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30 de mayo de 2018

Have Plex Your Way

If you鈥檙e a blog-reading Plex user (and we have a feeling you are 馃憢), there鈥檚 a pretty good chance you care a lot about personalizing your media collection. Maybe you鈥檝e searched tirelessly for minimalist hipster posters for each of your Star Wars movies or painstakingly created music playlists for each of your many moods. Plex has always given you the ability to customize your library, but today we鈥檙e rolling out an update for iOS and Android that gives you even more control over your overall experience.

The philosophy behind this redesign focuses on a reimagining of the way the Plex apps are structured. It elevates some important decisions (鈥渨hat do I want to watch or listen to?鈥) and deemphasizes some less important ones (鈥渨here is it coming from?鈥). There are three core aspects to the redesign:

Customizable Home Screen: You now have complete control over the home screen of the app: you can reorder (or remove) any of the sections (like 鈥淩ecently Added鈥 or 鈥淥n Deck鈥) or add new ones from anywhere else in the app, even across different servers (mix and match!).


Easier Top-level Navigation: We鈥檝e added tabs at the bottom of the screen to quickly navigate between media types (Movies, TV, etc.), and those are fully customizable as well. Do you always watch movies on your tablet and listen to music on your phone? Arrange the tabs accordingly. Don鈥檛 care at all about photos in Plex? First of all, you鈥檙e a monster, but hey, now you can turn 鈥檈m off and focus on the media you prefer.


Effortlessly Cross Server Boundaries: The default source for each of the media types can be customized as well. Have content split across multiple servers? Rely on your friend鈥檚 hipster music? Or maybe you鈥檙e a huge fan of podcasts, but don鈥檛 have a 鈥 wait what? Oh yeah鈥 that brings me to our next big announcement鈥


UPDATE: As part of our ongoing effort to make sure we鈥檙e spending our time and energy in ways that best serve our awesome user community, we鈥檝e made the decision to end support for podcasts within Plex. We recognize this impacts several of you greatly, and we apologize for the inconvenience it will cause. You can continue to access your podcasts within Plex until next Friday, April 15th, 2022, at which point they will no longer be available.

So, you鈥檝e been curating your own little Marvel Cinematic Universe and decking your Breaking Bad collection with care. You鈥檝e got the soundtracks, the artwork, and the extras to match. You know what you need? 150 hours of Vince Gilligan creator-splaining Walter White鈥檚 motivation. This is where podcasts really shine. No rules, just words.

Here at Plex we like to use every part of the media and hate it when good content goes to waste. That鈥檚 why we鈥檙e adding support for the incredibly rich and diverse body of content that is Podcasts. We love the scrappy, two-people-and-a-mic nature of this ecosystem. It鈥檚 egalitarian, fanatical, and sometimes just a little bit rough-around-the-edges, but we think it鈥檚 a perfect complement to the rest of your Plex diet.

Podcasts are also a great fit for the media platform we鈥檝e built here at Plex, which is probably why people have asked us to add them for years. Features like On Deck, synced view state, rich metadata, and our incredibly diverse range of platforms means that you can enjoy podcasts like never before.

We鈥檙e excited to be launching Podcasts in beta inside Plex today on iOS, Android, Roku, and Plex Web, (more to come, of course!) and we鈥檇 like to highlight a few of the features available. Best of all, podcasts are free for all users and don鈥檛 even require a Plex Media Server to be set up.

Rich Search and Discovery: It鈥檚 easy to search for a specific podcast if you know what you鈥檙e looking for, or browse by genre, or see what鈥檚 popular. Once you start listening and building your library, our machine learning team has built a sophisticated system which delivers personalized recommendations for new podcasts.

Personal Podcasts: Once you鈥檝e found podcasts you enjoy (and we鈥檙e sure you will!) you can add them to 鈥楳y Podcasts鈥 and your home screen. Once there, they鈥檒l act much like a show in your personal TV libraries, with features like On Deck to make podcast bingeing just as easy as that little addiction to Ice Road Truckers you have, Ben.


Enhanced Player: In order to give you the best possible listening experience, we鈥檝e upgraded the players inside our mobile apps and the web app to allow for variable speed playback, as well as quickly skipping backwards or forwards.

It鈥檚 especially nice to use podcasts inside Plex with our newly customizable home screen. In the car, clearly you should be keeping your eyes on the road, so you can build a home screen with Recently Added music, On Deck for podcasts, and whatever other audio content you feel like!

We鈥檙e launching in beta so you can start playing (literally!) with Podcasts inside Plex, but we have more great features coming soon, including OPML importing, and offline podcast support for our mobile apps. You can find out more about Podcasts in Plex on our support site.

Podcasts are rolling out slowly to all supported platforms. Should be available by midday EDT to everyone.

You would think Barkley鈥檚 favorite podcast would be canine-oriented, but he actually loves listening to the mellifluous tones of Terry Gross. It lulls him to sleep within minutes鈥

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