I first encountered Plex at CES 2018 when my boss set up an interview with the company. I hadn't really heard of them at all at the time, but I have spent the past month digging into the Plex Media Server.
What is Plex?
Plex is a Media Server that syncs via your PC to a cloud. No, it doesn’t store your files on a cloud server, but it does allow you to play and access your media from literally anywhere with an internet connection via PC, smartphone, Xbox, or PS4. If it has an internet connection, Plex can work with it.
What Makes Plex Different?
Unlike home network HDDs that sync to your TV or iPad, Plex finds the posters and meta data for all the movie, picture, and music files on your drive. Plex generates an accurate picture of the movies or TV show with a lot better reliability than Apple’s iTunes Coverflow. Plex is free to download, and has apps on Xbox, PC, smartphones, Amazon Firestick and PS4. On top of this Plex, offers a lifetime membership for $120. This feature allows you to see trailers, reviews, IMDB ratings and actor bios right at the movie selection screen.
Why use Plex?
Before I was introduced to Plex, I used to watch movies and TV shows I owned digitally a few different ways. The first was using Windows 10 “Cast to Xbox” feature, however this only worked 50% of the time and only with Windows 10 and Xbox One. The second was using a USB stick to transfer the movies that I wanted to watch. I could plug the USB stick into my Xbox, PS4 or TV and watch them that way, however this had problems with file extensions and some platforms did not recognize certain files types. The last way was plugging an external HDD with all my movie backups in directly to my router. This proved to work with my Smart TV, but it would just list the files by name, no pics or anything fancy. Plex takes all these problems and simplifies them and it works near flawlessly.
Plex Media Server is Truly Awesome!
Plex is completely free to download, and it’s one of the best media server apps I’ve ever used. I’ve had zero problems getting started and it works throughout my home with my Samsung Galaxy S6, iPad, Xbox, TV, and my Amazon Firestick. I can literally watch my entire movie library from anywhere in the house, or on the road as long as my computer is on and connected to the internet.
For more info head over to the official Plex Media Server website.