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Working harder than the elves at the North Pole (although with a higher blood eggnog content), we’ve pushed updates in the last few days to our Roku, Windows 8, and Windows Phone 8 applications to add support for Plex Companion. What is Plex Companion, exactly? It’s what we call the magic that allows you to fling media between Plex-enabled devices, like from a Windows 8 Phone to a Roku, or from an iPhone/Android phone to the Chromecast plugged into your TV. It also turns your phone or tablet into the world’s best remote control: pause an episode when the phone rings, skip a track you’ve heard too many times, or just find out more about what you’re watching. The best part is, all of your different devices now work together seamlessly to maximize your media enjoyment.
Plex Companion was already supported on Plex Home Theater, Plex for iOS, and Android, so this rounds out the feature across all our apps. Now that we’ve got the basics in, expect us to keep enhancing and making it even richer.
Speaking of Roku, well shucks, we’re incredibly proud to be in the top 10 most watched channels on that device! Seriously, if you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for a loved one (or even just a liked one), you could do a lot worse.
If you’re running Windows 8.1, we’ve added support for some cool new features like Live Tiles. Plex will now show you recently added, On Deck, and queued content in a tile. Pretty!
There’s also support for share charm, in-application search, and we’ve updated the app to support fluid layouts. If you’re still on Windows 8 and were waiting for a reason to upgrade, you now have a few good ones.
Leading up to Christmas, we’re going to add a Barkley to every post. Just because we can. And literally, as we were hard at work, this is what he was doing. The nerve!
Ho, ho, ho! Christmas is just around the bend and we’re full of presents! As you all know, we’re big fans of Microsoft’s modern née Metro platform, and have been for a while. We shipped the original version of the Windows Phone 7 Plex app nearly two years ago, and we’re back today with a brand new app for Windows Phone 8, based on Plex for Windows 8.
As if all this weren’t joy-inspiring enough, we’re also happy to let you know that the app is available exclusively on Nokia Windows Phone 8 devices for the first 30 days, for FREE! Get it while it’s hot, and tell your friends. Just like the best egg nog, this deal will be gone before you know it.
We’ve revisited every aspect of the Plex experience on these beautiful devices (seriously, check them out!) and we think you’ll really enjoy it. We also now support HTTP Live Streaming, which means higher quality video and full support for a range of subtitle formats. The app is under heavy development, and there are exciting updates coming (a new release supporting our new second screen remote feature will be live in the store shortly).
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.
Did you know Barkley is a huge fan of the Chromecast? Well, now you do. And he’s picky about his consumer electronics, too.