Plex has exploded in popularity as a go-to platform for cable cutters. Plex’s feature set is extensive and versatile, making it perfect for streaming various types of video across a broad variety of devices.
With so many options to consider, let’s take a closer look at some of the most intricate features of this robust multimedia platform.
What Is Plex?
If you’re unfamiliar with Plex, it’s a multi-purpose video streaming and organization application.
It is a robust platform that enables you to watch movies, play games, listen to music and podcasts, and even stream live television.
Not only that; it also enables you to organize your media library any way you choose and then play it from virtually any streaming device, from anywhere with an internet connection.
Plex is, for the most part, free. There are paid subscriptions available, such as Plex Access, which costs $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $129.99 for a lifetime pass.
It is accessible on Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS, as well as a variety of consoles, including the PlayStation 5, Xbox One S, and Atari VCS.
Now that you’re familiar with what Plex is in a nutshell, let’s look at some of its best features.
Plex Pass Is Outstanding
We’ve already discussed Plex Pass, but it’s one of the platform’s nicest features if you’re a regular Plex user. It’s only $4.99 per month, but it instantly opens the app and provides an extended feature set.
Plex Pass enables you to sync your media to mobile devices for offline listening or viewing. In a nutshell, you can download music from your server to your device and then listen to it virtually anywhere, even without an internet connection. However, keep in mind that this will consume storage on your device.
You may see and record live television programs in the app for free, as long as the device you’re using has an antenna and tuner. This includes any local news or sports information.
If you’re interested in streaming music from another platform, holding a Plex Pass can also save you money on your Tidal subscription. Given the high price of Tidal, any discount is great.
The majority of Plex is available for free.
You’ll notice we mentioned how fantastic Plex Pass is for folks who use it frequently. If you’re a more casual media consumer but still want a place to store your media, what do you do? You may not require a Plex Pass.
Actually, you do not require a Plex Pass. Plex is adamant about the fact that the majority of its services are available without requiring a membership. As a result, you can continue to use it as a media server, listening to music, and watching movies and television episodes. Simply pay a one-time price of $5 per device that is linked to the free account.
Organization of the Plex Media Library
Possessing a sizable media library has a number of advantages and disadvantages. While you obviously have access to a vast array of music and films, keeping everything organized can be a pain.
Fortunately, It takes care of the majority of the work for you. All you have to do is point it at your media server and let the app take care of the rest. It will automatically add everything to your music or movie library, including song titles, artists, artwork (if available), and, in certain cases, lyrics.
It will perform a scan of all the directories specified upon installation. When you run the Plex Material Server app, you’ll see that all of your media is nicely arranged in one location.
Plex Is Compatible With a Wide Variety of Devices
Once you’ve sorted your library, you can access it from virtually any device that supports the Plex client. As a result, you can access your nicely organized media library from a mobile device, a gaming console, a laptop, a tablet, or an Android TV.
You name it, and it’s probably possible to install Plex on it. Unless you’re referring to a Nintendo Switch, in which case you’re being weird, as Plex has never been officially added to Nintendo’s devices, despite several requests from the Plex/Switch community.
Therefore, unless your entire home’s technology is a Nintendo Switch, you should have a device capable of running the Plex client.
Plex Provides Access to Free Movies and TV Series
We can’t think of a single person who would object to receiving free movies and television series. Therefore, the fact that It provides these features to both free and paying members is a huge benefit to anyone who utilizes the platform.
While the finest station is certainly Wu Tang Collection, which broadcasts back-to-back Kung Fu films all day, every day, there is something for everyone, like IGN TV, Fail Army (is laughing at oneself still a thing? ), and children’s TV. There’s also DrinkTV, which is all about… drinks…, and Cooking Panda, if you’re looking for some new cooking ideas.
Additionally, you can access a diverse selection of film content. Plex categorizes the films, allowing you to easily identify the genre of film you’re looking for. While you are unlikely to discover the latest triple AAA movie here, it does have a plethora of excellent stuff (the horror section is good).
Remember, if you have Plex Pass, you can also get all of your local television channels, including news and sports. However, you will still require a tuner and an aerial for those. If you do not already have one of these, you may easily purchase them, but keep in mind that you may be better off with an indoor aerial.
Plex is an amazing platform with very few flaws. At its core, it is free for everyone, and any subscriptions help fund the service’s development.
This is not a matter of a firm attempting to earn money in an unethical manner; rather, it is a case of Plex becoming an even more remarkable program, one to which a greater number of people will flock as the feature set expands. It can only do so through subscriptions and one-time fees.
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