Struggling to find something to watch on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video? We’ve all been there, scrolling by for what feels like hours as everyone watching the big screen struggles to agree on what to watch. Plex led the charge in bringing together the media you already own, but now the platform is looking to fill the gaps between all your favorite streaming services.
If you’re unfamiliar with Plex, it’s a media streaming platform that offers thousands of shows and movies for free. The real magic happens if you have a server (or the best NAS for Plex) to run Plex Media Server. Running your own media server using Plex lets you store and stream music, movies, and shows you own across all your connected devices.
Plex now wants to be your search engine for movies and shows, much like Google crawls and organizes listings of websites. There are two new features for Plex: Discover and Universal Watchlist. The former acts as a bridge between Netflix and other popular video streaming services, letting you search and find new things to watch without jumping between three or more apps.
Plex Universal Watchlist is the next piece of the magic puzzle, featuring a smart watchlist for you to add shows and movies that aren’t currently available on any of the streaming services you pay for. Once Plex discovers a listing on one of the services you’ve subscribed to, you’ll be notified that it’s ready to watch. This is a game-changer for keeping tabs on upcoming or new content.