Discussion in 'Google TV Apps' started by mrspock, Feb 3, 2013.
Just saw the following posted on GTVHacker site and just wanted to pass it on here.
Just saw this thread, will try to stop by more often. Anyways, the latest version of the app is in the play store now. Look for "Serenity for Google TV" it should take you right to the app.
Version 1.1.0 is in the planning stages, and for those that like to try before you buy you can test out the development versions for free from the projects Download page. Anybody that is currently using Plex, should at least give it a look.
I paid for and installed Serenity, it installed on my CoStar, but when I open the app it takes me to the Settings page. It won't recognize my PMS....doesn't pick it up at all. But the Google TV and Android versions of Plex run just fine.
It's a shame as the interface looks great !
You have to choose what PMS you want to use - Click settings and it will open up your settings page and choose "Discovered Servers" and then pick the server you want to use with serenity. Then press back on your remote after choosing your server and you should see it say movies and if you scroll right it will show tv, etc. I use the D pad to move around and select stuff in the program.
We got MidwayBrit working yesterday via email. It was taking a bit for the Client to discover his server, once it did, everything worked as expected. For those that may be having problems with Discovered Servers, you can manually enter the IP Address in the "Preferred Server" option.
Tried the player today. Am really amazed how responsive the player is. Starting, pausing and skipping works instantly, nice! If subtitles and direct play will be implemented with this same responsiveness this will be my favorite player
Subtitles support is planned for version 1.1.0, which starts development later this week. Direct play is already implemented, transcoding is not currently due to licensing issues from Plex itself (too cost prohibitive for me at this time to do it).
Would be great if subtitles is supported! sorry, meant subtitles in combination with direct play, direct play is off course implemented
Development Snapshot 1.1.0-M1 is available
This is a development snapshot of the 1.1.0 series. If you want to test this version and have previously purchased Serenity from the Google Play Store, you will need to uninstall that version and install this version as the certificates that the app is signed with is not compatible. When the app is released to the play store it will be signed with the release certificate and automatic updates will work from the play store (after you re-install the app from the play store). As always please report issues or bugs to the projects issue tracker.
You may get this from the projects web site (sorry I don't have 10 posts yet so can't add links to the download page)
Features and Improvements:
* Display show titles along with episode titles on TV Shows Recently Aired, Recently Viewed, and On Deck.
* Added enhanced keyboard short cuts and remote navigation options. See Remote and Keyboard Controls wiki page for a list of the shortcuts.
* Add Content Rating for TV Shows
* Increase infographic image size for 1080p displays.
* The OSD display is now navigable with the D-PAD. All controls can be accessed with the remote.
* Additional unit tests around the app.
* Code refactorings and consolidations.
One of the most requested items is playback of Subtitles on the Google TV device and in general. Next week's milestone build will include subtitle playback for Direct Play videos. Since Serenity does not support transcoding we needed to add native support to the player to be able to display these. Both internal and external players will get subtitle support. Currently the only format supported is SRT, which seems to be the majority of the files.
For this to work as expected, please make sure you are following the naming guidelines for subtitle support as specified by the Plex developers. It is important to make sure that the language code is included in the filename so Plex can populate the necessary metadata that is used to display the languages available for subtitles.
Milestone builds are development builds so they may be unstable.
Version 1.1.0-M2 available.
Features and Improvements:
Playback Subtitles if they are available on both internal and external players. Only SRT subtitles are suported. See Plex Nine Subtitles for naming format information.
New video tutorial help option from the main menu. Press the menu button on your remote to access the tutorial.
Download manager service has been replaced with a version that can support files larger than 2GB.
Music and Photo menu items shouldn't display any longer. These will be added back once support is added for these items.
Library Names that can not be completely displayed will now scroll Marquee style once selected.
You can pick this development version up for testing from the projects Download page. This barring any major bugs found, this should be in the play store within the next week or two.
Nice in depth demo:
Version 1.1.0 is now available in the play store. This adds the highly requested subtitle playback support, and a few other enhancements. Including the video tutorial linked to above.
Serenity for Google TV 1.1.0 | intellectualcramps
Now to take a break for a bit, fix any bugs reported, and file my taxes so Uncle Sam is happy.
1.1.1 was released to the play store. Minor bug fix release, the main one for international users and subtitles, hopefully this fixes some of the odd ball characters that you were seeing displayed.
Just an update that the app has been renamed to Serenity for Android. Reason for the name change was to make it clearer that the app wasn't just for Google TV devices. While the primary focus is still the TV, it works very well on Android tablets and other devices hooked up to the TV that are android based.
The app also has a new logo as well, to help differentiate it and put less emphasis on the TV aspect. Hopefully these small changes will help with wider adoption of the application.
Great subtitles are supported now and player responses still really good!
Great work on this application! Looking forward to seeing how you will implement your netcast section!
If one already has ViMu and using network shared drives to access content, is there any need for the Serenity app in that case? Just trying to understand if I'm missing something.
If all you are interested in is playing back your movies and tv shows, and aren't interested in any of the extra meta data like show descriptions, then it might not be. With this said, future versions of Serenity will off more than just browsing and playback of plex content. I'm working on a NetCasts portion to allow video/podcast playback, so will be adding TWiT as the first NetCast station hopefully with version 1.2. Also with Serenity you get all the advanced filtering options that Plex offers (genre, year, recently added, recently viewed, etc). You can still use ViMu as an external player as well with Serenity. It may just provide a different interface into the same content.
Serenity now has an official Forum on the Plex Forums.
Serenity for Android - Plex Forums
I'll still check this thread, but the best place to get support is either the Serenity Google Plus page, or the plex forum for Serenity.
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