At 18:26 UTC on Saturday July 6th, 2013 – Asiana Airlines Flight 214, a Boeing 777-200ER, crash landed at San Francisco International Airport. At the time of this writing, there have been 2 fatalities confirmed. This post is nothing more than speculation as to what occurred during the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214, and what caused the crash. I am not an air crash investigator and not associated with any aviation accident investigation agencies. This post is about what I think happened and not necessarily what will be discovered that actually happened.
It’s only after you move in with your girlfriend, do you realize how much for a horrible mistake the entire idea was. Joking somewhat aside, she does not take too fondly to the idea of me playing what she considers my bizarre music and video games in the living room. As a result of this, I don’t own speakers for my PC – only a pair of Sennhesier HD 280 Pros. But on days when I have the house to myself, I definitely wouldn’t mind blasting some Flying Lotus or immersing myself into the wonderful war sounds of cs_office. Instead of spending a chunk of money on a good set of speakers that would hardly get used, I turned my attention to my Samsung SmartTV. Streaming music and media to your SmartTV is incredibly simple and easy to do – provided you have a Windows PC or a Samsung device. If you’re trying to stream your library from OS X, well it’s not that straightforward – as there are no official support from Samsung.
That’s when I stumbled upon an app (and webapp) called Plex.
The Plex Media Server is a smart Media Server application that is designed to make playing Movies, TV Shows and other media you may have on your computer simple. It’s been designed from the ground up to work seamlessly in your home network with a variety of Plex Clients.
Plex (for desktops) is a free and lightweight app that runs in the background. Plex basically turns your computer into a “Plex media server” that can be accessed from other computers, mobile devices, and TVs (the iOS app costs $5.99, and in my opinion; totally worth it). By having Plex installed on your computer, you can always have access to your media from anywhere (so long as there is access to the storage device – so prepare to be leaving your desktop on always).
For us OS X users, the most important feature of Plex is that it turns our computers into a media server that’s compatible with Samsung’s Allshare Play app. After a quick installation Plex began to analyze my media folder – getting the file paths and reading the organisational structure of the folders. A glance over at my SmartTV’s Allshare Play proudly displayed my computer; I now had access to all my music, movies, etc. on my SmartTV.
There are some minor inconveniences and strangeness with the Plex app when streaming to your SmartTV:
- You can’t control/play your media from your computer – yes, you actually have to get up and use the remote (or your USB mouse/keyboard) and select/play media from the SmartTV.
- Support for .MKV and other less “mainstream” filetypes is spotty and sometimes won’t play at all. But I hear this is a strange random issue that some people have and others don’t.
At the end of the day, if you’re on OS X and looking for a quick, easy, and free way to stream your media to your SmartTV – Plex is definitely the way to go.