Plex Adds Discovery, Watchlist Features

Posted on April 5, 2022 by Paul Thurrott in Music + Videos with 12 Comments

Plex today announced two new features that it says will help users find and keep track of content across media streaming services.

“Keeping track of your favorite movies and shows across streaming services can be a struggle,” a Plex representative told me. “In fact, new research found that 60 percent of global consumers find the process of navigating multiple apps to be frustrating, and have spent about 600 million minutes collectively trying to figure out what to watch on their myriad of paid and free streaming services.”

To address these concerns, Plex—which also offers access to a library of over 50,000 free ad-supported movies, shows, and live TV—is introducing two new features:

Discovery. Plex helps you Find any movie or show across all of your paid and free streaming services: just search for a title in Plex, and if it’s available on a service to which you subscribe, you can then launch it directly from Plex.

Universal Watchlist. This lets you add titles from any service to the watchlist so you can keep track of the content you want to watch in the future.

“We have been saying for years that our goal was to create a one-stop-shop for all the entertainment that matters to you, and today we put a massive piece of that puzzle in place,” Plex CEO Keith Valory says. “With new streaming services, movies, and shows constantly coming available, it’s time to tame the media chaos and that’s what we aim to do with these new features. In short, we know it’s painful to find what to watch. We just want to get you there as quickly as possible.”

You can learn more about these new features and the Plex service from the Plex website.

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12 responses to “Plex Adds Discovery, Watchlist Features”

  1. lvthunder

    I'm surprised Netflix is allowing this to happen. They don't even support this feature in the Apple TV app which is Apple's version of this.

    • simard57

      Netflix has not blocked Tivo from this and Tivo has had this feature for quite a while.

    • AnthonyE1778

      Yeah my guess is they won’t block features like this until it starts to eat into their margins and/or learning algorothm. They know that Apple has that capability with their billions of users. But Plex will never be anything but a tiny blip on Netflix’s radar.

  2. simard57

    This new feature has been integral to Tivo for quite a while but it is exciting to see it integrated into Plex which is not a subscription service. I have a Plex Server with 100s of my movies ripped to it and toto launch the app after reading about this earlier to see what it provides. I was able to select the streaming services I pay for and launced a search - it was pretty good however it does not directly launch the app to view the movie - the message left me thinking that would be a coming feature... or they want it to be. Seems to be reminiscent of the Windows phone Peoples aggregator which blurred the various social media feeds together. The social media providers were not supportive and wanted access through their own App.. Will this be what happens with Plexes efforts?

    • lvthunder

      Which device do you have? On the Plex page in the comments I think it was Roku that didn't have a way to deep link the videos, but all the others do.

      • jeffrye

        No! Roku is my go to for all my streaming services. I hope they get it soon!

  3. digiguy

    Sounds a lot like the Google Entertainment Space found in some Android tablets

  4. crownseven

    *AHEM* This also integrates nicely for those who use Sonarr and Radarr.

    • mestiphal

      You can add a Plex Watchlist to Sonarr, but not Radarr, at least not for the time being. Unless you put a middleman like Trakt

  5. crunchyfrog

    I love PLEX because it does what I want, gets better all of the time and they're not full of themselves like the bigger players in this space.