Shaken and stirred into action by a passing remark in the Plex article about Collections, I created a 007 “channel” that can be viewed on our home network. It features all 23 Eon Productions Bond movies, plus commentaries.
All you need is access to each DVD for the 15 minutes it takes the MakeMKV software to convert the DVD files to .mkv files.
Plex Media Server (free) pulls the poster and background art from The Movie Database and Freebase. If it happens not to be available, you can add it yourself. For this to work automatically, you need to adhere to the standards laid out in the Plex Media Naming and Organization Guide. It’s easy to create a Collection once the films appear in Plex.
To view on your Roku box, find Collections, then select the one you want (are you are a Connery purist? I made a “subchannel” for each 007). Pick a movie to start with, go to Playback Options and select Continuous Play. You will be watching Bond until the next power failure or Windows Update.
The commentaries appear on Roku under Playback Options as choices within Audio Stream.
One of the great things about Plex (not as much for us, but maybe for you) is that different channels can be playing simultaneously in other rooms, with a sufficiently powerful CPU.
My wife’s favorite Sunday night show is Keeping Up Appearances, but OETA finally took it off after many years. The creation of the Mrs. Bucket and Fawlty Towers channels for her is my most lauded achievement of this whole cord-cutting experiment (though OETA’s new lineup with Billy Connolly’s Route 66, One Foot in the Grave, and Doc Martin is pretty good). Plex’ WAF (wife acceptance factor) was boosted.
You don’t need to be cord-cutting at all to use Plex this way.
Also, by using only your home network, you aren’t burning any of your internet bandwidth, as you are with Netflix, Hulu, etc. If you have a cap on your usage (as you do with the cable company), this could be a good thing.
However, Plex has some bandwidth-using channel content itself that could be helpful in your quest to cut the cable. More about that soon.
Back to Bond… the 1967 comedy version of “Casino Royale” was a mess, but the non-Eon production of “Never Say Never Again” with Sean Connery (a remake of “Thunderball”) is up near the top of my personal favorites. I won’t consider the channel complete until I add it. (9/15: It’s now complete. 2/22/2015: OK, now it’s really complete; I added the 1967 “Casino Royale”.)