Plex will soon integrate into the Fire TV’s Live Experience

Amazon has revealed that Plex will soon integrate channels into the Fire TV’s live experience, which consists of the Live tab and the channel guide. While Plex is best known for its great local media player capabilities, it launched a collection of live streaming ad-supported channels last year. That offering of channels has grown from just over 80 channels to over 130 channels and soon you’ll be able to access those channels from within the Fire TV interface. Read more ›

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Plex’s Black Friday sale takes 25% off of their Lifetime Plex Pass subscription


Get a Lifetime Plex Pass for 25% off

Plex is offering a rare discount on their Plex Pass subscription for Black Friday. Enter code SURVIVETHESEASON during checkout to receive 25% off a Lifetime Plex Pass. That brings the one-time cost for access to all of Plex’s premium features down from $119.99 to $89.99. Compared to the never-ending monthly Plex Pass cost of $4.99, you’ll have paid off the lifetime Plex Pass after 18 months and never pay anything again. Plex is the best media player for accessing all of your personal movies, shows, music, and photos, from all of your devices. While apps like Kodi and MrMC do much of the same, I’ve personally switched over to Plex for its unified database that keeps all of my devices in sync and for its simplicity, especially for accessing my media outside of the home. Most of Plex’s features are free, but a few premium features require a Plex Pass. Some of those premium features that I use most are hardware transcoding, which is a must for accessing content outside of your home network, TV show intro skipping, and remote content downloading, which comes in very handy when poor cellular/wifi speeds are too low to stream. If you are already using or are planning to use Plex for all of your personal media, the one-time lifetime subscription is definitely the way to go and this sale is the best time to buy it.

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How to hide and/or rearrange Live TV channels in Plex’s Program Guide

Plex now offers dozens of free Live TV channels in their app. There’s a large selection of different channel genres on the list, with something to appeal to everyone. That means there are probably channels that you or your family will likely never watch. Luckily, it’s easy to clean up the list by disabling specific channels so that they don’t appear in the channel guide and it’s just as easy to reorder the channel list so that your most-watched channels are on top. Here is how to do it. Read more ›

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How to disable or enable the Recent Channels list in Plex’s Live TV Program Guide

Plex just launched free Live TV channels in their app. By default, the top of the program guide for these channels is a list of the 3 most recently viewed channels. If you prefer to hide the recent channels and always just see a static list of all channels, here’s how to do it. Read more ›

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Plex launches new Live TV streaming service with over 80 free channels

Plex, the much loved media player app available on nearly ever platform, including all Fire TV models, has expanded their free content offering with the addition of 80 free live linear channels. Much like the library of free on-demand movies and TV shows, added by Plex late last year, these live channels are ad-supported and are avialable globaly to everion, without the need to create an account or sign into the app. Read more ›

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Plex releases all-new interface update for Roku — Coming to Fire TV soon

Plex has announced the release of an all-new user interface for their media app. The new interface provides quicker ways to get to your content through the use of a vertical menu along the left side of the screen. You can pin your favorite media sources to the sidebar and turn off media sources you don’t use to customize the menu items. The new interface is currently available for Roku users and is available as a beta for Apple TV users. Fire TV users will have to wait a bit longer to get the new interface in the Plex app.

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Plex is shutting down Plex Cloud in November

Plex will be shutting down their Plex Cloud service on November 30th, as first reported on by Variety. After halting the creation of new cloud servers in February due to performance and quality issues, Plex has decided to stop supporting the service for good. Plex Cloud allowed Plex users to run a virtual Plex server in the cloud by uploading their media to cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft’s OneDrive. When Plex Cloud first launched, it supported Amazon Drive, which offered unlimited storage for $59.99 a year. Plex dropped support for Amazon Drive shortly after launching Plex Cloud and Amazon dropped their unlimited plan soon after. Plex Cloud was a compelling option while paired with an affordable unlimited cloud storage plan, but it likely became less attractive to many when support for Amazon Drive was lost. Plex Cloud was a great concept and good when it worked correctly, but it seems like it was a service that was ahead of its time.

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MrMC v3.6 update includes the Plex add-on with more add-ons coming soon

The media center app MrMC has recently been updated to version 3.6 and with the update comes the return of add-on support. It’s still not possible for users to install their own add-ons in MrMC, but the app’s developers will be adding highly requested add-ons to the app. The first add-on being added is the official Plex add-on. Selectively allowing add-ons in this manner is the only way for MrMC to remain in the Amazon appstore. Read more ›

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Plex introduces Hardware-Accelerated Streaming and makes Auto Quality available for free

Plex, the popular media player for streaming your own media collection to all of your devices including the Fire TV, has made a couple of announcements that should make for a better experience. First off, all customers can now use the “Automatically Adjust Quality” setting for their streams without needing to be a Plex Pass subscriber. If you are a subscriber, then you now get access to a new hardware-accelerated streaming option that uses dedicated hardware, that your server probably already has, to more efficiently transcode your media. Read more ›

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Plex News adds aggregated news clips to the popular media player app

Plex now offers local and national on-demand news videos directly within their app for free to all customers. The media player maker acquired Watchup earlier this year to promised to integrate it’s stand-alone newscast aggregator capabilities into Plex. Read more ›

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