Plex for Plex Pass got a pretty sizable update today. Those of you with a Nexus Player or ADT-1 will love the integration with global search. One of the biggest complaints with Android TV has been the fact that searching for content from within the global search only yields results from Play Movies & TV. The good news is that apps can integrate with global search as long as developers add a few lines of code to their apps.
The Chromecast is a great tool for slinging your media to a bigger screen from your phone. We’ve already covered ways to get the local content on your devices to a Chromecast, but many users still play media from a local network so they don’t have to worry about cluttering up device storage with music and videos. It’s convenient to store all of your large files on a bigger hard drive instead of keeping them split up across multiple SD cards.
This guide is going to go over the easiest ways to start casting your networked music, photos, and videos to go along with all of your local pictures and internet subscriptions.
Sharing a single account with family or friends can be rather frustrating. Content, preferences, and settings for one user gets intertwined with another and the entire experience goes sour. Many services now are making a shift to support multi-user accounts. The latest to do so is Plex. With Plex Home, there is full control of who can do what with the service. Content can be shared with specified users and parental controls are in place so nothing gets seen by the unintended. User switching is fast, so there is no waiting around for the service to load everything.
Unique usernames, passwords, email addresses, and passwords are not required with Plex Home. There is PIN protection in case you want to provide privacy to users.
Features are available to non-subscribers of the premium Plex Pass. Anyone with a Plex account has access to multi-user support and “Now Playing.” It allows everyone sharing an account to have their own experience with a viewing history.
I can’t emphasize enough how amazing Plex is for streaming your own content to your mobile devices or your TV via Chromecast / Android TV. Not to mention that it’s also compatible with Apple TV and the Xbox.
If you have been thinking of jumping into the Plex world, today is your lucky day because the Android app is on sale for $1.99, which is a discount of $3.00. You will need the install the Plex Media Server on your computer, but that’s free. We’re not sure how long this sale will last, but I wouldn’t hesitate. We have the download links after the break.
Plex, the service that serves already-owned user content to a multitude of devices, announced today that it will have a home on Android TV. More specifically, the company expressed excitement that it would be available on the new Nexus Player. Plex has been working with Google since April to get the service up and running in time for the launch of Android TV.
Here is what Plex said in a blog post:
We’re really enjoying the fresh take that Android TV brings to the table: bold, clean UI designed from the ground up for “lean back” viewing from your couch, and custom home screen recommendations based on your viewing habits are right up our alley, and they mean that Plex and Android TV are a perfect fit.
We would have to assume this means that Plex is going to be available at launch. The Nexus Player goes up for pre-order on October 17.
If you use Plex (and Plex Pass) you probably know there’s a feature where you can automatically upload photos into your Plex picture library. If you like the feature, you’ll be happy to know that the feature is finally available in the Android Plex app.
You’ll still need to subscribe to Plex Pass, but otherwise the feature works pretty flawlessly. It’ll automatically upload any new photos on your device to your Plex library to be viewed on any other device you use. Pretty handy.
source: Plex Blog
When Plex first added Chromecast support to their app, it came with a caveat – users had to signup for the PlexPass subscription service to cast media. That is changing with an update to the app that is rolling out to Google Play. Now, anyone using Plex can cast media to their Chromecast device. Although casting support is now available to all users, PlexPass or no, Plex is still not a free solution.
Ever since Google opened up the Google Cast SDK, we have seen a number of apps that allow you to stream your own content. Plex is probably the most popular and widely used one, but the fact that the Chromecast feature still comes at an extra cost has turned a few off. If you’re looking for an alternative, you might want to check out MediaBrowser. They just updated the Android app and desktop server with Chromecast support.
MediaBrowser works much like Plex in that you install the server software on your Windows desktop. Just like Plex, it will go through all your media and add rich metadata and cover art. You can then access your media from anywhere using your Android phone or tablet. MediaBrowser will handle all transcoding on the fly. You can also access your server from other devices like the Roku, and as of yesterday, you can cast your videos and music to the Chromecast.
The Android app costs $4.53 and the server software is free. There are no other charges to use the Chromecast function. Hit the break for screenshots and download links.
A new update for Plex should have users pretty excited this morning. The update brings a host of bug fixes, speed improvements, as well as the addition of scheduled tasks, partial scanning, support for more platforms. Additionally, shared sync is finally here. Media servers are required to have a Plex Pass but users who tie into your server aren’t required to. What this means is that while family and friends may have different accounts, they’ll be able to sync with you. Plex is also getting more Chromecast features.
Users will now be able to cast music and photos to Chromecast. Items in your library can be cast in the usual way. Audio transcoding is available for formats that aren’t natively supported as well. Plex has also added content mirroring to the app meaning that as you look at information on your devices, it’s also displayed on your tv through your Chromecast. On top of that, tweaks and enhancements have been made for a more reliable and efficient way to stream content with higher bit rates.
If you haven’t given Plex a try, you can download it here. Current users should see the update live in the Play Store.
Plex, the popular media streaming service, recently added support for Chromecast— to keep things up to date, the company just launched a new website with direct casting options.