Shield Android TV already comes pre-installed with the Plex app, and now it appears that soon the popular media player app will receive a huge improvement update. According to NVIDIA a software update will soon launch that will transform your ordinary Shield Pro Android TV device into a Plex Media Server.
If you don’t already know, Plex has previously allowed users to have their music libraries, photos and videos streamed directly from a local or remote computer supported by Plex Media Server. Previously, in order to run Plex Media Server users were required to have a compatible Mac, Windows or Linux computer, but now this functionality will soon be available on the Shield Pro Android TV.
Aside from being able to run the entire media server along with the Android TV interface, the set-top box will soon also gain support for video transcoding accelerated by the hardware (MPEG2, HEVC and H.264). Furthermore, you’ll also have the ability to run multiple streams at the same time. To achieve this, users will only need to have their media library copied to the internal storage of their Shield Pro, have a USB hard drive plugged in or alternatively mount a NAS onto their Shield device and their media content will be there, ready to stream at any time.
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The integration of Plex Media Server into your Shield Pro device not only makes it more powerful, but also energy efficient while adding a huge 500 GB of storage. What’s more, all your library content will always be readily accessible since it always stays on even when the TV is switched off.
Plex also added that some features are also being worked on to be included in the update. The new software version should be made live later on this month.
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