If you have tons of DVDs, it can be painful to dig them out to watch a movie or show that you love. And that̵
How easy is it? The hardest part of the Plex hardware itself is purchasing the Nvidia Shield Pro. At an average of $ 200 (sales happen!), It’s not a cash prize for coffee and snacks. But at the same time, it is also much less expensive than a full computer system that is only meant to stream your stuff. And thanks to the mobile processor setup, it’s also more energy efficient to use all the time. You’ll also want to grab a hefty hard drive (or two) to store all of your digitized movies. Or even better, grab a NAS and some massive hard drives.
Once you’ve bought the Shield Pro, setting up the Plex software is as easy as hitting an install button in the Play Store and then logging in with an account. It’s much easier than turning a Raspberry Pi into a server, and you’ll get better results. A Raspberry Pi Plex server will struggle to keep up with all the Blu-ray quality rips. But the Nvidia Shield Pro can handle them like a champion.
The first time you sign up with Plex, it finds yourself on an Nvidia Shield Pro and offers to set up a Plex server. Just follow the instructions; you’re done before you know it. If it seems complicated, the folks at Plex have put together a quick guide. Don’t forget to go to the Shield’s settings and allow it to access your external hard drive or NAS unit.
After that, the tedious process begins. You need to digitize all your DVDs and put them on your hard drive or NAS. You also have to be careful about naming them correctly as Plex will then automatically sort them and add the correct episodes, artwork and more. But don’t worry, our sister site, How-To Geek, has a great explanation of the process.
If you already have an Nvidia Shield Pro and a bunch of DVDs lying around, then there’s no reason not to set up a Plex server. You can watch your stuff at home and on the go, from your smart TV, your game console or even your phone and tablet. And never worry about receiving the dreaded notification that your favorite show is leaving your streaming service again. Come on!
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