Plex search can now include content from Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max and other services

Plex started out as a self-hosted media streaming solution, allowing users to create their own servers with movies, TV shows, and music and share access with others. The service has expanded over the past few years to include ad-supported movies and TV from Plex itself, and now Plex will curate media from other services alongside your own content.

Plex said in a blog post, “We’re proud to launch an all-new section of Plex, focused on discovering, searching, and customizing movies and TV shows on virtually any streaming service, whether it’s free movies and TV from Plex, or your other subscriptions like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and most personal media libraries you have access to. Starting today, Plex finds, personalizes, and organizes all of your content, it doesn’t matter where that content lives.

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This is similar to Google TV’s (formerly Google Play Movies & TV) search function, which can tell you which streaming services have the movie or show you’re looking for. However, Plex’s search function also includes results from connected Plex libraries and Plex’s own catalog of ad-supported content. Plex claims this does not require sending an index of your self-hosted content to any server, saying, “Personal servers do not send library content listings to Plex. We don’t know what’s on your server.

Plex is also building on this feature with a Universal Watchlist feature, which lets you find upcoming movies and add them to a watchlist. You’ll then be notified when the movie is in theaters, available to rent, or added to one of your streaming services.

Plex Search Results

The new feature is available in the latest versions of all Plex apps, including TV, desktop, and mobile apps. Plex servers must use the default Plex Movie agent and Plex TV Series agent for self-hosted content to appear in the new combined search.

Source: Complex, Plex support
Via: 9to5Google

Amanda J. Marsh