I have been hobbling along with Plex for nearly two years now.
I have re-named all my files by their facist naming system (since Plex ignores the title information and anything else from file details) and placed each and every file in directories exactly as Plex has instructed.
As an early adopter, I paid hard-earned money for their Roku app (which should provide an elevated level of functionality… it does not).
I have spent hours looking through forums and trying to find information on their official website.
Still my files are constantly renamed (almost always incorrectly) and almost NO FILE has a thumbnail that corresponds to the actual film or television program it represents. Even when I manually add names and poster files via the computer desktop interface, Plex will inevetiably switch the name back to whatever it wants, even when I use Plex’s “lock” funtion (this is particularly frustrating with episodic television). Not only does Plex rename the titles, but it also removes the artwork I have assigned to replace the thumbnail with an image of Kevin Spacey from House of Cards. I love Kevin Spacey, but I am so sick of seeing his #*&$% face on EVERY THUMBNAIL IN MY LIBRARY.
Furthermore, when I search (FF/RW) the “preview” always shows scenes from The Long Goodbye. No matter the show I am watching, FF/RW will only show Elliot Gould, never the characters from the program I am searching through. Thus, I have to guess how far forward or back I have gone.
I have dumped caches, refreshed databases, optimized databases, on and on and on… all to no avail.
The Plex interface in Roku is abysmal, especially since all the thumbnails are wrong. I can’t search visually (since every thumbnail is the same still from House of Cards), so I have to highlight each and every file to see what the program actually is. Not only that, but whoever created the Plex navigation for the Roku interface should be dragged into the street and beaten. It is the most convoluted and unuseable maze of nonsense I have ever encountered. I have no idea what they were thinking when they were creating the “quick access” sections, as each offering is completely useless when I’m trying to find the content I want to watch.
I am at witt’s end. I absolutely HATE Plex, but there seems to be NO OTHER choice for viewing my NAS stored media via Roku (which is what all the tv’s in our house use to access streaming media).
I could switch to XBMC and mirror to Roku, but I don’t want to have to access media via a computer (I want to use just Roku and NAS).
Why in the world is Plex the only game in town?!