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Plex on the Chromecast! It’s Official.

Do you remember where you were when Google announced the Chromecast?

I do. I was in our online chatroom hanging with the Plex crew when the news broke. We realized immediately that the diminutive little dongle and Plex would be a match made in heaven. We simply couldn’t imagine an easier (or cheaper) way to fling your media onto every big screen in the house. The entire team ran off to buy Chromecasts immediately, and soon we were shipping extras to our colleagues who didn’t manage to buy them before online stores ran out.

I’m happy to tell you that over the last few months, we’ve been working closely with Google to bring Plex to the Chromecast. It’s an honor for us to be among the first handful of apps on the device, and it’s been great working with Google – we’ve never met a smarter or more energetic group of people to work with.

One of the most interesting aspects of adding Chromecast support to Plex was integrating it with our existing support for remote players and remote control. We wanted to make sure that the user experience across Plex players, AirPlay devices (from iOS), and Chromecast devices was both seamless and rich, and we took the opportunity to greatly enhance our own remote control support in the process. You’ll notice a much better experience when flinging media or remote controlling all our players, including Plex Home Theater, the Roku, Windows 8, iOS, Android, and of course our web player.

The Chromecast platform itself is super cool; the device runs the Chrome browser, and each “application” is essentially a web page that the controller apps talk to. This is a really flexible model, as it allows for arbitrary sorts of applications on the big screen (one of Google’s examples is a Tic-tac-toe game).

We’re excited to be launching today with support for Chromecast on iOS, Android, and on the web! We have support for video, and we’ll be releasing support for casting photos and music very shortly. Note that for an initial period, the Chromecast feature is only available to our beloved PlexPass users, who get exclusive access to many new features.

Make sure you have the latest media server installed, and go have fun with your Chromecast! And if you use Android, make sure you have the latest Plex for PlexPass release or download it from our forums.

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  1. Cory December 10th, 2013 6:05 am

    Excellent work as always Plex team! Can’t wait to try it!

  2. Irish-Link December 10th, 2013 6:12 am

    Any chance of a video demo for those that are thinking about getting a Chromecast dongle?

  3. JP December 10th, 2013 6:22 am

    Awesome! When can we expect to have that fully public? In a couple weeks, couple months, more?

  4. Lee Carter December 10th, 2013 6:24 am

    mmmm, loaded onto HTC One, immediately crashes on trying to open. Going to try it on my nexus 7

  5. Sean December 10th, 2013 6:24 am

    Any idea when Chromecast support will come to non-PlexPass users?

  6. elan December 10th, 2013 6:25 am

    @Lee ~ we’re on it. The lead Android guy is cursing like a sailor, expect a fix shortly :)

  7. Lee Carter December 10th, 2013 6:28 am

    Thanks Elan, looking forward to giving this a go :-)

  8. Brett December 10th, 2013 6:28 am

    You…. You…… Sneaky Developers! Toying with my emotions, never talking about Chromecast. It will be a very Chromecasty Christmas for all my friends now. Plex support was all it needed to make it amazingly useful :)

    I’m so excited!

  9. Matt December 10th, 2013 6:31 am

    So am I correct that this is only for people with Plex Pass right now? It does not apply to everyone else?

  10. elan December 10th, 2013 6:33 am

    @Matt: Correct, one of the features of a PlexPass is that they get to play with new, cool, shiny toys before everyone else :)

  11. Manu December 10th, 2013 6:33 am

    Wow, great news. One question, though: Is the Chromecast (and Plex on it) able to output native 24p? That’s the one thing that prevented me from getting an AppleTV as a Plex device and finally be done with using Plex on my computer via HDMI.

  12. Michael December 10th, 2013 6:35 am

    I remember when the Chromecast originally came out it streamed media from the internet. Using cast in plex does it pull media from your local Plex Media Server or is it coming via the net? Is my terrible 3rd world internet going to screw me over?

  13. Jeroen December 10th, 2013 6:39 am

    Is transcoding used when playing h264/DD5.1 videos?

  14. Stephan December 10th, 2013 6:42 am

    Does Plex in combination with Chromecast support “refresh rate switching”? That’s the biggest downside of AirPlay->AppleTV, and would be the biggest reason for me to switch to Chromecast.

  15. Kevin December 10th, 2013 6:42 am

    on my way to PlexPass now

  16. Kerwan December 10th, 2013 6:49 am

    You just gave me an excellent reason to have a plexpass account. Unfortunately, since the update the application crash at launch :(

  17. elan December 10th, 2013 6:51 am

    @Kerwan ~ known issue, we’re looking into it! Shouldn’t be long.

  18. Clint December 10th, 2013 6:51 am

    Please please open it up to non-plexpass users before Christmas. My account on my server has plexpass, but I’d love to give family members a chromecast and let them connect their non-plexpass accounts and fling content from my server to their TV.

  19. elan December 10th, 2013 6:51 am

    @Jeroen ~ some remuxing, some transcoding.

  20. Tyler December 10th, 2013 6:57 am

    Does the Plex Chromecast App support 5.1 sound output? Awesome stuff PLEX team, I am getting a chromecast from my wife for XMAS, so can’t wait to fire it up and happy to be a plexpass subscriber.

  21. michael December 10th, 2013 7:00 am

    Plex Pass purchased. Now waiting for the fix to enjoy. Godspeed Android developer. Our hopes and dreams rest upon you in this hour.

  22. OwlBoy December 10th, 2013 7:06 am

    How well does this work on a NAS that can’t transcode?

  23. Dave December 10th, 2013 7:08 am

    Should I be able to cast from PlexWeb now? Until the Android version is up an running? I don’t see an option on the web player yet.

  24. SaintMark5 December 10th, 2013 7:11 am

    Thanks guys! Been looking forward to this update since day one. FYI, it’s also crashing my Nexus 4 and 7, but I’m sure you’ll work it out.
    Question: Is the streaming all done locally, ala WiFi Direct? Or does it get send out through myPlex from the server, then back down to the Chromecast? If you’re remote, does the stream go directly to the Chromecast, or through the client first?

  25. elan December 10th, 2013 7:13 am

    @SaintMark5 ~ it goes through Plex server, whether the server is local or remote.

  26. elan December 10th, 2013 7:15 am

    @Dave ~ use the hosted player

  27. elan December 10th, 2013 7:15 am

    @Tyler ~ it supports AAC 5.1. Thanks for the kind words :)

  28. elan December 10th, 2013 7:16 am

    NOTE TO ANDROID USERS: The v3.2.1 version we pushed fixes the crash.

  29. michael December 10th, 2013 7:19 am

    How do we get the fix? Not in Google Play…

  30. elan December 10th, 2013 7:22 am

    @michael ~ probably just taking a bit of time to show up.

  31. mc December 10th, 2013 7:26 am

    And now it’s awesome :) Thanks

  32. Ryan December 10th, 2013 7:27 am

    @elan – great stuff!

    Would love to see Plex working with my TiVo Roamio with its support for Casting. You must be a stone’s throw away with this latest update!

  33. Sean December 10th, 2013 7:28 am

    So So Excited for this! Been waiting for this since the first day I got a chromecast. Going to have to go buy a few more for the rest of the house now.

    Can’t wait to get home to try it out

  34. Dave December 10th, 2013 7:29 am

    fixed Android version and web player still not seeing my Chromecast. Netflix sees it fine.

  35. george December 10th, 2013 7:30 am

    If I’m the one with a PlexPass account, can any user cast to the Chromecast? Or is it just me since I’m the one with the PlexPass account?

  36. Ross December 10th, 2013 7:30 am

    I said I would sign up for a PlexPass if this was released, and I am doing that exact thing now. Fantastic work…I can’t express how excited I am to get this.

  37. Jostein Kjønigsen December 10th, 2013 7:31 am

    This thread on reddit seems to indicate that every single Android-user in the universe is unhappy about Plex right now:

  38. David December 10th, 2013 7:34 am

    Someone above already asked this, but I’d also be very interested in the answer. Will the Chromecast device stream locally when on the same LAN as the media server?

  39. elan December 10th, 2013 7:34 am

    @Jostein ~ I’ve replied, v3.2.1 fixes the evil crash :)

  40. JordanB December 10th, 2013 7:38 am

    What audio/video formats does the Chromcast support natively? Does it pull the media directly from the PMS if hosted on a NAS (i.e. no computer is needed for operation)? Thanks!!

  41. Julian December 10th, 2013 7:39 am

    Nice! But in Germany the Google Chromecast costs about 70$… Hope it gets cheaper.

  42. LexLuthor December 10th, 2013 7:41 am

    Any idea when Chromecast support will come to non-PlexPass users?

    Also, it says free android app if I get plexpass, how’s that work? Is the app only good as long as I have plexpass? Does it show the app as purchased in the play store?

    Any ETA to the updated app on Amazon?

  43. elan December 10th, 2013 7:44 am

    @JordanB ~ List of file formats supported natively is here ~

  44. elan December 10th, 2013 7:44 am

    @David ~ yes, from Media Server to Chromecast over LAN.

  45. marshall December 10th, 2013 7:51 am

    Any chance you guys can show us how It looks with a android device in at least one screenshot. I would like to see how it looks on the lock screen in android 4.4.I have 3 devices running 4.4.2 but the app keeps crashing maybe thats why you dont have a screenshot. Yes im a plexpass user for life……

  46. JordanB December 10th, 2013 7:52 am

    @elan No support for DTS Audio? Google’s site only refers to minimum supported media types.

  47. Mark December 10th, 2013 7:53 am

    Does Plex transcode avi videos to a format chromecast can play? I tried aVia, but it didn’t play avi’s.

  48. Dave December 10th, 2013 7:55 am

    Reboot Chromecast fixed it for Android…
    But not from web…

  49. elan December 10th, 2013 7:57 am

    @Mark ~ yes, it does!

  50. elan December 10th, 2013 7:58 am

    @JordanB ~ only via transcoding.

  51. Joe December 10th, 2013 7:58 am

    Will iOS users be able to stream using the $4.99 Plex app in the app store? Or do we have to pay for the app & the PlexPass?

  52. elan December 10th, 2013 7:58 am

    @marshall ~ v3.2.1 fixes the crashing issue.

  53. David December 10th, 2013 7:58 am

    Thanks Elan, that is good news.

    Also thanks for all the hard work on Plex, it is easily one of my favorite pieces of software, keep it up!

  54. elan December 10th, 2013 7:59 am

    @Joe ~ Both Android and iOS users need a PlexPass to use it during this initial preview period. Then it’ll be free for all.

  55. Dan Martin December 10th, 2013 8:01 am

    Elan, I see your last comment about 3.2.1. I just installed from the Play Store and it’s 3.2, which force closes immediately for seemingly every device. When will 3.2.1 be released? Your rating on the store is getting brutalized.

  56. Joe December 10th, 2013 8:03 am

    Thanks elan. How long can one expect this preview period to last until it is released to all Plex users?

  57. elan December 10th, 2013 8:03 am

    @Dan ~ it’s out, just waiting for the store to propagate the release :)

  58. Geo December 10th, 2013 8:05 am

    Awesome!!!Christmas has come early, thanks Plex Team and Happy Holidays!!!

  59. Kerwan December 10th, 2013 8:08 am

    Is it supposed to work with ? I have the latest version of plex media server but i cant find the option to cast the video on chromecast. My only option is to use the plug-in in Chrome to cast my tab.

  60. Dave December 10th, 2013 8:10 am

    Just signed up to PlexPass, visiting and have Media Server installed, but I can’t find a way to Cast to my Chromecast?

    Have I missed something?

  61. elan December 10th, 2013 8:11 am

    @Dave ~ some have reported that rebooting the Chromecast helped. Lots of software being updated all over the place today :)

  62. Jaime December 10th, 2013 8:16 am

    @elan – Any suggestions for making it work on iOS? Looks like us iPhone users are having trouble as well, but haven’t seen official word in the forums yet.

  63. elan December 10th, 2013 8:20 am

    @Jaime ~ we’re looking into it. Lots of moving pieces, so bear with us as we check into what’s going on :)

  64. Dane December 10th, 2013 8:20 am

    I also have not found a tab to cast to my Chromecast from the web using media server. I have the latest version, am signed up for plexpass. When I open the server in chrome and want to play a file, I still need to use the Chrome Cast extension to cast the tab. There is no direct support for Chromecast anywhere within the server. Is it supposed to be like that? Is direct casting only available for phones and the app? Please help!!

  65. elan December 10th, 2013 8:22 am

    @Dane ~ should be available from

  66. TimJC December 10th, 2013 8:26 am

    Chromecast ordered. Thanks Plex.

  67. neckaros December 10th, 2013 8:29 am

    Very nice! Plex is getting very serious! Happy to be a plex pass subscriber :)
    Will subtitles be supported for us foreigner? Without needing to transodeburn in?

  68. Dave December 10th, 2013 8:31 am

    I’m getting this show up in my “Plex DLNA Server Neptune.log” file.

    [PLT_CtrlPoint::ProcessGetSCPDResponse] (6396) SEVERE: Bad SCPD response for device “Chromecast”:
    ..PlatinumSourceCorePltService.cpp(188): [platinum.core.service] 2013-12-10T18:28:06.119000000Z

  69. Chris December 10th, 2013 8:35 am

    What resolution does the Chromecast play videos transcoded by plex?

  70. Kerwan December 10th, 2013 8:36 am

    Ok i got the apk from you forums and i was able to make it work with my android. The video works fine but it is very long to load it.
    On i still don’t see any options to cast my video.
    Thanks for your work, i hope to see many updates :)

  71. Dane December 10th, 2013 8:38 am

    That’s what I did. When I go to it just says that I need to download the latest server and sign in using my account. I have done both. When I open the server, I still do not get Chromecast support within the server. Even with this set up, I still cannot log in when I try to access the server through Though I have already set everything up, it continues to tell me I still need to. Even after rebooting.

  72. Dane December 10th, 2013 8:41 am

    I know you guys are crazy busy, I just want to make sure I am not missing something! Thanks :)

  73. DaddyGeek December 10th, 2013 8:43 am

    On a side note. Has anyone heard any rumors or such on when ChromeCast will be available in the frozen north (aka Canada)?

  74. Dan Palusak December 10th, 2013 8:49 am

    Superb job Plex Team!! This is the day many of us have been waiting for with Plex and Chromecast. Keep up the excellent work! Proud lifetime PlexPass member:)

  75. michael December 10th, 2013 8:53 am

    Hi Elan, I have a problem.

    When casing from my mobile phone, it always says “unable to cast – You do not have permission to access this media” no matter what I’m trying to play. It works playing directly on my mobile phone however, but once I cast, it throws that error on the Chromecast on my tv.

  76. Chris December 10th, 2013 9:07 am

    Yeah, 3.2.1 is not in Play store. If you don’t see it on your device then try the web interface.

    @Ryan – Another vote for Plex casting support to TiVos. New TiVos support DIAL, so I think it would be possible to get Plex working.

  77. Chris December 10th, 2013 9:08 am

    oopps I meant…”Yeah, 3.2.1 is now in Play store”

  78. michael December 10th, 2013 9:13 am

    Re Plex web…chromecast notifies me to use the cast button but its nowhere to be found…

  79. Kevin December 10th, 2013 9:16 am

    “Unable to cast. You do not have permission to access this media”

    I’m connecting to a remote Plex server and getting this error on my TV when I try to cast it. The videos work fine on my phone but won’t cast to the TV. Is it because I’m not logged into myPlex on the Chromecast device specifically?

  80. AchillesxD December 10th, 2013 9:18 am

    Just the most exciting update I’ve gotten yet! Thanks @elan and the Plex team for all the hard work!

  81. Bill December 10th, 2013 9:31 am

    I’ve never need happy with the video quality via iOS to AppleTV via AirPlay. I recently tried a Roku 3 and loved the video quality (1080p). I’m just curious how streaming to Chromecast stacks up?

  82. cnjmart December 10th, 2013 9:34 am

    I uninstalled ‘Plex for PlexPass’ (3.2). Reinstalled. Clicked on app, under ‘Recently updated’ list. There, I saw the option to Update (to 3.2.1). Great work, devs! Regards, another satisfied PlexPass member.

  83. Tim T December 10th, 2013 9:48 am

    I noticed that 1080p videos do not work smoothly at all. Is there a setting in the server for this.

  84. Darth Mole December 10th, 2013 9:51 am

    Thank you so much Plex team! Your efforts are greatly appreciated. I’m happy and proud to have a PlexPass and can’t wait to get home to try things out. This now makes Chromecast a one stop media shop for all my needs save for Live TV. Plex handles all my recorded shows and videos so thank you so much! You just make delicious awesomesauce with this update! (PS: Chrome considers awesomesauce a real word…..)

  85. elan December 10th, 2013 9:52 am

    @Kevin ~ make sure you’re using the latest media server released today.

  86. Manuel December 10th, 2013 9:53 am

    Sadly seems not to work with Cheapcast. Would like to test it first befor buying a Chromecast stick. But also other Chromecast apps did not work, only GMusic.

    Seems like i have to buy it blind. ;-)
    (Germany about~70$)

  87. marc December 10th, 2013 9:57 am

    First and foremost good work on getting this integrated! Next, lost of people are pretty pissed about the plexpass requirement(even if its temporary).

    I’ve cruised through this tread and every single question about when this functionality would be available for non-plexpass has been ignored. Can we please get a straight answer?

  88. andi December 10th, 2013 10:05 am

    hey! i get the same error as kevin, with currently installed latest media server and latest plex app for android. is there any setting which i proberly should not set?
    thank you,

  89. James December 10th, 2013 10:06 am

    Judging by the way the chromecast works, am I correct in assuming that you are unable to send synced offline content to the chromecast if there isn’t a connection to my media server?

    Still, very awesome and I can’t wait to try it out!

  90. AoP December 10th, 2013 10:18 am

    Great update guys. Watching Colbert Report now, but not convinced about the quality yet. Picture is a little pixelated. Might be related to bandwidth, but normally Netflix on Chromecast doesn’t have this. Is there a way to change quality?

  91. ADave December 10th, 2013 10:19 am

    I’ve gotten it to work find over However I am unable to get it working via the iOS app on my iPhone and iPad mini.

    It just hangs with the “Casting to Chromecast” screen and nothing happens. I’m running the latest PMS and have tried rebooting the Chromecast. It probably has to do with all the software getting updated but just wanted to offer my insights.

  92. elan December 10th, 2013 10:24 am

    @AoP ~ you can change the quality setting inside the app.

  93. elan December 10th, 2013 10:24 am

    @James ~ not yet, at least.

  94. elan December 10th, 2013 10:26 am

    @marc ~ I can’t give you an exact date, because we don’t plan it like that. During the preview period we fix bugs, and when it’s good and solid, we push out to the world :)

  95. Kevin December 10th, 2013 10:34 am


    Works! Thanks for the support! =D

  96. Jason December 10th, 2013 10:34 am

    Is there a way to use the Plex Android app to cast to the Roku 3 which supports more native formats than the Chromecast?

  97. ADave December 10th, 2013 10:35 am

    Elan have you come across anyone else having iOS app hang on the “Casting to Chromecast” screen? I’ve tried several things but can’t find a solution. Thanks.

  98. elan December 10th, 2013 10:35 am

    @ADave ~ we pushed a fix to the cloud for that, if it’s still happening, please post server logs in our new Chromecast forum :)

  99. elan December 10th, 2013 10:36 am

    @Jason ~ yes, the next release of the Roku supports flinging media over to it and will show up in the list of players too.

  100. Greg December 10th, 2013 11:13 am

    Updated server and app without issue and now casting to my TV. Works beautifully. Very well done Plex team!

  101. Ben Murphy December 10th, 2013 11:23 am

    I subscribed to PlexPass, updated my Media Server to the latest version, and went to, and I still can’t cast to my ChromeCast.

    Oh yea, I also rebooted the ChromeCast, any other suggestions?

  102. john December 10th, 2013 11:28 am

    i keep getting this error when trying to stream from my Android Device:
    html5 streaming requires Plex Media Server or later

    I’m on server 9.8.14…

  103. AoP December 10th, 2013 11:40 am

    So the quality set in the Android app is also the quality used when starting a stream to the Chromecast?

  104. elan December 10th, 2013 11:51 am

    @AoP ~ correct, local WiFi setting is “cast” over to the Chromecast. Cute, right?

  105. ADave December 10th, 2013 11:52 am

    Whatever the Plex team did worked! iOS apps now working fine. That pixie dust is strong!

    I urge everyone if you haven’t already become a Plex Pass member. It’s worth every penny!

  106. Gul December 10th, 2013 11:58 am

    Awesome news, just bought me a Chromecast for xmas (and left it on my xmas list for my wife to buy – can’t wait to have one in each room!)

  107. Scott December 10th, 2013 12:14 pm

    Anyone able to put up a video? I’m interested in seeing this in action.

  108. Tracy December 10th, 2013 12:42 pm

    Does the cast button only show up on Plex/Web right now if you have PlexPass? or is it supposed to show up either way but only work if you have Plex Pass?

  109. jjense01 December 10th, 2013 12:44 pm

    Throwing all the different ways to stream to other devices under one button was brilliant. Users like my wife don’t care what technology it is, just want the interface with the competing technologies to be consistent. Thanks for making my life easy. Plex, Chromecast and hdmi-cec is dumbie proof! Also, no rush on fixing they airplay bug in last iOS release for me. I also have chromecasts and have been moving away from my Apple TVs. Now I can, or at least my family can.

    You little devils, hiding it in the latest iOS release.

    Plexpass is great! Wish it came with stock options in Plex, Inc. :)

  110. Scott R December 10th, 2013 12:45 pm

    elan, a couple of people have already asked this but no answer was given: Does the Plex/ChromeCast solution support 24Hz/fps?

    Also, can you comment on how the ChromeCast stacks up against the ATV3 in real-world performance? I know that the ChromeCast lacks ethernet, which could be a bottleneck for high-bitrate content, but I’m curious what you think having put both through their paces. Thanks!

  111. elan December 10th, 2013 12:55 pm

    @Scott R ~ I honestly don’t know, but I don’t think so. That’s sort of a high end feature, and most of the little devices don’t have support for it. Both devices have advantages, it’s hard to rate them against each other, but the WiFi can be an issue if you don’t have really good wireless. Also, in general, the ATV handles higher bitrate video streaming of transcoded content.

  112. elan December 10th, 2013 12:57 pm

    @Tracy ~ the button will appear, but it won’t list Chromecast players without a PlexPass.

  113. Scott R December 10th, 2013 1:05 pm

    elan, thanks for the reply. If you have access to any high bitrate content (e.g., Blu-ray rips), you should be able to confirm the 24Hz question by casting it and pressing a Display/Info button on your TV remote. That’s assuming that Plex Media Server doesn’t adjust the framerates when transcoding, but you would know better than I.

  114. Tim December 10th, 2013 3:17 pm

    I can see how to cast from the Plex App on my iPhone to the ChromeCast (which blows my F’ing mind, love it), but how to I get the Chrome Plex App from my laptop to cast?

    I click on the Google Apps Plex icon and I don’t see any cast icon. Is this only available throught the iOS/Android mobile app right now?

  115. Dave Swersky December 10th, 2013 3:24 pm

    I’m also getting the “HTML5 streaming requires Plex Media Server or later.” I’m running

  116. Duane December 10th, 2013 3:25 pm

    Trying to cast from a shared library I get the message – unable to cast – you do not have permission to access this media. Is casting from shared libraries not supported?

  117. Scott December 10th, 2013 3:26 pm

    Will mkv files play with audio????? Thanks

  118. elan December 10th, 2013 3:37 pm

    @Scott: yes!

  119. elan December 10th, 2013 3:37 pm

    @Duane ~ yes, but the remote server needs to be upgraded to today’s release.

  120. elan December 10th, 2013 3:46 pm

    @Dave ~ see what version Plex/Web is reporting the server as.

  121. G December 10th, 2013 3:59 pm

    I’m not seeing the cast option in Plex Web either. The only option I have is to use the chrome cast extension. I have the latest versions…. PMS and Plex Web 1.2.22

  122. Josh December 10th, 2013 4:05 pm


    Just upgraded my subscription to lifetime. Works great on my GS3.

  123. thaddeus December 10th, 2013 4:06 pm

    @Scott here is video demo of it working:

  124. Darth Mole December 10th, 2013 4:51 pm

    I updated my Plex App on my Android and also my server on my PC. I updated my drivers, rebooted, power cycled my Chromecast and everything works until the videos play. They go about a minute and then start stopping to buffer every few seconds. It happens with both locally stored vids and vids stored on my NAS. The vids play fine on my nexus 4 and 7 but can’t get it to work with chromecast. Hulu works fine with it (I’m aware of the internal streaming fact, just wanted to put that out there). Also everything is wired as far as the HTPC and router/switch goes. Thanks for any advice or help!

  125. Jim December 10th, 2013 4:54 pm

    Well it works sort of. Audio sync is off and video quality not that great. A few skips and stutters too. Hopefully that will improve.

  126. Ryan G December 10th, 2013 5:07 pm

    Works like a champ so far, not really pushing it yet though. Definitely great work.

  127. Kyle December 10th, 2013 7:06 pm

    While casting, it seems my .Mkv files from Handbrake skip every few seconds and the aspect ratios are off a little, sometimes squished. Playing the file on my phone everything is fine though. Also, the Co-Star is fine too. Just hiccups on casting MKVs. My MP4s and AVIs cat just find though. It almost seems like the aspect ratio that was around in the android version before the big redesign.

  128. dush December 10th, 2013 9:06 pm

    Does the sick support 24p output?

  129. Christian December 10th, 2013 9:48 pm

    Great work! Will it be possible to change subtitles when casting?

  130. Jason December 10th, 2013 10:13 pm

    So I’m very impressed so far. Slightly buggy with seeking, and showing the previous name of the video onscreen instead of the current video, but playback was solid. Doesn’t have the stutter issue that the Plex for Ouya app does (which is an Android based, of course).

    And for those familiar with the “killa sampla” file – I played the 35Mbps bitrate version without any stuttering.. unreal.

    For those asking about 24p playback, it doesn’t. Not sure if that’s a hardware or software issue.

  131. Alex December 10th, 2013 10:44 pm

    This is excellent! Just what I needed to connect Plex to my non-smart TVs. Now I just need a Chromecast. You guys never fail to impress me, keep up the good work!

  132. Petr December 10th, 2013 10:55 pm

    I’ve noticed that DTS is only via transcode – will it transcode to 5.1AC3 or to normal stereo?

  133. maarten December 10th, 2013 10:56 pm

    Great work, Was wating for this for a long time!

  134. Casey December 11th, 2013 12:18 am

    Regarding the incorrect version of plex server error, I was able to fix it by power cycling the Chromecast followed by closing the Plex media server. After restarting the Plex server I have been able to cast without issue and it is glorious.

  135. Lee Carter December 11th, 2013 12:54 am

    Working well so far chaps, very impressed. Just a thought and not even sure if this is possible, but what are the chances of pushing the picture through the chromecast while keeping the audio on the local device. I know I want the moon on a stick ;-)

  136. Smooth December 11th, 2013 2:26 am

    This is the Best! Works fine for the few videos I tried, the quality though is a bit less than when I watch on my PS3, gonna have to check that out later today.

  137. G December 11th, 2013 2:40 am

    So I’ve noticed that the casting option shows up if you go to, but not if you go to locally. I’m sure they will be pushing an update to the local web version soon.

  138. Robby December 11th, 2013 5:09 am

    Great work guys. Another cool feature added. I was wondering how the device will know what to transcode to. Last night, I played something on it and noticed it came through as 5.1 (and the system it was in was playing 5.1). If I take it to another location and plug it into a TV that doesn’t support 5.1, will the server transcode to stereo? How does the cast communicate what’s supported back to the server? Will there be a way to control any of this?

    Also, how do you control playback on the chromecast once playback has started? Any way to stop or pause? My plex app on ios had a remote last night, but then crashed and I couldn’t regain control until I changed the content being cast.

  139. Dane December 11th, 2013 5:33 am

    Would someone at least address the inability to cast from the web directly? Every time the question is asked, it is ignored. When I click the casting icon it only shows the ability to cast locally or to my Moto X (which doesn’t make sense). There is no option to cast to my Chromecast even after rebooting and ensuring it is working. I know I sound like a needy bastard. Just curious if it is a bug and if others are understanding my concern since I bought a plex pass. Thanks!

  140. Scott H December 11th, 2013 5:48 am

    @Kyle. I’m having the same issue. .mkv files are playing with sound but video stops after a few seconds. Anyone know where else to get help with issues, could find the plex/chromecast forum with any good info.

  141. Scott December 11th, 2013 9:27 am

    @thaddeus Thanks for putting that together! I have a Chromecast now, I’m setting up my beefier server with PMS and I’m going to do the fresh SageTV recordings integration. Once I have all that sorted I’ll post a video of my own.

  142. elan December 11th, 2013 10:51 am

    @Scott H ~ forum is (you have to be logged in).

  143. elan December 11th, 2013 10:52 am

    @Dane ~ I’ve answered it a few times :) Use the player, and that *should* work. People have had to reboot/update Chromecast.

  144. elan December 11th, 2013 10:53 am

    @Robby ~ The chromecast will mix-down the audio if needed, afaik. You should be able to reconnect to a session in progress to control, but there will be updates in the apps to improve this and “multi-controller” scenarios.

  145. elan December 11th, 2013 10:54 am

    @G ~ that’s due to the way the web version has to be whitelisted. There’s no disadvantage to using the “hosted” player, since Chromecast doesn’t work without an internet connection :)

  146. elan December 11th, 2013 10:55 am

    @Petr ~ right now it targets AAC 5.1 as the Chromecast likes that format.

  147. Steve December 11th, 2013 11:55 am

    Anyone know where the cast button is in the plex home theater?

  148. bluecloud December 11th, 2013 1:07 pm

    I’m a plexpass member, have the updated PMS, rebooted chromecast, have signed in, saw the chromcast icon in plex yesterday…..and do NOT see it today.
    Any help would be EXTREMELY appreciated.

  149. elan December 11th, 2013 1:40 pm

    @bluecloud ~ I would try rebooting the Chromecast, maybe any routers you have in the house? I know some have had success with rebooting the device.

  150. elan December 11th, 2013 3:17 pm

    @Steve ~ casting is only supported via iOS, Android and the Web.

  151. elan December 11th, 2013 3:23 pm

    @michael ~ I bet you dollars to Chromecasts you’re running an older version of the server.

  152. Joe December 11th, 2013 3:34 pm

    How do I stream Plex from my laptop? I don’t see the chromecast symbol anywhere… I am a PlexPass member

  153. elan December 11th, 2013 3:36 pm

    @Chris ~ Depends on the quality setting on the device sending the video over, you can use whatever quality setting works best :)

  154. elan December 11th, 2013 3:37 pm

    @Dave ~ that’s sort of funny, the Chromecast isn’t a DLNA device, but they must be using the same discovery protocol.

  155. elan December 11th, 2013 3:39 pm

    @Dave ~ some have said rebooting the Chromecast and/or updating firmware helped.

  156. elan December 11th, 2013 3:48 pm

    @Joe ~ Load up and you should be able to cast from there. Some have said rebooting the Chromecast can help.

  157. G December 11th, 2013 4:08 pm

    @elan ~ Thanks. Can you post an update to this blog post indicating that you have to use the version to see the casting option. It seems like a lot of people are using the local version and getting frustrated because the option isn’t there.

    Before yesterday, I didn’t even know existed. I thought the only way to access your collection externally was to login to myPlex and hit Plex/Web, which connects you to your locally hosted version of PlexWeb.

  158. Dane December 11th, 2013 4:28 pm

    Thanks Elan! I know what you mean and have tried several times. I’ll keep messing with it. Not a terrible issue sine it works seamless with my phone, but just another nice convenience with the web. Thanks for pushing this before the end of the year!!

  159. bluecloud December 11th, 2013 5:17 pm

    Thank you kind one. Rebooting the router restored my icon and functionality. PLex and chromecast is a wonderful marriage. BTW I just ticked on the “experimental” player in settings, does anyone have any tip/tricks for optimum playback settings???

  160. Kyle December 12th, 2013 4:30 am

    The bad thing about using the Chromecast vs. The GTV app is that Chromecast uses the Chrome OS for everything. It seems it isn’t a dedicated app but more so a port to Plex Web. And since it is Plex Web, that is why I have aspect ratio issues (along with a lot of others

    I did re-encode one mkv to test this and it did fix the aspect ratio but the file still skips on the Chromecast. I would like to see a real fix if possible so I don’t have to re-encode my entire collection…

    Any word on a fix for this Elan?

  161. Robotfists December 12th, 2013 6:00 am

    I was getting really nervous that Google was going to keep the Chromecast tight, and not allow local streaming… I’m super stoked.

    Downloaded the Plex app last night, and within minutes, was streaming a 720p video with zero hiccups and problems to the Chromecast.

    The app for Android is beautiful.

    I’m concerned about subtitle issues, but honestly, that’s something that can be addressed by Plex later.

    Can’t wait for music streaming. That will officially render my music subscription service useless as well.

    Great job, guys. En route to by a lifetime Plexpass right now.

  162. Kenny December 12th, 2013 6:22 am

    I paid for my iOS client and now it is a PlexPass only feature? That is ridiculous.

  163. Ken December 12th, 2013 8:46 pm

    Thanks Plex team. I bought the lifetime Plex Pass, as soon as I read Chromecast support. Best $75 I’ve spent, and I had it working in 5mins. I just updated my PMS and my Android App. The Chromecast has played everything I’ve thrown at it from Plex, and it even played subtitles. You guys are the best, keep up the good work.

  164. elan December 12th, 2013 9:49 pm

    @Kenny ~ Only during the preview period, then it’ll free for all. It’s a new feature, and our PlexPass members get to preview some new features for a time before the public gets them.

  165. elan December 12th, 2013 9:51 pm

    @Kyle: we’ve gotten a sample, we need to investigate. Likely same symptom but different root cause.

  166. Martin van der Boon December 12th, 2013 11:28 pm

    Already got my Chromecast in readiness for this but what’s the roadmap for Chromecast/Plex on Windows 8 & Windows Phone 8?

  167. jay December 13th, 2013 1:40 am

    I’ve noticed that when i’m casting through Netflix, my receiver shows as Dolby Digital Plus & when i’m casting through Google Play Movies, my receiver shows as PCM Multi-Channel. I read above that plex to chromecast tries to output as AAC 5.1, but my receiver doesn’t support AAC 5.1 and I dont think many receivers out there do. Any chance of getting chromecast to output in DD5.1 or PCM5.1? I could finally get rid of my appletv then! Thanks

  168. David December 13th, 2013 3:50 am

    I love this!

    A really cool feature would be if the Plex Media Server could “see” the ChromeCast. That way I would be able to cast to it from whatever device I’m on and from every place I’m at.

  169. Kenny December 13th, 2013 5:50 am

    @elan I understand that PlexPass members have privilege to try some new features. However, some “essential” features should be available to all members and I think this is one of such features, because without it, Plex is simply unusable to those who purchased a Chromecast (and of course purchased the Plex iOS client).

  170. Chris December 13th, 2013 6:38 am

    Just wanted to report the Plex on iPad works great with Chromecast – much better than to my Apple TV. Keep up the good work!

    Happy Plex Pass contributor. :)

  171. MWitt December 13th, 2013 8:27 am

    You guys rock! Just set up my chromecast and it just worked. To all you guys nagging about free version, get real and pay up, nothing this good is ever free of charge, makes me wonder what you would pay for…

  172. elan December 13th, 2013 10:28 am

    @Kenny ~ Given that the app has existed for years, I don’t see why the Chromecast feature would be considered “essential” :) Give it some time, and it will be available for everyone; PlexPass members get it during the preview period.

  173. elan December 13th, 2013 10:32 am

    @jay ~ the Chromecast should decode AAC 5.1 to 6 channel PCM.

  174. elan December 13th, 2013 10:33 am

    @Martin van der Boon ~ that’s up to Google :)

  175. Kryspy December 13th, 2013 12:56 pm

    The lack of AC3 5.1 on the Chromecast is a bit of a show stopper for me. I have numerous concert rips in ac3 5.1 and don’t feel like having to re-rip them all. Any OSX software that any knows of to do a quick re-encode to AAC 5.1 and still keep the AC3 5.1?

  176. Tyler H December 13th, 2013 12:57 pm

    Hey everyone. I am a new plex user and joined plex pass because I was very excited to put my new chromecast to good use. Although I can not get the web app to cast. there is no option to cast through the web player. i can cast directly from the chrome browser tab but then I cant go full screen. please help

  177. elan December 13th, 2013 12:57 pm

    @Kryspy: we transcode AC3 on the fly to AAC, you shouldn’t need to convert.

  178. elan December 13th, 2013 1:00 pm

    @Tyler: try using the version of the web app. Because of whitelisting restrictions the local one doesn’t work.

  179. Martin van der Boon December 13th, 2013 1:25 pm

    ~ that’s up to Google :)

    Oh, so chromecast support in the Plex app for Windows 8 and Plex app for Windows Phone is dependent on Google? I thought that as you had it in Plex for iOS and Plex for Android that it’d be a Plex delivery.

  180. elan December 13th, 2013 1:28 pm

    @Martin van der Boon ~ there’s no SDK for Windows devices :)

  181. Kryspy December 13th, 2013 1:36 pm

    Will it still be 5.1 ?


  182. elan December 13th, 2013 1:51 pm

    @Kryspy ~ yeah, should be!

  183. Ron December 13th, 2013 4:48 pm

    Since you added Chromecast support, I bit the bullet and subscribed to Plexpass – couldn’t wait for Chromecast support.

    I love it! Chromecasting from both my Android phone and iPad works beautifully. I even casted from my phone to my iPad (I didn’t know it would do that).

    Thank you so much for adding Chromecast support. Well done! You more than made up for last week’s iPad debacle. :-)

  184. Martin van der Boon December 13th, 2013 10:41 pm

    ~ there’s no SDK for Windows devices :)


    Sent from my Windows tablet.

  185. underhill December 14th, 2013 5:57 am

    I’ve noticed that although my AV receiver shows the Chromecast HDMI as a PCM 3/2/.1 source and Plex is transcoding to AC3 5.1 to AAC, the rear channels are completely silent. There’s a thread about this in the forums called ‘Plex with Chromecast 5.1′ with more info.

  186. MartinS December 14th, 2013 11:34 am

    Excellent work guys. Loving this new cast feature. Elan, all we need now is a uber cool Live TV service for Plex and I’d be happier than Barkley with a fresh bone.

    Great job.

  187. Martin December 14th, 2013 12:34 pm

    Excellent job Plex team,
    I love this new feature, it works great. We’ve all been waiting patiently for this since ChromeCast was launched.

    Elan, All we need now is a Live TV feature to promote Plex to legendary status amongst other media services. Perhaps a Kickstarter style campaign to enable a partnership between Silicon Dust’s HDHomeRun and Plex would a) show you how many loyal Plex fans want this and b) raise the money to go do it in a short timeline.

    Keep up the great work. If we had LiveTV in Plex, we’d be happier than Barkley with a fresh bone!!

  188. john December 14th, 2013 5:04 pm

    I am surprised so many plex users are okay with 2ch sound. Boring.

  189. elan December 14th, 2013 7:14 pm

    @john: it can do 5.1 AAC. Not so boring.

  190. chris December 14th, 2013 10:49 pm

    @Elan Could you elaborate on the ‘preview period’ with regards to chromecast and plexpass? I cant find anywhere what that is expected to be. Id be open to joining with plexpass if there were any other features I cared about, but unfortunately at the moment none of the offerings beyond the base package and chromecast are important to us. Thanks.

  191. elan December 14th, 2013 11:02 pm

    @chris ~ nothing formal, it depends on the feature and how long it takes for us to fix the glaring issues and get it all spiffy.

  192. CJ December 16th, 2013 5:13 pm

    If I share my library with someone, do we both need PlexPass accounts to use ChromeCast?

  193. elan December 16th, 2013 5:42 pm

    @CJ ~ feature requires PlexPass on the account signed into the player/device.

  194. RodneyBR December 17th, 2013 10:51 am

    Cool, but it’s not easy to get a Chromecast in Canada.

  195. Nathan December 17th, 2013 2:40 pm

    Man, rough day. Just spent 6 hours trying to get it to work on IOS and the app doesnt show an option for casting. Am i missing something?

  196. Matt December 17th, 2013 5:35 pm

    Bwahaha… To all those whining it’s only available to subscribers… Wait patiently, or buck up and pay the kind gets at Plex… they are doing AMAZING things for media, why not support their efforts with a few bucks a month, it’s 1 less mocha frapachino a month, and so very worth it!

  197. Kalin December 17th, 2013 10:17 pm

    @RodneyBR How do you figure it’s not easy to get one in canada? It’s called Ebay

  198. Mario Soto December 18th, 2013 4:51 pm

    Noticed it the other day, it works great. :)

  199. Aic December 19th, 2013 8:28 am

    It’s superb. This one and youtube are the only one worth to check out on chromecast. But can i have option to queue items that would be great :) thanks :)(or mayby i just can;t see this option)

  200. 1ne2woBe December 19th, 2013 12:29 pm

    I had purchased Chromecast for my mother and a friend of mine months ago and had them play my content via Plex. They enjoyed Chromecast and Plex prior to this new app., so I know they will be enjoying your services even more now! Thanks for making their movie and show watching even more pleasurable now!

  201. James December 20th, 2013 11:31 am

    Does the feature work if the Plex Client and Plex Media Server are using different Plex Pass Accounts? Both accounts have Plex Pass, but does it require the *same* account on the Client as the Media Server?

  202. elan December 20th, 2013 1:01 pm

    @James: Client app needs to be signed into (any) PlexPass account.

  203. Aric Wilisch December 20th, 2013 2:01 pm

    Great work guys! After reading a couple of the posts above I figured that I had to to go to stream it from the web interface. Will the ability to stream to Chromecast eventually come to my local webplayer? I can’t see me using that often, but my kids don’t have devices yet capable of streaming, so having a webpage they can pick from is nice.

    Keep up the great work!

  204. elan December 20th, 2013 2:07 pm

    @Aric ~ it’s a whitelisting limitation that Google has, we don’t have any control over it.

  205. Jeremy December 20th, 2013 2:27 pm

    Love love love! Thank you! Great work!

  206. Chet December 20th, 2013 7:50 pm

    Awesome as always.
    Now, pleeeeeze get a Tivo app knocked out and I will be the happiest Plex Pass Member going :)

  207. Gregan December 21st, 2013 3:49 am

    Got Plexpass and all is installed correctly…HOWEVER, films going through PLEX via CHROMECAST SUCK BIG TIME all stopping and starting again every 10 seconds the whole time as though PLEX can not keep up with Chromecast…..maybe Chromecast let you guys in TOO SOON???? It does not matter where I chromecast from, tablet, desktop or laptop , it’s the same. When I take PLEX out of the picture and use CHROMECAST ONLY, all is perfect again. Had a feeling these 2 would not work well together….any fixes any time soon?????

  208. elan December 21st, 2013 10:26 am

    @Gregan: lots of yelling, but not much data to go on :) If it’s continually buffering, you might have too slow a computer running the server? If the media isn’t compatible, Plex needs to convert it, and that takes computing power. What format of files are you trying to play?

  209. Adam December 21st, 2013 9:11 pm

    Having the same ‘permissions playing media’ error when casting via remote server. However, it’s only when I try to cast via the apps this happens. If I go to the client I can cast just fine, but only when I try via my iPhone does it say permission denied. The media server is up to date too!


  210. elan December 22nd, 2013 3:27 pm

    @Adam ~ make sure the remote server is up to date and running the latest media server.

  211. ross December 23rd, 2013 9:43 am

    Got local media in plex running great through chromecast great work. However the channel plugins constantly buffer except the south park channel. Thank good that works lol. Anyway is there a known reason for this? Any problems reported by others? Is it just bottle neaking from my server to phone to chromecast? My wife misses her HGTV since we pulled the plug please help her get the plug in working for my sake lol

  212. PKay December 25th, 2013 6:08 pm

    New install. When trying to stream JPG (using app on Galaxy S3 phone to Chromecast) receiving “ChromecastXXXX is not capable of playing this item”.

    Any ideas?

  213. elan December 26th, 2013 2:55 pm

    @PKay ~ Photos and music aren’t yet supported.

  214. justin December 26th, 2013 4:18 pm

    why cant I control the video when I cast from plex?? other than that one thing I love it!!!

  215. chromecrap December 26th, 2013 6:22 pm

    Is it possible to fling media (specifically my movies and tv shows) from a computer to the Chromecast with this new Plex app? This article and others don’t make it very clear, instead only talking about iOS and Android and showing pictures of the mobile Plex app. I understand that Google intentionally crippled the Chromecast’s ability to fling local media from a computer within days of people making apps for it, so I’m curious if Plex somehow found a way around it.

  216. elan December 27th, 2013 10:52 am

    @chromecrap ~ you can fling with the web app from a desktop computer.

  217. elan December 28th, 2013 10:26 am

    @justin: you can! Tap the player button to get a mini-controller, tap that to get the full controller.

  218. John December 29th, 2013 10:17 am

    from what I am reading, you can have multiple devices on the same playpass. I have 3 mobile devices, can I use the same account as long as they are signed in with the same account?

  219. Sorin December 30th, 2013 5:18 am

    ETA on picture & music support? Days? Weeks? Months?

  220. Rshman1903 December 30th, 2013 5:43 am

    when will it be available for non plex pass users

  221. elan December 30th, 2013 11:06 am

    @Rshman1903 ~ when we’ve fixed the biggest bugs and added photo and music support.

  222. elan December 30th, 2013 11:06 am

    @John: that’s correct!

  223. Henrik January 3rd, 2014 1:38 pm


    When will it be possible to Cast from the Plex Media Server? Unfortunately the web-player at has a really hard time to handle channels (at least for me). I get “Channel not responding” quite often, but if I access it from the Media Server they work but then I can’t Cast them…

    Keep up the good work, casting local content works fine!

  224. Rshman1903 January 4th, 2014 9:48 pm

    @elan so do you mean chrome casting wont be available for video.

  225. Greg January 5th, 2014 4:26 am

    Hi — when casting from the web app, there aren’t any controls to pause / seek in the video; are those coming soon?

    Otherwise, I’m thrilled with plex + chromecast.

  226. elan January 6th, 2014 12:53 pm

    @Greg: we tried to reproduce over here and can’t. Any chance you can let us know more details or take a screenshot?

  227. ally hayes January 6th, 2014 6:14 pm

    How exactly do you cast from the computer app? Ive been trying to figure it out for the past hour and just cant seem to be able to do it. Ive gone through multiple online forums and through the app and still dont know how to do it.

  228. Benjamin January 7th, 2014 2:41 am


    I have a Plexpass User. BUT I do not want to set my chromecast up with my “root” plex user thats logged in on my media server!!!
    For all my clients around in my house I have a own user for every client, this way I can controll on who can watch movies, play music or see the “xxx” stuff.
    The same I wanted to do with my chromecast but now I see that it only works with an “Plexpass” user and I am afraid, as I told, to set my chromecast up with my “root” plexpass user from the media server.

    Could you please give my more informations about this! You should create the posibillity to create more plex user “under” a given plexpass user that only can be used for plex clients and not for a media server. This way I have more controll over my clients and what they see and you could be sure that no one uses these users for a mediaserver ;-)

    Regards, Benny.

  229. elan January 7th, 2014 11:23 am

    @Benjamin ~ in the future we’ll do more for the “plex family” scenario :)

  230. battyboylad January 7th, 2014 12:58 pm

    I’ve just recentely updated my now TV box & added plex to it with a friends computer. I have a nexus 7 2012 version, am I able to upload films/TV shows from nexus to the now TV box?

  231. BudUSMC January 7th, 2014 2:14 pm

    I just purchased Chromecast and subscribed to Plex Pass. I have a syncology 412+ running the newest version available Everything seems to work fine on my computers and android devices. Then I try to push to my chromecast and as soon as I do I get “unable to cast, HTML5 streaming requires or later” Is there a fix or setting for this?


  232. Lee Rogers January 7th, 2014 3:47 pm

    Broke the Chromecast out of the box, plugged it in, went to my plex app on my android phone, and it worked. This is awesome! Really looking forward to casting music and photos :-)

  233. chris January 9th, 2014 8:34 am

    Here’s a question that hasn’t been asked yet… Is there planned future support for the Windows 8 app? Is that even a possibility?

    I want to make my dad’s RT tablet actually useful.

  234. Junkbz January 10th, 2014 6:31 am

    Plexpass subscriber here, purchased around 1-7-14. Works great but chromecast does not work at all. “Unable to select Chromecast. This feature is only available for PlexPass subscribers during the preview period. After that it will be available for everyone.”.

    I uninstalled on my android phone and re-installed from the play store. Play store shows “purchased”. Upon reinstall, same error. Help, chromecast is my primary interest in this program. Thanks.

  235. Junkbz January 10th, 2014 6:41 am

    One more question please, I’ve searched support forums but still confused. I’m able to run the plex app on my windows 7 laptop just fine and log in, but plex tells me to “go premium” and does not recognize the plex pass that I purchased for my android device.

    I don’t need to purchase a plex pass for each device (tablet, phone, laptop) do I?

  236. Tarun January 11th, 2014 6:54 am

    Any chance of releasing this for Windows Phone 8? I love the Plex app for Windows Phone 8 – one of the best apps on that platform.

  237. Dude January 11th, 2014 10:32 am

    Google didn’t create a Chromecast SDK for the Windows platform, so no you won’t be seeing this on Windows Phone 8.

  238. Ben January 12th, 2014 1:06 am

    @elan You have been asked several times about an ETA for the non-plexpass users. How come you decide to ignore those questions?

    I bet that of all the questions asked, that is the single one, without exception, the majority wants to know an answer to.

    I therefore find it interesting to see how well you are doing your customer care. It gives a good perspective on what to expect in the future.

  239. elan January 12th, 2014 10:12 am

    @Ben ~ I’ve answered the question numerous times on Twitter, in the forums, and likely on the blog as well: There’s no concrete date. When it’s ready, issues have been resolved, and features have been added to the point where we’re ready, we’ll make it publicly available.

  240. Ben January 12th, 2014 10:31 am

    @elan Twitter I dont use, but if you already answered the question you have my apology!

    Thanks for replying

  241. Betsy January 15th, 2014 8:57 am

    Was anyone able to resolve the “HTML5 streaming requires Plex Media Server or later” error? If so what did you do to resolve it? Thanks!

  242. red January 15th, 2014 11:35 am

    Will this ever work in localhost mode (for people who’s server actually can be accessed from outside home network)?

  243. elan January 15th, 2014 6:01 pm

    @red: nope, because the Chromecast is an Internet-access requiring device :)

  244. Vik January 16th, 2014 12:14 pm

    Any word on when Chromecasting will be available to all? Still waiting for this even after buying the app, looking for alternatives is not fun :/ Keep up the good work!

  245. bigGuy January 16th, 2014 4:18 pm

    Hey, when will this be a free app? ( :-) just kidding ), but what about a ballpark estimate for when pics and music might be supported?

    Video seems to work great, just FYI.

  246. Ricardo January 16th, 2014 7:36 pm

    I have a question.
    On my phone I select the video… ChromeCast… and it plays… very slow. It stops every few seconds. So, I want to know if the streams goes: server – phone – chromecast or server – chromecast…

  247. elan January 17th, 2014 10:48 am

    @Ricardo ~ it goes from server directly to Chromecast. If you’re seeing buffering, generally either a network overload (e.g. bad WiFi) or CPU overload on server.

  248. elan January 17th, 2014 10:50 am

    @BudUSMC ~ the only times I’ve seen that error are a) running an old version and b) running the server on an ARM NAS.

  249. elan January 17th, 2014 10:56 am

    @Junkbz ~ during the preview period, the mobile apps need to be signed into a Plex Pass account; you can sign all of your devices into the same account.

  250. elan January 17th, 2014 10:58 am

    @ally hayes ~ use and you’ll be able to use the Chromecast.

  251. Ricardo January 17th, 2014 11:05 am

    @elan I didn’t have any problem before. Before I use my tv to watch Plex video, the problem was the subtitles, that’s why I get the ChromeCast.

  252. Garrett January 19th, 2014 10:33 pm

    Bought ios app, spent 4.99$. Can’t chromecast with app because i dont have plexpass. Looks like i could have spent 3.99$ for plexpass and got the app for free and would have been able to chromecast. Makes sense.

  253. Eagletistic January 20th, 2014 6:58 am

    Old technology question.

    I run plex on a Mac Min core duo so I do not have the latest plex server running. Just the latest 32bit version

    Can anyone confirm if plex/ chrome cast will work in this scenario?

  254. elan January 20th, 2014 10:13 am

    @Eagletistic ~ you need a later 64-bit version to support transcoding for the Chromecast.

  255. UweB January 20th, 2014 6:15 pm

    Started using the Chromecast with a Plex server running on Windows 2012 Essentials — so far, it looks pretty darn good and was easy to set up. I use an iPad to control it. I have it set to cast “1920×1080 unlimited” and that looks fine. But does this mean if I stream a 720p source, it will be recoded to 1920×1080 by the server? I see a lot of “judder” on 720p sources (stuttering on pans, for example). While the iPad app will show me how a source is encoded, is there some way to tell what the server decided to do for a given source — stream as-is, remux, or transcode either video or audio or both?

  256. elan January 21st, 2014 1:44 pm

    @UweB ~ we never “up-transcode”, those resolutions are just bounding box maximums :) You can tell right now by looking at the media server log.

  257. Moderated January 21st, 2014 4:23 pm

    Yes, but when will it be “public”? I paid for the app already, when can I use it fully with my “official” chromecast function? Another month? 6 months? I love the program, but can’t use the only function I bought it for..

  258. JohnT January 21st, 2014 5:25 pm

    @ally hayes,
    Download the Google Cast Extension for your Chrome Browser
    Go here and give it a try:

  259. Eric N January 22nd, 2014 11:54 am

    It looks like from the PR text in this article ( )that the chromecast can support DTS and Dolby’s HD codecs. Is it possible to work on supporting these? This would be the last thing to make this app amazing!
    I just picked up a chromecast and purchased PlexPass (Lifetime) to use it. I love your product!

  260. elan January 23rd, 2014 10:23 am

    @Eric ~ It’s not just the hardware, it’s what Google chooses to license/enable ~

  261. david n January 23rd, 2014 11:01 pm

    Nice app, but curious to why I can’t do offline playback (plexsync) with chromecast? Be ideal for travelers.

  262. elan January 24th, 2014 11:35 am

    @david n ~ I believe that is supported with Android, and will likely be supported on iOS in the future.

  263. bigGuy January 25th, 2014 5:08 pm

    Plex is great. When might pictures be supported for casting to the chromecast?

  264. Cory January 27th, 2014 4:50 pm

    I’ve noticed lots of people keep asking when this is going to be made available to the non-plex pass subscribers and they keep getting ignored. Is there a timeframe for when this will be made available to everyone?

  265. Andreas January 29th, 2014 8:27 am

    Works fine with local files, but the Channels? Like, none of them work… not sure why?
    “Chromecast can’t play this.”

  266. elan January 29th, 2014 12:36 pm

    @Cory ~ as I’ve stated a few times, there’s no fixed timeframe. Historically the timeframes have varied :)

  267. Ameen February 4th, 2014 2:52 pm

    I recently purchased a subscription for Plex. Within 7 minutes of making my account. First off, brilliant piece of software. Little problem I ran into, when I try and cast images from my android [iPhoto channel] on to my chromecast, I just get a “Chromecast can’t play this”. Is this a soon to come feature? or am I doing something horribly wrong.

  268. elan February 5th, 2014 11:22 am

    @Ameen ~ We don’t yet support photos and music casting, but we will!

  269. Michael February 7th, 2014 9:19 am

    Everything works greatexcept for casting Channels to Chromecast. it just sits and spins with the show information on the screen. Is this a Plex program issue or an issue on the chromecast side?

    Thanks for the support!

  270. lovechromecastloatheplex February 7th, 2014 10:43 am

    so here it is Feb 7th. I have 3 Chromecast dongles and just realized that I would need to have a Plex Pass to stream from my Home Media Server. Many have asked the question about when the trial period would be over. My thoughts are NEVER. Why can’t we “preview” it for free. Since Chromecast has been opened up for app development I would think that there WILL be free apps besides PLEX soon that will do this same function. I like PLEX but if I can get something else for free why wouldn’t I (even if I have to watch ads). ROKU users don’t have to pay to use PLEX I don’t believe.

  271. Mage February 8th, 2014 6:52 am


    I’m running plex media server on my Synology NAS 411+II . Will i be able to cast to my chromecast via my Ipad or Iphone from that version of Plex Media Server if i upgrade to PlexPass?

  272. Sunil February 8th, 2014 10:13 am


    I purchased the Plex app from the Play store only to realise that the Chromecast support is for plex-pass premium subscribers. When will regular users get the feature?


  273. kenric February 8th, 2014 3:50 pm

    Hey guys, just got a subscription..installed the server on my Mac Book pro, and installed the app on my iPhone. Works great overall, I can play all my movies and tv shows through chrome cast and its really cool. One issue I have is when my phone turns the display off and I go back into the app I don’t see how to get back ingot he video thats being chromecasted to pause or rewind. the only course of action I see is to restart the broadcast, am I missing something?

    Also, is there a way to chrome cast straight from the media server cause that would be a big wow factor to me and cutting out a step would be sweet!

    thanks guys!

  274. elan February 8th, 2014 7:18 pm

    @Sunil ~ after the preview period, which doesn’t have a fixed duration.

  275. elan February 8th, 2014 7:20 pm

    @lovechromecastloatheplex ~ Really, loathe Plex? Because we give our premium members special treatment? We could leave Chromecast in Plex Pass forever, but we’re not going to. Relax, have a homebrew. You’ll be casting before long :)

  276. Craig February 9th, 2014 9:25 am

    The rear channels in a multichannel source file don’t work when streaming to chromecast. Is this a known issue and will it be resolved in the next server update?

  277. garrettcorn February 10th, 2014 7:39 am

    Everyone is just so excited for non plex pass chromecast support, because it seems so awesome and all love plex! I’m sorry for anyone who is being rude about it! I really appreciate your work!!! I know there are many just that share my appreciation!:) I think you do a great job answering questions and hope you never take them nasty comments personally because for every sour apple in the bunch there are hundreds of good ones!:) love you plex team and look forward to the future development

  278. bob February 10th, 2014 9:33 am

    love plex! the free version meets my needs, but i’d gladly pay for the advanced features if i wanted to use them. i just think that you have a curious release model; letting your premium (paying) customers essentially beta-test your product before releasing a more stable, feature rich version to the rest of us poor slobs. i’m just sayin’…

    and yeah, patience is not one of my few virtues, so i’ll join the beta testers for a while. on second thought, that release model is starting to make sense ;)

  279. elan February 10th, 2014 12:39 pm

    @Craig ~ it’s been fixed already in v0.9.9.2 of the media server.

  280. Doug Simmons February 12th, 2014 5:36 am

    I see my “yet to be moderated” response was not approved. What a surprise, you guys are so tired of people being unhappy about spending so much time setting up the media server and then discovering this is an app which does NOTHING unless you subscribe. At this point, any app claiming to make the chromecast useful must be disregarded. I should have known better.

  281. elan February 12th, 2014 9:47 pm

    @Doug ~ with all due respect, sir: (1) the media server is most definitely not useful unless you subscribe and (2) both apps make it clear in their descriptions that Chromecast support is in preview at the moment.

  282. elan February 12th, 2014 9:50 pm

    @Michael ~ it should work, but we’d need more details about which channel :)

  283. Joe Baker February 19th, 2014 5:20 am

    Does Casting a video/movie go through the remote website or is it a local stream from my media server? Obviously, a local stream would afford me the ability to stream in much higher quality.

  284. elan February 20th, 2014 12:10 pm

    @Joe ~ through your local server!

  285. Vince Russell February 21st, 2014 1:38 pm

    I made some videos to help explain how to use Plex, Chromecast and you will be able to watch Xbmc channels. Iphone Ipad Android

  286. Tyson March 2nd, 2014 12:04 pm

    How do you specify what content or turn off the slideshow on the ready to cast screen when using chromecast? If you have content that you don’t want to show, ie risque pictures, they are still bunched into and shown on the ready to cast screen.

  287. Bunklung March 4th, 2014 3:23 am

    How does external SRT files work? Does Plex have to transcode these subtiles in, or is there a way to send these external subtiles to a compliant format for the Chromecast. What about external webvtt file? Could Plex convert SRT to webvtt on the fly? Would this just need to be muxed in?

  288. JoeW March 5th, 2014 5:17 am

    Does the client (Chromecast) transcode videos or does it make the server do all the work? (e.g. like Plex running on Roku/NowTV)

  289. elan March 6th, 2014 12:38 pm

    @JoeW ~ the server does any work that’s needed.

  290. elan March 8th, 2014 10:51 am

    @Bunklung ~ we burn the subtitles in for Chromecast at the moment.

  291. Warlock March 10th, 2014 9:18 pm

    Unable to purchase plexpass :/ Guess I’ll pass on this.

  292. elan March 10th, 2014 9:50 pm

    @Warlock ~ anything we can help with? Email plexpass at plexapp and we can lend a hand.

  293. Fyyrest0rm March 13th, 2014 7:36 pm

    Figures. Not even a week after I bough the lifetime plexpass so I could use chromecast. I’m such a sucker! Way to go, Plex. I’m excited about a couple of the new features anyway :)

  294. richard March 14th, 2014 8:20 pm

    This is great. Just curious – as chromecast uses the DiAl protocol, is there a chance that plex could support flinging video to other DiAl devices? The 2013 Sony Bravia TVs appear to support this for instance – supporting flinging video from netflix and youtube apps on itunes.

    If I could use my ipad to browse my plex library and then play it on my TV that would be perfect. At the moment I’m using a DLNA app as a workaround, but that means not using the lovely plex ios app

  295. Brian March 19th, 2014 8:28 pm

    First — Thank you so much for your work with Chromecast. I think this marriage of plex to chromecast makes it the most logical and cheapest device and software combination to accomplsh all that I want to do with my entertainment files.
    Now the question: I had an issue with the plex app and Chromecast, so I searched here in the forums. Seems others were having the same issue, and one of the users referred to the thread (or a thread in the section) about Chromecast. I clicked the link, and it said I wasn’t allowed there. Upon a little better reading, it would seem that this is in a section of the site that is only accessible to PlexPass members. However, now that Chromecast functionality has been extended to everyone, there is no specific chromecast section for folks to go and discuss, find answers, etc. It’s spread between iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac forums (at the least). Can the chromecast section that was in the PlexPass area of the forums be moved now that the functionality has been extended to everyone? Again, thanks! I have purchased the iOS app, but as I get things set up and working the way I want, I will likely make a contribution to your work as well.

  296. elan March 20th, 2014 7:11 am

    @Brian ~ fixed, forum is over here ~ ~ thanks for letting us know!

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