I have a bit of a tale to tell regarding a homegrown Plex alternative which I've been working on for a year or two...
So, for years now, I've had a plex server in the garage, which I've used to entertain my girls and solve the problems of:
So far, so good: plex has helped keep the screaming-for-blue-murder down to a dull roar for years now. However, there have been many niggling issues with it that have driven me to think 'could I do better?', such as:
So, armed with a trusty text editor, I mucked around with ffmpeg, and Go[lang], and so on, until I came up with Gondola, which I'm now releasing as an open-source project here:
Gondola is the full suite: A transcoding-ahead-of-time media server which works from a Raspberry Pi or a fanless laptop (I recommend the latter); a native client app for your Apple TV, iPhone, and iPad; and a web client which will work on any Android device. I've put a small price on the apps in the app store (due to the hassle of getting them approved!) but you can compile and install them yourselves if you like.
Hope you like it!
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(Comp Sci, Hons - UTS)
iOS Developer in Sydney.
I have worked at places such as Google, News Corp, Fox Sports, NineMSN, FetchTV, Woolworths, and Westpac, among others. If you're looking for a good iOS developer, drop me a line!