New Plug-in Releases

06.16.09 16 Comments

Things have been quiet on the blog recently, but behind the scenes we’re busy working on some exciting new features, and Plex/Nine is beginning to take shape.

In the meantime, our plug-in developer community has been doing some absolutely amazing work. We’ve had such a deluge of new plug-ins that we’ve revamped our workflow and created a Lighthouse project to manage things better. Huge props to Ryan McNally, Gordon, Ian, Robert, Nikolas, Rick, Scott, and all the others that make the plug-in space so rich and exciting.

Isaac has been kind enough to take on the role of release manager and has been working tirelessly, coordinating the efforts of the plug-in developers, framework developers, and designers. Not to mention he’s written some new plug-ins!

Additionally, the very skilled Andreas W. (tassitassi on the forums) has joined us and is contributing a huge amount of artwork and icon design for new plug-ins (and improving existing art). This guy is incredibly talented!

Onto the new plugins; first up is MSNBC, written by Isaac. This is one that can certainly help users in “cutting the cable”. Use it to stay current with daily news updates in health, entertainment, business, science, technology and sports video.


Hot on the heels of MSNBC is an update to our CNN plugin (also by Isaac, who’s rapidly becoming a Python god) that allows you to watch live CNN news streams. While the streams are generally only available Monday-Friday 7AM-8PM PST I think this is going to fill a huge gap currently missing in the content tree. The only thing that would make it better is if we could get James Earl Jones to say “This…is Plex”.


Next up, and written by Gordon Johnston, Pro at Cooking is a comedic cooking show hosted by Dave Lee, also known by his Chinese name Dawei. Each episode features a female assistant, who tends to be a victim of chauvinism (in the name of humor). The series is filmed in Toronto.

One note: Isaac made the Eggplant Parmesan for his wife and he can’t stop talking about it.


Also written by Gordon Johnston, Interview Project by David Lynch is a neat site which features a road trip where people are interviewed across the country. Really cool idea, and really cool content.


Written by Jdevoo, The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism periods (1100-1850), containing over 21,300 reproductions. Never took art history in college? Crack open a beer and stare at some art. Use it to impress a date.


Next up, written by the prolific Gordon Johnston, the BBC Podcasts plugin allows access to BBC podcasts on a variety of topics, and is accessible outside of the UK.


Last up is an update to The White House plugin which adds support for much more video content and also adds a Photos section with the latest photos from the White House’s flickr feed. Rumor has it that Obama relaxes at the end of the day in front of Plex.


One last note: The plug-in authors should check the released versions, as they may include minor changes or fixes.

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  • Sweet, I really appreciate those plugins pouring in…! :)

    Although I really wished that somene would update the Apple Movie Trailers plugin some time…!? It’s probably one of the most popular ones, but compared to other apps the implementaion isn’t really that good…

  • Great work guys! Too bad the only US news plugins are from the 2 worst cable news networks in existence. Makes me want to dust off my Python skills and write one myself :-)

    • @Schulty: What would be your top picks for news networks you’d like to see?

      @MILE: Totally agreed, mate. It was originally written as a test of the Plex Plug-in Framework, and it’s a bit long in the tooth at this point. We’ll look into updating it in the near future.

  • Again. Thanx for all the new stuff! Curious about all that other stuff in the pipeline..

  • Well, I for one think its great that you have plugins form two of the best US cable news networks… 😉

    Great work y’all.

  • what is wrong with apple trailers ? they work , dont they ?

    plug in IS missing some cool features like ability to select which trailer to watch ( out of quazimilion for movies like transformes or fast and furious ) , and info but other than that its working fine 99% of the time. ( which cant be said of BBC , hulu , nbc plugs)

    actually i find myself using ONLY apple trailers plug in cuz i know it will work :-)

  • Wow, that Web Gallery is really cool, now if it could only turn into a slideshow my tv could just be a large frame.

    Great work to everyone!

  • Gah! Documentation, guys? What’s the progress? I’d even love to see a rough draft! :)

    • @Steven: we’re nearly done with it, I’m happy to say. I have to say in the same breath, I’m been incredibly impressed at how much amazing stuff has been produced without any :)

  • How about a flickr app? Now that would be sweet.

  • Hm … works fine except for The Colbert Report and the Daily Show? I only get the audio, no image … ??? Anyone else experiencing this?

    • @Rich: Being worked on!

      @Markus: We pushed a new version, if you update it should work again.

  • Rich,

    A Flickr plugin is already 80% complete. You can get a preview of this if you go to the plugins section on the Plex Wiki.

    I’m sure this will be hitting the Appstore soon after the current new collections of plugins is out. We also have full support from guys over at Photobucket so I dont think it will be too long until you see that either.

    We aim to please :)

  • Any chance of writing a BBC iPlayer and ITV Net Player plug-in so those of us in the UK watch this content through Plex?

  • Hay Elan –

    Why don’t you contact the “Chocolate Rain” guy from YouTube and see if he’ll do a “This…is Plex” tag for you. His voice is pretty identical to JEJ.

    • @Equusz, that’s a hilarious suggestion :-)

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