Introducing the Plex Media Player
- 1 Introducing the Plex Media Player
- 2 Media software Plex launches a new desktop app for Mac and Windows
Plex Media Player has powerful live search capabilities that allow you to quickly find that movie, show, or song you are looking for. Plex also provides helpful suggestions when you don’t know what you want. Gives you both a beautiful HTPC experience and a smooth desktop media player experience. Whether you are home or away, you can easily play any file type with the world’s most potent playback engine. It’s the ultimate media player!
We’re incredibly proud to be taking the wraps off the future of premium media consumption in Plex. We’ve had a crack team working for the better part of a year on an app we’ve built from the ground up to deliver the absolute highest quality media browsing and playback experience.
It represents an exciting new direction for us in lots of ways, and we call it the Plex Media Player. Because, well, it plays media. (Full disclosure: we ran Most Best Great Media Player Ever >9000 v3.11 for Media past marketing and they didn’t bite.)
Connect your Plex account
Don’t feel like reading all about it and just want to DOWNLOAD ALL THE ONES AND ZEROS? Be our guests. The Plex Pass preview of the app is available today for download (sign in to your Plex Pass-enabled account and choose the “Plex Pass Downloads” button). Let us know what you think in the new forum, or read all about it here. It’ll be free for everyone after the preview period.
Media software Plex launches a new desktop app for Mac and Windows
Plex today is launching a new desktop application for Mac and Windows, to eventually replace the Plex Media Player as the company’s only desktop solution. The app’s arrival also signals a change in direction for the company, which will also now remove its existing Windows Store application and end support for the traditional home theatre PC setup — the latter which involves a desktop computer connected to a TV or home theatre.
Support for all file types (well, virtually all), including hi-fi music and video formats.
Stream all of your media to all your devices, anytime, anywhere, with the same beautiful experience on all of them. (iOS, Android, and Windows apps require a one-time unlock fee for full playback if you do not have a Plex Pass.)
Organize all of your media–videos, photos, and music–and make it beautiful with artwork and info like plot summaries, bios, and more.
Privacy and Security
Enjoy your media while away from home, knowing your connection is securely encrypted.
Effortlessly share libraries among friends to all discover and enjoy even more content together.
Recommendations and Discovery
Enjoy beautifully organized libraries that help you find and re-discover great gems in your collection.
Get online content from various sources, like TED Talks, NPR, Spike, Comedy Central, and Soundcloud, right in Plex.
Use the Plex app on your phone or tablet to control any Plex player.
Create optimized versions of your media for seamless streaming on whichever device you choose.
Save online videos to watch later or recommend videos to a friend.
Plex Cloud – Premium
Google Drive, Dropbox or Microsoft OneDrive is the simplest way to run Plex, without the need for an always-on PC or network-attached storage device (NAS).
Plex DVR – Premium
Record your favourite free HDTV digital broadcast channels right to your Plex Media Server—-including local news and sports—-then watch anywhere in the world! DVR recordings can be viewed on any Plex-enabled device.
Cloud Sync – Premium
Sync content from your library to supported cloud storage providers to enjoy even if your server is offline.
Lyrics – Premium
See timed words to your favourite songs when available.
Mood Mix – Premium
Find tracks in your collection based on the mood to help you wake up, wind down, and everything in between.
Plex Mix – Premium
Kick-off playback of similar tracks from your collection at any time — it’s like your radio station.
Premium Music – Premium
Enjoy lyrics, automatic Plex Mix and Mood Mix playlists based on mood or similar tracks, and premium metadata matching for high-quality art, album reviews, artist bios and more!
Multiple Users – Premium
Create customized, managed accounts, and make user switching fast and easy with Plex Home.
Parental Controls – Premium
Enable parental controls to keep the kids away from inappropriate content.
Trailers and Extras – Premium
Automatically see high-quality movie trailers, cast interviews, and other extras for movies in your library.
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What’s new in this version:
Plex Media Player 18.104.22.1689
– Updated Desktop to 4.24.1
– display of non-UTF-8 sidecar subtitles
– a long press of backspace causing loss of focus when closing modals
– an issue that caused search never to be performed when using the pointer
– an issue that could cause the sidebar to become inaccessible
after stopping playback from a controller app
– loss of progress when VOD is stopped during initial ad after resuming
– the missing focus in `Plex is not reachable` page
– an issue that caused sidebar items to display an infinite spinner when the app is offline
– possible error on user switcher when plex.tv authentication is unavailable
No transcoding – Intel Atom 1.2GHz. Single 720p transcode –
Intel Core i3 3.0 GHz. Single 1080p transcode – Intel Core i5 3.0GHz.
Single 4K transcode – Intel Core i7 3.2GHz
How to install
I now wish to install a Plex Media PLAYER on my desktop PC. Also, I plan to advise some family members on installing a PLEX Media PLAYER on their PCs (in remote locations). I plan to provide them with access to my streaming programs.
How do I install a PLEX Media PLAYER on my desktop PC? I go to the PLEX website and follow my nose to what would seem to be a button to download a PLEX Media Player. Still, the app that is subsequently installed on my desktop PC looks identical to the PLEX Media SERVER on my Media Server PC. It seems to have all the functionality of a full-fledged Plex Media Server when I want its functionality to be limited to what my TV PLEX Players and my iPad PLEX Players allow me to do.
This is of concern to me because it I point my family members to the wrong app, they might foul up my PLEX installation.
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