Here's some answers to your questions. Obviously it's horses for courses...
SpectreX Wrote:What`s the point of this Plex Media Server thing in the first place?
All i see is
a) A very limited metadata manager that can`t store local metadata in each folder in a specific container (.nfo or xml), nor does it store artwork, nor does it auto-rename movies and TV shows to proper names etc. Basically all that Media Center Master (one ex of a great metadata manager) does.
I don't see why it needs to - it all sits in a database and can be accessed that way. Not sure why you need nfo's and art sitting in the movie folders, handy if you are rescraping/reloading the lib a lot I suppose.. (or perhaps syncing metadata across multiple XBMC instanbces, because there is no central library in XBMC).
Quote:b) Transcoding support for iOS devices running Plex. What`s the use for this for our beloved XBMC, since XBMC on iOS already has support for H.264 inside an MKV container (+ hundreds of other containers and video/audio codecs). Why would you need transcoding for a box that can play all those files natively?
Transcoding isn't just about the container, it's also about bandwidth. It's really great that XBMC can play all sorts of formats on iOS, but it's pretty useless if the file you want to play is too fat to fit down the wireless "pipe".
Plus you need to jailbrake the device....
XBMC is a great player, but personally I think that media management and accessibility is lacking..