Plex have updated their Media Center product and while they were at it they have renamed it to Plex Home Theater.


This is what Plex posted:

So what’s new? Well, we’ve re-synced to upstream XBMC code, to their “frodo” pre-release. But more than that, we’ve completely redone our integration so as to make future updates much, much easier. Our internal codename for the project was Fordo (because, let’s face it, a giant mountain with an impenetrable fortress inside sounds slightly more bad-ass than a little guy with hairy feet).

This brings us up to date with all the latest, which should finally resolve a number of long-standing issues, including A/V sync on SD files, high CPU usage when idle, and adds lots of cool stuff including:

  • HD audio support, via the new AudioEngine code, on operating systems which support it.
  • 10bit H.264 video
  • Airplay support
  • Much improved rendering efficiency (“dirty regions”)
  • Many bug fixes to home screen, server detection

In typical Plex fashion, we’ve also disabled/removed a bunch of stuff too, in order to make it as lean and fast as possible. It’s not a toaster, microwave, or PVR. Our only interest is making it work as well as humanly possible with our media server.

Have you tried it yet? Let us know by leaving a comment below.