Plex Media Player becomes free to everyone, adds Kodi plug-in

One of the most popular media center solutions for both mobile and desktop, Plex will probably become even more popular following today's announcement.

Developers of Plex Media Player have just announced that the application is now available for free to everyone. On top of that, the application has been redesigned and received a few new features.

Long-time Plex users probably know that some of the app's best features are hidden behind a pay wall, which can be removed by getting a Plex Pass.

However, with the latest update, all the features of the Plex Media Player will be available to everyone for free, no Plex Pass will be required.

Those who have been using the application for a long time should know that the update also adds the ability to use it on a desktop or laptop with a keyboard and mouse.

The announcement also mentions one of Plex's alternatives, Kodi. Well, it appears that Plex now features an add-on for Kodi. Those who prefer this alternative will get the same Plex server discovery, user switching, library browsing, and media playback experience that they already know.

Keep in mind though that Plex for Kodi add-on is a Plex Pass only preview, so you should keep on that pass if you've already paid for one since you're still getting something for it.

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source: Plex



1. applesnapple93

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 06, 2016

so just to clarify. the plex APP is free? meaning the client based software is now free? however the media server with full features still require plex pass to be paid for? (yes i know there is free version plex media server)

2. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I think that is what they meant. The extra features like trailers/extras/interviews are still part of the Plex pass. I have a lifetime plex pass, but even without it you don't miss out on a lot.

3. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

I tried Plex about a year ago, no good. I use Universal Media Server, no problems.

4. Zolo111 unregistered

I have the free server software installed on my win 19, I installed the android client app, but says I have to suscribe to plex pass, what gives?

5. Zolo111 unregistered

turns out the Plex Media Player for desktops is the free one, not the android app, wharever.

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