Back when Plex updated the Fire TV UI to match that of the Android TV, I voiced discontent. (That happened to be in the Apple TV forum, because @elan was responding there and not in this one.)
The latest move to leverage the Android TV UI is AWFUL, and you have people rolling back several versions to get to something usable.
I made a significant number of other comments, but @elan at least addressed the above directly with:
I'm not sure how to respond here. The old Fire TV interface was the much-hated-upon web UI; we continually get asked why the Android TV UI isn't on the Fire TV devices; the ratings for the app are excellent and the majority of feedback we get about the change is positive.
"Fair enough.", I thought, "Guess I'll go check out this Emby thing, to which some others seem to be moving."
I installed and set up Emby, only to find that the UI looks almost identical, leading me to this question: Who stole from whom?
The UIs are different, in ways, but the basic approach is so identical that it's clear one took 'inspiration' from the other.
As an aside, during my 6 years of Plex use, this UI shift is the second time Plex has dropped a notch for me in terms of usability. When they moved to what is now the previous UI, they increased the "clicks" to get to what I wanted. This new UI increases it further. The responsiveness also took a hit - previous UI was relatively snappy, with this one I see lags. I'm learning to live with it, but I still don't like it, and I'm periodically continuing to evaluate other options. That continues to make me sad, because I used to love Plex and spent many hours espousing its wonders to all my friends, not to mention the dollar investment I've made in building an entertainment solution all specifically around Plex.
(@elan - If you're reading this, I watched you close that ATV thread today, in which members were repeatedly criticizing you and your team. As a director of a software development department, I get how such criticism sucks and eventually it just isn't constructive. I've learned communication is key... and it's one of the hardest damn things to do right, because nobody does it right. So, I appreciate you chiming in on these forums - not exactly a typical CTO thing to do - but, maybe let someone else play the part of moderator, because brother you already have an optics problem as it is.)