Plex has announced the addition of a couple of new features to its streaming app that turn it into a streaming aggregator, like Reelgood and JustWatch, to help organize and search your various streaming services. The first is a Universal Search feature that can find movies and TV shows across numerous streaming services and either launch the content directly in th streaming service’s app or allow you to add it to a universal watchlist within Plex. The second is a Discover section of the app that will help surface popular and trending content from within your other streaming services.
Plex’s search function has been for searching your own media library and the catalog of free ad-supported movies, TV shows, and live channels. Now the search results can include all movies and TV shows, regardless of where they can be watched outside of the Plex app. Universal search functionality is nothing new, as the Fire TV and many other platforms include it already, but the addition of it in Plex is the first time that it has been combined with your own media library. One must for Fire TV users is to enable the “System Keyboard” within Plex’s search options so that you can use your voice to input text.
Once a title available outside of Plex is selected, you’ll see a row of streaming service buttons that can be selected to launch those apps where the title is available. Alternatively, you can select to add the content to Plex’s new universal watchlist. Plex says that future movies, not yet available on any streaming service, can also be added so that you can keep track of when they become available on a streaming service.
Manually searching for and adding content to a watchlist is fine but can become tedious, especially for new content. That’s where Plex’s other new feature, Discover, comes in. The new Discover tab will list popular movies and TV shows across all streaming services to help you find something to watch in one place.
You can select which streaming services you have access to within the Plex app. This will help steer the Discover tab in the right direction so that you aren’t seeing too many suggestions that you don’t have access to.
Both the new Universal Search/Watchlist and Discover features are launching today in a public beta. On Fire TV devices you will need version 9.0.1 or newer of the Plex app to use these features. Unfortunately, it does not appear as though the new version of Plex with these features is available yet in the Amazon Appstore for Fire TV devices, but I expect it will be released soon enough.