Plex launches its new Movie Rental Store with prices starting at $3.99

As expected from the announcement last month, Plex has launched a new media store built into its streaming app. Currently, Plex is only offering movies from a handful of studios for rent in the US, with no option to buy any titles.

Plex is offering about 1,000 movies initially from studios which include A24, Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount, and WB. That number is expected to increase over time as Plex is working to expand the catalog with additional studios. Currently available titles include “Barbie,” “Wonka,” “Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom,” “Mission: Impossible — Dead Reckoning,” “The Color Purple,” “Expend4bles,” “PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie,” “Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes,” “Mean Girls,” and more.

Once a movie is rented, you’ll have 30 days to start watching the movie. Once the movie has been started, you’ll have 48 hours to finish viewing it. Those terms are pretty common among other movie rental stores, like Prime Video. Plex is launching the store across most compatible devices, including Fire TV, Google/Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, smart TVs, game consoles, smartphones, and tablets.

  1. tech3475 says:

    Is there a USP for this or is it just ‘yet another streaming rental store’?

    Even just using the Plex server as a cache could potentially give it an advantage for those in poor BB areas.

    • Nick Cannon says:

      How dare Plex try to make money

      • tech3475 says:

        That’s not what I meant, the question was whether Plex has something to offer over various existing alternatives which people already likely use e.g. Amazon, Youtube, Chili, Sky, iTunes, etc.

        I mentioned the Plex server because that could potentially give people a reason to use Plex over alternatives.

        • Pawdog says:

          Probably, just another store in the neighborhood. Maybe being integrated into Plex may be appealing to some.

          • tech3475 says:

            Looking at the privacy policy, it says:

            “Plex does not collect:

            Content titles of your Personal Content.”

            However, it also says:

            “Plex does collect:
            Usage Statistics.Information related to your usage to run and improve our Services, to provide, customize, and personalize your features and account, communications, and other content that we deliver or offer to you.”

            To me, this sounds like a potential loophole. Sure they don’t see the whole media server, but they can see what you’re specifically watching.

            This makes sense considering their ‘connect with friends’ annoyance/feature a while back which helped promote Jellyfin.

            Also, they have their other streaming services for TV and Movies to draw data from.

          • Pawdog says:

            Yeah I suppose they have to know what I’ve watched at least the technical details that are germain to playback. The title of the file wouldn’t be part of that. I would totally expect them to use the online services data

        • Plex sees its recommendation capabilities as the differentiator, since they potentially have data about your own media, ad-supported watching, discovery watchlists, and more. Here is a quote from Plex’s CEO, Keith Valory:

          “I think we’re well ahead of the market from a technology standpoint on our personalization and recommendations, and we use a fair bit of machine learning and other heuristics to kind of get that. I think one of the advantages we have when we build our recommendation engine is that it’s across all content.”

          • Pawdog says:

            Plex isn’t supposed to know anything about my media, if so they’ve been going against their own terms of service all these years.

  2. Baehr says:

    I’m gonna hafta check and see if Plex apps telling me what services a movie is available on when they have it for rent themselves.

  3. luthersman says:

    Hopefully they will start selling movies and be able to link movies anywhere account.

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