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PLEX NowTV Client update

Here’s the latest cut of the NowTV PLEX client. I’ve put one together today as a couple of the fixes from recent builds might be useful (oh and it’s my Birthday, so it’s my present to the NowTV using crowd).

Install as usual. Upload the Plex-NowTV-10-12-2013 zip file to the box, and make sure you get the Install OK message.

This is probably the last of the 2.6.9 releases, as the next version should have the new remote control code included.

Cheap Plex Player

roku2_artI’m documenting how to get the new NowTV (BskyB) player to run the Roku Plex Client so you can connect to your Plex server.

First obviously you need to order a NowTV Box, do that by clicking here

Sign up to NowTV as you need an account, goto the Create Account page for the 30 day free trial (just cancel straight away unless you really want to use the movies stuff, or if you don’t want to take anything then just don’t sign up for anything, just use your account details from when you bought the box), but if you are thinking of getting the movies, then this promotion (2.50 / month for 6 months) is a better bet (just remember to cancel it before the end of the 6 months)

Once you have the NowTV box in your hands and plugged into the TV, power it up and login etc.

Once at the home screen press Home button x 3 Up x 2 Right, Left, Right, Left, Right, make a note of the IP address and enable the developer mode.

Now from a PC on the same network, connect to the NowTV Box with a web browser http://IP-ADDRESS then upload the plex.zip file to it, you should see an install success notice, and the TV should have Plex notification up on it.

Well done, Cheap Plex Player.

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If you want the very latest version of Plex then you need to download the GIT for it (https://github.com/plexinc/roku-client-public) then rename the Manifest.Template file to Manifest and then ZIP the whole lot up, that’s the latest version.

UPDATE – I’ve been asked so I’ll mention it, if you get a pink/purple screen during playback it’s a handshake issue on HDMI (HDCP issue). Usually caused by dodgy cable, or incompatible hardware somewhere in the stream. The Roku LT suffers the same issues, flicking to 4×3 mode then back to 720p usually sorts it if its just the tv being slow to handshake (could try pulling the cable etc too)

OTHER – some apps worth grabbing from the Roku store, some are a bit odd that they haven’t been blocked by Sky. Spotify (if you have an account its a no brainier), PlayTo (grab the android companion app) allows you to ‘throw’ media from other sources (DLNA) like the companion app or most Windows machines, MetaTube (YouTube is blocked, go figure?), tune in radio and revision 3.

XBox 360 Hack

It's been doing the rounds for a while now, so I thought I would comment. The 360 hack is not an XBox style hack that you would be used to if you chipped your Xbox 1. However if you come from the world of Playstation then this will be nothing new.

The hack essentially allows you to play backups on the device (as long as you burn them with the bitset set correctly). This involves changing the firmware on the TS-H943 drive in some Xbox 360's (others have an LG drive).

If you want to give it a go then I highly recommend you check out the forums at Xbox-Scene as they have all the lowdown, but here are some of the guides to get you started, Mod firmware and dual chipping the drive.