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#81 VaporTrail OFFLINE  

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:38 PM

I know they're working on making the others better, but seems like it's not moving fast enough for me :)

 

Try Kodi w/ Embuary skin if you're unhappy with Android TV apps.



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:48 PM

Try Kodi w/ Embuary skin if you're unhappy with Android TV apps.


I did and it's awesome, but it doesn't have any Live TV functionality which I use quite a bit, so it's annoying having to switch back and forth.

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:50 PM

I did and it's awesome, but it doesn't have any Live TV functionality which I use quite a bit, so it's annoying having to switch back and forth.

 

Don't quote me on this, but I think that's been fixed with the latest release. Either that or it's imminent. 



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Posted 09 January 2019 - 07:59 PM

I really do not like any Android interface for any app. They all look and feel like they were designed by meth loaded preteens. Neither Plex nor Emby have an Android app that is worth my effort to learn how to work around all the deficiencies.

 

Haha I had to laugh as well, too funny! That said, I actually dropped Plex because of their "new and improved" Android app, and much prefer the Emby one. At least it works well and I can manage my server right from the app... I don't care much what they look like as long as what I want is functional... Emby takes the cake there :D 



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Posted 10 January 2019 - 06:13 AM

But that does not make up for the general Android feel of the app. I really do not like any Android interface for any app. They all look and feel like they were designed by meth loaded preteens. Neither Plex nor Emby have an Android app that is worth my effort to learn how to work around all the deficiencies.

I couldn't stop laughing at this. I agree, I'm not sure what it is (maybe I've been in Apple land for too long), but the Android TV apps do feel very kludgy. It seems the same across the board, no matter the app. I'm not sure if it's the underlying OS and the default UI controls or what, but here's how I would equate them:

Android TV apps are to web pages using frames from 2001 as Apple TV is to using modern HTML5/CSS. Pains me the Android TV app is the most advanced one :(.. I know they're working on making the others better, but seems like it's not moving fast enough for me :)

Not sure what you guys are wanting, but I have been using the Emby ATV app since @Redshirt released the initial version (four years ago?) and it has only got better and better.

The Emby ATV app is, IMO, far superior to Plex's and yes, I have both installed.

If you don't like the Android TV UI, then why are you using/considering it.

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Posted 10 January 2019 - 09:54 AM

Not sure what you guys are wanting, but I have been using the Emby ATV app since @Redshirt released the initial version (four years ago?) and it has only got better and better.

The Emby ATV app is, IMO, far superior to Plex's and yes, I have both installed.

If you don't like the Android TV UI, then why are you using/considering it.

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I keep trying to find a better experience but Android keeps falling short. That is why I use my Rokus for 95% of my viewing. But it hurts nothing to try the different systems available from time to time if for no other reason that to see if the app has changed in some way that makes it better for me.

 

Of course the reason we have so many choices in clients is because people have different wants and needs.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 12:20 PM

I actually love the Emby Android app on the Shield TV.  I like that it's "plain and simple" because that allows it to fly when you navigate large libraries.

 

I'm not a fan of the Roku UI but it's ok.  It's just not a nice as Android IMHO.

 

Theater is OK looking but I can't use it for Movies as it's just to slow navigating my libs since they are big.  It needs caching or better caching like what is done on Android, then it would be fine to use.

 

I'm also a long time Plex user.  If you compare Emby apps to Plex apps on nearly any device the Emby apps are better (far better).  First they actually play back media without a lot of errors (always important) but just look better as well.  TV/DVR just really doesn't work well at all in Plex so that's a non-starter.

 

I can't stand the new UI Plex has been pushing especially the type first crap that I've been a hater of since day (even in private Ninja testing).

 

The only real edge I'de give Plex over Emby is the WEB UI.  I still prefer Plex over Emby in looks (not functionality).  I like the use of posters for series and movies and thumbs for episodes.  This blends well.  Also in the Plex web UI you can adjust the size with the slider top-right (really cool).  The Plex dashboard is also better looking and more functional, except for the additional transcoding info Emby now supplies.  But little things like the bandwidth graph, BIF file usage for movies playing so you can see where users are in the movies, being able to click on a user that is active and be taken to the web page of the movie/show, etc.  It just has an overal more refined feel to it.

 

But at the end of the day, function over form for me!



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:41 PM

Well we want both function and form.
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Posted 11 January 2019 - 01:56 PM

In building my (MB4) audiobook library, I find that I prefer Plex's approach to handling local posters. In Plex, I can have multiple local posters (poster-1.ext, poster-2.ext); I can specify whether they take priority over other scraped online sources; and I can switch between them from within Plex, because they all show up in the relevant images popup for an entry alongside other scraped images.

 

So, I created a feature request, hoping Emby could implement something similar. 


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