The new Plex Discover tab could thankfully end the TV app jump

If you’ve ever asked a family member “what do you want to watch?” it usually starts with about 45 minutes of hopping from streaming service to streaming service, while one of your co-workers endlessly scrolls through menus.

By the time something all parties can agree on has been selected, you’ve decided there’s not enough time to watch a movie before bed, so you just stick The Office for the umpteenth night in a row. Plex estimates that Americans spend 600 million hours a night trying to decide what to watch, for heaven’s sake.

Now the developer of the popular media server aims to solve what it calls “the streaming struggle” with a new Discovery section that brings together content from all the services you subscribe to; be it Apple TV+, Netflix, Disney Plus, Prime Video, and other location-specific apps.

The new tab is available on all Plex platforms starting today, allowing you to create a main watchlist (main image), see dedicated recommendations across all apps, or menus like “Trending on your services” and “Top titles on other services”. . The searches are also universal. As the company says, it’s not where you look, it’s what you look at.

In one blog post Announcing the new feature as a publicly available beta, the company wrote, “Starting today, Plex finds, personalizes, and organizes all of your content, no matter where that content resides. Now when you sign in on any of our major platforms, including Roku, Apple TV+, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, iOS and Android mobile devices, smart TVs, game consoles, and the app Web, you get a new home screen that will prompt you to customize your preferences.

“A whole new world of daily discovery will greet you right from your home screen. Discover what’s new and trending from all your selected services, as well as the personal media libraries you access, in one streamlined view. Browse curated recommendations, watch new release trailers, all from the comfort of your Plex app.

It’s quite similar to what the Apple TV app did with some elements of its presentation. There’s a main “Up Next” queue and a “Continue Watching” interface and universal search, but it’s not as comprehensive as what Plex serves up today. You don’t even need to be a Plex Plus subscriber to access it.

Lance B. Holton