@cayars made another point in the Plex forum thread which had the lengthy discussion on whose users they are and it is this. The users at the admin's server have never requested any emails from Plex. When they started to receive emails from Plex they received Unsolicited Commercial Emails (UCEs) which I am sure Plex covered their ass somewhere in their fine print. Emby on the other hand doesn't care who connects to the admin's server and will never spam the inbox of those users with UCEs.
They were the same conversations I and other Ninjas had had with them in private as well. They just have a clearly different view of what a "user is" and their philosophy on their new content model clearly shows this. Server admin's can't control this content in any shape or form. No access restrictions of any kind as it's not "their content" to manage. Plex has made this pretty clear.
Finally you have to come to terms with the Plex's transformation, if it looks like a turd, smells like a turd and has the distinct format of a turd, then only one conclusion it is a turd. No one in their sane mind would pick up and hug a turd, you burn the implement used to get rid of the turd.
Please don't desecrate the turd by comparing it to Plex. Farmers love that "crap" and use it to grow food. This kind of sh*t has a real use.
Sorry couldn't resist. LOL
Hey thanks. @cayars has made a lot of excellent points; much to the chagrin of plex co. It’s hard to argue well articulated facts.
The thing I’ve found interesting is their approach that we’re discussing here, our users VS plex’s users. I don’t fault anyone for trying to make a good living. I also understand that for someone like me, that paid $75 for a lifetime pass 5+ years probably isn’t real profitable. But they’ve never tried to really find a way to monetize me further. Before going after the people we share with, ad supported content etc id think they’d want to develop features/services for the server owners. The ones already deeply invested in it’s use.
Maybe I’m looking at too naively but the current approach is obviously turning long time users away and it’s hard to see that being sustainable either.
All that said, I’m very happy to be here. It’s definitely a change for the positive.
Ironically, I was a huge fan of the prototype IDEA of doing this but hated the implementation. I had been after them to combine servers for a while which I think started this, but not sure. But as often the case Plex takes a good idea and mucks it up. The original intention I had proposed was to combine ADMIN SERVERS under one menu system, NOT ALL SERVERS. The idea was to allow an admin to split their libraries among different servers. Think TV Shows on one server while movies on another. This would have been great for NAS users or later Shield TV servers. Got 2 or 3 Shield TVs in the house? Setup them up to act as servers with split functionality. One with movies, one with TV Shows, one with music and home movies, etc Starting to use Plex Cloud? Combine your local and cloud server, etc
Then when connecting instead of picking "Cayars Server1", "Cayars Server 2", "Cayars Server3" you would just connect to "Cayars" and get the combined list of libraries presented as if it were one big system (but ONLY my servers). I still think this is a great idea and would love to see Emby do this correctly. Using the Shield TVs as an example if one Shield TV can handle transcoding of 3 streams then with 3 different devices you could support possibly up to 9 transcode sessions in an ideal sequence of use.
Same thing with multiple "true servers on PCs". You could split the load to 2 or more PC with QuickSync and get 5 or 6 (guessing) transcode sessions from each server without needing CPU resources.
But then Plex in it's infinite wisdom made two tragic mistakes. First it combined ALL SERVERS vs just those ran/owned by one person (they did this because of the new content they wanted to add like News, Web Shows, etc to make it blend in I believe). Second they introduced the wacky TYPE FIRST menu system to help manage the big lists of libraries some people would have when they have access to many server shares. They took IMHO a great idea and butchered it with a bad implementation.
Anyone who has shares to multiple servers all with a "Movies" and "TV Shows" library knows how painful this implementation is/was. It's so easy to get lost on whose libraries you are playing back content from. Who's plugins were being used, etc. Horrible, just really bad.