Kickstarter for Plex Media Player?
I just wanted to drop in and say that we all need to ratchet back our negativity about this new release.
I understand that you're all angry because this release wasn't what you were hoping for, and are scared that Plex is changing away from your tastes/needs for good. I know I am. I have many many issues with the new PMP. We all love PHT, but there is something that I think a lot of us are failing to grasp in the heat of the moment.
The Plex team has put in an absolutely tremendous amount of work to detach Plex from the Kodi base that was weighing them down. A fantastic achievement that will be very fruitful indeed in the months, and years to come. PHT based on Kodi was a dead end for the Plex team. I'm sure that the more they developed on top of it, the closer it came to being unsustainable to maintain.
Now the Plex team are free to fix issues and add features without all that burden. If you stop and think about this for a moment, you will realize that this is fantastic news. Much better news than I was hoping for.
Plex Media Player is clearly a sapling with an incredibly stronger foundation. At the moment we can't seem to see the forest for the trees. Features will be added back in, changes will be made. But now, things will move much faster for all platforms. Also, it's great that PHT will remain for those of us who will use it until critical features are added back. I see no downside as long as the Plex team are listening to feedback. They seem to be very dedicated to pleasing their users.
Please for all our sakes, be polite to the devs. They clearly work very hard and love what they do. I know from experience that rude hyperbolic negativity is not helping anyone, and can be a significant drag on motivation for developers.
We all need to take a deep breath, provide clear feedback with respect, and enjoy the PHT we all love until we get the features we want in PMP. Thank you so much to the Plex team for their dedication to their craft.
Thank you for reading.
I optimistically, and benefit-of-the-doubt-edly wrote this post almost 2 years ago. Dear lord was I wrong. I'm not going to speculate about what exactly went horribly wrong at Plex. Let's focus on finding solutions.
At this point what can be done for Plex to deliver on PMP?
- Start a Kickstarter for PMP. Politely ask the top people at Plex how much money they would require in order for them to take their desktop-platform app seriously. Raise enough to cover the amount they need, and then they get going on it.
- Can we create a new tier for PlexPass? Maybe double or triple the cost with the sole added benefit of Plex making PMP a priority, and having access to PMP.
This is basic economics at work. If PMP really is a niche product, Plex must charge far more for it than their other products. Their refusal to do this so far has necessarily led to them all but abandoning it. Maybe progress is still being made, but obviously at the pace of a napping snail.
I could be alone in this sentiment, but I would be willing to pay much much more money for a first class, maintained, flagship desktop Plex app.
I ask only that you please shut up, and take my money.