I've gotten annoyed with managing my digital movie and tv series collection. It didn't bother me before because Netflix had pretty much everything. I'd never have to search for stuff on my hard drives or old dvd-rs because it would all be on Netflix. Now that Netflix has dropped about 50% of their content over the last couple years and will lose significantly more once all of Disney's properties are removed next year I've realized all my old dvds, blu rays and digital movies are all getting more use again. This is were plex comes in.
I setup plex on my main pc, moved a bunch of movies and tv series into some folders and set plex to use those folders. This program auto grabbed all meta data for the content, images, etc and is basically a Netflix clone. I was shocked by how efficient this is. I installed the plex client app on my ps3, ps4 and roku stick and as long as my pc with the plex server is running I can now stream all my content to every tv in the house. It even keeps track of where i left off in a movie and i can resume it on a different device if I want.
So I bought a 4tb hard drive yesterday and I'm going all in on this. I'm going to rip a bunch of my dvds and blu rays (the ones that don't have a digital copy) into mkv files and throw them on that hard drive for my plex. I'll try putting my old anime avi files (with hard coded subs from back in the old download days) in there to to see if plex can play those too. Plex will even organise by genre to so it all works good. And plex is free.
I was thinking about buying a nvidia shield because it can be used as a plex media server instead of just a client like the PlayStation/roku apps but it looks like it has some limitations with file types and my old anime files would definitely not play on it unless i converted every file thru some program called handbrake. I'll look into that some more.
I figured I'd share this in case anyone else was getting annoyed with Netflix and every company making their own Netflix clones. Instead of paying every company a piece of the pie it'll be cheaper in the long run to just make my own Netflix with the content i already own that is already tailored to my preferances. And plex can stream outside of your home in 720p if you go on a road trip. I doubt I'll ever use that feature tho, especially with upload rates being shit with spectrum.
Go to https://www.plex.tv to get the media server and the PlayStation/xbox store/roku/android to download the plex app. I know this topic seems like am advertisement but they're paying me nothing and it's all free downloads anyway. it just works and works great.
I have noticed the selection isn't nearly what it used to be. Back in the day I'd search for a movie and 80% of the time it was on netflix. Now I don't even use the search feature because the last 20 movies I've searched for are never on there. Netflix used to be this great replacement to blockbuster with every movie made available, but now it looks like all the content rights holders and networks are pulling their properties off and either selling the rights to other streaming services like Amazon Prime or Hulu or they're making their own streaming service like CBS all access. I'm tempted to cut my cable and switch to streaming only services but I still haven't found a combo of apps or services that will give me the channel selection or content I fully want. I already have amazon prime and netflix. But to replace cable I figure if I go with Sling blue with HBO and starz, hulu, hbo go (part of my cable package now), and over the air HD antenna I'd have the majority of the channels I watch with cable except for science channel. I'd probably save about $30 a month over my current cable plan. Anyone use Sling?
Also, with the companies pulling their content from netflix and making their own streaming services, maybe in the near future cable will actually be a good deal again compared to being nickel and dimed by all the different apps? I do like seeing different streaming services offering competition like Sling and PlayStation VUE, but I still feel on the fence about actually cutting off my cable for streaming only.
Its nice to see Sony finally getting in on these bundles, but I'm a bit disappointed that the majority of the games are for PS3. The original Resident Evil remaster for PS4 does seem tempting for me to buy this, but with it being roughly $15 I'm wondering if its worth it for just the few games I'll actually play.
DX mentioned this to me earlier today. In one month the price will increase for PS+ by $10 per year. Not a huge increase, but it'll now be $59.99 starting September 22 2016:
On a side note, I ordered a year's subscription from this site for $37.99 on sale:
$42.99 - $5.00 using promo code THANKYOU.
I found the deal on slickdeals:
I haven't gotten my code emailed to me yet, but the company updated their front page a few hours ago saying it could take a couple days for them to send out the codes because they're getting so many orders in. With the price increase I doubt it'll get much cheaper than this since even last black friday it was only on sale for $39.99.
PSN has been having alot of flash sales lately. Last of Us remastered for PS4 for $7.99 is a great deal.
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Power Pack PS4 $5.99 Battlefield Bundle PS4 $19.99 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition PS4 $23.39 Crimsonland (Crossbuy) PS4 $2.79 Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours PS4 $25.19 Dead Nation Apocalypse Edition PS4 $4.49 Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition PS4 $24.59 Destiny: The Taken King (DLC) PS4 $19.79 Evolve PS4 $14.79 Evolve Digital Deluxe Edition PS4 $19.99 Evolve Ultimate Edition PS4 $23.99 Fat Princess Adventures PS4 $5.99 Futuridium EP Deluxe (Crossbuy) PS4 $2.99 Hardware: Rivals PS4 $4.99 Helldivers Reinforcements Mega Bundle (DLC) (Crossbuy) PS4 Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 1 PS4 $2.39 Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 2 PS4 $2.39 Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back Edition (Crossbuy) PS4 $8.99 Killzone Shadow Fall Intercept PS4 $5.99 Knack PS4 $7.99 Kromaia PS4 $10.49 Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime PS4 $7.49 Metro 2033 Redux PS4 $7.99 Metro Redux (includes 2033 Redux and Last Light Redux) PS4 $7.49 Metro: Last Light Redux PS4 $7.99 Overlord: Fellowship of Evil PS4 $7.04 Payday 2: Crimewave Edition PS4 $9.89 Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Standard Edition PS4 $23.99 Sleeping Dogs Definitive Edition PS4 $9.99 Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition PS4 $15.99 Tembo The Badass Elephant PS4 $5.99 The Last of Us Remastered PS4 $7.99 Tower of Guns (crossbuy) PS4 $3.74 Valiant Hearts: The Great War PS4 $4.94 Velocity 2X (crossbuy) PS4 $3.99 Zombie Army Trilogy PS4 $14.99 Zotrix PS4 $2.49 Alice: Madness Returns PS3 $7.99 Alien Rage PS3 $2.99 Battlefield Bad Company 2 PS3 $3.99 Battlefield 3 PS3 $4.99 Battlefield Bundle PS3 $19.99 Bioshock PS3 $3.99 Bulletstorm PS3 $7.99 Bully PS3 $3.99 Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Gold Edition PS3 $19.49 Call of Duty: Black Ops III PS3 $24.49 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger PS3 $3.74 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate PS3 $5.99 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 PS3 $15.99 Crimsonland (Crossbuy) PS3 $2.79 Dead Island Riptide - Complete Edition PS3 $4.99 Dead Island: GOTY Edition PS3 $4.99 Dead Space 3 Ultimate Edition PS3 $17.99 Destiny: The Taken King - Digital Collector's Edition PS3 $34.29 Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition PS3 $24.49 Destiny: The Taken King (DLC) PS3 $19.79 Deus Ex: Human Revolution PS3 $4.99 Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Director's Cut PS3 $7.49 Deus Ex: Human Revolution The Missing Link (DLC) PS3 $2.39 Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Poser of Two PS3 $4.99 Dogfight 1942 PS3 $1.99 Hard Corps: Upfrising PS3 $4.49 Heavenly Guardian (PS2 Classic) PS3 $2.99 Heavy Fire: Afghanistan PS3 $3.99 Heavy Fire: Shattered Spear PS3 $3.99 Helldivers Reinforcements Mega Bundle (DLC) (Crossbuy) PS3 Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 1 PS3 $2.39 Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 2 PS3 $2.39 Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back Edition (Crossbuy) PS3 $7.99 Hunter's Trophy 2 - America PS3 $2.99 Hunter's Trophy 2 - Australia PS3 $2.99 I am Alive PS3 $2.99 Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days PS3 $3.74 Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days The Doggie Bag PS3 $2.39 Kane & Lynch: Dead Men PS3 $3.74 Killzone HD PS3 $4.49 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game PS3 $4.99 Mamorukun Curse PS3 $1.99 Manhunt (PS2 Classic) PS3 $3.99 Max Payne (PS2 Classic) PS3 $3.99 Metro Last Light - Complete Edition PS3 $3.99 Neo Contra (PS2 Classic) PS3 $2.99 Okami HD PS3 $4.89 Raiden IV: Overkill PS3 $4.49 Ratchet & Clank Collection PS3 $5.99 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time* PS3 $2.99 Ratchet & Clank Future: Quest for Booty PS3 $4.49 Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction PS3 $2.99 Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One PS3 $2.99 Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault PS3 $2.99 Ratchet & Clank: Into the Nexus* PS3 $2.99 Ratchet: Deadlocked PS3 $2.99 Resident Evil 6 Ultimate Edition PS3 $9.79 R-Type Dimensions PS3 $2.99 Saints Row IV PS3 $7.99 Sleeping Dogs Digital Edition PS3 $4.99 Sniper Elite 3 Ultimate Edition PS3 $11.99 Spec Ops: The Line PS3 $7.49 Split/Second PS3 $4.99 The Warriors PS3 $3.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist PS3 $3.74 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory HD PS3 $3.74 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD PS3 $9.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Double Agent PS3 $4.99 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell HD PS3 $3.74 Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow HD PS3 $3.74 Tower of Guns (crossbuy) PS3 $3.74 Toy Story 3: The Video Game PS3 $4.99 Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Gold Edition PS3 $15.59 Under Defeat HD: Deluxe Edition PS3 $3.49 Xcom: Enemy Unknown PS3 $7.49 Grand Theft Auto PS Vita Collection PS Vita/PSP $13.99 Lego Pirates of the Caribbean: The Video Game PS Vita/PSP $4.99 Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified PS Vita $15.59 Crimsonland (Crossbuy) PS vita $2.79 Dariusburst Chronicle Saviours PS Vita $19.99 Dead Nation PS Vita PS Vita $2.39 Futuridium EP Deluxe (Crossbuy) PS Vita $2.99 Futuridium EP Deluxe Original Soundtrack PS Vita $1.49 Helldivers Reinforcements Mega Bundle (DLC) (Crossbuy) PS Vita Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 1 PS Vita $2.39 Helldivers Reinforcements Pack 2 PS Vita $2.39 Helldivers: Democracy Strikes Back Edition (Crossbuy) PS Vita $9.99 Ratchet & Clank Collection PS Vita $6.99 Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault PS Vita $2.99 Rockstar Games PS Vita Colleciton PS Vita $11.99 Velocity 2X (crossbuy) PS Vita $3.99