 84th file is missing in the library.

 

I'm sticking with my Windows 10 VM on my Gen8!

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Been reading the NUC isn't the best idea - I have useful I5 I could use along with. sSd

 

Guess I just need a case and motherboard.

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Been reading the NUC isn't the best idea - I have useful I5 I could use along with. sSd

 

Guess I just need a case and motherboard.

Would you mind posting the links to what you read and y you think NUC's don't make a good Plex media server? I respectfully disagree with that said care is to be taken in selecting the correct hardware.

What is the model of your i5 that your thinking about using? All core i3/i5/i7 are not equal

What type of media are we talking about streaming? SD Movies, Blu-Rays, Ect.

How many devices will you be streaming to at the same time?

Of those devices how many need real-time trans-coding vs direct-play?

Of the devices needing real-time trans-coding how many of those devices will be streaming BD rips vs SD 720p?

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For anyone else thinking of using a Shield TV as a Plex Media Server, there is a serious issue with the 16Gb version if you have a large media library :-

 

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/221099648

 

In particular the orange bit in the Server Data Requirements :- it's causing the devices to crash once the internal memory is full.

 

I'm glad I didn't try it on mine, as I would have hit exactly this issue.

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Would you mind posting the links to what you read and y you think NUC's don't make a good Plex media server? I respectfully disagree with that said care is to be taken in selecting the correct hardware.

What is the model of your i5 that your thinking about using? All core i3/i5/i7 are not equal

What type of media are we talking about streaming? SD Movies, Blu-Rays, Ect.

How many devices will you be streaming to at the same time?

Of those devices how many need real-time trans-coding vs direct-play?

Of the devices needing real-time trans-coding how many of those devices will be streaming BD rips vs SD 720p?

 

It was on the plex forums. I am sure they were referring to underpowered boxes.

 

My i5 is. 3 years old but does a great job when it is working.

 

I get random crashes where it doesn't reboot.

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It was on the plex forums. I am sure they were referring to underpowered boxes.

 

My i5 is. 3 years old but does a great job when it is working.

 

I get random crashes where it doesn't reboot.

Thanks for the info, Would you mind providing all the answer to my questions above so I can better help you? Telling me that you have a core i5 from three years ago does not tell me anything.

 

What is the model of your i5 that your thinking about using? All core i3/i5/i7 are not equal

What type of media are we talking about streaming? SD Movies, Blu-Rays, Ect.

How many devices will you be streaming to at the same time?

Of those devices how many need real-time trans-coding vs direct-play?

Of the devices needing real-time trans-coding how many of those devices will be streaming BD rips vs SD 720p?

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For anyone else thinking of using a Shield TV as a Plex Media Server, there is a serious issue with the 16Gb version if you have a large media library :-

 

https://support.plex.tv/hc/en-us/articles/221099648

 

In particular the orange bit in the Server Data Requirements :- it's causing the devices to crash once the internal memory is full.

 

I'm glad I didn't try it on mine, as I would have hit exactly this issue.

Thank you very much for this info. Thank god I did not purchase the Shield in the beginning of the month like I was hopping because I was getting the 16GB version as all my media is on my NAS. NVIDIA really needs to fix there FAQ's ASAP. https://shield.nvidia.com/support/nvidia-android-tv/faq/1#plex

 

Maybe that's y so many seem to be complaining that Plex does not work. Nice catch thanks for the heads up, Its a shame I have to order the Pro version when all my media is on my NAS but I guess it is what it is. I am still planing on trying one out to see how much better it is then using Windows 10.

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Thanks for the info, Would you mind providing all the answer to my questions above so I can better help you? Telling me that you have a core i5 from three years ago does not tell me anything.

 

What is the model of your i5 that your thinking about using? All core i3/i5/i7 are not equal

What type of media are we talking about streaming? SD Movies, Blu-Rays, Ect.

How many devices will you be streaming to at the same time?

Of those devices how many need real-time trans-coding vs direct-play?

Of the devices needing real-time trans-coding how many of those devices will be streaming BD rips vs SD 720p?

 

Currently my server is using an i5-2500K

I stream my BD rips 

Never more than 2

I do direct play when able

All my transcoding is from BD as I don't want to store multiple copies of movies.

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