- The new Plex Discover update allows you to integrate all of your streaming subscriptions.
- Now you can find, save, and watch content from multiple platforms without leaving Plex.
- New features are rolling out today and do not require a Plex Pass subscription.
We were all there: “What should we watch tonight?” This statement is usually followed by the transition from the streaming app to the streaming app in an effort to find something interesting.
Wouldn’t it be better to have one app that consolidates all of your streaming subscriptions so you can search through everything at once? Well, the latest update to Plex and its discovery system does just that. Like One Ring, it’s the one streaming app that rules them all.
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Along with this service integration feature, there is a new global watchlist that will definitely make finding new content much easier.
We explain these two new features in more detail below. Fortunately, to answer the question on everyone’s mind: No, you don’t have to be Subscribe to Plex Pass To use the new Plex Discover features. Everything detailed here is free for all Plex users starting today.
These new features will be available on all major platforms starting today. The only caveat is that Roku users, unfortunately, will need to wait a bit to fully access Plex’s deep link to external streaming content. However, Roku users will soon see this full integration.
Discover Plex: Integrate Your Platforms
If you are setting up Plex for the first time, you will now see the screen above. You’ll use the checkboxes to let Plex know which streaming services you’re using. This will help Plex organize your search and discover results in a list that specifically applies to you.
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In other words, let’s say you really want to watch Bruce Willis’ classic Die Hard. However, you do not know which streaming platform it is on. Inside Plex, you will search for “Die Hard” and you will be presented with a screen for that particular movie. On that page, it will tell you where you can watch Die Hard with a preference for the services you subscribe to. If it’s on a service that you don’t subscribe to, it will let you know as well.
The order of how the Services appear to you is as follows:
- Any private Plex media servers you have or are connected to
- The broadcast platforms you subscribe to
- Streaming platforms you don’t subscribe to
This will make it easier to find Die Hard wherever he is without having to leave Plex.
Let’s say you find Die Hard and it’s streaming to a service you subscribe to. Clicking on this service from the Die Hard page will directly open the movie for that service. In other words, you’ll jump straight from Plex to watch Die Hard. Once you’re done, you’ll just exit that streaming service to Plex and find something else to watch.
A global watchlist available on all your devices
The former feature is definitely a godsend, but it’s only useful when you know what you want to watch. Along with the new Plex Discover feature, there’s a new global watchlist that will help you find content you’ve previously shown an interest in.
The best part about the Plex Watch List feature is that it works with just about anything: movies and TV shows on streaming networks, movies in theaters, and even unreleased movies and shows. You simply find the content you want to watch at some point, add it to your watchlist, and Plex will keep tabs on it. Once it’s available, you can click on this media’s content page and it will work just like the Die Hard example we already discussed.
Plex’s global watchlist will work on all your devices and will work with any and all content — even things that haven’t shown up yet.
To make things easier, this service works on all your devices. In other words, you can add a movie to your watchlist on your phone and it will automatically sync to your watchlist on streaming devices, web apps, etc.
Eventually, the Plex app on your phone will send an instant notification based on the content of your watchlist. In the case of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness described at the top of this article, your phone will notify you when that movie is on Disney Plus or one of the connected private media servers. Plex hasn’t given us an exact time frame for push notifications, but it’s undoubtedly on the way.
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