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[Q] Did someone try the PLEX app with chromecast ?

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11th January 2014, 12:15 PM   |  #1  
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11th January 2014, 02:56 PM   |  #2  
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Yes. It works on my non-rooted chromecast. You need to have purchased a Plex pass subscription in order for it to work.

Movies & TV shows work well if they are burned to your computer & follow the correct naming scheme. Some Plex channels work & some don't. The only thing I haven't been able to stream to chromecast is pictures & slideshows. Otherwise, it has worked great.
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What Plex channels worked for you? None of the ones I tried at random worked for me.

Overall it works fine for casting local content. The only issue is that the Plex app on my Android tablet disconnects from the Chromecast after a few minutes, and I have to reconnect it to get control back. I can reconnect without interrupting the video if I do it the right way. The Plex app doesn't disconnect from my Roku player, so it looks like the issue is on the Chromecast side.
11th January 2014, 06:50 PM   |  #4  
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What Plex channels worked for you? None of the ones I tried at random worked for me.

Overall it works fine for casting local content. The only issue is that the Plex app on my Android tablet disconnects from the Chromecast after a few minutes, and I have to reconnect it to get control back. I can reconnect without interrupting the video if I do it the right way. The Plex app doesn't disconnect from my Roku player, so it looks like the issue is on the Chromecast side.

There is a bug in the Plex Control protocol but it seems to be limited to the device that starts the stream as others seem to be able to jump onto the control and not have restart issues.

Try this and see if I'm correct there....
Next time you lose control, Force Kill the Plex App on your device, Then reload and select the CCast that is streaming.
You should resume control without seeing the Restart from scratch bug.

The loss of control may be CCast related but it may also be WiFi related. Any loss of connection on the device side (even switching bands) seems to disrupt the ability to control.

Plex Devs are aware there is an issue but right now all their CCast attention seems to be focused on the Transcoder and the Surround Sound Transcoding issue.
11th January 2014, 06:51 PM   |  #5  
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MediaBrowser will be adding Chromecast support soon.

www.mediabrowser3.com

MediaBrower Server can also act as a backend server for Plex
11th January 2014, 08:00 PM   |  #6  
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Next time you lose control, Force Kill the Plex App on your device, Then reload and select the CCast that is streaming.
You should resume control without seeing the Restart from scratch bug.

I don't have to do anything that drastic. I can simply reconnect to the Chromecast and resume control of the current Plex stream without interrupting it as long as I don't change the selection. That's why it's not a big deal.
11th January 2014, 08:39 PM   |  #7  
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I don't have to do anything that drastic. I can simply reconnect to the Chromecast and resume control of the current Plex stream without interrupting it as long as I don't change the selection. That's why it's not a big deal.

So your not seeing the Loss of Control, Reconnect and Restart from beginning bug?

I wonder if they fixed that in a recent update...Could be...
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Originally Posted by DJames1

What Plex channels worked for you? None of the ones I tried at random worked for me.

Overall it works fine for casting local content. The only issue is that the Plex app on my Android tablet disconnects from the Chromecast after a few minutes, and I have to reconnect it to get control back. I can reconnect without interrupting the video if I do it the right way. The Plex app doesn't disconnect from my Roku player, so it looks like the issue is on the Chromecast side.

I am able to get Nickjr, That Daily Show, and The Colbert Report channels working. However, many others don't work.
12th January 2014, 05:46 AM   |  #9  
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Sucks that if your internet goes down that you can't stream local plex content to a chromecast. I was sad when I observed that. Maybe that'll be fixed in the future.

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12th January 2014, 08:01 AM   |  #10  
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Huh, you're right about that, just tried it. With no internet connection the Chromecast won't connect to Plex over the LAN and instead gives the cheery error message "Oops, shouldn't be here." Along with that other delightful message "Brain freeze!" that you get when Pandora doesn't work, it really helps give the impression of a mature, well-designed, user-friendly product. I'm expecting to see "Shucks, we done screwed up." any time now.

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