There are way too many streaming services today, and with content constantly moving between them, it isn’t easy to keep track of shows and movies you want to watch. Google TV solved that problem when it launched in 2020, but now Plex is throwing its hat in the ring with similar tricks.
Plex Stories April 5, 2022
Plex Stories March 3, 2021
Some Shield TV users report broken Plex servers, but a quick update fixes it
One of the most useful features of the Android TV-powered Nvidia Shield TV is the ability to use it as a Plex server pretty quickly and easily. Unfortunately, that’s been broken for some users for a while, but a new update apparently fixes the problem.
Plex Stories January 26, 2021
Cloud streaming has benefits for gaming, as we’ve seen with Google Stadia, but it’s not all about high-end, graphically demanding titles. Sometimes, it’s just about making games easy to access. Today, “Plex Arcade” is launching as a way to stream classic video games to Android and Android TV devices, Chrome, and more.
Plex Stories April 3, 2020
Plex Live TV adds Chromecast support on iOS, new UI on Android TV, Apple TV
Plex is best known as a way to store all of your favorite media, but it also offers a bunch of useful other features including free movies. Another useful Plex feature is the ability to watch live TV and, now, that includes Chromecast support and a redesigned UI on Android TV and Apple TV.
Plex Stories May 31, 2019
Plex on Android now boasts new UI w/ picture-in-picture support
The growth of online video streaming services means that services like Plex might not be as popular as they once were but the cost involved means that a central hub for all of your downloaded video is still a neat and tidy one.
Plex Stories May 30, 2018
Plex is out with a major new app update today that includes two big changes. First up is a new personalization feature that lets you arrange your home screen within the app as well as top-level navigation. And second is podcast support with subscribing to shows and playing back episodes.
Plex Stories January 24, 2018
Plex is a great way to watch your favorite movies and TV shows anywhere you are, and today, the popular service is expanding to virtual reality with Google Daydream.
Plex Stories November 14, 2017
Plex picks up Google Assistant integration on Android TV
Google Assistant finally made its way to Android TV in the past few weeks, and as it expands, developers are making updates to add integration. Now, Plex is playing nicely with Assistant.
Plex Stories October 18, 2017
You can now access your Plex library in Android Auto
Android Auto’s list of compatible services continues to increase and in its most recent update, Plex finally joined the list.
Plex Stories August 2, 2017
Plex brings Live TV with DVR support and ‘Time Shifting’ to Android
Earlier this summer Plex announced its new Live TV feature that works with its DVR function to turn the app into a traditional TV replacement. After initially rolling out in beta on select devices, Plex has announced new updates to Live TV and DVR including the feature coming to Android…
Plex Stories June 13, 2017
Plex for Android can now play just about any locally stored video file
Plex has today announced that its Android app is gaining the ability to play most locally stored video files on your device. The update should make the Plex app a great option for those looking for an easy way to play a wide variety of video file types…
Plex Stories June 1, 2017
Plex Pass users will be getting an additional benefit from their subscription today as the company announces the addition of Live TV. Currently in beta, the service allows users of indoor and outdoor antennas to watch their favorite shows live through Plex. Combined with Plex’s DVR feature, Live TV becomes another veritable option for cord-cutters.
Plex Stories July 20, 2016
Sonos app gets Plex media server support in Android beta
The popular media streaming server Plex is announcing support for Sonos today, meaning you’ll now be able to access your Plex library from within the Sonos app for streaming to your Sonos speaker system.
Plex detailed how the integration works on its blog:
Plex Stories June 9, 2016
The Nvidia Shield set-top box is about to become the “first all-one Plex box” as Plex announced today the Android TV-based device will gain full media server support later this month. That’s in addition to the Android app offering it currently has and will make the Shield the first device other than a dedicated PC, Mac or NAS with full support for the popular Plex Media Server.
Plex Stories June 12, 2015
Plex for Android updated w/ interface tweaks, Android TV improvements, more
Plex today announced an update for its Android app that brings with it several improvements and new features. The update, which bumps the app to version 4.4.0.069 is available on the Play Store now. One much welcomed change for mobile users is that there is now a “jump to letter” feature to make scrolling much faster within the library.
Plex Stories March 26, 2015
Plex for Android update brings expanded Android TV availability, redesigned interface
Plex today has pushed an update to its Android app that bumps it to version 4.0. The update continues to improve the user interface of the application. Plex for Android gained a few Material Design inspired qualities with its last update, but with today’s 4.0 update, the design has been significantly enhanced.
Plex Stories December 24, 2014
Up to $220 worth of paid Android apps for free: Plex, Terraria, Sonic The Hedgehog 2, djay 2, Fleksy, many more
Starting now through December 26th, the Amazon App Store is offering what it’s calling the “largest Free App of the Day bundle ever.” While we have certainly seen Android sales rivaling today’s in the past, there are over $220 worth of paid apps for free available including the #1 Best Selling Entertainment App on Amazon, Plex. It is regularly listed at $5 and has received a 4+ star rating from over 30,000 reviewers on Google Play and Amazon combined.
Other notable freebies in the sale include: Terraria (Reg. $5), Five Nights at Freddy’s (Reg. $3), Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Reg. $3), djay 2 (Reg. $3), Age of Zombies: Season 2 (Reg. $1), Angry Birds Space (Ad-Free) (Reg. $1), Fleksy Keyboard (Reg. $2) and many more.
Amazon is also offering up to 30% off Amazon Coins (which can be used for future app/in-app purchases), and you’ll find more game deals still live in our latest roundup.
Plex Stories December 12, 2014
Plex, a popular app for streaming media from your personal computer or server to a smartphone, tablet or other device, has been updated (via Android Police) with support for playlists, improved usability of play queues, bigger art and a dismiss button for playback notifications, the ability to play unwatched TV shows and seasons by default, option to play episodes from On Deck continuously and more. expand full story
Plex Stories October 15, 2014
Earlier today, Google unveiled the Nexus Player, its latest combatant in the battle for your living room. As expected, Mountain View’s latest set-top receiver is attracting several major players in the entertainment software industry and Plex has announced that it’s coming to the search giant’s new media hub.
Plex Stories May 13, 2014
Mobile media player Plex for Android has been updated today with support for automatic photo uploads from the camera roll. The feature requires a subscription to the Plex Pass service. The updated app allows users to automatically upload all photos from the camera roll to the Plex library for access on other devices…
Plex Stories April 2, 2014
The Amazon Appstore for Android has dropped the price of Plex, the popular media server software, down to just $0.99. As a pricing comparison, it carries a list price of $4.99, which both Google Play and the iTunes App Store are currently charging. It could be a coincidence, but it’s worth noting that this discounted rate popped up on the Amazon App Store on the same day its set to unveil its long-awaited streaming media player. Plex recently added Chromecast support for all iOS and Android users. There’s no word on when this promotion will end so get downloading!
Plex Stories March 3, 2014
Since its initial release last year, the Chromecast has added support for a plethora of apps and services, including Plex, Vevo, Songza, and many more. Last month, Google announced the Chromecast SDK, which it said would make supporting the device even easier for developers. Online streaming video service Vudu has now announced that it too will soon support Chromecast with that SDK.
On its website Sunday, the WalMart-owned company stated that both its Android and iOS apps will soon receive updates that add Chromecast support. The company also adds that streaming will be available through Chrome on Windows and Mac, although that has been available since day one.
There are no details available as to when we can expect the Android and iOS Vudu apps to be updated, although we can’t imagine it taking too long. Rdio and Beats Music are also expected to add Chromecast support soon, so it’s clear that the SDK is going to help beef up the app selection significantly.
Plex Stories February 9, 2014
The Chromecast, Google’s streaming HDMI dongle came out last summer. It is compatible with any Android device running 2.3 or later, iOS devices with iOS 6 or 7, and any Mac or PC. Initially, users were able to stream Netflix or Youtube from an iOS device and Android device, Google Play on Android, or stream websites to a TV using the Chrome browser on a computer. The Chromecast works differently from Apple’s AirPlay system in that you can multitask and do other tasks on the device or you can let it go to sleep while streaming.
Very quickly after its release, Chromecast has received support for Hulu +, Pandora, and HBO GO. Last month a major update added ten new apps including Plex, Vevo, Songza, Red Bull TV, Post TV from the Washington Post, Viki, RealPlayer Cloud, Avia, Revision3 Internet Television, and BeyondPod. The most recent update the Chromecast received allowed users to stream Google Play movies and music directly from the Chrome browser on a computer.
In this How-to, we’ll discuss how to setup the Chromecast, use it with a Mac and Android device, and explore its gaming potentials.
Plex Stories February 7, 2014
Chromecast to go on sale in UK electrical chain Currys on or around 1st March
Google has announced that the UK will be the second market to get access to the Chromecast dongle when it goes on sale in the electrical chain store Currys on or around 1st March.
No price has yet been announced, nor is it yet known whether the device will go on sale in other retailers. Chromecast costs $35 in the US, suggesting a likely price of £25 in the UK (Britain rarely gets price parity with the U.S.).
In addition to streaming content from Chrome tabs, Chromecast support is now available in a wide range of apps, that include YouTube, Netflix, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Plex and many others. Google also just announced a Chromecast SDK, making it easier for developers to add support for additional apps.
Plex Stories December 13, 2013
If you have a Chromecast stick and have purchased movies or music from Google Play, you no longer need to cast them to your TV from your smartphone or tablet – you can now do it directly from the Chrome browser on your PC.
Make sure you have the Google Cast extension installed on your Chrome web browser (http://goo.gl/nzbB6t), and then look for the Cast icon in the Google Play web player. Click it and your movie or song will instantly start playing on your TV through Chromecast … expand full story
Plex Stories December 10, 2013
Google announced today a major round of app additions for its media streaming Chromecast HDMI stick including Plex, Vevo, Songza, and more.
Chromecast, which retails for $35 (currently $32.88 on Amazon Prime), can now play local files synced with your Plex media library from iOS, Android, or Chrome. Plex support is highly requested and offers a major advantage for content consumers looking to play content from a device to an HDTV.
Today’s update also brings support for the music video streaming service Vevo as well as the music discovery radio Songza. expand full story
Plex Stories July 30, 2013
Update: HBO confirmed to GigaOM that its in talks regrading offering support for Chromecast in the near future.
When Google announced the Chromecast last week, it revealed handful of content providers that are available to ‘cast’ to your TV. GigaOm is now reporting, however, that both Vimeo and Redbox Instant will soon be making their way to the new $35 streaming stick.
In a statement to the blog, Vimeo’s VP of mobile, Nick Alt had the following to say about Chromecast:
“We’re excited about the emerging opportunities bridging mobile to Connected TV and we look forward to offering Chromecast support in our products.”
The report also states that Redbox will also be bringing its Instant streaming service to Chromecast. Plex, a service that focuses mainly on brining local files to your big screen, also says that it is “actively investigating and optimistic” for Chromecast support.
Finally, GTV Hacker has also uncovered some configuration files that hint at tests for HBO Go as well as the services that Chromecast already supports.
While none of these services have specific time frames for release, it looks like Google will be moving a pretty quickly to beef up the streaming services it supports. expand full story
Plex Stories June 11, 2013
Verizon FiOS Mobile app arrives on Android w/ 75 channels of live TV
Verizon announced today that its Verizon FiOS app, previously only available for iOS devices, is now available for Android users through an app on Google Play. Like the iOS version, the free Verizon FiOS Mobile Android app brings live streaming to subscribers as well as a ton of on-demand content. The app will allow you to “watch up to 75 channels of Live TV at home, manage your DVRs remotely as well as browse and watch FiOS video-on-demand (VOD) anywhere you want“:
• Watch select live streaming TV channels from your device, anywhere in your home (* requires both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet service, as well as subscription to any of the channels you wish to watch)
• Access your Flex View content from anywhere, and browse over 40,000 titles in the Flex View On Demand library for great movie deals and exciting new TV programs
• Manage your DVR recordings, check the status of your DVR, and schedule new recordings from anywhere (* requires a DVR)
• Use your mobile or tablet device as a remote control while in your home (*requires an HD set-top box)
Plex Stories December 23, 2011
Plex, the very popular streaming media application, is on its way to the Nook Color and Nook Tablet’s Store, reports GigaOm. For those unfamiliar with Plex, it is a popular application available on iOS and Android that lets users manage their home’s media content through a custom server.
Plex’s wide variety of supported media formats, available plug-ins, and the Windows and Mac application make it arguably the best solution for controlling media across the household. The Barnes and Noble review team approved Plex, so it should see its way onto the Nook Store in the coming days.
The Nook’s Plex app will be very close to the Android app, but it will have an added layer of approval process for software titles, GigaOm reports.
The Nook Color and Nook Tablet’s popular competitor, the Kindle Fire, also has Plex. The addition of Plex to the Nook Store will give customers the ability to better manage their media — something that customers love to do with their cheaper tablets.