Plex launches ad-supported videos on demand with over 1,000 films and TV shows

Plex on multiple platforms
Plex on multiple platforms (Image credit: Plex)

What you need to know

  • Plex launched an ad-supported video on demand feature.
  • The feature allows people to watch thousands of films and TV shows.
  • The feature is available in over 200 countries.

Plex announced the launch of its ad-supported video on demand feature today. Now, people in over 200 countries can watch a wide variety of films for free. The offering includes action, sci-fi, comedy, drama, thriller, anime, and family-friendly films. Plex is available on several platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, several smart TVs, Android, iOS, Xbox, PlayStation, and Amazon Fire TV.

The lineup of films available for free has several well-known titles. People can watch The Terminator, Frequency, Rain Man, and many other films through Plex. While watching these films requires seeing ads, Plex emphasizes in its announcement post (opens in new tab) that personal content will remain free of ads, "Your media collection—including your recorded movies and TV shows, home videos, photos, music collection, and more—will continue to stream to all of your devices ad-free."

Plex isn't the first media company to deliver free films and shows supported by ads, but the company believes that it delivers a better offering than the competition, "While there are certainly other free streaming services out there, we're the first to offer a vast, free, diverse collection of content for a truly global audience. Starting today, Plex will deliver more content to more countries than any other free streaming service to date."

To watch free content through Plex, you need to visit Plex's website (opens in new tab) and sign up for an account.

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  • Somehow I don't think these guys are understanding what people use their software for. Definitely not to see movies with ads.
  • Plex becomes a streaming service. What a shock. Actually it already was, with its Tidal integration. The end is nigh for all of you who still have ripped DVD's from 2007 on your local hard drives. Spider-Man 3 isn't worth it, guys.
  • Well...the Xbox app doesn't let me browse these "thousands" of shows. Only shows me most popular...and there's like...6