Plex for Roku is now official

03.27.12 71 Comments

You’re probably already familiar with the Roku Media Streamers, but if not, you’ll want to check them out! They have a line of lovely little devices, starting at just fifty bucks, capable of 720p on the low end, and 1080p and Angry Birds on the high end. They also have a great SDK which allows third parties to write Roku Channels, and we’re extremely happy to let you know that as of today, the Plex Roku Channel is now officially available in the Roku Channel Store.

We’ve had a private channel available for a few months, but we’ve really been working hard to make it even more awesome. In a great example of why I love the our community, a Plex team led by Schuyler collaborated with Alan, MattL0stS0ul and others from the forums to create this new version.

If you haven’t seen it for a while, this is what’s new:

  • Full myPlex support: Sign into your myPlex account, and you get instant access to your media queue, shared content, and your own servers that you’ve published through myPlex. So easy! So awesome!
  • Audio and Photo support: We now support browsing and playing the full range of media that the Plex Media Server supports, both from your library and channels.
  • Revamped UI: as you can see below, we’re now using grids on a lot of screens now, and there’s a nice Plex-like theme throughout.
  • Direct Play: For media formats that are supported by the Roku, we’ll try to play it without transcoding.
  • Tons of other stuff, including many bug-fixes.

Have a look through the screenshots below, and consider getting a Roku device, either for your primary Plex client, or for that guest room (lucky guests!), kid’s room (lucky kids!) or doghouse (Barkley has the Roku2 XS).

Official home

Official movies

Official tv

Official track

Official movie

Official queue

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  • Why do some of my movies play the video and not the sound? I have HDMI to tv, tv optical cable to receiver. It does work when setting Roku to stereo instead of surround sound, but who wants to watch movies in stereo???

    • @john ~ sounds like a Roku/TV/receiver configuration issue.

  • Overall, the Roku app is awesome and runs great, BUT; Why isn’t it possible to view all content in a ‘full’ grid view (like in app and web versions of Plex) so you can see all your movies etc? Having to scroll from left to right takes ages and is quite frankly a little bit ridiculous! Is this something that can be changed or will be addressed in the future?

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