Plex adds the ability to automatically skip end credits

Plex has announced the addition of a new feature that displays a button to skip the end credits of movies and TV shows. Plex has had the ability to skip the intro of TV shows for a while, but now it is applying a similar time-saving feature to the end of videos. The main reason to skip the credits is to quickly get to mid-credit or end-credit scenes, which have become quite popular in recent years. The new feature works across all of Plex’s free ad-supported content and also works for local library content if you have a Plex Pass. This is an automated process that uses your own Plex server’s computing power to detect where credits begin and end, so it may not work across your entire library right off the bat. You can learn more about the feature, as well as how to enable or disable it, in Plex’s help article.

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Plex’s local media server features are taking a backseat to its more recent ad-supported streaming success

Plex originally made its name as a great way to consume and organize your own local media through its server capabilities. I, personally, switched from using Kodi to Plex in recent years as the primary way of watching my own media collection for a number of reasons. The days of Plex being a constantly improving hub for your local media might be numbered as the app now has more users watching its ad-supported streaming content than using it to watch local content from a Plex Media Server. While that shift is likely great for Plex as a business, it’s reason enough to be concerned if you enjoy its local media capabilities. Read more ›

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Amazon now forbids Fire TV apps from directly launching content within other streaming apps

Amazon has changed its policy regarding how Fire TV apps interact with other apps. Specifically, Fire TV apps can, allegedly, no longer directly launch movies or TV shows within other Fire TV apps. The practice, known as deep-linking, is important to the convenience of streaming aggregator apps, like Plex, JustWatch, and Reelgood, as it allows users to jump from one app directly to content in another app. According to Plex vice-president of marketing Scott Hancock, who spoke with Jared Newman from TechHive, Amazon asked Plex to remove deep-linking from its app. Read more ›

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Plex asks all users to reset passwords due to data breach

Plex is asking all users to reset their passwords and sign out all active devices due to a data breach the company experienced. Plex says that “a third-party was able to access a limited subset of data that includes emails, usernames, and encrypted passwords” from one of its databases. The passwords that were accessed were “hashed and secured in accordance with best practices,” which means they were not in plain text. That said, you should definitely change your Plex password immediately. If the password you use for your Plex account is the same one you use for any other account, you should definitely change it for those other accounts as well and consider using unique passwords for all accounts for this very reason. Plex passwords can be reset here and Plex recommends checking the box that says “Sign out connected devices after password change” which will require you to sign back in on all of your devices.

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Plex can now sync Watched State and User Ratings across multiple Plex Servers

Plex has added a new feature that can sync watch state and user ratings between multiple Plex servers. So, if you have multiple Plex servers with the same content, the content will be marked as watched (or unwatched) on all of them when the state of one server changes. This also means that content you watch on a friend’s server will also be marked as watched on your own server, if you both have the same content. The same syncing occurs for user star ratings for content. Read more ›

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Plex becomes a streaming aggregator with new Universal Search, Watchlist, and Discover features

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. Read more ›

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Plex’s final sale of the year takes 25% off a Lifetime Plex Pass

Plex, the very popular app for streaming your own local media to all of your devices, is having one final sale to end the year. You can currently get a Lifetime Plex Pass for $89.99 using promo code SEEYA2021, which is 25% off the regular price of $119.99. That matches the lowest price that the Plex Pass has been. While Plex apps and software are all free, paying for a Plex Pass unlocks several premium features, such as hardware-accelerated encoding, which is a must if you plan to play any of your content outside of your home. A lifetime pass gives you access to all features for a single one-time payment, as opposed to paying $4.99 monthly or $39.99 annually. Here is a list of all the Plex Pass features, which Plex is constantly adding to. This sale ends on December 22.

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Get these deals on HBO Max, Showtime, and Plex Pass subscriptions before they expire

There are currently a few notable deals on streaming services available. The ad-free plan for HBO Max is on sale for $7.49/month for the first 6 months. That’s 50% off the regular price of $14.99. This offer is likely an attempt to keep all the Prime Video Channel customers subscribed, since they just lost service earlier this week. The deal is for new or returning subscribers, but cannot be used by existing subscribers, and it ends Sept. 26. If you’re a Prime member, you can get 2 months of Showtime for $0.99/month through Prime Video Channels. That’s 90% off the regular price of $10.99/month. That offer ends on Sept. 19. Alternatively, you can subscribe through Showtime directly to get 6 months for $4.99/month when you use promocode MMANUTS when you sign up. Lastly, Plex is offering 20% off a Lifetime Plex Pass when you use promocode PLEXLIKEAPRO. That brings the one-time cost down from $119.99 to $95.99. This deal ends tonight at midnight.

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Plex refreshes app interface and adds more customization options

Plex is giving the interface in its app a slight refresh. The new “Modern Layout,” as Plex calls it, shifts the focus slightly away from a dull grid of poster art to a richer layout that better showcases artwork/screengrabs and is more immersive, thanks to changing backgrounds. The new interface also rethinks metadata by hiding some things, like movie titles since they already appear in poster art, and surfacing other things, like genres and ratings, for additional context. If you’re not a fan of the change, you’re in luck, because Plex has also added more layout customization options to tweak layout elements to your liking. Read more ›

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Plex is offering 20% off their annual and lifetime Plex Pass

Plex is currently offering 20% off of their Plex Pass. A 1-year Plex Pass is $31.99, which is down from its regular price of $39.99. This will renew at its regular price after the first year. The lifetime Plex Pass, which normally costs $119.99, is available for $95.99. This is a one-time payment for a never-ending Plex Pass. Plex discounted lifetime passes to $89.99 during Black Friday last year, so this sale is nearly as good but you also have the option of saving on an annual pass with today’s sale. 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.

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