PLEX through ROKU is about as easy to use as any other ROKU app, except it is your content, your choice, not some packaged content. Anything more then you do now, by definition would be “another level of complexity” I suppose. But from a user’s point of view, not much different then Netflix, Hulu, Amazon. It does require some minimal setup however, but again not hard to understand or do. If you have ever setup Microsoft’s Media Center in your PC, it is about that difficult to do. Where there would be more work is if you want to convert DVD/Blu-ray discs to online content. At that point it become a bit more challenging if you’ve never ripped a DVD or Blu-ray disc before. But, this would be done using other software and some of this software is very easy to use as well.
But, back to ripping tablo’s recorded content, it is really pretty simple using CycleJ’s Tablo Ripper. No harder then downloading 2 files, installing one and you can leave the other in your download folder if you wish as you will just be linking to it in Tablo Ripper. Not much harder then installing any other program in a PC to get it up and running. Tablo RIpper will find your tablo all by itself and present to you all the recordings available. All you have to do is decide if you wish to save all of your recordings, or just some of them. In either case fill in the path to FFMPEG (the file you left in your download directory) and select an output folder. This will be the folder you will later import into PLEX as one of your media folders. If you wish to selectively rip (convert) recordings, then you just select which ones, click a button and press another button to start the conversion process. Tablo Ripper does the rest. If you wish to rip all of the recordings, you simply press a button to start the background service and Tablo will do the rest, and continue to in the background. You can actually choose the time when this happens if you have a slower PC, maybe at night when everyone is asleep.
PLEX will automatically analyze the media content as it monitors the folders you specify. I will locate all pertinent metadata for TV Shows and Movies and will build very nice interface which will include cover art, descriptions, people, and more. All Media falls into one of five categories - Movies, TV Shows, Music, Photos and Home Videos. Content to fill these categories can come from any file folders your choose, but it is easier to group them into folders given the same name as the categories. This way, you will always know where each type of content will be found or put into. You can add to your media a much or as little as you choose and there really isn’t any limit other then storage space that I am aware of. I currently have just about 900 VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray/3D Blu-Ray Movies, over 2800 TV Show episodes, and about 60 movies broadcast and recorded from Tablo. I have been building my movie library since the VHS days. I also have over 3000 hours of Home Movies, but I have yet to edit most and categorize them. I will be doing these someday I hope.
So this is PLEX and a bit of what I am doing with it. I have yet to decide if I want to put music, photos, or home video on PLEX. Right now most of what goes on PLEX comes from Tablo and it is fully automatic except when the schedule producer/broadcaster does not provide the correct metadata. There is some bit of this to fix ever few days, but no more then a few minutes effort a couple times a week.
I have always enjoyed working with media most all of my life. So, for me PLEX is a super useful tool that ties all of it together. One day, most of what I have in media will be one my PLEX servers. But, when that might be, I have really no idea.