Plex launches free ad-supported streaming service

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Just when I thought Plex couldn’t get any better the company announces a new free ad-supported streaming service. If you’re not familiar with Plex, it’s a service that allows you to stream the movies you have at home. It does this by accessing your computer or external hard drive and serving the movies you have stored in a beautiful user interface. Of course, you need the Plex software to make it work but it is a great way to watch the content you have on your computer.

Plex also offers a live TV and DVR option where you can connect something like the HomeRun Connect Duo to your router and an HDTV antenna to your TV. This combo will grab live TV signals and those get served up to the Plex interface. It’s really a nice little package the company offers with both free and paid tiers.

Now, the company is rolling out its own ad-supported streaming service much like Tubi TV or Hulu. Plex will be rolling out thousands of movies, TV shows, extreme sports films, music documentaries, Bollywood musicals, and more. There are popular movies galore along with more obscure and niche offerings.

While there might be, oh, one or two other streaming services already out there 😉, we’re building on our decade of extreme passion for media to deliver the best experience possible, while also giving you the control and customization to stream it your way. So dip your toes in and give it a whirl! As with all the Plex content offerings, you can move the free movie source up and down your sidebar or even hide it forever—you’re always in control of your own destiny, or at least your own interface.

Over time, we’ll be adding more stuff from different studios and creators—from Oscar-winning Hollywood movies to the latest from India, Russia, China, Japan, Africa, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe to really cool independent movies fresh off the festival circuit. For those who are into acronyms—looking at all you SCUBA heads and NASA geeks—this type of offering is known as Ad-supported Video On Demand, or AVOD. Our hope is that Plex becomes your favorite source for free shows and movies, which will all be available across the vast expanse of Plex-enabled devices. And all, you know, for free.

Plex ad-supported streaming service
The new Plex ad-supported streaming service UI.

It’s pretty simple to get the new ad-supported streaming service from Plex. If you already have content on your Plex server, you’ll see a new icon in your navigation bar that will take you to the service. What’s great is that the service will recommend content based on the content you already own. Also, no need to worry about advertisements within YOUR PERSONAL content. The company says ads will only run on the streaming service and your content will still be ad-free.

If you don’t have content inside Plex and are a new user, here’s what the company says about that.

It’s now easier than ever to experience the highest-rated media app around. Enjoy our best-in-class interface for streaming the movies, TV shows, podcasts, documentaries, and music you love. No hard drive or personal media collection necessary. We’ll bring all the good stuff directly to you.


For more information on Plex and how to get it, please check out their website.

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Last Updated on February 3, 2021.


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