Turn Your NVIDIA SHIELD Into A Plex Media Server


You read that headline right nerds! Coming later this month, you will be able to make your NVIDIA SHIELD into a Plex Media Server. The awesome team at Plex has been working with the awesome team from NVIDIA to produce something awesome for the NVIDIA SHIELD. The folks at Plex sent over a press release and blog post detailing the project and they’re very excited about what they’ve accomplished here.

As you might know, we’ve had a lovely Android TV app for quite some time now, and it’s getting better all the time. But the NVIDIA SHIELD, with its 64-bit CPU and massive GPU, allows us to make it extra special by letting you run the entire Plex Media Server directly on the device!

You read that right: the SHIELD is so powerful that it can not only run our Android TV interface better than just about anything out there, it can also run the full media server, including support for hardware-accelerated video transcoding (H.264, MPEG2 and HEVC)! With multiple simultaneous streams! As for storage, you get up to 500GB right on the SHIELD, and you can easily add more via USB or over the network.

The 500GB NVIDIA SHIELD Pro is really the first all-in-one Plex box that combines the power of the Media Server with awesome media playback capabilities. Did we mention it supports 4K video @ 60fps?

We’re working on some final bits with the awesome team at NVIDIA which should be included in their next firmware update scheduled for later this month. At that point, our app in the store will be updated to include the media server!

Plex is probably the best option for streaming your stored content from just about anywhere and sharing that content with others. Do you have an NVIDIA SHIELD? Do you use Plex? Will you be turning your SHIELD into a server? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

  Source: Plex
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