Plex is a free streaming service that includes on-demand access to 20,000+ movies and TV shows. The service also offers 220 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.
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.
We tested Plex and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. Plex is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Roku, Android TV, iPhone/iPad, Android Phone/Tablet, Mac, Windows, PlayStation, Xbox, LG Smart TV, Samsung Smart TV, Sony Smart TV and VIZIO Smart TV.
Plex offers a wide range of shows, primarily through its live virtual channels. Networks like Stories by AMC, Dove Channel, IGN, Kidoodle TV, AMC Thrillers, Revry, and Nosey provide 24/7 entertainment.
There are also some throwback guilty pleasures available on demand, like “ALF,” “T.J. Hooker,” “Unsolved Mysteries,” and “21 Jump Street.”
Plex features lots of movies from libraries including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, Lionsgate, and Legendary. It aggregates titles from other services like Crackle and Popcornflix as well.
You won’t find many blockbusters here, but there is a rotating catalog that might include films like “The Terminal,” “Melancholia,” “Van Wilder,” “Super Size Me,” and “Black Sheep.”
There is a small selection of family films and shows available, including “Rikki-Tikki-Tavi,” “Paulie,” “The Real Ghostbusters,” and “Davey and Goliath.” It’s not much, and it’s better supplemented by media from your own library.
Plex profiles are free to create. If you share your library with others, you can decide which content is available to which users. Plex Pass users can create subprofiles under their own account so you could further control what the members of your household can access.
Within your own library, Plex allows you to control what media is shared with which users. This feature is incredibly powerful, and you could choose to limit children to a very narrow range of content, slowly increasing their viewing options as they age.
For free on demand content, you will encounter periodic ad breaks. Ads will not appear if you’re streaming content from your hard drive or from an account that has been shared with you.
Media can be downloaded to your device if you upgrade to the Plex Pass level.
Plex is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast (Google Cast)
- Android TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- LG Smart TV
- Samsung Smart TV
- Sony Smart TV
- VIZIO Smart TV (AirPlay/Google Cast)
Plex is not compatible with Nintendo devices.
Free movie & TV content is available in 1080p. If you have 4K video on your local hard drive, Plex supports streaming that resolution.
Most content is available in surround sound.