Big news: Plex Media Server is coming to your NVIDIA Shield.
Shield users have probably seen the Plex app in the Google Play store since the Shield TV launched. But, to use it, we still had to have a dedicated Plex Media Server somewhere tucked in a corner or under the stairs serving up our movie collection.
NVIDIA and Plex just announced that Plex Media Server will roll out in the next software update.
The Tegra X1 processor in the Shield TV already allows the Shield to play 4K Netflix and YouTube streaming content, as well as hardware accelerated decoding for H.265 and MPEG2. Now that same power is going to make the Shield TV the very first device to run Android TV and Plex Media Server.
I’m willing to bet that somewhere in your house you’ve got a pretty sizable collection of DVD’s and Blu-ray discs. Me? I’ve got them in the bottom of my living room bookshelf collecting dust. The reason they’re collecting dust is that I’ve ripped them to a hard drive on my network and I can play them from any device in my home using Kodi.
But sometimes I want to watch a movie I own while I’m out, or with friends. What do I do if I’m not at home?
That’s where Plex comes in. Plex gives you the power to access your media library no matter where you are. As long as you’ve got an Internet connection, you can access your Plex Media Server remotely and access your entire library – movies, TV shows and pictures – all optimized for whatever device you happen to be playing it on.
At home or away, Plex makes it easy to access your media anywhere. On any device.
Plex Media Server makes the NVIDIA Shield even better
The NVIDIA Shield is already the best Android TV box for both watching content or gaming. Plex estimates that users will be able to simultaneously stream up to three 1080p videos at the same time using the Shield as a media server. In theory, you should also be able to stream a video to another device while gaming on your Shield.
Plex Media Server will work on both the 16GB and 500GB versions of the NVIDIA Shield, although the 500GB will obviously give your movie collection a little more room to grow. If you need more space, you can add an external hard drive via the USB 3.0 port or a network accessible storage (NAS) device.
But wait, there’s more…
As if that wasn’t enough, also coming in the same software update is support for Netflix HDR (High Dynamic Range) which offers better image quality, improved colors and brighter highlights. The Shield will also be getting a 4K compatible Vudu app for even more UHD content.
Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to a software update as much as this one.