A few years ago, there was Xbox Media Center, or XBMC, a platform that made the original Xbox into the ultimate media center at the time. Boxee was one platform to come out of it, now there is another: Plex. Plex recently launched it’s newest version Plex/Nine for Mac (no PC version available) to much fanfare. Now Plex is coming to more than just your Mac.
Plex has announced that it’s new software will come installed on the HDTV’s and Blu-ray players in LG’s 201 NetCast lineup. Now, rather than having buy a seperate box like the Boxee Box or Apple TV, we can just buy an LG HDTV to play all of our media content. The Plex player will be fully controllable through the remote for the devices, but you can also use the remote apps for iOS (also coming soon to Android) to control the experience.
Putting Plex on HDTVs is certainly a big step, and the new software is definitely easy to use for the average user. It will have to compete with the Boxee Box and the Apple TV, both of which can be easily used with any TV, but have the yet-another-set-top-box problem. Both of the boxes, however, will be easier to justify for those who already have an HDTV and a Blu-ray player (should they want one). It will likely just come down to personal choice.
Plex, Boxee and Apple will have to compete with Google TV. Google’s got the brand recognition of Apple and might be able to offer an experience to match Boxee or Plex. Regardless of who does better, the promise of bringing the internet to the TV experience is here.