Roku 3 Vs Fire TV Best Set Top Box For Plex 2014/2015





Plex is becoming more and more popular as a tool for streaming community created channels as well as organizing ones’ own media. With Plex you can convert physical media in to digital media and access it all through Plex. It can almost eliminate the need for DVD and Blue Ray players. As Plex builds partnerships with more vendors the grey and yellow logo is becoming as easy to spot as Pandora or YouTube. While not at Netflix level yet the company is certainly rising as more and more people
Fire TV offers users a quad core streaming experience. How long will Roku writ before it pushes back?
Fire TV offers users a quad core streaming experience. How long will Roku writ before it pushes back?

begin to think of media consumption as an on demand and app driven commodity.
In the set top streaming world there are numerous ways to access Plex. Android boxes have wonderful Plex apps based on the tablet apps, there is a Plex port for XBMC called PleXBMC and there are dedicated Plex apps for the Roku line of products and the Amazon Fire TV and the Google Nexus player. In today’s feature we will be comparing Plex for the Amazon Fire TV and Roku, in our case a Roku 3.
Graphically
Fire TV: Plex on the Fire TV looks great. The menus are very colorful giving the app a distinctive Black and gold Plex feel while integrating a very friendly and inviting look. Slick
Plex on the Fire TV has more shinny things to enjoy. (Click for larger image)
Plex on the Fire TV has more shinny things to enjoy. (Click for larger image)

and modern, it is very visually appealing. Exploring various network channels presents large poster sized images of TV shows. The same applies to individual episodes of a give series.
Roku: Plex for Roku began as a private channel and has grown to be one of its most popular by far. But it is not because of its looks. The Plex Channel itself has a very basic look dominated by black and yellow with carousel styled channel selection. The networks and individual apps are given
Plex for Roku has pre refreshed Roku feel,
Plex for Roku has pre refreshed Roku feel,

their own branding but once inside a selection the pictures and art are small and a bit blurry.
Channels
Both apps appear to offer the same channel add-ons. But the edge sits with Roku in this category. The Fire TV does not offer a way to add new channels from Plex’s lineup of user created channels. The Roku channel does. Simply navigating to a conspicuous yellow plus sign allows the user to enter a channel store interface where new channels can be added based on type, newest, recently updated and more. Fire TV users will have to access Plex’s channels via a computer to from either the Plex website or apps like the Plex Home Theater.

It is simple to find Roku's search feature but it is less inclusive.
It is simple to find Roku’s search feature but it is less inclusive.

Search
Both Apps let users search the server but the Fire TV does it better. While the Roku app provides a simple basic Roku rectangle styled grid search. The Fire TV on the other hand a search for a given term even if it is not found will return results based on Movies, Videos, Seasons, Photos etc. If you have a vast amount of media organized with Plex it will be easy to find it with the great cross section search.
Navigation
Fire TV:
The Fire TV interface makes navigating a little complicated. Do you want to see channels click left select online and press OK. Did you add a new channel with a computer slick left select options and refresh. There are multiple steps and screens needed for what amounts to basic functions.
Roku: Plex on Roku is very basic so navigation is simple. The Roku app presents a separate
Finding something to watch on FIre TV is a much more visually stimulating experience.
Finding something to watch on FIre TV is a much more visually stimulating experience.

carousel for each thing on your Plex agenda. Qued media, Plex Channels, Your Media etc. Reaching the vast majority of the options can be done from the home page. Here we have to again give the edge to Roku.

Speed
This is where processors matter. The Roku 3 is the most powerful Roku on the market but the Fire TV is simply a more powerful device and it shows in how quickly apps and media load on the device. The Fire TV is a snappier and prettier display over all. Once you find what you are looking for you should enjoy it very much.