Los Gatos, CA, May 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plex, a top-rated streaming media company with apps and content customized to fit your personal preferences and needs, today announced the addition of podcasts to its content offering. Plex Podcasts is designed to give users the best, easiest-to-use, most customizable podcast experience, on any device, with no subscription or media server required. At launch, Plex Podcasts will be available on iOS, Android, Roku, and the Plex web app, with additional device support coming soon.

For those that are just getting started with podcasts, Plex is an easy solution as it requires no setup and no subscription fees. Simply download the Plex app, create a free account, and start listening. For longtime podcast listeners, or the millions of people that already love Plex, Plex Podcasts eliminates the need for dedicated podcast apps and brings another form of the media they love into one place, residing next to their personal media collections, Plex News, live TV, and all the other features that make Plex the most comprehensive, personalized streaming media app available.

Currently in BETA, Plex Podcast features include:

  • Free, quick and easy - Simple, intuitive set-up, and no subscription required
  • Cross-device playback status - A unique feature not offered by others, cross-platform playback lets users listen to podcasts on a jog and pick up where they left off at their desk
  • All your media in one place - On Deck support for Podcasts displays the latest unplayed and partially listened episodes just like other shows, sitting alongside all other media within Plex, from personal photo, music and video collections, to curated news, to live and recorded TV, and more
  • Information-rich - As users have come to expect, Plex enhances podcasts with metadata, offering more info about the programs and related podcasts
  • Standard podcast controls -  Controls such as forward and back, variable speed playback, and mark as played give users full control over their listening experience
  • Easily add personal favorites - If a podcast isn’t already in the Plex catalog it can be added through the feed url and Plex will treat it just as if it were already in the catalog, including retrieving rich metadata, related podcasts, search support, and more, making it more advanced than standalone podcast offerings
  • Add to My Podcasts - Allows users to automatically add items to On Deck and easily get to their favorite shows
  • Multi-device support - Device support at launch includes iOS, Android, Roku, and the Plex web platform with other platforms rolling out soon

Additional features and platform support will be rolling out to Plex Podcasts in the coming weeks, including:

  • Smart downloading with granular options for managing the episodes users want to keep on a per show basis
  • Offline listening
  • Additional metadata support including richer show pages and more discovery options
  • Podcasts Import & Export (OPML) support, which will allow users to import their currently subscribed podcasts right into Plex

Plex Podcasts sits alongside other media categories, like movies and TV, offering professional podcasts that are curated to to fit individual interests while solving challenging discovery problems users often face.

Plex Podcasts are available now and do not require a Plex Media Server or a paid Plex subscription. To get started, simply create a free account here https://www.plex.tv/sign-up/. For more information on Plex visit https://www.plex.tv/.   

About Plex:

Plex is a streaming platform for personal media collections, also offering over-the-air Live TV and DVR capabilities, and curated news from more than 200 global media partners. It’s the only solution that seamlessly combines your personal collection of TV shows, movies, music, podcasts, photos, and videos alongside live and recorded TV. With a highly-customizable and easy-to-use interface, Plex is a Top 10 most-watched app with 4+ star ratings on all major OTT platforms. Our mission is to give our users the very best OTT media experience and give our partners a better way to promote their content and engage with their audiences. For more information, please visit https://plex.tv, or follow @plex on Twitter or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/plexapp.