Introducing myPlex

10.28.11 93 Comments

So a few months ago, we were all sitting around at Plex World Headquarters, in that fourth story corner office with the long mahogany conference desk and wraparound window that was just starting to let in a magnificent sunset. The new Roku was hooked up to the flatscreen, running Angry Birds, and I was trying to get a handle on the controller. For some reason I kept launching the birds backwards, and after a particularly violent swing, I knocked over Darrin’s beer. “Uncool, dude”, he said, wiping up the Deschutes microbrew.

From the corner, Scott raised his head from his iPad, flicked an imaginary piece of lint off his shirt, and asked the room “So what do you all make of iCloud?”

“As long as it can store my Golden Eggs, I think it’s the most brilliant thing on the planet”, I replied, sending a boomerang bird shooting straight up into the air.

“Seriously, though”, Scott continued, “if Apple is doing it, it must be brilliant. Or different, or something”.

Those words stuck with me, and over the next few months we all worked long hours, behind the multiple levels of biometric security at the Plex Technology Lab. And now, we’re finally ready to reveal what we’ve been working on.

The Plex cloud services – we’ve called them myPlex – are designed to do three things to help make your lives easier:

1) An incredibly easy way for you to access your media remotely. One of the most common support questions we get involves connecting a mobile device to media stored at home. It’s a tricky process, and we’ve worked to make it ridiculously simple. Once you’ve created a Plex account (and if you have a forums account, you already have one), you simply sign in on the Plex Media Server, and on your Plex client (e.g. iOS or Android), and you’re done. Super easy, and super awesome. Even if you have multiple Plex Media Servers in multiple locations, and multiple mobile devices, myPlex keeps track of everything in order to give you a seamless experience.

MyPlex

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My Plex  The Office

2) A universal media queue. How many times have you run across a video and thought “I’d love to watch this on Plex later”? Or perhaps your aunt (the one who always sends you a birthday card with your name ever so slightly misspelled) forwarded you a YouTube video about cats that’s actually funny, and you want to watch it on your TV. Well, we’ve implemented a nifty bookmarklet that lets you save web videos (and soon other media as well) to your myPlex media queue. This queue is available on all myPlex-enabled clients, with all the features you’re already familiar with (stop on one client, resume on another), and on-the-fly transcoding when needed (say, for example, for watching that Flash video on your iPhone).

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We support over 100 sites at launch (many thanks to Ian, Mike, Sander, Pierre, and others!), and the coolest part about it? The technology behind the media queue is based on our popular and powerful Plex Framework, which means that it’s easy for anyone to write one, usually in a few dozen lines of code. Oh yeah, and there is an API as well, for easy integration with third party software.

3) An easy way for you to share your personal media with friends. In this day and age, we generate huge amounts of personal media, our digital legacy of 0s and 1s. And now that you have them beautifully organized in the Plex Media Server, wouldn’t it be nice to share all your kid’s soccer videos with his grandparents? We’ve made it incredibly easy to share via the myPlex web site. With zero additional configuration, any myPlex-enabled client can browse and play the shared media.

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All of these new features imply enhancements to the clients, and we realize that many of you are eager to hear about updates to the mobile and desktop clients. Stay tuned…

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93 Comments

  • Very cool stuff! Can’t wait to try it.

  • I would trade my left nut for the android client on GoogleTV 2.0. Oh please say it is so.

  • What about WebOS? Any chance also for some Windows 8 tile goodness?

  • What about support for high res audio? I still cannot play DTS-MA or Dolby True HD on my Mac Mini 2011 that runs Plex which can support these high res audio. I know because I use Bootcamp to run Windows 7 and can output these high res audio, using Media Browser inside Windows Media Center.

  • Blam! Game changer :) this is actually more interesting to me than iCloud. And I was pretty happy when that was launched. Between the two, my media and information delivery automation is almost flawless within the current bounds of technological limitation.

    Blam guys. Just blam :)

  • As long as one isn’t forced to log everything to Plex’s internet servers I’m fine.

    This “feature” is exactly why I hate Boxee. I’m happy with everything being stored in my own personal little happy network.

    Please don’t become Boxee.

  • Am I the only one that want DTS-MA and Dolby True HD audio? I cannot play 95% of my BD ripped files on Plex since they just crash when high res audio is read my Plex. For this I think Plex is awful.

    Not to sound ungrateful for all the handwork that went into building Plex and now MyPlex with all the new features, but I think the core problem of not being able to play high res audio is just unacceptable. I did donate as well and do think the world of Plex but please please give us high res audio.

    Thank you

  • The forums are down :) I think they got overloaded with all the myPlex login requests!

  • Fix MyPlex, Can’t signup/signin

  • CAN NOT SIGN UP OR SIGN IN TO MYPLEX IT HASNT WORKED SINCVE IT WAS RELEASED SORRY

  • “Seriously, though”, Scott continued, “if Apple is doing it, it must be brilliant. Or different, or something”.

    These type of comments always make me laugh. The amount of Kool-aid that Apple fan boys drink is quite amazing.

  • Can’t sign up, what is wrong?

  • I can’t sign up either. I fill in the information, and the box flickers but nothing happens.

    Windows 7 x64
    Norway

    • @Henry Leirvoll: There may be an issue with signing up directly from the server at the moment. You can register for a new account at http://my.plexapp.com (or use your existing forum account if you have one) and use that to sign in on the server.

  • I see what you’re saying.

  • This is beyond cool!

  • its crap so far, everytime i try it, it says my account is used on the forum (which is right). click the transfer butten. WHERE THE HELL IS THAT Button..geez

  • nothing seems to work…password resets, or confirm my account. the old 9.3.x package cannot even check the updates..
    this is no service….(cause i guess the streaming using myplex wont work either)

  • I can’t publish my server to myPlex. It stays on “waiting for a valid mapping…”, until it tells me that it is not possible. Does it matter what kind of router I use or something like that? It neither work on my Mac Mini, MacBook Air nor my PC.

    What is wrong? And can I fix it?

  • I’m unable to sign in/up with 0.9.5.2 on Readynas. I’m using WRT54GL so forwarding isn’t required (I have tried it anyways just in case)

  • nice very nice ty very much

  • The subtitles aren’t working when i’m using MyPlex on my iPhone.
    Is it normal?

  • Genious!

  • Brilliant and simple!

  • Sounds good, but I have a comment: the iOS app doesn’t tell you what myPlex is, so, before using the account creation tool, I had to come read this myPlex article.

  • i dont like this.. why cant i simply use a srcurity setting on my server without a 3rd party login on a website that is now able to track my media or login credentials/ip…

    please provide an alternative like in 0.9.3.4

    • @shaw: we’re not tracking your media.

  • I have plex account and also plex home theatre but where can I find ‘myPlex’ account to sign in

    Also anyway of getting Plex Home theatre app on Roku Box. Also how does one add librarys for others to share….do I need a Plex Pass now or not?

    • @andrew ~ “myPlex” is now plex.tv

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