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A massive update for our Smart TV and PlayStation® apps!

08.27.15 149 Comments

Why hello there, dear reader! We’re back with a massive update to our big-screen app, which runs on many Smart TVs and the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. The update is available on Sony, Vizio, LG, and Toshiba Smart TVs (see the complete list of supported models).

Without further ado, let’s dive into the new features!

Filtering and Sorting This highly requested feature lets you slice and dice your media to find exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s movies by Kurosawa, or albums by Miley. You can also quickly toggle “unwatched” if you’re the kind of person who actually watches media instead of just collecting it. And notice those lovely play/shuffle buttons on the left? Use that to shuffle all your music, or all those 60s movies that you just filtered.

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Plex Companion You can now easily fling media from other Plex apps to the big screen. Keep the music going when you get home, or keep your cat entertained by flinging mouse videos from your phone right to her TV (your cat does have her own TV, right?). You will need an up to date media server for this feature.

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Channels Watch all your favorite online media. Exercise your brain with a TED Talk, or delight in the latest Vimeo Staff Pick.

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Extras You can now play movie trailers, along with other movie extras. Also, we’ve added Cinema Trailers mode, which plays trailers before a movie, for that genuine cinema experience without the sticky floors.

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Graduation day! The Roku and Xbox 360 apps are now free for everyone!

08.25.15 164 Comments

We come bearing great news today: The all-new Roku app and the Xbox 360 apps are graduating from their Plex Pass preview period, and are now free for everyone! That’s right, the Xbox 360 app is now available to everyone, no Plex Pass required, and the Roku app, which used to cost five buckaroos and is one of the most popular Plex apps, is now completely free, along with being like ten times as awesome. Tell your friends and family! Email your frenemies!

We’ve been working hard for months on both apps, and they are finally feature-rich enough to qualify as full Plex apps, with support for our most advanced features: Plex Home, music videos & movie extras, secure connections on the Roku, Plex Mix, channels, fancy filtering and sorting, remote control, content discovery, and so much more. For those of you patiently waiting for the other big-screen apps to graduate from the preview period, this should give you a sense of the feature package we aim for.

We’re really grateful for all the feedback we got from our Plex Pass members during the preview period: your suggestions helped shape the applications, your bug reports massively improved their quality, and your continued support is ever appreciated!

We’ll leave you with some screenshots of these beautiful applications (well, and maybe a dog). We’re seriously proud of these, which we believe are among the best-looking applications that exist on their respective platforms (not that we’re biased or anything #proudparents).

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