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[feature request] Client to pop up asking is anyone is still watching

TheDSCManTheDSCMan Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

Netflix has this feature that pops up a box and asks if anyone is still watching. If no one answers by the timeout, the stream stops. This would help when those less than savy plex users just leaves their machine streaming while nobody is watching. It would be nice if the clients would implement this feature to save our bandwidth.

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  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 6,933Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    Uhhhhh..... NO, NO, and NO!

    I do NOT want Plex to interrupt my viewing of my media in any way shape or form.

    NO!

    Tony

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  • RoyMi6RoyMi6 Posts: 27Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Jesus, I can't think of anything worse. Don't forget you can turn off autoplay so that it doesn't start the next show automatically. At least your limited to only watching one complete episode/movie.

  • TheDSCManTheDSCMan Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    You two must not understand what is being asked.

    After a certain amount of time after it Plex streamed the ENTIRE show or movie and before it automatically goes on and starts the next one, it simply asks the user if he/she is still watching. If he/she doesn't respond in a minute or two then it stops streaming. It sort of goes in line with the inability of the server to stop a client from streaming or adjusting the clients bandwidth

    RoyMi6, There is no control of autoplay at the server level. The setting does exist at the client level at least in the Roku version, however it's not in all clients. The fact that it is only client based is a bust for me considering I have no control over the clients settings for remote users. Not every person streaming from my server is a brain surgeon and getting them to change that setting is difficult at best.

    This feature I'm suggesting is intended to help when you have people that start streaming a series or movie and walks away leaving Plex running while no one is watching. This in no ways is meant to interrupt in the middle of a program as it should only ask before it automatically starts another stream and only after a long period of time has passed.

    So let me ask your opinion: What is worse.

    Having a user that starts watching a series on Plex, switches their TV over to watch something on cable and leaving Plex streaming for a week. There is no functionality on the server to stop the streaming to that client unless I delete the user from the server.

    Or having an option that after say 4 or 6 ours the client pops up a message asking if someone is still watching after say 6 hours of streaming and the last show/movie just ended. If no one responds in a minute or 2, then the client doesn't start the next stream.

    I've had a user do exactly this. They started watching a series that had roughly 100 episodes and switched their viewing to something else leaving Plex streaming. It streamed for for 5 days, one episode after another and no one was watching.

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 6,933Members ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited December 2016

    @TheDSCMan said:
    You two must not understand what is being asked.

    Oh yes - we know exactly what is being asked. On the surface it could be a good idea, but we also know exactly what would happen if Plex decided to comply with your request. They would develop the cure, but not bother developing a switch to turn it off. Like AutoPlay (that never goes away) there that thing would be right in my face while I'm trying to prosecute a DS9 marathon - and no thank you very much.

    I've had a user do exactly this. They started watching a series that had roughly 100 episodes and switched their viewing to something else leaving Plex streaming.

    Time to inform the clientele on streaming etiquette I suppose with fair warning that the rude will be 'unfriended'.

    There is no functionality on the server to stop the streaming to that client unless I delete the user from the server.

    That does seem like a shortcoming, but you absolutely have an option.
    Right Click the Plex icon in the system tray and select 'Exit'. That will pretty much stop any stream in it's tracks.

    :)

    I am surprised there is no 'show stopper' function in Now Playing, but a server reboot/shutdown will effectively provide the desired effect. Those that are awake can just start over and those that have gone to the beach and left Gilligan's Island on a loop for the Dog (can't imagine they wouldn't take the dog to the beach - dogs love the beach) can start over when they get back. A scheduled reboot of the server box each day will at least keep everybody honest, to some degree.

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  • TheDSCManTheDSCMan Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @JuiceWSA said:

    @TheDSCMan said:
    You two must not understand what is being asked.

    Oh yes - we know exactly what is being asked. On the surface it could be a good idea, but we also know exactly what would happen if Plex decided to comply with your request. They would develop the cure, but not bother developing a switch to turn it off. Like AutoPlay (that never goes away) there that thing would be right in my face while I'm trying to prosecute a DS9 marathon - and no thank you very much.

    Yes the client developers would have to provide a way for users to disable this feature if they don't want it. I assumed that any good developer would create a switch to enable or disable this in the client. I guess after talking to some overseas developers this morning I shouldn't assume.

    I've had a user do exactly this. They started watching a series that had roughly 100 episodes and switched their viewing to something else leaving Plex streaming.

    Time to inform the clientele on streaming etiquette I suppose with fair warning that the rude will be 'unfriended'.

    That is a way to do it I guess. Not that I would do that.:)

    There is no functionality on the server to stop the streaming to that client unless I delete the user from the server.

    That does seem like a shortcoming, but you absolutely have an option.
    Right Click the Plex icon in the system tray and select 'Exit'. That will pretty much stop any stream in it's tracks.

    :)

    I am surprised there is no 'show stopper' function in Now Playing, but a server reboot/shutdown will effectively provide the desired effect. Those that are awake can just start over and those that have gone to the beach and left Gilligan's Island on a loop for the Dog (can't imagine they wouldn't take the dog to the beach - dogs love the beach) can start over when they get back. A scheduled reboot of the server box each day will at least keep everybody honest, to some degree.

    Unfortunately this doesn't work. I've rebooted my server and the Plex client used reconnected and start the stream where it stopped. Last time I noticed it was a while ago, but that was the behavior I experienced. The only way I could get the stream to stop was by removing access to the category that they were streaming from and bouncing the server. That stopped the stream, but once I re-added the category, the client started right back up. That's when I did send an email and they stopped their client later that afternoon.

    A master Stop/Kill stream function at the server level that was honored by the client would be great, but I don't ever see that happening.

  • leelyndsleelynds Posts: 1,017Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @TheDSCMan said:
    Unfortunately this doesn't work. I've rebooted my server and the Plex client used reconnected and start the stream where it stopped. Last time I noticed it was a while ago, but that was the behavior I experienced. The only way I could get the stream to stop was by removing access to the category that they were streaming from and bouncing the server. That stopped the stream, but once I re-added the category, the client started right back up. That's when I did send an email and they stopped their client later that afternoon.

    The Roku is one client that is very persistent. No matter what, it seems to hang on. I have had to contact people when the Roku gets stuck (the Roku thinks it's playing something on Plex but it isn;t) and on the autoplay thing. My grandkids love autoplay, and it can go for a long time if no one notices.

    A master Stop/Kill stream function at the server level that was honored by the client would be great, but I don't ever see that happening.

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 6,933Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    Isn't there a streaming brain trust or something for PPers?

    Drop 'em back to about 50kbs as a penalty for being ignernt until they capitulate to the wishes of the server owner.

    If history is any indication when Plex develops a 'feature' they do NOT develop a way to disable it.

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  • TheDSCManTheDSCMan Posts: 4Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    @JuiceWSA said:
    Isn't there a streaming brain trust or something for PPers?

    Drop 'em back to about 50kbs as a penalty for being ignernt until they capitulate to the wishes of the server owner.

    If history is any indication when Plex develops a 'feature' they do NOT develop a way to disable it.

    As far as I know, there isn't no way on the server to restrict a stream down without restricting all.

  • JuiceWSAJuiceWSA Posts: 6,933Members ✭✭✭✭✭

    @TheDSCMan said:
    As far as I know, there isn't no way on the server to restrict a stream down without restricting all.

    Well, shucks. You wouldn't want to penalize everyone for one Bozo's mistakes. This isn't Boot Camp I suppose. I do know how I would handle it though. Removal from the Guest List in a 'penalty phase' to bring home the point.

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  • Bordwalk2000Bordwalk2000 Posts: 1Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    I would also like to see this feature added as something you can enable if you want to. I don't want to streaming stuff that people aren't actually watching.

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