Plex Media Server is coming to the NVIDIA Shield TV, in an announcement NVIDIA made last week. This will be part of NVIDIA’s version 3.2 update, which also brings more support for 4K and HDR video output (for displays that support that). The app will be pre-installed on all Shield TVs and make it much easier to access your media in an “all-in-one Plex box”.
The update should be coming soon, and the Plex Media Server app has been added to Google Play ahead of the update. Using Google Play as a delivery mechanism has been something NVIDIA’s done with many of their exclusive games. Although it may only work on one or two devices, it makes it easy to make quick updates and leverage Google Play’s great developer console without having to do an OTA update for a small patch.
The app currently states it’s unavailable on all devices, and it’s likely just waiting for the update to come out so a developer can check a flag and start allowing downloads. It seems to already be used internally, given its “100-500 downloads” and will take an additional 84MB of storage, based on its Google Play listing.
The Plex Media Server scans and organizes your media, then lets you stream it to all of your devices. It’s the central, most important piece of Plex. Once installed, it gets to work scanning and cataloging every piece of media, making it look beautiful and intuitively organized.
NVIDIA has been doing a good job of getting game developers on board with Android TV and this media partnership is another great step for NVIDIA and Android TV.