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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Prey
« Last post by neXus on August 12, 2022, 01:09:01 AM »
Prime is ridiculous value and they are basically paying me at this point given how many refunds, etc I have had when issues arise through their CS. You just have to not take the piss.

Lightyear is next on the list for the kids. We're not finding so much on Netflix and I hate how pervasive it is, it streams to devices when you don't want it to and there's no way to disable casting, the apps tend to take over the TV UI and don't allow you to go back or exit the app easily. It's wholly designed to trap you in their system.
Side tracking a little - Feel that with a delivery company here - Derliveroo.
Especially KFC as an example - they pretty much always get orders wrong, missing things etc and the Derlivery company just refunds either all of it or big chunks and you wonder


Back to Amazon - I found some serious bugs and issues - Long story ( I can do a post if anyone is interested) around Amazon Security and most of it is in the name of making it easier to make you buy be dammed if you can get hacked or have fraudulent stuff done. Amazon just deals with the latter (badly) and be dammed the actual flaws.
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Prey
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on August 10, 2022, 18:14:20 PM »
Prime is ridiculous value and they are basically paying me at this point given how many refunds, etc I have had when issues arise through their CS. You just have to not take the piss.

Lightyear is next on the list for the kids. We're not finding so much on Netflix and I hate how pervasive it is, it streams to devices when you don't want it to and there's no way to disable casting, the apps tend to take over the TV UI and don't allow you to go back or exit the app easily. It's wholly designed to trap you in their system.
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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by knighty on August 09, 2022, 21:12:45 PM »
I'll give it a go!

Not really bothered about using it personally, I do stuff watch it then delete it

I'll try watching it from home myself first

I was thinking I could re-encode storage so no need to transcode on the fly... But Google says it's a bit touch and go, depends a lot on what the viewer's plsyer can play

Setup a new VM earlier. I'll install Plex later :-)
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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by XEntity on August 09, 2022, 20:16:49 PM »
Just run it and give it a go, it’ll take you no more than 15 minutes to install and index all your stuff, it’s really pretty simple to get up and running just chuck it in a folder. If on your local network then won’t likely need to transcode, just the remote sessions.
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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by knighty on August 09, 2022, 17:44:29 PM »
hmmm... no quicksync, is it worth giving cpu encoding a try or am I wasting my time?

server as a dell r730, I've havn't looked into it, but gpu options are limited - thats why I put a gt730 in it... looks like a 730 is touch and go for transcoding

also.... can I just dump films/episodes into a folder and plex will sort it all out?  - I don't mine putting in the time to set it up but don;t want to have to mess with it all time time


guess I chould just bite the bullet, run it and see what it's like?
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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by XEntity on August 09, 2022, 08:37:49 AM »

- There is no GPU work, its all CPU and it will run as a service on Windows / run in the background so you do not want to use it on a machine being used for anything other than network/server type stuff.


This isn't entirely true, you can offload to the GPU however you need to have a Plex Pass subscription (Which is relatively pricey @ £4/month / £95 lifetime, unless you got in on it early like I did.

For CPU transcoding ideally you want something with Quick Sync (Intel), which you may have already experienced with your CCTV, for AMD really you need the GPU.

However, most of my internal streaming doesn't transcode so that content can be ignored in any calculations, I don't have 4K content yet and running this on an E3-1260L in a Gen 8 micro server with no GPU, I generally only have 1 person at a time streaming and don't appear to have issues, not sure if I'd get much more out of it. Using X264 over X265 would help, but 99% of mine is 265.

I couple of links with more info:
https://support.plex.tv/articles/201774043-what-kind-of-cpu-do-i-need-for-my-server/
https://support.plex.tv/articles/115002178853-using-hardware-accelerated-streaming/

However, you might also want to checkout Jellyfin, I've not used it, but I believe no subscription supports AMD AMF (Similar to Quick Sync), not quite as polished as Plex but I hear a lot of good things..
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Prey
« Last post by neXus on August 09, 2022, 02:06:11 AM »
Heard nothing but good things about this, having Disney+ is going to pay off!
It has been. We had Stan here along with Netflix originally but now we have

- Prime (Because monthly its next to nothing and that covers shopping, music and the Movie/TV) - Amazon Prime is actually stupidly cheap for what you get.
- Netflix - Sandman is latest of just great shows. I know its having issues right now but its still good.
- Disney + - Love or hate the Marvel and Star Wars Shows, I have enjoyed them and its been good value for money with also having kids too. Buzz Lightyear is a good movie, it has movies and the back catalogue etc so its been worth it!

Back to Prey - If you not watched it mate, make some space. It is not crazy long and its good! You can tell they did not have a super budget but they nailed it.
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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by neXus on August 09, 2022, 01:56:51 AM »
I was thinking I could run it from my synology nas... but doubt it has the cpu power for that?  (Celeron J4025 2core 2ghz, 2.9boost 6 gig ram)

could stream from home pc (ryzen 7 1800x, 8core 16 threads, 3.6gig stock 4gig boost 16gig ram, 1080ti - does encoding offload to gpu?)

speed test home 192mbps down 37up


or even better, from server at work inside a vm (dual xeon e5-2620 (6cores 12 threads each, 2gig stock 2.5gig boost, 128meg ram, gt730, windows server 2019 but could run anything invide vm?)

spped test work 47mbps down 18up


will upload at work be enough?  don't really want to tie up my pc at home... I have a spare pc I could run but seams daft to run an extra pc 24/7 for the odd film?


plus, I've got 130tb of cctv storage at work... can easily swap some of that for films/tv


if work server is enough to run it... can I just dump films into a folder and plex will sort itself out?  have VPN setup so I'll probably just d/l at home as normal and let it copy to server over the net at needed


also for wathcing it... think most people have smart TVs.... is that good enough?


one guy at work his gf keeps renting films to watch.... £16 a time!!!!!!! :-o


- While they do support NAS's I have found that their chips just dont quite cut the mustard in terms of the transcoding. They always lag a bit and you have more faffing about with settings and having it run or crash.
- There is no GPU work, its all CPU and it will run as a service on Windows / run in the background so you do not want to use it on a machine being used for anything other than network/server type stuff.
- There are people running it through a VM but you just need to make sure you provision enough memory and CPU to that VM for it.
- I would have it on something always running so you do not have to keep booting up the plex server all the time, just a hassle, why have one vs network folder and VLC if your doing that.

Watching wise - The Apps do not do much, the work is done by the server so if your TV is modern smart it will be able to have the Plex app. Plex app is like everywhere, IOS, Playstation, Xbox, Apple Tv, Roku... heaps.

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Guides & Projects / Re: run plex server for mates
« Last post by knighty on August 08, 2022, 19:13:38 PM »
I was thinking I could run it from my synology nas... but doubt it has the cpu power for that?  (Celeron J4025 2core 2ghz, 2.9boost 6 gig ram)

could stream from home pc (ryzen 7 1800x, 8core 16 threads, 3.6gig stock 4gig boost 16gig ram, 1080ti - does encoding offload to gpu?)

speed test home 192mbps down 37up


or even better, from server at work inside a vm (dual xeon e5-2620 (6cores 12 threads each, 2gig stock 2.5gig boost, 128meg ram, gt730, windows server 2019 but could run anything invide vm?)

spped test work 47mbps down 18up


will upload at work be enough?  don't really want to tie up my pc at home... I have a spare pc I could run but seams daft to run an extra pc 24/7 for the odd film?


plus, I've got 130tb of cctv storage at work... can easily swap some of that for films/tv


if work server is enough to run it... can I just dump films into a folder and plex will sort itself out?  have VPN setup so I'll probably just d/l at home as normal and let it copy to server over the net at needed


also for wathcing it... think most people have smart TVs.... is that good enough?


one guy at work his gf keeps renting films to watch.... £16 a time!!!!!!! :-o
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Entertainment & Technology / Re: Prey
« Last post by Clock'd 0Ne on August 08, 2022, 10:41:16 AM »
Heard nothing but good things about this, having Disney+ is going to pay off!
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