Many of you likely already know the name “Plex”, but quite possibly have not had the opportunity to actually use it. After all, it is a rather specialized application and you likely think it caters to the HTPC crowd, but that is actually not true. There are mobile apps, as well as compatibility with set-top boxes like Google TV, even gaming systems from Microsoft and Sony.
If you fall into any of these categories then you may wish to consider Plex — you will need to install and setup the server portion on a PC, but after that you’re good to go.
I am not here to explain all of that, and Plex offers the proper instructions for it already. What I am here to let you know of is a new update to the bookmarklet that it provides. This requires a Plex myPass account, but that’s free.
So what’s new? “For starters, we’ve given it a well-deserved makeover with a cleaner, more modern look”, the company states.
There is also the ability for you to recommend a video right inside the bookmarklet. Instead of having to queue the video, and then recommend it from a Plex app, you can now quickly send the recommendation to friends with just a few clicks.
“Finally, and this is really cool, you can also “fling” a video over to any Plex app on your network. Sitting on the couch with a laptop? A couple of clicks and you can send the video on the page you’re browsing over to the Roku connected to your TV. Or even to your iPhone or Android device. (Note that your server has to be registered with myPlex for this feature to work.)”
If you have not yet used Plex then this would be a great time to start. If you have not used myPlex, then sign up for a free account and give these new features a try. It’s a great way get your media files to the big screen in the living room or take them on the road when you travel.