Plex Unveils New User Interface on Roku & Apple TV With ‘Modern Layout’ and Customizable Options
Plex has launched its new and improved user interface, “Modern Layout” to improve users’ streaming experience while on the app. According to Plex's announcement, the company chose “a new ‘Modern’ layout that would showcase artwork from the title and provide some additional context when a poster is in focus: genres, parental ratings, and brief synopsis of the title without having to first click.”
Modern Layout is now available on Plex’s Apple TV and Roku apps and will be available on Android TV soon. It will also become available on other platforms in the near future. If you don’t see the Modern Layout settings available on Apple TV and Roku today, make sure you have the latest update installed.
The new user interface offers a “choose your own adventure” experience since many of the options are customizable.
As a part of the process, Plex involved its current users in testing out the new layout. After receiving feedback, changes were made to the app to make it even more user-friendly. Some of the changes made include contrast issues, badging concerns, type sizes, and more. Now, it’s officially ready to go.
If you’re on Apple TV or Roku, you can access the new Modern Layout via the Settings section. You can then navigate to Experience, where the new layout options are located.
You will be able to choose from the following content layout settings:
- Modern (the default): Displays artwork and “inline” details about the title on some screens when focused on a poster. This layout also prefers background artwork over posters on title detail pages.
- Classic: No “inline” metadata is shown, displays title and additional information below posters, and prefers posters to artwork on detail pages.
You can also choose from other settings, including App/Home Background and Details Background.
Plex is a free streaming service that includes on-demand access to 50,000+ movies and TV shows. The service also offers 300+ free-to-stream live TV channels in 193 countries. Users can also connect Plex to their computers to stream and share any media they have on their hard drives.
The service also offers a universal watchlist - simply add the streaming services you subscribe to and Plex becomes an automatic launch portal for any show or movie. This saves you the trouble of looking up what is streaming where.
Plex offers a subscription tier that offers even more features for people who want more functionality, but it packs a powerful punch even in its free version.
Plex even offers a Plex Arcade option where you can play dozens of Atari classics plus your own collection of game ROMs and emulators on your favorite devices.
This is an incredibly flexible platform that’s perfect for fans of any media.