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New media streaming apps like Plex prove to be amazing technology, but also complicated for new users trying to understandhow to get new movies and tv shows on Plex.The uniqueness of Plex leaves new users pondering all of its capabilities.

You can get new movies on Plex for free by connecting the app to a device that has the media properly stored on it. Alternatively, you can connect to another users account to stream media. All devices must be on and connected to the internet.

Note: This essentially makes Plex a “free Netflix”, but keep in mind that you must be careful and not download anything illegal, such as copyright infringing content.

Mediapeanut does not support or advise piracy in any form. Only use the methods here for movies and TV shows you personally own.

Related:17 Best cheap tablets forNetflix

The only difference is that the content you are viewing is being streamed from your own personal media files that you can store on your computer, network attached storage or seedbox. You can also connect to the media files outside your own account through alternate methods.

Table Of Contents

  1. How does Plex work?
  2. Why is Plex so good?
  3. What devices are compatible with Plex?
  4. Where can I store media on Plex?
  5. 1. First ensure your files are compatible with your Plex Client.
  6. 2. Choose a device that will allow Direct play
  7. 3. Take your stored Media and create a Plex library
  8. Plex won’t direct play
  9. Plex keeps buffering
  10. Plex keeps pausing and freezing
  11. Is Plex safe?
  12. Do I need a VPN for plex?
  13. Is it illegal to share movies on Plex

What is Plex?

Plex is a digital media player that organizes libraries of video, music and photos and allows users play their own media from devices other than where it is originally stored. This gives users the ability to create their own personal Netflix and Spotify.


How does Plex work?

Plex works by scanning your personal media files such as movies, music and photos that are stored on a personal device including, but not limited to your computer, network attached storage or even a seedbox.

Next, Plex streams and organizes your media library onto a Netflix style app that can be downloaded on almost any media player device including, but not limited to your smart TV, streaming sticks, mobile phone, tablets and much more.

Plex is a very unique streaming platform; it compares to Jellyfin and Emby in that it is completely free with the option to upgrade for small features. Plex is the most well known amongst the three streaming services. It is also common for Plex to be referred to as a client server player.

Why is Plex so good?

The benefit of Plex is that it is free and allows users to play an impressively wide variety of media file extensions on nearly any media device. It’s also available in over 200 countries.

Plex is compatible with most media containers available allowing you to get your media files from anywhere, including torrenting. (more on that below)

Where to get Movies to Stream on Plex

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Imagine having any movie or TV show you desire, without limits, on your own personal Netflix stylestreaming service.

You can find movies to stream on Plex by ripping Blu-ray’s, DVDs or by downloading (legal) movies. Some even go as far as automating torrenting to find movies to stream on Plex; which we do not advise

Since Plex leaves it up to users to find movies and shows to stream…those who aren’t ripping Blu-ray’s and DVDs are instead creating massive libraries of just released movies through automating torrents and other alternate methods.


Unfortunately, for a first timer these ways to find movies are very advanced and can take over 4+ hours to set up properly.

Be sure to not commit any form of copyright infringement. Many use a VPN to protect their behavior online, but since Plex encrypts its data when content is sent from the server to your Plex nobody can peek or see what you’re doing.

How to get Torrents on Plex

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To use torrents on Plex you can download a torrent and then add it to the Library folder that Plex scans… just like any other video in your library. This will allow you to get new movies on Plex.

Users are known to also automate torrenting on Plex by setting up their own server and automatically pull torrents in of the latest shows using something called sonar & radar. This is very difficult without tech knowledge as mentioned earlier.

The easiest route to take when automating torrenting on Plex is to check reddit, there are many ways the communities can guide you on using torrents (legally).

This allows you to automate the process in under 10 minutes instead of taking 4+ hours of setting it up the difficult way.

Youcan get newrelease movies on Plex this way… making Plex far more efficient compared to adding movies and shows manually. We do not advise piracy or copyright infringement in any way.

How do I stream Movies on Plex?

If you are not using the guideshown earlier on this pagethen the traditional (much longer way) can be done, but it does require some setup. How To Get New Movies On Plex In [Free] 2022 | MediaPeanut (3)

Most people get confused with Plex because it is not explained to them that they need two devices that are both connected to the internet for the stream to work.

Here is how to stream movies on Plex:

In order to stream movies on Plex you’ll need onedevice to watch the movies on and another to store and stream the movies from. Both devices must be connected to the internet. Once stored, connect your Plex account to the media library and finally watch on any Plex compatible device.

The good news is that this process to get new movies on Plex is much easier than it sounds.

We’ll go over in this post exact steps on how to get new release movies on Plex for free and make your own premium personal streaming service.

What devices are compatible with Plex?

Here are all the possible compatible devices that work with Plex:

  • Most Smart TVs made after 2016: Samsung, Sony, VIZIO, and more.
  • Streaming devices:Nvidia Shield, Roku, Apple TV 4K,Firestick& more.
  • Mobile Phones and tablets: iOS and Android.
  • Computers or Laptops with Mac or Windows.
  • Game Consoles: Xbox One and Ps4.

This amount of capable devices also means you can fling where you last left off… for example if you are watching a movie throughPlexon Tv and then your Uber arrives- you can switch what your watching to view where you left off last on your mobile phone or tablet during the ride.

Important to note-Ipersonallyhave had issues streaming Plex on my Xbox One S.If you’re using a gaming console- most find the Ps4 works much smoother than the Xbox for streaming new movies on Plex.

Where can I store media on Plex?

  1. Computer or Network-attached storage (NAS)
  2. A remote device such as a Seedbox, VPS, or alternate method.
  3. Gaming consoles or streaming devices (not recommended unless it’s the Nvidia shield)

The methods that require the least amount of physical requirements are 2 and 3 listed above.

Each of these ways can accomplish your goal of getting new movies on Plex.We’ll go over how exactly you can do each of these methods in this post.

How to add movies and TV shows to Plex

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Note: You can skip all of the following complex process view the personal streaming service guide I mentionedearlier in this post. It is the quickest method to date and highly advised for those with or without tech knowledge.

Here’s how to add your content including movies and TV shows to Plex:

1. First ensure your files are compatible with your Plex Client.

To add movie and TV shows on Plex you’ll first need to make sure you have video files in compatible formats Plex supports and a streaming client that will play these videos.


Here are all the compatible video and audio formats for Plex:

ContainerVideo EncodingAudio Encoding
.MP4H.264, hevc (H.265), mpeg4, wmv3, vc1, mp3, aac, ac3, eac3
.MKVH.264, hevc (H.265), mpeg4, wmv3, msmpeg4v2, msmpeg4v3, vc1, vp9mp3, ac3, alac, aac, e-ac3, flac
.WMVwmv2, vc1wmav2
.AVImpeg4, msmpeg4, msmpeg4v2, msmpeg4v3, vc1, wmv3acc, ac3, mp3
.ASFvc1, wmv2wmav2
.MPEGTS, .TSH.264, mpeg2videomp2, aac, ac3

As you can see Plex will play almost all of your media. For videos, a .MP4 file extension is ideal as it is the most compatible, but not necessary. 1080p, H.264 will direct play more often than other formats, including 4k formats.

For audio AAC 2.0 is the most compatible, AAC 5.1 is the most compatible for surround sound and AAC 7.1 audio will need a receiver (source)

Here all the compatible 4k video and audio formats for Plex:

ContainerVideo encoding
.MP4hevc (H.265), mpeg4
.MKVhevc (H.265), vp9, mpeg4

The most popular open source tool to convert nearly any video to MP4 or MKV is Handbreak.(Yes, it’s free)

2. Choose a device that will allow Direct play

Plex will play most of the media you throw at it by direct playing it.Direct play means the media is compatible and will be played in the intended format of the original file. Streaming devices like a Roku or Apple TV will direct play more formats than the average Smart TV and less transcoding will occur.

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Transcoding vs Direct Play comparison

When your Plex client (ex. Smart tv, Roku, etc) doesn’t support the content natively… then Plex will transcode the media to make the content viewable instead of direct playing.

Transcoding is less ideal than direct playing because more resources are being used from the device you are streaming your stored media from resulting in lower quality streams and increased chance to pause or buffer.

When a device is transcoding it is changing the format of the original file on the fly so your client (ex. Tv, mobile phone) can play it in a format it understands and supports when streaming.

Quality and speed of the transcoded stream could suffer when compared to direct play. To avoid transcoding make sure you have a Plex client device that supports the media formats you are playing as well as having the correct settings on the Plex app configured.

Related – You’ll need fast internet speeds to transcode – If you’re using a device such as Firestick or Roku, use a Roku speed test to check your network connection speed.

What is the best Plex client device for direct play?

The ideal Plex client to watch movies on is a media streaming device that allows direct play more often than transcoding. The most preferred Plex client is the Nvidia Shield TV Pro 4K followed by the Apple TV 4K and Roku Ultra.

Devices that will direct play 4k on Plex:

Here are the only streaming devices for Plex that will direct play 4K:

Nvidia shield TV (Ultimate choice- This beast will play anything that exists)

Apple TV 4K(you only need the 32 gb version)

The only two devices that will consistently play 4k smoothly and without transcoding is the Nvidia Shield Tv Pro or the Apple TV 4K and the reward is well worth it. Unfortunately there are no cheaper options for 4K. Anyone knowledgable on Plex and it’s direct play capabilities will agree.

If you’re grabbing the Nvidia shield TV pro make sure you get the one listed above and not the less expensive option that looks like a tube as it’s known to have issues with direct play 4k…

I’ve also seen some brand new Smart TV’s occasionally direct play 4k file here and there, but it is extremely rare and typicallydoes not direct play 1080p or 4k consistently.

Devices that will direct play 1080p on Plex:

Here are the best streaming devices for Plex that will direct play 1080p:

Nvidia Shield TV(The ultimate streaming device)

Roku Ultra(Second most affordable) (most valuable per dollar in my opinion)

Apple TV 4K(amazing)

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Amazon Fire TV 4K(most affordable, may occasionally transcode)

Xiaomi Mi Box S(great for 1080p, but laggy 4K streaming)

Chromecast Ultra (Great for 1080p, 4k often times did not direct play using Plex)

A lot of you may be wondering how the Amazon Fire TV 4K made it on the 1080p list. This is no mistake- the Fire TV 4k often has problems with direct playing 4k on Plex, but works great with 1080P direct play and is still a fantastic affordable option.

Streaming devices that advertise 4K aside from the Apple TV 4K & Nvidia Shield TV Pro, may work with Netflix in 4K, but they do not direct play 4k movies on Plex.

What is the cheapest device that will direct play on Plex?

I’ve done a lot of research and have tested many different devices… If you’re going to direct play movies and shows on Plex you’ll want to stick with any of the options linked above. There are no cheaper options than what you see above that I would advise.

If you don’t care much for 4k you can use a Roku, Fire TV stick or your smart TV to direct play 1080p direct play with the occasional transcode.

Devices such as outdated Smart Tv’s, computers, laptops and game consoles may or may not direct play, but will still transcode. I’ve had problems streaming direct play with my Xbox One S and I bought the Apple TV 4K instead. Plex now works perfect.

3. Take your stored Media and create a Plex library


To put your movies and shows on Plex you’ll want to open the Plex app through your web browser of the device you are storing your media on. Then follow these steps:

  • Open the settings menu.
  • Select Libraries under “Manage” on the bottom left
  • Click “Add library” and choose your media type
  • Click “Browse for media folder” and choose where your files are stored.
  • Once you’ve finished selecting option click “Add library”

You’re now ready to watch! Be sure to optimize the settings on the Plex app of the client device you’re watching content on as well or you will not be direct playing correctly.

Optimal & best settings for Plex

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When you launch the Plex app on the client you’ll be watching your media on you’ll need to tweak some settings

Here are the most optimal settings for Plex:

  • Allow Direct Play: Yes
  • Allow Direct Stream: Yes
  • Local Quality: Original
  • Remote Quality: Original or default option
  • Online Quality: Original

If you have the Plex Pass be sure to enable to experimental player. We’ve seen good results with it, although it’s not required in any way.

Troubleshooting & Common Problems with Plex

Common problems with Plex include buffering, pausing and freezing as well as Plex not direct playing.

Before trying any of the following fixes make sure to reset your modem, wifi as well as unplugging any other devices for at least 15 seconds, including your Plex client device. If you are using wifi try connecting an ethernet cord first before the other methods.

I personally use this cord and I’ve never had an issue after using it.

A faulty internet connection is usually the issue when the server side is set up correctly. Even if you have fantastic internet you will still need to reset your modem and router. Do not skip this step.

You may have the server side set up correctly, but is the settings inside the Plex app that you’re watching movies on optimally configured? Be sure to change your settings to the preferred and optimized settings mentioned in the previous section of this guide.

Plex won’t direct play

There are a few main reasons why your direct play is not working on Plex. The first step is to check is if your video formats are supported on your Plex client device.

When Plex won’t direct play make sure you have the correct video format mentioned earlier. If your video format is compatible with Plex and matches the capabilities of your Plex client then your Direct Play will always work.

I’ve had issues Direct playing on Roku but never on my Apple TV 4K or my Nvidia Shield TV (I’ve owned all 3)

The only other situation where Plex won’t direct play is if you do not have the setting “Direct Play allowed?” switched on in the settings menu of the Plex app account settings of the device you’re actually watching the movies on.

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If all of the above troubleshooting fails then the issue is likely on the server side.

Plex keeps buffering

When Plex is buffering with 1080p or 4k Direct play then the issue is typically your internet. This is usually the case ifyou’resure your streaming device supports the video encoding of the video you are trying to direct play.

Even with 5g, 200/mbps (and higher)connections I have still seen 4k videos take down the best of set ups. A good quality ethernet cord will be required here.

Ethernet is your best friend here as well as resetting your modem, router and all devices as well to solve Plex continually buffering.This is almost always the cause if the server side is set up correctly.

If you are using an old, outdated Roku or a gaming console like a xbox one or Ps4 then the device could very well be the issue. The only way to know is to test it. The Nvidia Shield or Apple TV 4K will be your best option as an upgrade.

Choose any of the top streaming devices I listed earlier in this post.There are some inexpensive options on that list and you could always return it if it doesn’t work. Though, I’ve never seen anyone want to take those streaming players back- the ones listed are really impressive.

Plex keeps pausing and freezing

If Plex is pausing or freezing you will always want to try a full modem and router reset. Alternatively a streaming device or server device upgrade is advised if either is outdated.If Plex is transcoding your media the next step to take is to try reseting everything related to the device, upgrading the device and swapping to a good ethernet connection.

Lesser known issue include your device being a far distance from your router on wifi… rareoccurrences of problems also stem from wifi interference such as large amounts of metal between your device and your router, such as a metal staircase.This can cause many issues and may need a ethernet connection.(this happened to me).

Is Plex Legal?

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Yes, Plex is completely legal. Think of Plex legality like a speeding with a car. Cars are legal, but going over the speed limit is not. Plex can not tell If you are doing something illegal on it such as adding pirated movies or shows to it.

It’s up to you to decide if what you are doing is legal or not legal. (source)

Is Plex safe?

Plex is safe, but the user can add pirated content themselves. Plex does not give users a way to access Pirated content directly like KODI used to years ago. Media Peanut does not support or advise the use of piracy in anyway.

See more in detail onPlex’s privacy policy and legal information page.

Exactly how safe is Plex?

Plex itself is safe, but users should be more concerned about how they get their movies and TV series they get. This is not an issue of Plex, but an issue of your own downloading activity. Most use a VPN to protect their privacy online and avoid prying eyes.

Do I need a VPN for plex?

Many use a VPN to protect their behavior online, but since Plex encrypts it’s data when content is sent from server to your Plex nobody can peek or see what you’re doing.

Is it illegal to share movies on Plex

If it is illegal to share movies or shows depends on what you content you are sharing. If you have pirated movies or series stored and/or sharing it then yes it is illegal to share these movies on Plex. In most cases we’ve seen stories on how the user is held responsible and Plex is not.

If you are sharing your Plex server to multiple people then it is up to the copyright owners to identify the issue and send a cease and desist or copyright letter. (source)

Summing up how to get and watch new movies on Plex, including new releases.

You’ve learned that getting new movies on Plex looks complex at first, but is really super simple. It’s also important to note that how to get new movies on Plex is unique since there are two devices needed. One device such as your computer to store files and another device of your choice to watch new movies on Plex.

What most don’t know is how you can use torrents on Plex for movies and tv series and that automating torrents is very possible. Just beware of copyright infringement.

Many use a vpn or seedbox if you choose to not use the personal streaming guide we provide below that could save you from needing a VPN.If you’re having confusion at all, I urge you to check out the guide.

The personal streaming guide below is the ultimate shortcut: It will allow you to completely simplify this entire process in under 10 minutes with minimal thinking or headache.

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How do I get free movies on Plex? ›

Launch the Plex app on your device (in this case it's Apple TV) and scroll to the “Movies & TV on Plex” entry on the sidebar. Then you can scroll through and view all of the free content available. Find something you like and select it.

Does Plex have new release movies? ›

Plex is constantly adding and removing movies and tv shows to its catalogue. If you have the feeling you already saw everything you will love the JustWatch Timeline. It helps you stay up to date and never miss a recently added movie or tv show. Discover below all the new releases on Plex.

Why does Plex not show all movies? ›

The biggest reason by far for items to not be found during a library scan is due to naming. Plex's scanners are generally quite robust and can often do a good job even with content that doesn't follow the naming recommendations.

Are all movies free on Plex? ›

Our 'Movies & Shows' streaming service is free to all users and ad-supported. Connect a compatible tuner and antenna to your server to let you watch over-the-air broadcasts available at your location live. (Recording of broadcasts requires a Plex Pass subscription.)

How many free movies are on Plex? ›

Choose from over 50,000 free on-demand titles plus over 250 channels of instant Live TV.

How do I get Plex to scan for new content? ›

Navigate to the Settings menu in Plex. Select the Server tab and Library on the left. Check the box next to Update my library periodically.
Manual scan in Plex:
  1. Go to the main screen where your libraries are listed on the left.
  2. Select the '…' icon in the top of the left pane.
  3. Select Scan Library Files.

How do I force Plex to recognize a movie? ›

If Plex absolutely refuses to recognize a film, there is a simple solution: Search for the film on IMDb, where you will find just about every single one in existence. From there, copy the IMDB ID, which is part of the URL (in this case it is tt1217209 ).

What is the point of Plex pass? ›

Plex Pass is a subscription service that gives you the best Plex experience available. Plex Pass gives you: Early Access to new Plex features. Access to beta (preview) release versions of Plex Media Server and some other apps (such as Plex Media Player) before they're released generally.

How do I watch everything on Plex? ›

Setup is easy with our step-by-step wizard, you'll be streaming your media in no time.
  1. Sign up. Get a free Plex account.
  2. Get Plex. Download Plex on the device where you store your media.
  3. Add media. We support tons of different file types.
  4. Start streaming. Enjoy your media on all of your devices.

How do I add unofficial channels to Plex? ›

Within Plex, go to Channels > Unsupported AppStore. Copy and paste the supplied URL into your browser. Log in with your Plex credentials. Find a channel and click Install to add it to Plex.

How do I get better streaming on Plex? ›

To create an optimized version of a file, click the drop-down menu in the Plex web app for any movie or show and choose "Optimize…" From there, you'll see a window like the one above. Choose any quality and bandwidth limitations you want to put on the new version.

Is paying for Plex worth it? ›

Whether you're a video hoarder with hundreds of movies just begging for a media server, or a casual streamer looking for a different approach, Plex is well worth at least a few hours of your time.

Can Plex play pirated movies? ›

So-called “Plex for Share” services aside, direct piracy isn't strictly possible within the system but when it is fed with movies and TV shows previously obtained from pirate sites, consumption of such media is transformed.

Has Plex been hacked? ›

This gave hackers access to “a limited subset of data” including usernames, emails and encrypted passwords. Plex said that all account passwords that could have been accessed were “hashed and secured in accordance with best practices”. But it is still urging all users to change their passwords immediately.

Where can I Watch Free movies 2022? ›

The 42 Best Free Movie Streaming Sites in November 2022
  • Peacock TV – the best overall free streaming website.
  • Crackle – stream free movies from Sony Pictures.
  • Tubi – a legitimate streaming experience with minimal ads.
  • Cineb – great categorization and classification of free movies.

How much does Plex lifetime cost? ›

What Is a Plex Pass? The basic Plex app is free on every platform, whereas the Plex Pass has three price tiers. You can pay $5/month, $40/year, or $120 for a lifetime subscription.

Is Plex free movies legal? ›

Plex is perfectly legal whenever you're streaming from their server or whenever you upload personal media that was acquired and reproduced legally. On the other hand, the user can put illegally obtained content on their personal media server.

Where can I watch new released movies? ›

Using one of these video-on-demand services, you can stream a new release movie whether you simply prefer the comfort of your home or want to save money.
  • AMC On Demand. ...
  • Vudu. ...
  • Amazon Video. ...
  • Apple TV. ...
  • Redbox On Demand. ...
  • Your Usual Streaming Service Subscription.
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How can I watch movies that are in theaters at home? ›

Whether you're on your couch or on the go, we'll bring the movies to you. AMC Theatres On Demand is available on Roku, LG and Samsung Smart TVs or via the AMC Theatres website or app. Search for the AMC Theatres On Demand app on the channel store of your Roku, Apple TV, LG or Samsung Smart TVs.

What new movies are being streamed right now? ›

30 Most Popular Movies Right Now
  • #1. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022) 93% 89% ...
  • #2. Strange World (2022) 74% 39% ...
  • #3. The Menu (2022) 89% 76% ...
  • #4. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022) 84% 85% ...
  • #5. Spirited (2022) 69% 82% ...
  • #6. Bones and All (2022) ...
  • #7. The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022) ...
  • #8. The Wonder (2022)

What app has most free movies? ›

The 10 Best Free Movie Apps to Watch Movies Online
  • Tubi TV.
  • Popcornflix.
  • Peacock.
  • Crackle.
  • Crunchyroll.
  • Pluto TV.
  • Vudu.
  • Freevee.
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Is there a free movie app? ›

Tubi is the largest free streaming service featuring award-winning movies and TV series from studios like Paramount, Lionsgate, MGM, and more.

How can I get Netflix free? ›

It's not possible to get a Netflix account for free for longer than one month. To get a free account for a month, sign up for a free trial with an email account and payment option that isn't already registered to another account.

Is there a better site than 123movies? ›

Best Movie Sites like 123movies to Watch Movies Online in 2021
  • We all love entertainment—some of us more than others. Movies are one of the art forms that unite a lot of us. ...
  • Amazon Prime. Amazon Prime is a 123movies alternative you should definitely try out. ...
  • Vumoo. ...
  • YesMovies. ...
  • WatchFree. ...
  • Crackle. ...
  • Yify TV. ...
  • Putlocker.

What happens if you use 123movies? ›

In some countries, the service is geo-restricted. This has led to a number of cloned 123movie sites. Some of these cloned sites have been reported to host viruses and malware, which can damage your system if your device is exposed. The safest way to visit 123movies and stream online is to use a VPN.

How do I manually add media to Plex? ›

  1. Click to open the settings menu.
  2. Ensure that the correct Plex Media Server is selected within the settings menu.
  3. Select Libraries under the Manage section of the settings menu.
  4. Click Add Library.
  5. Choose the library type from the selection.
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Does Plex have a TV guide? ›

The Guide is available in supported Plex apps when you have a DVR set up and program guide data downloaded. Supported Plex apps include: Amazon Fire TV.

What is Plex movie scanner? ›

Plex Movie Scanner (Legacy)

This scanner is used to identify commercially created Movies in your collection. In order for the Movie Scanner to work most effectively, it's important to make sure your files are named and organized properly.

How do I add Torrented movies to Plex? ›

Under Search Settings, you can configure torrents to be sent to Transmission to be downloaded. You will tell Plex to scan the Downloaded Files Location automatically, so once the torrent is downloaded, it will appear in Plex.

Can I delete Plex cache? ›

To clear the cache, you simply delete the directory for the item in which you're interested. Tip!: In most cases, it's simplest to just delete all the cache directories and then restart your Plex Media Server. As always, having a backup of your data is a good idea before making changes.

Is Plex going away? ›

Plex, the media server software that powers many a home theater setup around the world, has announced that it's ending support for its Plex Media Player software for the desktop, replacing it with a new desktop app.

How much does Plex cost a month? ›

Take your passion for your personal media server to the next level for just $4.99 / month.

Is Plex free on Roku? ›

Plex is your home for free movies & TV, giving you access to 200+ Live TV Channels and 50,000+ on-demand titles from around the world, all from one beautiful app. No other free streaming service delivers more content to more countries, all without a subscription.

How many channels do you get with Plex TV? ›

200+ Free Live TV Channels Tune in anytime, on any device. Free Movies & Shows Stream 50,000+ titles on demand.

What is the best TV tuner for Plex? ›

Best Plex Tv Tuner comparison table
  • 1st Place. Hauppauge WinTV-DualHD Dual USB 2.0 HD TV Tuner for Windows PC 1595,Black. ...
  • 2nd Place. NEW NetBox 4K: Freeview Play smart TV box + Streaming in Ultra HD. ...
  • 3rd Place. Hauppauge 1196 WinTV HVR-1265 PCI Express Hybrid High Definition TV Tuner Card. ...
  • 4th Place. ...
  • 5th Place.

How do I add M3U to Plex? ›

How to import M3U playlists to Plex?
  1. In your Library, select the Playlists category Playlists Tab.
  2. Select Import Playlist in top right of the interface.
  3. Select From File as the import method.
  4. Confirm the tracklist to import.
  5. Configure the playlist and select Plex as the destination.

How do I watch 4K movies on Plex? ›

If your content is 4K, then the following Plex 4K settings will indicate Plex to only play 4K. In the Plex Web Player, go to Settings > Plex Web > Quality. Selecting “Maximum” will guarantee that the client takes the best version from the video source (which should be 4K).

Why is Plex so unstable? ›

There are two broad causes for the vast majority of buffering issues when streaming content in a Plex app: The network connection can't support the requested stream. The content can't be transcoded fast enough for the stream.

How do I increase streaming content? ›

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  2. Upgrade your Wi-Fi streaming hardware. ...
  3. Switch to wired Ethernet. ...
  4. Move your router. ...
  5. Limit the number of people on your Wi-Fi.
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How do I manually add movies to Plex? ›

Add a movie in Plex
  1. Click the '+' sign at the Plex home page.
  2. Select Movies in the Add Library window that pops up.
  3. Name the library, choose your language then hit Next.
  4. Navigate to your movie folder then click Add Library.

Can I upload my movies to Plex? ›

With Plex, you can stream over 20,000 movies and TV shows for free. However, if you want to watch something that's not in their impressive database, Plex gives you the option to upload movies from your device and store them in the Plex Media Server library.

How do I manually add to Plex? ›

  1. Click to open the settings menu.
  2. Ensure that the correct Plex Media Server is selected within the settings menu.
  3. Select Libraries under the Manage section of the settings menu.
  4. Click Add Library.
  5. Choose the library type from the selection.
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Can you put Torrented movies on Plex? ›

Under Search Settings, you can configure torrents to be sent to Transmission to be downloaded. You will tell Plex to scan the Downloaded Files Location automatically, so once the torrent is downloaded, it will appear in Plex.

Does Plex sell your data? ›

Plex does not share, sell, rent, or trade Personal Data collected through its Channels with third parties for their sole promotional purposes or as otherwise outlined in this Privacy Statement.

How much does Plex cost? ›

More advanced users should consider a premium Plex Pass account instead, which costs either $4.99 per month, $39.99 per year, or $119.99 for a lifetime subscription. A Plex Pass includes everything in the free account, plus a host of other usability features.

Can you watch Plex without ads? ›

Detect Commercials for All Recordings

Automatic detection of commercials can be enabled for all your recordings in the DVR settings under under Settings > Server > Live TV & DVR in Plex Web App. From there, click on DVR Settings , then scroll down to Remove Commercials .


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