Major Plex Update For Roku

Major Plex Update For Roku

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Plex has announced a major update to its Roku app through the Plex forum. The update does not include older Roku models such as the LT and Roku HD. The new version of Plex includes a more powerful video player and a number of functions unique to the Roku 4. The new features add a lot more options to the otherwise very clean interface that Plex put in place with its most recent Roku app.

For a complete list of changes and additions check out the full list below.

The 4.1.10 update has been published to the official channel.
– New video player – excludes Roku LT (2400, 2450) and Roku HD (2500)
– Updated Video Overlay (OSD) – Now with 100% more awesome
– View and change settings in player
– View and select chapters in player
– View, select and modify video queue in player
– Skip videos using in player controls
– Shuffle videos in player
– Repeat one or all videos in player
– Direct Stream/Transcode using MKV instead of HLS
– Support to copy DTS, AC3 and EAC3 audio streams while transcoding video
– Support to copy compatible HEVC/VP9 and 4k video while transcoding audio (Roku 4)
– Transcoding incompatible subtitles (copy video instead of convert)
– Select media versions within player (including channels)
– Support to use Plex screensaver while video is paused
– Include video stream in the video settings
– Show stream selection count (availability) in video settings
– Support audio, video, and subtitle stream selection via Plex Companion
– Add tri-state subtitle preference – Burn Subtitles: [Always, Automatic [default], Only image formats]
– Add “Online” quality preference (channels, watch later, vevo, trailers, etc)
– Support to search within channels
– Support to handle remote keyboard entry (mobile Roku app)
– Support for the new 4k Roku TV
– Flinging media when screen saver is active
– Improve loading time exiting screensaver
– Available player controls (in channel and Plex Companion)
– Only show “Play Next” if a Play Queue exists
– Avatar background on user selection screen

Subtitle sync while transcoding

Possible crash marking as watched

Playback with mono audio using PMS 0.9.14 or greater

Transcoding WL/R content if a transcode server is available

Improve multi-part playback support

Better handle 1080p60 playback

TV play queues weren’t advancing

No audio during playback if audio sample rate is low

Watch Later and Recommendations playback failed while connected to a shared server

Add support to Direct Play 5.1 AAC/AC3 when the Roku is set to stereo
– Roku 4 supports downmixing 5.1 AAC audio
– Roku TV supports downmixing 5.1 AAC and AC3 audio

Bump default quality preference (specific to Roku model)
– 4Mbps local/online, 3Mbps remote: Roku LT, Roku HD, Roku Stick
– 8Mbps local/online, 4Mbps remote: Roku 2 [HD, XD, XS], Roku 1, Roku 2, Roku SE
– 12Mbps local/online, 4Mbps remote: Other Rokus
– [music] Repeat in the audio player
– [music] Button status color for shuffle/repeat
– [music] Smooth the Now Playing progress bar animation a bit
– [music] Show mini player when adding items to an empty queue
– [music] Adding a single item to the Play Queue
– [music] Anti-aliasing issue on now playing screen when toggling controls
– [music] Progress time (better lyric sync)
– [music] Playback of FLAC 192kHz files (transcode)
– [music] Used timed lyrics first if available
– [music] Do not direct play Apple Losseless (ALAC) audio (ALAC may cause a reboot)


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