What you need to know
- Plex announces new features to become your go-to streaming hub for all movies and TV shows.
- It's now possible to search content listed on other streaming platforms with the ability to quickly launch the respective apps, making discovering new content much easier.
- A global wishlist is now possible to monitor when new content is listed on streaming platforms, letting you keep tabs on all the media you want to (eventually) watch.
Struggling to find something to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video? We've all been there, scrolling for what seems like hours while everyone gazing at the big screen struggle to agree on what to watch. Plex has been leading the charge in collating media you already own, but now the platform is looking to bridge the gaps between all your favorite streaming services.
If you're somehow unfamiliar with Plex, it's a media streaming platform that offers thousands of shows and movies for free. The real magic happens if you have a server (or best NAS for Plex) to run Plex Media Server. Running your own media server using Plex allows you to store and stream music, movies, and shows you own to all your connected devices.
Plex wants to now be your search engine for movies and shows, akin to how Google crawls and curates lists of websites. There are two new features for Plex: Discover and Universal Watchlist. The former acts as the bridge between Netflix and other popular video streaming services, allowing you to search through and find new things to watch without hopping between three or more apps.
Plex Universal Watchlist is the next piece of the magical puzzle, which offers a smart wish list for you to add shows and movies that aren't currently available on any of the streaming services you pay for. Once Plex discovers a listing on one of the services you have a subscription with, you'll be notified that it's ready to watch. This is a game-changer for keeping tabs on upcoming or new content.
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.