Thank you for your response, this will be a bit lengthy. Your quite correct it is unique. The team will definitely help out and they are active on their forum, and if you would like i am willing to put in the work to make this work and help you guys in anyway possible with what you need.
Its a new product and I am new to it, but its becoming more and more popular as a plex alternative, they are currently working to add every feature plex has (including plexpass features for free) the only thing that costs money is some 3rd party plugins which you can buy or not.
Some things I like about it, well i came from avsforum i found you guys through avsforum and we like our picture quality. Medibrowser htpc client supports madvr (mpc-hc plugin) and its basically the be all and end all for htpc users who care about picture quality.
Many features such as chapter image extraction, if you switch from full blu ray to xbmc/plex you dont have chapter timelines anymore like on blu rays, and images like on full blu rays, i really missed this, not an issue anymore. Also the transcoding was very smooth for me, more so then plex. I can also automate everything on the server, i barely touch it and everything runs smoothly in the background. They also added live tv, does plex support live tv? Unfortunately it does not, and in a server environment unlike xbmc this is very powerful for cable card users.
You will also find people on mb3 forum say the prefer the transcoding and streaming over plex for at home use (very smooth), metadata is a big one, i add anything to my library and i have all the metadata that i could only dream of, they collect high quality images from a ton of great websites and its all automated! I was a long time xbmc user and it was never this simple with them. Also customization, plex does not allow flexibility to do certain things like mb3 does. I can also set up videogames and they are working on integrating videogames into their htpc clients (classic video games). I and others i asked also seem to prefer mb3 UI. Also i rip full blu ray mkv files (25gb plus) plex just struggled with some aspects doing this, when i tried plex last year forced subtitle issues were a nightmare for full blu ray users forced subtitles are an issue in the ripping world, mb3 server offers much better handling of forced subtitles right at the server level.
For me mb3 is basically a bridge between plex server client service ease of use, and xbmc flexibility while being much simpler.
Theirs plex posters on their forum who discuss why they like mb3 over plex, or things they like better about plex, but your not going to find everyone prefer one or the other, customers and potential customers you will likely find varied response with some liking mb3, some liking plex, while offering both is more work, you cover everyone. Outside of maybe the odd request for jriver on here you guys cover every media center so Im not quite sure why exclude mb3? You seem to put alot of work into something like kalediscape which i dont want to be offensive seems like it would have a very limited user base given the cost of the system. As a home control solution you would just be eliminating customers who use mb3 as a potential media hub.
They added their streaming to chromecast the other day as well just like plex, the only feature plex users say they want included yet that they are working on is streaming library to their freinds and accessing the library easily away from home, but they say its coming.
I never gave mediabrowser a look before mb3 server client system was released, but I wont leave it. And if i cant use roomie with it…
If you guys need help with the api the team has never refused a request, the support is excellent on their forum, something i also dont get from plex or xbmc.