Plex Home Theater (PHT) was our previous-generation desktop app. It is an extensively-modified fork of XBMC's (now Kodi) "Frodo" release. While using an XBMC-based player served us well for many years, we felt it was time to take the next step.
Plex Media Player (PMP) is a brand-new, custom-built app that's suitable for desktop, HTPC, and embedded/"appliance" computer use. PMP makes use of the best-in-class mpv media player to deliver unparalleled capabilities. Since the app is completely new from the ground up, it also no longer shares any code with XBMC/Kodi.
So what does Plex Media Player support which Plex Home Theater does not?
- The best-in-class mpv engine is used for playback
- Improved video codec support (e.g. H.265)
- A true 4K interface
- Bit-perfect LPCM decoding of DTS-HD MA (using libdcadec)
- Shared code-base with many of our other apps (including PlayStation, Smart TVs, and Xbox One), allowing faster development
- Streamlined interface that brings our premium desktop app in line with the rest of our big screen offerings
- Snappier and more feature-rich UI, including better animations
- Support for multi-channel music tracks
- Allows for different audio delay depending on video framerate (23.976 Hz vs. the rest)
- Native Raspberry Pi 2 port
- Mouse support