When it comes to media streaming, Plex already has most of its bases covered. But with its latest update on Xbox One, Plex is throwing another category into the mix: News.
Plex announced today that its Xbox One users now have access to a personalized news feed, curated with content from organizations around the globe. Users can choose from a slate of more than 190 news organizations around the globe, including some local channels, with filters based on source, category, and location. And because it works across devices, you can start watching Plex News on one device and continue on another.
If Plex is already where you do the majority of your media streaming, the News section looks like a solid way to fill out the experience. It's also supported by ads, so there's no additional cost involved in catching up with the headlines of the day. For Plex users on Xbox One, you should be able to check out the News section on you console now.
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That literally not a single person asked for. Although you can find hundreds of posts asking how to disable the feature.
Notice there's no articles about PLEX ignoring feature requests and pushing News on everyone.
I don't have a large media library, so I don't use Plex. Seeing this article makes me want to check it out. Maybe this is a play to grow their user base?
I have no use for this either. Much better, more mature, more personalized news aggregators available and I can cast to my TV if I really want to watch it there instead of on tablet/PC/phone. Plex are falling into the classic developers trap of constantly trying to do new stuff whkle still having some very underbaked and unreliable core functionality (premium music reviews anyone?) that they should be focusing on. yes no-one asked for it but I also appreciate that developers feel the need to constantly innovate. I just think they dont have the balance right.
..and 12 categories sourced from 19 channels is piss-poor "personalization", especially if you live outside of the U.S. where you will find very little local content.
Can't do HDR nor can it do advanced audio formats. No Atmos or DTS-MA. Can't handle an HDR stream to non HDR properly. This is the absolute last feature I care about. Pretty annoyed with Plex right now
I just want Plex to be able to support SRT subtitles without forcing my server to transcode them in. Its the most basic of subtitles which every other media player supports, all my video is HEVC which Plex supports and Audio is either AC3 or AAC which again, it supports.... but yet it thinks SRT subs are the hardest thing to comprehend.
Really annoying having to watch a film with forced subs for only 3 minutes and have my server basically transcode the whole movie in 4K/1080p...
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