Plex for Windows 10 PC is now available with mobile coming later
For those home streamers with a vast library of video, music, and photos, you will want to grab the all new Plex for Windows 10. The app update just went live in the Store and is bumped to version 3.0.31. Although the mobile version is still at 8.1, it too will be updated in the coming weeks for Windows 10 Mobile proper.
Plex for Windows 10 is re-written for the Universal Windows Platform (UWP) and brings with it some new advantages, including better UI scaling and a more modern look. Here is what's new in Plex for Windows 10!
Plex for Windows 10
- Native Windows 10 app built from the ground up to take advantage of Microsoft's new Universal Windows Platform.
- New UI A completely redesigned beautiful UI, which works and looks great across any device and screen size.
- Hubs and discovery!
- Continuum (on mobile)
For those who are not familiar Plex is a free service (Plex.tv) (opens in new tab) that lets you stream media from your home PC or NAS setup to any other digital device at home and abroad. Plex is renowned for its flexibility as it is available on every major platform as well at its easy to setup and use design. The idea is simple as it lets you run a server app on your PC that has access to your media library. Family members can then log in and stream the content to their device including on the Xbox One.
If you have not tried Plex now is a good time to do. The new Windows 10 app has been in development for a few months now after some exhaustive beta testing meaning it should be fantastic out the gate. Let us know what you think in comments and why you like to use Plex!
We'll keep you posted on when the Mobile version of Plex goes live later this summer. For now, Windows 10 Mobile users can continue to use the app built for Windows Phone 8.1.
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Why burn subtitles in the movie? I don't get it.. All the others do not have to do this..
Why does it have to transcode a standard MKV/DTS file on all the apps, when no one else need this?
Just tried the new app, and it has the same issues as the xbox one app when it comes to DTS etc.. I have set up KODI with https access to my video library and my friends can stream what ever they want, and i'm using 0% CPU because everything happens on their KODI client and not the server.. This works perfect and always, and is only limited by my upload. I truly hope that Plex gets more native codec support on all fronts, because the idea that you just download an app and start playing is really good. The whole setup with KODI is not something my friends can do themselves..
The ideal media library streamer would be able to directly play almost all content, and only transcode if you ask it to, or it sense a low bandwith connection. Plex apps on devices has next to none of the codec/containers that are standard.
Example.. You are running couch potato and your movies are downloaded automatically.. 99% of all movies available is in an MKV container with DTS Audio. DTS is not able to stream to any plex apps without being transcoded.
This would of course mean that it would utilize direct stream and not direct play, as it is only the audio track that needs converting. But 95% of all my movies are in a video codec that also needs transcoding..
The Kodi app has all the codecs needed to play all files. Therefore the Kodi app on Android has zero problems. Kodis problems is that it is only for Android hence missing the whole "All platforms" idea...
Kodi is only Android/Win32/OSX, has tons of features and customization options, but is a lot more difficult to set up than Plex..
Plex is very easy, Kodi plays anything you through at it... A comparison would however be nice! But Plex will be the go to streaming player for the most people.. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the UWP app can get more native playback on at least the video formats..