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Plex

by Plex, Inc.
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,992 customer reviews)

Price: FREE
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
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  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Open network sockets
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Latest Updates

What's new in version 4.9.0.408
  • NEW:
  • - Allow access to Channels on shared servers, provided that the owner allows it.
  • - Better design for Watch Later, Recommended and Channel video preplays.
  • - Some UI tweaks to improve the Material Design experience
  • - Show status bar on video player overlay for Android versions that support it (KitKat and newer).
  • - Improved design for announcements screen.
  • - Allow MP4's to play AC3 via audio passthrough.
  • - [Android TV] Chapters are now displayed during video playback.
  • FIXES:
  • - Improve artwork display and remove old placeholders.
  • - Make sure non-admin accounts from a Plex Home are able to access their Watch Later / Recommended content.
  • - Make sure unwatched indicators and the "mark as watched" action work with Watch Later / Recommended items.
  • - Fix appearance of volume bar in video player settings dialog when playing on a remote player.
  • - Fix issue where background art would disappear from preplay screens when they were refreshed.
  • - Trim library names to prevent blank spaces in Navigation Menu.
  • - Fix crash adding item to existing playlist if dialog is closed before the operation completes.
  • - Fix issue when sync indicator icon was displayed on top of unwatched episode count for TV shows and seasons.
  • - Fix bug where in some cases the app would crash when a music video or TV show season was selected on the new preplay screens.
  • - Make sure the video settings dialog can be opened while flinging a local video to Chromecast.
  • - Fix bug where Chromecast wasn't able to reproduce videos / photos from Cloud Sync.
  • - Fix issue where buffering message could be displayed incorrectly.
  • - Avoid concurrent requests from Sign Up screen.
  • - Fix various HEVC playback issues.
  • - Fix issue where user selector was set on portrait in some tablets.
  • - Resolve playback issues after a track change when playing on some remote players like the Plex for Roku app.
  • - Improvements around how we handle AirPlay streaming.
  • - Make sure photo player controls are updated after connecting to a remote player (or disconnecting from one).
  • - [Android TV] Make sure the app behaves correctly if the system decides to recreate it (may happen if it's been on the background for a while).
  • - [Android TV] Make sure "Now playing" card in device launcher never stays open after a video has finished playing.
  • - [Android TV] Resolve an occasional crash when the audio player transitions to a different track.
  • - [Android TV] Fix crash that could happen if the video player was closed very quickly.
  • - [Android TV] Fix issue when app was skipping Cloud Sync as an available server at start.
  • - [Android TV] Fix issue where app would sometimes fail to find any servers after a device reboot.
  • - [TV layout] Update Watch later and Recommended playlists after switching accounts.
  • - [TV layout] Fix crash when user change occurs on Social/Online sections.

Product Details

  • ASIN: B004Y1WCDE
  • Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Rated: Guidance Suggested This app may include dynamic content. What's this?
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,992 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156 Free in Appstore for Android (See Top 100 Free in Appstore for Android)
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Product Features

  • Interact with your home computer's Plex Media Server
  • View your photos and streaming videos
  • Listen to your music library
  • Get to your favorite online content through one of 100s of available Plex channels

Product Description

Plex (https://plex.tv) organizes all of your video, music, and photo collections and streams them to all of your screens. Enjoy unlimited use of the free version of this app, and unlock its full functionality with a Plex Pass subscription -OR- a small one-time in-app purchase (see below).

Note: If you’ve already purchased the app or have a Plex Pass, you do NOT need to purchase again! Users who have previously purchased through the Amazon App Store will have the purchase detected automatically.

Free functionality:
• Unlimited flinging of photos and videos from the Camera Roll on your phone or tablet to Plex apps on Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, and Plex Home Theater (coming soon to Xbox One, Playstation, and other apps).
• Unlimited flinging of any media on your Plex Media Server (free download available at https://plex.tv/downloads) to other supported Plex Apps.
• Remote control your big screen Plex Apps.
• LIMITATION: Playing media from your Plex Media Server on the device running this app is limited (one minute for music and video, watermark on photos) until the app is unlocked.

Unlocked functionality:
• Unlock unlimited streaming to your phone or tablet with a Plex Pass subscription that includes many other premium features (available at https://plex.tv/plexpass) -OR- a small one-time in-app purchase.

Here’s a small taste of more things that Plex does to make your media experience awesome:
• Plex makes your media beautiful with artwork, rich metadata, and related content.
• Plex automatically converts your media on-the-fly to play on any device.
• Easily share your media with friends and family.
• Plex Pass feature: Sync media to your phone or tablet for offline viewing.
• Plex Pass feature: Sync media to your favorite cloud provider including Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box, so you can stream media even when your server is offline.
• Plex Pass feature: Online Trailers and Extras for the movies in your collection!
• Mark online videos from sites like Vimeo and YouTube to be able to 'Watch Later' on all of your Plex apps.

Getting up and running is easy, install the FREE Plex Media Server now (https://plex.tv/downloads)!

NOTE: YOU MUST HAVE A PLEX MEDIA SERVER (AVAILABLE FOR FREE AT https://plex.tv/downloads) INSTALLED AND RUNNING TO STREAM LOCAL MEDIA. VERSION 0.9.11.1 OR HIGHER IS REQUIRED. DRM-protected content, ISO disc images, and VIDEO_TS folders are not supported.

Technical Details

Size: 6.7MB
Version: 4.9.0.408
Developed By: Plex, Inc.
Application Permissions: ( Help me understand what permissions mean )
  • Access the list of accounts in the Accounts Service
  • Open network sockets
  • Access information about networks
  • Enter Wi-Fi Multicast mode
  • PowerManager WakeLocks to keep processor from sleeping or screen from dimming
  • Access information about Wi-Fi networks
  • Read from external storage
  • Get notified that the operating system has finished booting
  • Record audio
  • Write to external storage
  • Allows an application to receive messages via Google Cloud Messaging
Minimum Operating System: Android 3.2
Approximate Download Time: Less than 1 minute

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
121 of 144 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
Updated (7/3/2014)

First let me say that I've tried numerous apps to stream music and video. There was always an issue that made the apps less than stellar. Plex gives me 99% of what I want!

Positives
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- Stream movies and videos to iPhone, Android tablets (HP Touchpad running CyanogenMod 9, Kindle Fire HD, HP Slate) and HTC One phone (devices that I have)
- Integrates with iTunes so that my 120GB music database can be played anywhere
(I have moved to Subsonic for music streaming. It does a much better job with music. Perhaps one day Plex will be there as well.)
- iTunes playlists on home PC are seen with Plex client so I can easily stream music while driving (no more Pandora, Spotify, etc.)
(Yeah, still works, but it's not reliable.)
- Plex client login allows you to see all of your libraries automatically, no matter what device you are using
- Plex app for Roku so that I can stream home videos, movies, music to TVs. You can take this little box with you on vacation, hook it to a TV, connect via integrated WiFi and have access to all of your multimedia just as if you were home as well as NetFlix and other apps.
(Just make sure that you are converting your files to something Roku likes. I tried the Amazon Fire TV and the video files that stream flawlessly under Roku were choppy with Amazon Fire TV and Plex.)
- Integrated database populates the metadata for music and movies instantly. No need to use a metadata manager.
- TV Show series look great and contain all of the info about each episode.
- The quality of the videos can be adjusted automatically or manually based on your connection speed so you can stream over 3G or slow WiFi connections.
- DLNA support in latest beta.
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149 of 187 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
The Plex for Android is very nice application and it worked on my Android Nexus 5 device as expected.
But i am disappointed to find out that i had bought a paid app which is at least 2 version older than the one published on Google play store.
At least for paid app it is expected that their latest edition are available for sale on App store and not the old version.
I regularly check for update for the application after i purchased it, but there seems to be no plan to keep it updated with latest version on amazon app store.
Plex, Inc kindly update Plex for Android to the latest version on Amazon App store.
Is there any provision where i can ask for rebate and return my order for paid application on Amazon App Store?
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64 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Verified Purchase
This app hasn't been updated in a while, very old version. It's not being updated regularly, and it doesn't work well. The video freezes, it doesn't play properly, it doesn't support streaming HLS (like the Roku does) and Roku seems to do a much better job of playing streaming video. The Amazon Fire TV is probably better piece of hardware, but it's pure crap when it comes to playing video with Plex. The Plex App is terrible for the Amazon FireTV (has too many bugs, and isn't being updated regularly, this is mostly to blame on Amazon because it takes so long for the updated versions to get through Amazon's app process). The bug fixes are very slow (almost non-existent) for Amazon Fire TV, and it seems to really lag behind with very old versions of App software, and very buggy versions. Bug fixes never seem to get pushed to Amazon FireTV, and it just work well. I've been waiting for fixes for quite some time, to fix/stop the choppy video, and the constant "spinning wheel" as movies seem to stop mid-video, or pause. The videos work perfectly on my two other Roku's, but they just don't play well on either of my three Amazon FireTV's. I'm ready to give up on the Amazon FireTV. The Plex app just doesn't work well, and doesn't support streaming HLS content (like the Roku) and it seems to lock up frequently (after about 1-2 hours of watching videos, it gets warm/hot and seems to lock up or not function well). I've had to unplug the power on my Amazon FireTV sometimes 5-6 times per evening, just to watch 2-4 hours of shows/movies because it always locks up, and it often takes a power plug pull just to get it to reboot and the Plex App for Amazon FireTV is really buggy. Read more ›
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Used to be great, now it's a $cam April 25, 2015
Verified Purchase
I bought this app and now they want to charge another $5.00 to use it with a plex server. How the hell else would you use this???? This is extremely deceptive and borderline theft. They think this is the way to get me to pay $300 for a lifetime subscription??? I'm done with you Plex until they reverse this garbage decision. To clarify, if you use this with Fire TV and aren't a subscriber, they want a 1 time 4.99 activation fee, which doesn't make sense because if you are a subscriber you don't have to pay for the apps... I'm hoping this is a programming error and I will revise my review if fixed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Broken app on the Amazon fire stick April 24, 2015
By Mark
Verified Purchase
This app is broken. It goes into an endless loop asking that Plex be activated or you have to pay another $4.99. What a piece of ....
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Depends on the Version and Platform. July 21, 2014
Verified Purchase
Basically I find Plex to be a good product. It seems to have it's own quirks depending on the platform. For the Fire TV it does not pass the Dolby signal to the sound thread. I have tried both the HDMI and the optical out ports. The signal is only translated as stereo. I tested the same Video using Plex on my Samsung Smart TV and it works perfectly.
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Nov 28, 2014 by Dan |  See all 2 posts
Seems a bit dodgy to me
You said it "requires a subscription" and I challenge you on that. Plex does not require a subscription (but you can get one to Plex Pass). Not sure what you need to pay for when using Plex, but I've been using it since 2009 or 2010 and never once had to pay to watch anything ON MY... Read More
Jul 14, 2015 by Will Zrnchik |  See all 3 posts
Activated PLEX on my Firestick, after a month, it is asking to activate...
It's working on my Firestick still, but it wants to be activated on my phone now (was fine). Pretty stumped. Bought it in December.

ETA: Of course right after I post this, I fixed it. I uninstalled it, and reinstalled it. A newer version was installed than I had, I guess it wasn't checking for... Read More
Apr 30, 2015 by Tivolkz |  See all 2 posts
Since Plex is obviously not an option for Fire Stick
You can use Plex or side load XBMC (Kodi). Both work great on the FireTV Stick.
Nov 25, 2014 by S. Salerno |  See all 4 posts
Videos keep freezing
Yes. I have this problem everyday on my fire TV but not on any other platform. The app on the Amazon app store is many releases behind Google play and it needs to be updated soon. I am beginning to be sorry that I purchased lifetime plex pass with the fire TV because it is a disaster.
Sep 29, 2014 by A. Watson |  See all 3 posts
If i pay in the play store, do i have to pay here again? Be the first to reply
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