So, I'm a huge fan of Plex, but since getting the Raspberry as a test machine and media player, I've run across something I didn't know I wanted so bad: PseudoTV.
This takes all your existing content, and schedules it like a TV channel.
Newbie acceptance factor is through the roof!
As it stands, it will do it's own logic for creating channels, or base them off smart playlists. It also allows for interleaving content that is not part of the library.
It takes about 20 seconds to make a Documentary channel with TED ED "commercials". This means that turning it to channel 34 at 9:40pm will come in part way through an IMAX film, allow you to rewind, fast forward, or flip past to something else, and if you watch the movie all the way through, a 5min TED ED film will come up before the next documentary film plays.
50s channel, Concerts channel, SciFi+action channel...
It can even create channels based on the channel a show actually aired: Showtime, Bravo, Food network, etc.
What sells it for me
...is that picking something to watch is trivial again, when I want it to be... I'm finding myself 'rediscovering' content that I haven't touched for a while.
Thee ability to name channels after each of my kids, then work with them to create commercials that will run on the TV is empowering!
The user interface is very simple
After the setup, the guide is brought up by pressing the enter button, and it performs just like a cable or satellite guide.
(Example - there are other skins)
SO: Is it possible for Plex to have a PseudoTV "channel" for this that works in 'Standard' Plex clients as well as the iOS and embedded apps?
The Configuration UI sounds like the hardest part: what if focus was just on the client side? (it uses XML channel files; beta 1 just for geeks: grab an existing config and test)