Working harder than the elves at the North Pole (although with a higher blood eggnog content), we’ve pushed updates in the last few days to our Roku, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 applications to add support for Plex Companion. What is Plex Companion, exactly? It’s what we call the magic that allows you to fling media between Plex-enabled devices, like from a Windows 8 Phone to a Roku, or from an iPhone/Android phone to the Chromecast plugged into your TV. It also turns your phone or tablet into the world’s best remote control: pause an episode when the phone rings, skip a track you’ve heard too many times, or just find out more about what you’re watching. The best part is, all of your different devices now work together seamlessly to maximize your media enjoyment.
Plex Companion was already supported on Plex Home Theater, Plex for iOS, and Android, so this rounds out the feature across all our apps. Now that we’ve got the basics in, expect us to keep enhancing and making it even richer.
Speaking of Roku, well shucks, we’re incredibly proud to be in the top 10 most watched channels on that device! Seriously, if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a loved one (or even just a liked one), you could do a lot worse.
If you’re running Windows 8.1, we’ve added support for some cool new features like Live Tiles. Plex will now show you recently added, On Deck, and queued content in a tile. Pretty!
There’s also support for share charm, in-application search, and we’ve updated the app to support fluid layouts. If you’re still on Windows 8 and were waiting for a reason to upgrade, you now have a few good ones.
Leading up to Christmas, we’re going to add a Barkley to every post. Just because we can. And literally, as we were hard at work, this is what he was doing. The nerve!